With a comforting win in the 35th match of the IPL 2018, Chennai Super Kings have once again beat off Sunrisers Hyderabad to become the number one team in the point table.
At the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune, Chennai Super Kings successfully chased down Royale Challengers Bangalore’s target of 127 runs losing 4 wickets with two overs to spare.
Losing Shane Watson early in the innings, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina built 44 runs second wicket partnership and after that, Rayudu making little partnerships with Dhruv Shorey paved the way of victory a lot for CSK.
Captain fantastic Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished things off with style hitting back to back sixes in the third and fourth deliveries of the eighteenth over.
Dhoni, incessantly continuing his good form of batting, was unbeaten scoring 31 off 23 deliveries. He strike a single four and three sixes.
One of the most big names framed out teams Royale Challengers Bangalore are yet to prove their galore in this year’s Indian Premier League, perhaps now it becomes too late to rale in the competition as they already pushed back in the sixth position of the point table having three wins in eight matches.
None of Royale Challengers Bangalore’s top guns could fire in the crucial encounter against one of the table toppers Chennai Super Kings.
After Chennai Super Kings won the toss and sent RCB to bat first, the joint contribution of Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers was 14 runs leaving opener Parthiv Patel to run out of partners.
Parthiv hit the half century though, became the fifth batsman to depart at the team score of 84 runs and Royale Challengers Bangalore’s innings was dismantled to thin posture.
Tim Southee was the one to take the team innings beyond hundred run marks; with the help of 3 fours and a single six, Southee’s score was the second highest in the line, his not out 36 came off 26 deliveries.
Parthiv Patel, on the other hand made the highest 41 ball 53. Apart from that, none of the Royale Challengers Bangalore batsmen could reach the double figure mark at the team score of 127 runs in 20 overs.
Royale Challengers Bangalore 127/9 (20 overs)
Parthiv Patel 53, Tim Southee 36*, Virat Kohli 8
Ravindra Jadeja 3/18, Harbhajan Singh 2/22, Lungi Ngidi 1/24
Chennai Super Kings 128/4 (18 overs)
Ambati Rayudu 32, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 31*, Suresh Raina 25
Umesh Yadav 2/15, Colin de Grandhomme 1/16, Murugan Ashwin 1/17
Watch: Jadeja’s non-celebration after Kohli’s wicket
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 4 wickets.
Toss: Chennai Super Kings.
Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja