Virat Kohli starred in a demolishing win 37-run win against the might CSK team. The man of the match award winner struck his second 50 of the tournament first lifted RCB to a total of 169 then the bowlers ripped through the CSK batting defenses to hand CSK their 5th loss of the season.
Match 25. Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli. The old rivalry continued. Started their match with two and three wins respectively, things are becoming more interesting now and teams are looking to secure their places in the playoffs. The Kohli-men outsmarted the Dhoni-men. First leading the team himself and lifting them to a fighting 169 score, then bowlers followed the same way in outrooting the CSK batsmen and winning the match by 37 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings – Virat Kohli 90* leads the way
After choosing to bat first, RCB lost Aaron Finch early in the 3rd over. Devdutt Padikkal, who is having a splendid tournament and had already scored three half-centuries, was once again among run-makers.
The beauty of so many match-winners in the team is that someone performs in every match. That’s what happened. It was not the night of Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers but this time, it was Virat Kohli’s night. He led the ship of RCB to a fighting total of 169 in the end. Contributions from Padikkal, Washington Sundar, and Shivam Dube also helped the cause. In the process, Kohli also become the leading run-scorer for RCB.
Deepak Chahar had a swinging start. Bowling out swingers and in swingers that eventually pegged the stumps of Aaron Finch. Then Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal slowed things for RCB and saw off the early blow. They took the to 65-1 after 10 overs.
Shardul Thakur bowling the 11th over took the wicket of Padikkal. Two balls later he had de Villiers nicking to MS Dhoni.
Kohli made sure to stay at the crease till the end and took the score to 169.
Deepak Chahar picked up one wicket for 10 runs but could complete his quota of 4 overs. Shardul Thakur got two wickets in one over.
Chennai Super Kings innings – Bowlers enjoy the party
Washington Sundar loves bowling in the powerplay. Economical and wicket-taker, that’s the perfect description for Sundar. He removed both openers, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis in the 4th and 6th over of the innings to hurt the chase. The score reduced to 26-2 at the end of the powerplay, their lost PP score this season.
Ambati Rayudu and Narayan Jagadeesan steadied the CSK innings with a 64-run third-wicket partnership. But the problem, the slow run-rate and the mounting required run-rate. Both the batsmen had low strike-rates. Jagadeesan departed at the score 89. The required score, 81 runs from 34 balls.
The rest is not pretty encouraging. By the time MS Dhoni arrived at the crease, the required-rate was near 15. Losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually ended up with a score of 132-8. Rayudu and Jagadeesan were the top-scorers for CSK.
Bowlers were impressive and economical. Chris Morris, playing his first match of the tournament, immediately made the impact with the ball. He ended up with the figures of three wickets for 19 runs that had the wickets of Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, and DJ Bravo.
Sundar picked up two wickets in the powerplay. Isuru Udana and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up one wicket each.
Virat Kohli, for his second tournament of the 50 and brilliantly played 90 not out off 52 balls with four fours and four sixes, was adjudged the man of the match.
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 37 runs
Points: Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Chennai Super Kings 0