Chennai, Apr 12: Five wickets in seven balls! What a finish to the Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings against Chennai Super Kings here on Thursday.
Wickets tumbled like nine pins in the final two overs of the RCB innings against CSK in Game 13 of IPL 5 at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Chennai's Doug Bollinger was on a hat-trick in the 20th and final over but could not make it three in three balls. The Australian left-arm paceman took three wickets in the last over while one was run out.
The sequence of batsmen making a beeline for the pavilion began with the last ball of the 19th over bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. The mayhem continued till the fifth ball of the 20th over and the last ball of RCB's innings went for a six, off Vinay Kumar's bat.
Saurabh Tiwary, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Daniel Vettori and Raju Bhatkal were the five batsmen dismissed as Bangalore went for quick runs in the last two overs.
The five wickets in seven balls for Chennai also included three off the three but not to the same bowler.
It all started on the sixth ball of the 19th over. Tiwary was caught by Suresh Raina off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
Bolling came on to bowl the final over. Kohli smashed the ball straight to long-on where Faf du Plessis completed the catch. Pujara faced the next ball, his first, and departed, his middle stump flattened. Bollinger ran in for the hat-trick ball but only to see his full toss being played for a single by Vettori.
The fourth ball saw Vettori attempting for a second run and Bollinger had plenty of time to under-arm the ball to break the stumps at the bowler's end. Bhatkal then was caught by a diving Raina at mid-off. Five wickets off six balls it was. The final ball was delivered, but not for a wicket but was confidently dispatched over the boundary by Vinay Kumar. That hit took Bangalore past 200. They posted 205/8 in 20 overs.
Finally, the craziest moments of the game came to a halt.