Suresh Raina was the top-scorer for CSK © IANS
Suresh Raina was the top-scorer for CSK © IANS

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have managed to post an average total of 148 for nine against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 after the opening pair suffered a rare failure. Suresh Raina was the top-scorer for the CSK, smashing a timely half century. Live Updates: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 37 at Chennai

Things started off very well for the RCB as Mitchell Starc got in a wicket maiden, dismissing Dwayne Smith for a duck. Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina then built on a steadying partnership. McCullum wasn’t his usual destructive self and was dismissed by David Wiese for 20 off 15 balls. Live Cricket Scorecard: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 37 at Chennai

Raina carried on gracefully however. Along with Faf du Plessis, he stitched a good partnership without allowing the momentum to dip. By the end of the partnership, the match was well back on track for CSK. RCB however pulled back the momentum in the 15th over as Harshal Patel got rid of both du Plessis and Raina. Raina had scored 52 by the time he was dismissed. READ: Most dangerous batsmen in IPL

These wickets brought MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to the crease, both of whom have not been in top form throughout the IPL 8. Jadeja’s poor form didn’t lose it’s grip over him as he holed out to Virat Kohli at deep midwicket off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling for just three runs off four balls.

His wicket may have been a blessing in disguise as Pawan Negi came out and started striking the ball very well. Dhoni, at the other end played a fine knock off 29 from 18 balls before holing out to long on to give Wiese his second wicket. The wicket fell in the 19th over and Dhoni would have rued the missed chance to end the innings well.

The final over was bowled by Starc and he didn’t let the batsman add to much to the mediocre total. He even got the wicket of Dwayne Bravo on the third ball off a full toss! The batsmen only managed four runs in the end, presenting a RCB with an easy target. CSK bowlers will have to be at their best to defend this.


Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 148 for 9 (Suresh Raina 52, MS Dhoni 29; Mitchell Starc 3 for 24) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)