Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in the Indian Premier League encounter. Sent into bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 156 for six in the allotted 20 overs.
Chasing, CSK completed the task in 18.1 overs. in- form Ruturaj Gaekwad (38) and Faf du Plessis (31) added 71 runs for the first wicket to set the tone for CSK’s chase. The win took CSK back to the top spot in the points table
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Earlier, RCB were off to a flying start with skipper Virat Kohli (53) and Devdutt Padikkal (70) laying a solid foundation with a stand of 111 runs for the opening wicket. But A B De Villiers, Glenn Maxwell failed to fire again
Kohli fell to the seasoned Dwayne Bravo after six boundaries and a six, while Padikkal hit five fours and three maximums before being dismissed by Shardul Thakur, as RCB stuttered after a fine start.
For CSK, India pacer Thakur finished with impressive figures of 2/29 from his quota of four overs, while Bravo bowled excellently to pick 3/24.
RCB, who have never won an IPL title, had earlier lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in the opening match of the second leg of the tournament here where they could only score a dismal 92 runs.
“The wicket did slow down a bit. But I feel we left out 15-20 runs out there. 175 would’ve been a winning total. Didn’t bowl consistently. Didn’t show that much courage I guess with the ball. They (CSK) bowled well in the back end of the innings, executed the slower balls and yorkers nicely,” Kohli said after the match.
The 32-year-old stated that they “have to show more courage in crunch moments” and also, asserts that they have to get back on that winning form again.