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Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs in a rain-truncated match to stay alive in the IPL.
The 107-run target was too big for the men-in-yellow, and Chennai were never in the hunt, as they lost Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina cheaply. Murali Vijay (32) and MS Dhoni (24) did try to bring in the fireworks, but could only watch from the dugout, as Bangalore completed an easy win. Zaheer Khan was Bangalore's best bowler taking 4/17.
Easy, because the hosts were better with the bat.
The rain gods delayed the match by three hours, forcing the two teams to play out an 8-over contest. Visiting skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first, and openers Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli saw the first two overs off, before putting their foot on the accelerator. Kohli turned his attention to Ashwin, smashing him for two fours and a six. Once Morris was taken for 13 off his second over, it was time for Chris Gayle to face Jason Holder.
The left-hander hit three sixes to bring the crowd to their feet. Bangalore 66/0 after 5 overs.
Gayle (28) would be out off the next ball he faced, and once AB de Villiers fell for 5, it was clear that Virat Kohli had to take charge. He found an able ally in Moises Henriques who smashed three fours in the penultimate over from Mohit Sharma.
Dwayne Bravo jogged in to bowl the final over, and did well to beat Kohli from around the wicket, off the first two deliveries. He wasn’t lucky the third time around, as the RCB skipper smashed him for a six. Bravo failed to send forth the yorker, as Kohli (56*) smashed a six and a four to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to an excellent total of 106/2.
Their progresses to the play-offs now depend on Sunday’s 08:00 P.M fixture between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders. If Hyderabad lose, then Bangalore make it to the play-offs.