CSK suffered their eighth loss of the season despite Moeen Ali’s all-round efforts. CSK were reduced to 160 runs in a 174-run chase at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.
Du Plessis and Kohli start well
After RCB were put in to bat, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli put on a 62-run opening stand in 44 balls. Even after Kohli started with a boundary through deep backward leg, he failed to keep up the tempo. The RCB skipper scored a lot of runs after a good start. In the fifth over, he smashed two boundaries and a six off Mukesh Choudhry to get RCB moving.
In the end, du Plessis’ pursuit of Moeen Ali backfired. He mistimed a cross-batted shot and was caught by Ravindra Jadeja. Moeen smashed RCB as he cleaned up Kohli, the ball going through his bat and pad. Between the two dismissals, Maxwell was caught sprinting with Kohli, reducing RCB to 79 for 3 in the 10th over.
Lomror and Patidar favor the middle
Two domestic cricketers had to keep the middle overs moving in a star-studded batting order. Mahipal Lomror and Rajat Patidar put up 44 runs for the fourth wicket in 31 balls. After a slow start, they accelerated and picked up 13 runs off Maheesh Theekshana in the 15th over.
But they couldn’t hold out. Choudhary’s deep square leg catch ended Patidar’s stay. Lomror kept attacking and blasted Dwaine Pretorius for 18 in the 18th over.
In the end,
Theekshana, who had three wickets for 25 runs, halted RCB’s momentum in the penultimate over. The spinner dismissed Lomror and Wanindu Hasaranaga in quick succession before dismissing Shahbaz Ahmed. Unlike the first two, Shahbaz was caught slogging to Ruturaj Gaikwad at long off. Despite this, he only gave up two runs in an amazing over.
But the tables turned the next. For his part, Dinesh Karthik hammered two sixes and picked Pretorius for 16 to help his team to 173 for 8.
Conway, Ruturaj placed the trap
With good batting conditions, Chennai Super Kings didn’t chase a big goal. While Devon Conway used sweeps and reverse sweeps to effectively counter Shahbaz in the first over of the chase, Ruturaj Gaikwad took his time. Gaikwad changed gears in the fifth over and smashed Mohammed Siraj for four boundaries. With a 51-point lead, Conway paced up and hit Hasaranga for two sixes.
After the powerplay, Gaikwad skied a draw off Shahbaz to long on, doomed by the ezra bounce. Glenn Maxwell also used the additional bounce to eliminate Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu in successive overs.
Moeen’s also bats.
Moeen Ali, returning to the side, had earlier made an impression with the ball. The all-rounder then took over CSK’s run chase. After a half-century opening stand, RCB were reduced to 75 for 3 in the 0th over. But Moeen and Conway kept picking boundaries. After Conway’s half-century, Hasaranga had him slog sweeping to the deep mid wicket fielder.
A new downward spiral began. Ravindra Jadeja missed a tight run out opportunity early in the innings. Harshal Patel’s slower delivery foxed him and he skied a ball to Virat Kohli. Harshal ended Moeen’s threat in his next over. Moeen miscued a delivery wide outside the offstump to the fielder in the inner ring.
RCB’s regular wickets late in CSK’s innings hampered the chase. CSK’s demise came as the hitting pitch improved. In the end, the lower order, lacking batting power, was left chasing too much. Despite taking a few blows in the penultimate over, Harshal managed to restrict CSK to 160 for 8.
By 13 runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore (173/8 in 20 overs) beat Chennai Super Kings (1608/8 in 20 overs) (Devon Conway 56, Moeen Ai 34; Harshal Patel 3-25, Glenn Maxwell 2-22).