Kumble helps Bangalore humble Chennai

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Chennai: Anil Kumble claimed three crucial wickets for just 14 runs as Bangalore Royal Challengers registered a 14-run win over Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match at MA Chidambaram Stadium in here tonight.

Chasing 127 to win, Chennai made a decent start and the openers added 60 runs for the first wicket before Man of the Match Anil Kumble struck in the tenth over to send Chennai opener Parthiv Patel (24) packing. Chennai Skipper Dhoni too was in hurry to return and played a loose shot to offer an easy catch for Kumble off Vinay Kumar.


Kumble again struck when the score was 85/2 in 13.1 overs. It was set-batsman Fleming's turn to go as he tried to sweep the wily leg-spinner only to end his innings in the safe hands of Akhil at deep square leg.

Two runs later Kumble struck to send back S Badrinath for one off three balls. The Kings were now under some pressure at 87-4 after 14 overs. Kumble, who finished his quota of four overs, claimed three for 14. The Kings needed 39 runs to win from 33 balls with six wickets in hand.

Dale Stane struck another vital blow for Super Kings, dismissing danger man Albie Morkel for 1 off five balls. Kings were now staring at defeat with scorecard reading 93 for five off 15.3 overs and then lost new batsman S Vidyut, who was caugt diving by Kallis at short midwicket for a duck off three balls. The Kings had lost four wickets in the space of 28 runs in five overs. They needed 34 runs off 23 balls and were facing an uphill task with just four wickets in hand. The Royals seemed set to pull off an upset win.

There was no looking back for the Bangalore side as the wickets kept on falling and the hosts needed 16 from from final over at 111-8. Paceman Praveen Kumar bowled a superb final over with immaculate line and length and Suresh Raina, who scored 21 off 20 balls, had no choice but accept defeat. The paceman conceded only one run in final over.

The Super Kings remained at 14 points from seven wins in the league and are to take on Rajasthan Royals here on Saturday.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings bowled out Bangalore Royal Challengers for 126 for eight in 20 overs with captain Rahul Dravid bolstering the tourists with 47.

The match survived the scare of being interrupted by rain or possibly even washed out as it started raining in the evening a couple of hours before. However, it began at 20: 20 hrs, 20 minutes behind schedule after the Bangalore team won the toss and decided to bat first.

But the Challengers hardly seemed to be up to the challenge as openers Jack Kallis and Shreevatsav Goswami failed to shine and they were in dire straits losing both for 22 after 5.2 overs, with the Super Kings medium pacer M Gony first removing Kallis for five (one four) in the second over and then Goswami in the sixth over for 10 (one four).

Dravid, the captain and India U-19 World Cup winning captain Virat Kohli had to battle it out with the Super Kings bowlers and put up a fighting score. But 11 runs later, Albie Morkel took a brilliant catch on the deep midwicket fence falling back to dismiss Kohli (10, one four) off spinner Muralitharan.

The team physio had to rush to him to ensure that he did not suffer any injury as his head hit the ground as he twisted away from the boundary line to ensure that he did not cross it. In 8.1 overs, the Royal Challengers were 33 for three, as Pakistan batsman Misba-ul-Haq joined Dravid.

The Bangalore team failed to hit a single boundary for six overs.

And it was disaster again for the Royals as medium pacer L Balaji, who claimed a hattrick in IPL ten days ago here, struck to dismiss Misba ul Haq in his first over. Parthiv Patel standing behind the stumps for skipper Dhoni dived to his right to hold the ball as it came off an edge. 41-4 in ten overs, the Royals had virtually thrown the contest away, barring a great turn of luck. It seemed to be some consolation when captain Dravid pulled Balaji to mid wicket fence to post 50 of his team's innings off 11.4 overs.

Then, the 15th over turned out to be dramatic for the Royals. It yielded 11 runs, including two hits to the fence by Dravid. But off the last ball, Albie Morkel the medium pacer trapped Mark Boucher leg before for 17 (15 balls, three fours).

The Royals were 76-5 in 15 overs. Dravid and Boucher added 35 runs off 30 balls for the fifth wicket. Twenty one runs later, the Royals lost their sixth wicket when Dravid's heroic innings, in the circumstance, ended when going for a drive off Morkel, he ended up hitting the ball into the hands of his Super Kings counterpart Dhoni's safe hands.

97-6 was no comfortable situation to be in off 16.5 overs. But the Royals managed to post the 100 mark off 17.3 overs. It was some consolation indeed for the Royals when in third of the quota of four overs, gave away 13 runs, including the first six of the match, to Praveen Kumar who replaced Dravid at the crease.

But the Royals were reduced to 124/8 in 19.5 overs as Morkel placed himself on a hattrick dismissing first Praveen Kumar (21, 11 balls, two fours, one six) and then castled Vinay Kumar (zero, one ball) in the 20th overs. But the Royals ended their innings at 126 losing eight wickets.

The Super Kings had an easy target to get and raise their points tally to 16 to level with Kings XI Punjab.

With inputs from UNI

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