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By Shrikant Shankar
May 18, 2014
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a nail-biting contest by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 on May 18. Bangalore made heavy weather while chasing a 139-run target at Ranchi. Chris Gayle top-scored with 46 and Virat Kohli added 27. AB de Villiers turned the momentum of the match with a quick-fire 28. Bangalore only won the match with one delivery to spare.
With the win, Bangalore have climbed up to fifth position in the IPL 7 Points Table. They now have five wins in 11 matches with 10 points. Chennai remain in second spot with 16 points. They now have eight wins in 11 matches. It was a must-win match for Bangalore and now they keep their chances of qualifying for the play-offs going.
Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel began the run-chase for Bangalore. Mohit Sharma bowled the first over. Gayle got off the mark on the first delivery. Parthiv then punched one down the ground for a four to get going. He then whipped one off the pads towards deep square-leg for a second four in the over. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled the second over and troubled both the left-handers with some spin. Seeing this, captain MS Dhoni brought leg-spinner Samuel Badree to bowl the third over.
Ashwin then struck to dismiss Parthiv in the fourth over. Parthiv tried to sweep by moving far too across towards the off side. The ball hit the back of the bat and lobbed up and Suresh Raina took the catch at first slip. Parthiv was out for 10 runs off 14 deliveries. It was then a matter of being patient for the Bangalore batsmen. Both Gayle and Virat Kohli were unable to settle as Ashwin and Badree tested them. Ashwin even bowled a maiden to Gayle in the sixth over.
Gayle then decided to hit out by slog-sweeping one from Badree over long-on for a big six. The over became better for Bangalore as a leg side delivery took a deflection off Kohli’s pads and went for a four towards fine-leg. Ravindra Jadeja was brought into the attack in the ninth over. Kohli dabbed one behind short third-man for two runs.
Raina bowled a good 10th over despite Kohli coming down the track and pulling one for a four towards wide long-on. That gave Kohli confidence as he stepped out of his crease and drove one off Jadeja over long-off for a six. Gayle was struggling at the other end. He had to play an uncharacteristic reverse-hit past the first slip to get a four in the 12th over bowled by Raina.
The 50 of the partnership between Gayle and Kohli came up in the 12th over as well. But Gayle still could not get to grips with the nature of the wicket. He came down the wicket, moved his stance, tried to get underneath the ball, but he just could not get the desired result. Chennai finally got the breakthrough in the 15th over. Kohli wildly charged down the track and missed one from Jadeja. Dhoni quickly clipped the bails and Kohli was stumped for 27 runs off 29 deliveries.
AB de Villiers almost got stumped on the very next delivery as he tried a reverse-sweep. Dhoni knocked the bails off in a flash, but de Villiers brought his foot back in time. The next delivery was hit towards extra-cover, but Ashwin dropped a tough chance. Gayle then hit a four towards deep mid-wicket and then a six over long-on.
David Hussey was brought to bowl the 16th over. De Villiers pulled the last ball for a six over fine-leg. De Villiers repeated the shot against Ashwin in the 17th over and got the same result. Gayle then launched one high over long-on for the second six in the over. But Ashwin struck back with a brilliant off-spinner that bamboozled Gayle and got him bowled. Gayle was dismissed for 46 off 50 deliveries with three fours and three sixes.
Dhoni persisted with Hussey as he bowled the 18th over as well. De Villiers hit a six and a four off the first two deliveries in the over. But he then skied the last delivery towards cover and Jadeja took an important catch. De Villiers departed for 28 off 14 deliveries with one four and three sixes. Jadeja then bowled a brilliant 19th over giving away only four runs. Bangalore needed 10 runs from the last over. Hussey was given the ball.
Yuvraj slog-swept the first delivery over long-on for a six. Yuvraj then pulled the second delivery towards deep mid-wicket and got two runs. Sachin Rana was caught sharply by Brendon McCullum at short mid-wicket. But Abu Nechim struck the first delivery he faced over wide mid-on for a four. Bangalore beat Chennai by five wickets.
Earlier, Chennai posted a total of 138 for four in their 20 overs. Suresh Raina scored an unbeaten 62 off 48 deliveries with six fours and one six. David Hussey scored 25 off 29 deliveries. Varun Aaron took two wickets for 29 runs.
Chennai Super Kings 138 for 4 in 20 overs (Suresh Raina 62*, David Hussey 25; Varun Aaron 2 for 29) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 142 for 5 in 19.5 overs (Chris Gayle 46, Virat Kohli 27, AB de Villiers 28; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 16) 5 wickets.
Man of the Match: AB de Villiers
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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