Royal Challengers Bangalore took on the struggling Chennai Super Kings who are in desperate need of rhythm. Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 90 and a tight bowling performance pushed RCB to a deserving win by 37-runs over CSK.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Virat Kohli introduced Chris Morris and Gurkeerat Singh Mann in place of Mohammad Siraj and Moeen Ali. MS Dhoni introduced N Jagadeesan into the playing eleven in place of the under-fire Kedar Jadhav.
Deepak Chahar was quick to strike with the wicket of Aaron Finch in his second over. CSK held the new pair of Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli on the ropes as both the batsmen failed to get going initially.
Padikkal was dismissed by Thakur for 33 after trying to up the scoring rate following the conclusion of the tenth over. The pacer once again struck with the prized wicket of the dangerous AB de Villiers who had to depart for a rare duck.
CSK had full control of the contest after Washington Sundar edged one to Dhoni, meaning that RCB were reeling at 93-4 at 14.3 overs.
What followed was an exhibition of batting by Virat Kohli, who was settled at the crease by this point. The Indian skipper targetted the bowlers and ran hard between the wickets. In his unbeaten knock of 90 runs off 52 deliveries, Kohli only played 2 dot balls and 50 of his runs came from running.
The last 4 overs yielded 66 runs to help RCB post 169-4 at the end of their innings.
The same narrative follows for CSK as RCB take full advantage
A woeful start was once again the maiden concern for the three-time champions and it was on full display. Chris Morris announced his return with a brilliant first over which rattled Shane Watson.
The painful slow start by CSK finally brought a reward for RCB after Morris took a catch in the deep to send du Plessis back. Washington Sundar asserted his status as a powerplay specialist by breaching Watson to shatter the stumps.
While Ambati Rayudu and debutant N Jagadeesan struck a 64-run stand for the third wicket, the required rate reached almost 14 with over 5 overs remaining.
The lower order was exposed once the wickets started to tumble. MS Dhoni was dismissed of Yuzvendra Chahal’s final delivery of his spell while Morris cleaned the rest of the CSK act to register impressive figures of 3-19.
CSK fell short by 37-runs to hand RCB a major boost for their huge clash against KKR on Monday.
RCB 169-4 (20 overs) (V. Kohli 90; S.Thakur 2-40)
CSK 132-8 (20 overs) (A.Rayudu 42; C.Morris 3-19)
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