Chennai Super kings climb back to top of the table after win against arch rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

Chennai Super kings defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore in a low scoring but interesting match with standout performances from Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and MS Dhoni.

It was a game where both CSK and MI steeped out with different things in mind. While CSK wished to be back at the top off the points table, RCB wanted to keep themselves in contention for the playoffs.

Put in to bat, RCB sent out a new opening pair of Parthiv Patel – due to Quinton de Kock’s unavailability– and Brendon McCullum. Patel was a little scratchy to start with but came into his own after playing a few deliveries. Meanwhile, McCullum (5) could not read a slower delivery from Lungi Ngidi (4—24-1) and was caught by Shardul Thakur (2-19-0).

As Parthiv Patel (53) moved to a half century, RCB lost the two all-important wickets of Virat Kohli (8) and AB de Villiers (1). Both these champion batsmen got out in the most unexpected fashion. While Kohli failed to put bat on ball on a straight one from Jadeja (4-18-3), ABD was stumped off Harbhajan (4-22-2) in an attempt to play a fancy reverse sweep.

It was the late flourish from Tim Southee (36, 26b) which took Bangalore to 127 for 9. Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh were the pick of the CSK bowlers.

A small total on an innocuous Pune pitch was always well within the reach of the strong CSK batting line up. Although Shane Watson (11) lost his wicket early, the 44-run partnership between Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina gave Chennai a solid base.

However, RCB crawled their way back into the game after picking quick wickets of Raina(25), Rayudu (32)and Dhruv Shorey (8) in quick succession. After their dismissal, MS Dhoni came out to bat.

He along with Dwayne Bravo brought some calm into the chase. Once, Kohli brought Yuzvendra Chahal (3-1-29) in to bowl, Dhoni (31) smashed three handsome sixes to take CSK to the top of the table with two overs to spare.

 RCB though cannot be considered out of IPL 2018 just as yet, but they have miniscule chances left to make it to the playoffs.

Ravi Jadeja was given the Man of the Match for his stellar bowling performance.

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