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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, 53rd T20 Match, IPL 2014

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Chennai won by 8 wkts | Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Chennai Super Kings Live Score, 53rd T20 Match

So that ends proceedings for the first of the double-header games today. Still another one to go and it will be Kolkata - on a six game winning streak - taking on Hyderabad, who need to win to stay alive for a playoff spot. Hop tabs to follow that game. Had a great time bringing you the coverage of this game. Hope you liked it as well. Until next time, this is Srivathsa signing off on behalf of others. Have a great Saturday, enjoy the night and sleep tight. Alvida for now!
MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match as well. He made an unbeaten 28-ball 49.
Dhoni: 'Well it's pretty alright as of now, after the overnight sleep and in the morning I can assess how it is. Yet I kept running (talking about his twisted ankle). We are doing quite well, bowling was one area we weren't doing well, especially on good tracks. It's a small ground, 150, 155 was achievable here. As we get to the lottery side of the tournament, we need to do well and keep winning.'
Kohli: 'I said in the game before as well, it is not a good contribution if your team does not win. We did not execute the plans well and ended up on the wrong side. We started well but lost momentum mid-way through the tournament. It was difficult to gain it back. The close losses are ones which have cost us. It still hurts. The fans are lovely, they have always supported us. We have disappointed them, we have not played to potential. Hopefully, we put a better show next year. '
Sanity prevailed after he was dismissed and Bangalore were in it till Dhoni blasted Yuvi for 22 in one over after he was missed by Takawale. From then on, it was a cruise as Chennai upped their NRAJ with a motive of gaining the 2nd spot from Kolkata. They came out with that intent and got the job done with 14 balls to spare. Do stay tuned for the presentation...
So Chennai win easily and that brings Bangalore's campaign to a disappointing end. They have finished with a loss at their home ground. Dhoni as usual collects a stump as a souvenir and has a chat with Virat Kohli on the way back. A smile on his face as he talks to the opposing skipper. The chase was started off in ballistic fashion by Dwayne Smith and du Plessis with the Barbadian playing awe-inspiring strokes. A couple of them stood out - on-the-up punch off Rampaul and a lovely checked lofted inside out lofted hit off Jakati.
End of over 18, 23 runs (4 6 1 6 6 )
CHN: 160/2
Faf du Plessis - 55(44) This over: 12 runs
MS Dhoni - 48(27) This over: 11 runs
Shadab Jakati
(3.4 - 0 - 41 - 0)
17.4 Shadab Jakati to Faf du Plessis 6
SIX, that will do nicely for Chennai. They have thrashed Bangalore. Also improved their NRAJ. Fifty for du Plessis and he does it in style. Dancing down and lifting it over long-off. A great way to finish the game off. Chennai break their losing streak of three games on the bounce as well with this win
50 runs for Faf du Plessis
17.3 Shadab Jakati to MS Dhoni 1
1 run, taps to sweeper cover. Gives du Plessis the chance to hit the winning runs
17.2 Shadab Jakati to MS Dhoni 6
SIX, immense power that, Dhoni came forward and then rocked back, flat-batted it over long-on. Generated all the power and somehow sent the ball flying over the fence. He wants to end the game quickly
150 runs for CHN
17.1 Shadab Jakati to MS Dhoni 4
FOUR, heaved wide of short fine inside the ring and that will be a boundary. Came right off the bottom of the blade, but he found the gap
Shadab Jakati [3.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
End of over 17, 10 runs (1 4 1 2 1 1 )
CHN: 143/2
Faf du Plessis - 49(43) This over: 5 runs
MS Dhoni - 37(24) This over: 5 runs
Mitchell Starc
(3.0 - 0 - 33 - 0)
16.6 Mitchell Starc to Faf du Plessis 1
1 run, low full toss, tapped wide of Zol at cover, he dives to stop the ball, but can't prevent the single
16.5 Mitchell Starc to Faf du Plessis 1
1 run, full and on the stumps, driven to long-on
16.4 Mitchell Starc to Faf du Plessis 2
2 runs, good yorker length delivery on leg, du Plessis digs it out near the vacant mid-wicket region, knows it's two for the taking and they come back for the same. Superb running. What was that I was saying about Dhoni struggling - he is running like a whippet between the wickets now. What does he drink and eat everyday? Must be something special.
16.3 Mitchell Starc to MS Dhoni 1
1 run, driven to cover, hard, and Zol fumbles, which allows the single

Match details

Toss : Chennai won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Anil Chaudhary (India) and Nigel Llong (England)

TV umpire : Nandan (India)

Match referee : Ammanabrole Nand Kishore (India)

Teams

Royal Challengers Bangalore : Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Zol, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Yogesh Takawale(wk), Sachin Rana, Ravi Rampaul, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shadab Jakati.

Chennai Super Kings : Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, David Hussey, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mithun Manhas, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Ashish Nehra.

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