Chennai Demolish Strategy-Deficient Royal Challengers Bangalore
CSK 181-8 (Raina 62) beat
RCB 154-8 (Kohli 51) by 27 runs
Indian Premier League 2015, game 20, Bangalore
Suresh Raina's blitz, some fabulous catching and Ashish Nehra’s unbelievable spells ensured Chennai Super Kings (CSK) put one over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) winning by 27 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in game 20 of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
RCB won the toss and opted to bowl. They were boosted by Mitchell Starc’s (1-24) inclusion who was playing instead of Chris Gayle.
Yuzvendra Chahal (3-40), although expensive, got three top-order wickets.
Bowling in the second over, Chahal got Brendon McCullum (4) cutting at a top-spinner, straight to point.
A 58-run partnership in 42 balls between Dwayne Smith (39) and Raina (62) ensued before the West Indian edged one behind wicket after smacking three fours and three sixes.
However, Raina was in red-hot form smoking six sixes and four fours in his 32-ball knock pushing the CSK run-rate to over 10 by the time he departed at 124 for three in the 13th over.
Raina managed to disfigure Chahal’s numbers smashing him for three consecutive sixes before holing out to long off.
RCB managed to pull things back to a great extent with some tight bowling after the left-hander’s dismissal.
CSK managed just 49 runs in the last six overs, Chahal getting MS Dhoni (13) in the 15th over conceding just two runs after the latter managed an average strike-rate of 100.
Iqbal Abdulla (2-36) gave away just six runs in the 16th before Faf du Plessis (33 not out) got two fours away off Starc in the 17th over and Dwayne Bravo (5) chipped in with one to make it a 15-run over.
While CSK managed 14 runs off the 19th over bowled by David Wiese (1-46), Starc bowled a superb last over, giving away just four runs, three of which were taken on the last ball with an overthrow included.
Harshal Patel (1-28) registered impressive figures too but too many runs were taken off the bowling of Chahal, Wiese and Abdulla. CSK managed 181 for eight in 20 overs.
RCB were always behind the game right from the start.
Their stubborn tactics meant that AB de Villiers (14) walked in yet again at number five by which time the asking rate was over 10.
Manvinder Bisla (17) started aggressively striking three fours.
Rilee Rossouw (14) was getting a move on. However, Nehra (4-10) changed the look of things first getting Bisla and then breaching the defence of Rossouw with a beauty in the same over leaving RCB at 33 for two.
The wicket of Bisla could be credited to du Plessis, who was running backwards from mid-off and eventually took a catch flying full stretch falling backwards, hurting his shoulder in the process too.
The trend of great catching continued as Bravo took a brilliant one to dismiss Dinesh Karthik (10) diving full length forward.
Karthik was disappointing yet again, letting his team down.
Virat Kohli (51) the only half-centurion played well but never got the fast runs.
There was a misunderstanding between de Villiers and him, the former running for a second and sent back that led to de Villiers’ dismissal, courtesy some smart work from wicket-keeper Dhoni.
The 17-year-old Sarfaraz Khan (11), the youngest ever IPL player, struck a six before falling to Ravindra Jadeja (1-37).
RCB eventually crawled to 154 for eight, Kohli flicking one straight to Smith at deep midwicket boundary off Nehra’s bowling.
While Raina was given the man-of-the-match, Nehra registered career-best T20 figures of 4-10.
Ravichandran Ashwin (0-17) once again got just one expensive over.
Mohit Sharma (0-39) went for runs too.
Ishwar Pandey (1-21) complemented Nehra while Jadeja and Bravo (1-25) were expensive.
RCB are firmly rooted at the bottom of the table with three losses in four while CSK continue to be at number two winning four out of five games.
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