Chennai, Apr 12: What a match it turned out to be! Albie Morkel's stunning 7-ball innings of 28 helped Chennai Super Kings register their second win in the fifth season of IPL as they successfully chased a mammoth target of 206 making it a thriller of a contest as tense moments existed till the last ball of the innings.
Scorecard: Game 13, Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Chennai Super Kings, Chennai
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Till the 18th over of the Chennai innings, it was Bangalore who were ahead. But in final two overs of the match, Chennai stole the match from Bangalore's hands. It was an unbelievable chase at Chepauk. Thanks to Morkel's sensational brief innings, Bangalore were left dazed. They will need some time to recover from this shock. Faf du Plessis was the Man-of-the-match.
The penultimate over off Virat Kohli laid the foundation for a Chennai win as he conceded 28 runs off that over, as they needed 15 off the last 6 balls. It came down to two runs off the final ball bowled by Vinay Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja edged it to third man boundary for a win. Chennai finished with 208/5 in 20 overs.
With 50 needed to win off 3 overs, the required run rate had gone past 16. Pressure building up, captain MS Dhoni was forced to take risks and was dismissed by Zaheer Khan in the 18th over, as Tillakaratne Dilshan (substitute) made no mistake in long-off, while the team needed 43 runs off 12 balls.
The match went to the wire, as Kohli conceded 28 runs off the 19th over which reduced the pressure off Chennai Super Kings, as they needed 15 off the last 6 deliveries as Albie Morkel scored 28 runs off 7 deliveries to help the team score the remaining runs with ease as Vinay Kumar got rid of him in the second ball of the last over.
Muralitharan grabbed 3 wickets for 21 runs off his 4 overs, while Vinay Kumar and Zaheer got a wicket each, as RCB dominated till the 19th over, after the fall of Faf du Plessis (71) and MS Dhoni (41). But things changed in the 19th over, as Chennai's Albie Morkel's fantastic knock of 28 off 7 balls helped them win the match off the last ball.
Murali Vijay and Faf du Plessis added 56 runs for the first wicket before Murali got rid of Vijay and after 4 overs, as Raina (23) was Murali's second victim as his wicket was a huge blow for CSK as he is the second highest run-scorer for Chennai in IPL 5.
With this thriller, Chennai registered their second win in IPL 5. This is supposedly the second highest chase in the history of IPL.
First Innings Report: Royal Challengers Bangalore, riding high on Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal's knocks posted 205/8 off 20 overs, also recorded team's fastest fifty (4.5 overs) in IPL 5 against Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today.
Having disappointed everyone against Kolkata Knight Riders, his previous IPL team, Gayle ensured that he utilised the opportunity to the maximum extent as he played a fantastic knock to reach 50 off just 27 balls to score the fastest fifty in IPL 5, and further raced to 68 off 35 deliveries before being dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja in the 17th over. His innings included 2 boundaries and 6 sixes. Gayle was fabulous throughout his knock of 68, as he enjoyed every bit of it.
Gayle greeted Suresh Raina with a six off his first ball, followed by another big hit to the stands, overall he conceded 21 runs off the over, as Gayle hit 3 sixes in that over to race to 30 off 16 balls.
Chennai came back in style, but it was too late as the damage was already made, as Gayle (68), Kohli (57) and Mayank (45) set the tone for RCB. But Chennai managed to get 5 wickets off 7 balls towards the end of the innings, as the RCB slipped from 4/198 to 8/199 off Doug Bollinger's over.
Bollinger missed out on a hat trick in the same over, as he claimed two wickets off the first two balls and conceded a run and followed by two wickets in the next two balls (one run out), and a six by Vinay Kumar to end the over. Four wickets fell in the last over
Earlier in the innigns, Mayank hammered both R Ashwin and Bollinger as he got off to a great start. He could have proved dangerous if he had survived for a few more overs. Dropped on 16 by Bollinger off Ashwin, he hit 5 boundaries and 3 sixes during his 26-ball knock.
Albie Morkel, who came as one-change bowler, after the completion of 5 overs, got rid of Mayank Agarwal in his very first over, as he released a short ball which was hit by Mayank straight to mid-on.
Doug Bollinger finished with figures of 3/24 off 4 overs as RCB made 205/8, while Jadeja and Morkel grabbed two wickets each. With a target of 206 to win, Chennai need a very good partnership from the top order as the onus will be on Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo. It will be nice to see how the batsmen face Muralitharan as the wicket might assist spin as the match progresses.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (Captain), Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, AB deVilliers (wicketkeeper), Saurabh Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Raju Bhatkal
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Faf du Plessis, Shadab Jakati.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Rod Tucker (Australia)
Third Umpire: S Ravi (India)
Match Referee: Raju Mukherjee (India)