Durban: Bangalore Royal Challengers pulled off a 2-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in a nerve-wrecking T20 match at Durban on Thursday. The victory helped Bangalore Royal Challengers to climb up to the 4th spot in the IPL points table.
Bangalore were chasing only 130 but an early collapse and tight bowling from Chennai meant the required run-rate soared before a six from Praveen Kumar in the penultimate over brought them back and they won with two balls to spare.
Ross Taylor top scored for Bangalore hitting a six and 2 fours in his 50-ball 46 and was declared the Man of the Match. Kohli, who gave a good support to Taylor smashed 2 sixes and 4 fours in his 38-run knock that came off 35 balls.
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Bangalore were off to a poor start as they lost a couple of quick wickets with just 12 runs on the board. First to depart was Jacques Kallis (0) while next to take the long walk back to the pavilion was Rahul Dravid (8). Bangalore lost their third wicket in the form of Robin Uthappa, who departed LBW to Morkel for just 6.
After losing a few early wickets, the Bangalore batsmen decided to play cautiously as Ross Taylor and Virat Kohli stitched together an unbeaten 27 runs partnership when the teams went for the strategy time out.
Earlier, Bangalore Royal Challengers bowled out Chennai Super Kings for 129 runs in 19.4 overs. Matthew Hayden top scored Chennai innings with 60 runs that came off in just 38 balls. Matthew Hayden departed to a fine catch by Vinay Kumar off the bowling of Kumble.
From then on it was a struggle as the RCB attack strangled the batsmen with wicket to wicket stuff. All the catches were taken as it was a comprehensive fielding performance from the Royal Challengers. Chennai were 72/2 at the strategy break and only 57 runs came for the loss of 8 wickets. The last six wickets fell for 28 runs
Former India captain Kumble recorded stunning figures of two for 12 from his four overs as the Super Kings were restricted to just 129.