Match Summary: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB won the toss and their skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat first. So, as usual, Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch opened the innings for their side. They started off quite well as they were thrashing the CSK bowlers but, in the 4th over, CSK also got their first breakthrough as Sam Curran dismissed Finch (15 in 11). As a result, Kohli came in at 3. He started off slow as he did not want to lose any wickets but just after the powerplay, in the 7th over, Padikkal got out (22 in 21). So, AB de Villiers came to the crease. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli built a good partnership to score 82 runs in 68 balls. In the 18th over, De Villiers (39 in 36) got out.
After AB’s dismissal, Moen Ali came in at 5. However, in the 18th over itself, Ali (1 in 2) also got out. Just 5 balls after him, RCB skipper Kohli (50 in 43) also got out. Finally, in the last over, Chris Morris and Gurkeerat Singh Mann were on the crease. However, Morris got out on the third ball to score 2 runs in 5 balls. Even then, Gurkeerat (2* in 2) and Washington (5* in 2) were not able to help their team much as they took their team’s total to 145-6. As a result, CSK needed only 146 runs to secure a win. However, based on their recent form, even this might be a big score as RCB had a good bowling attack.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis came to open the innings for Chennai Super Kings. Gaikwad started off slow whereas Du Plessis was just hammering the RCB bowlers as it seemed like he wanted to finish off the chase quickly. However, in the 6th over, Morris dismissed him (Du Plessis- 25 in 13). However, the South-African batsman had done his job as he helped the Yellows bag 48 runs from the powerplay itself. After his dismissal, Ambati Rayudu came in at 3. Rayudu built a brilliant partnership of 67 runs in 50 balls before getting out in the 14th over.
Now, CSK needed only 36 runs in 39 balls. So, MS Dhoni came to support Gaikwad from the other end of the crease. Both, Dhoni (19 in 21) and Gaikwad (65* in 51) finished off the innings in 18.4 overs to help their team finish the chase. Even after getting disqualified from the tournament, they proved that they will be making things tough for the rest of the teams. RCB, on the other hand, had lost this game and will have to wait for yet another game to qualify for the playoffs.
Chahar interviews CSK's young star Ruturaj
Ruturaj Gaikwad's dream of batting with MS Dhoni came true on Sunday evening as he headlined @ChennaiIPL's run-chase against RCB.
Ruturaj Gaikwad won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant knock of 65* in 51 balls. The youngster had proven that the management was not wrong in choosing him over the veteran Shane Watson. CSK had won the match but did not move up on the points table. They were stuck in the last position behind SRH even though they had the same points as CSK’s net run-rate was quite low. However, the Yellows must be happy with the win and will be looking forward to getting a few more wins in the final matches of the tournament. With that, they will be facing KKR in their next fixture whereas RCB will be up against MI.