Desperate times call for desperate measures and surely Chennai Super Kings were in need of something special if they had to end their 4 match losing streak which they did today against the 2nd best team RCB. The super kings like Kings XI have been losing games which they should have comfortably won and interestingly it all began against Kings XI when they were beaten in the super over. However today they delivered their best all-round performance to come on top of RCB. Maybe the 6 day break proved to be too long for their own good.
Chennai Super Kings Innings
The bowlers had done a fantastic job to restrict the RCB boys to a par score of 162 on a good wicket. Chennai got off to a flier but it was not the Hayden’s bat which was doing the talking but Murali Vijay who went into overdrive from the very first ball. He smashed Kumar for 24 runs (3 6’s and a four) in the 3rd over. Hayden couldn’t get much strike and looked ordinary when he got it. He was done in by a googly from Kumble and Uthappa did the rest behind the stumps. Interestingly Hayden had only faced 14 balls out of the 41 balls that had been bowled. Vijay reached his 50 of just 29 balls. 10th over from Pietersen cost Bangalore 16 runs as Vijay got 2 maximums but just when he was all set for his first 100 he threw away his wicket trying to hit one more out of the park in the very same over. Raina for once had to take the passenger seat while Vijay went ballistic but after he got out he took upon himself to keep the scoring rate in check, Dhoni couldn’t get going and finally got out to a bouncer from Steyn. By this time the required rate had fallen to 7. Morkel and Badrinath got out in quick succession but Raina’s unbeaten 44 of 35 balls ensured that Chennai got home safely. Raina overtook Adam Gilchrist with an aggregate of 1,093 runs at an average of 36.43 in 38 matches. PHOTOS
Earlier in the day Kumble won the toss and decided to bat. Kevin Pietersen and Cameron White replaced Boucher and Morgan. Chennai struck an early blow when Pandey edged one to Dhoni in the 3rd over. In the next over Morkel should have got his man Uthappa but Gony dropped a sitter. Gony had to bear the brunt when Uthappa smashes 17 runs in the 6th over. However Uthappa couldn’t pile on the agony for the Super Kings as Jakati got the better of him when hehad him caught by Gony at deep midwicket. Kallis who has been in tremendous form this season continued his purple patch. He along with Kohli made sure that RCB didn’t loose any more wickets until the 15th over. However Chennai spinners choked Bangalore’s progress in the middle overs Jakati and Muttiah Muralitharan conceded just 37 in eight overs. RCB were dealt a big blow when Kohli and Kallis departed in a space of 3 balls. Pieterson and White got 45 runs in the final 4 overs to give RCB bowlers something to bowl at. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Murali Vijay