Chennai, April 16: A good display of bowling and fielding enabled the Chennai Super Kings to beat the Bangalore Royal Challengers by 21 runs, at Chennai's Chepauk Stadium. RCB which in the process fell to its third consecutive loss in the IPL, never really looked in with a chance of forcing a victory. Chasing an imposing 182/5, Bangalore slipped to 31/3 before a slight revival by first Virat Kohli (35) and then A B de Villiers took their side past 100 and 150, but the visitors wrapped up their innings soon after.
It was an eventful first over in the Royal Challengers Bangalore innings. In just the second ball, Tillakatratne Dilshan was caught at midwicket for a golden duck, following which Asad Pathan clobbered Albie Morkel for two fours and a six. But in the second over, the batsman went right across his stumps to get bowled by Tim Southee for 14 off 5 as Bangalore slipped to 17/2
With Virat Kohli joining opener Mayank Agarwal, a four came off the 3rd and 4th over before Ashwin got Agarwal out in the 5th over, for 7 off 13 balls with the score 31/3. In the 8th over, Kohli tried to up the flagging run rate by knocking a six off Jakati before new batsman A B De Villiers struck a four to bring up the RCB's 50. But in the 11th over, Kohli played his last shot when he was caught off Jakati for 35 off 28. RCB were 73/4. Then in the 14th over, de Villiers smashed Jakati for a six and and a four to take RCB
past 100. But the visitors still needed 76 off 36 balls. Off-break Suraj Randiv broke the stand when he had Saurabh Tiwary caught by the keeper for 14 off 13 balls. RCB were reeling at 112/5 in 15 overs. Randiv effected another breakthrough when he had Cheteshwar Pujara caught by Vijay for 2 off 4 balls.
The visitors were in dire straits at 128/6 in 17 overs. But A B de Villiers wasn't going to give in just yet, striking a four off Southee to bring up his 50 off 38 balls. Then de Villiers reverse-swept the bowler for a six. But his fun came to end in the next over when he was caught in the deep off Morkel for 64 off 44 balls. With 39 runs required off the last 10 balls, a desperate Van Der Wath smashed Morkel for a six as the RCB's 150 came up. RCB needed a virtually impossible 31 off the last over. They could get only 9, including a four from va der Wath.