AB helps RCB past CSK

2014-05-18 16:25
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Ranchi - The Royal Challengers Bangalore have made heavy weather in defeating the Chennai Super Kings by five wickets with one ball remaining in a vital Indian Premier League clash at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Sunday.

According to the supersport.com website, Bangalore chased down their target of 139, ending on 142 for five after the Super Kings had posted 138 for four in their 20 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

RCB looked to be down and out of the contest with six overs remaining as the visitors needed 64 from 36 balls, but AB de Villiers smashed three maximums and one boundary off just 14 balls to score 28 to inspire the visitors to victory.

Chris Gayle (46) had struggled, as had most of the batsmen, scoring 28 runs off 42 balls but when the South African entered the fray, the big-hitting West Indian opener changed into top gear.

Gayle smashed 18 runs off his next eight balls before being cleaned bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin (4-1-16-2) at the end of the 17th over.

De Villiers continued to take David Hussey (2-38) apart, despite Gayle’s departure but fell seven deliveries later, top-edging a slog-sweep shot off Hussey to be caught by Ravindra Jadeja running in off the boundary.

But De Villiers had reduced the required run-rate to a run-a-ball and Yuvraj Singh (13 not out) guided his side home by despatching the Australian off-break bowler for 13 runs in the final over.

MS Dhoni had employed all of his slow bowlers due to the pitch’s pace as Samuel Badree (0-17), Suresh Raina (0-20) and Jadeja (1-31) tied all the batsmen up. The only bowler with pace used was Mohit Sharma, but the right-arm medium pace bowler delivered only 12 balls for 13 runs.

Earlier, Raina had stood man alone with an undefeated innings of 62 from 48 balls which included six boundaries and one six. Raina shared in a partnership of 75 for the third wicket with Hussey (25) off 62 balls to give the Super Kings a foundation to launch an onslaught.

But the late flurry did not occur as Hussey was caught in the deep by his compatriot, Mitchell Starc, and then Dhoni himself faced just six balls for his seven before being brilliantly caught by Gayle at point after slapping a short ball from Abu Nechim Ahmed (1-18) to point.

Dwayne Smith (nine) struggled up front, despite his good form and was caught by De Villiers in the cover region off Varun Aaron (2-29) after facing 15 deliveries. Aaron’s second over brought a double breakthrough as he dismissed Smith and Brendon McCullum (19) within three balls.

CSK struggled with the pace of the pitch, scoring their lowest Power-Play score this season, reaching 39 for two after the first six overs. After 10 overs they had limped to 55 for two and reached 107 for three with five overs remaining.

Chennai will be bitterly disappointed that they were not able to close off the match after restricting the visitors 17 for one after the Power-Play overs and 45 for one at the halfway stage. RCB had yet to reach the 100-run mark at the end of the 16th over, but the CSK fans will point to the fact that Dhoni employed the part-time spin of Hussey to try and close out the match.

The victory moves Bangalore up one position, into fifth, level on points with the Kolkata Knight Riders but KKR remain in fourth by virtue of having a better net run rate. Bangalore’s position is still precarious as KKR have played one less match and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are one place behind RCB, also have a game in hand.

Chennai remain in second place, level on points with the Kings XI Punjab, but the Kings have a game in hand and could create a two-point lead when they face the Dehli Daredevils on Monday.


Chennai Super Kings: DR Smith, BB McCullum, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), RA Jadeja, DJ Hussey, M Manhas, R Ashwin, IC Pandey, MM Sharma, S Badree

Royal Challengers Bangalore: CH Gayle, PA Patel (wicketkeeper), V Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, S Rana, MA Starc, M Muralitharan, YS Chahal, AN Ahmed, VR Aaron


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