Chennai Super Kings 183-5 (Hussey 83no) beat
RC Bangalore 162-7 (de Villiers 64) by 21 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings completed a routine win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai, winning by 22 runs. It was Chennai’s second win out of three matches in the competition and Bangalore’s third loss in four Indian Premier League games.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first, making no secrets of his side’s intent to put good runs on the board and put the opposition under pressure.
Openers Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey gave them a rollicking start, putting up 51 runs for the first wicket. The stand came in only seven overs and in the seventh over itself, Vijay was out for 31 runs made off 21 balls, including three fours and two sixes.
Suresh Raina and Dhoni, coming to the crease one after other, did not let the momentum fall. Both had strike rates of nearly 200 in their short stays at the wicket. Raina made 29 runs with three boundaries and Dhoni made 22 runs with one four. They both faced 16 deliveries each and also hit one six each.
However the major push to the innings was given by Hussey, fresh from a hundred in Bangladesh. He made 83 runs off only 56 balls, with 11 hits to the fence and one over it. Holding up one end till the end, he made sure Chennai would post 183 for five in their 20 overs.
Bangalore, having lost their last two games away to Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers, were always going to be under pressure, and with one eye on the target, things would never have been easy for them. The batsmen looked at heaving everything out of the park from the work go and Tillakratne Dilshan was the first to pay the price, out for a duck off the first ball he faced.
Six balls later, Asad Pathan joined him. He was bowled by Tim Southee for 14 runs, trying to scoop the ball over the keeper’s head. When Mayank Agarwal was out caught in the fifth over, the score read 45 for three and Bangalore were never really in the hunt after that.
This is not the first time their gambles haven’t paid off this season. They have tried promoting Pathan and even Zaheer Khan before, clearly not learning their lessons as supposedly better batsmen Saurabh Tiwary and Cheteswar Pujara are held back time and again. The duo again could not do much today, out for 14 and two runs respectively, the huge ask at the lower end of the batting order proving too much for them.
The runs came from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, like they have been coming for them previously too. While Kohli was out for 35 runs, de Villiers scored another IPL fifty and finished with 64 runs off 44 balls with five fours and two sixes. His efforts alone though were never going to be enough and it proved to be the case as Chennai won without breaking much sweat.
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