Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012 April 12, 2012

Morkel blitz blindsides Bangalore


Chennai Super Kings 208 for 5 (Du Plessis 71, Dhoni 41, Murali 3-21) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 205 for 8 (Gayle 68, Kohli 57, Bollinger 3-24) by five wickets
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Albie Morkel ransacked 28 runs off the first six balls he faced - the 19th over - to pull off an incredible heist for Chennai Super Kings, the second highest successful chase in the IPL. Pursuing 206, Super Kings needed 43 off 12 balls and Royal Challengers Bangalore would have thought the match safe, only for Morkel to shatter the notion by savaging Virat Kohli's over.

Morkel launched three sixes, two fours and ran a two, to leave Super Kings with 15 to get in the last over. Although he was caught on the boundary, and Super Kings needed 14 off four balls, Dwayne Bravo was on hand to finish it off, helped by a no-ball and a full toss from Vinay Kumar. It was a compelling finish to an innings that had its platform laid by aggression from Faf du Plessis and innovation from MS Dhoni, who promoted himself to No. 4, but until that rocket-fueled thrust from Morkel, Super Kings had been behind for 38 overs.

In hindsight Royal Challengers were left to rue a late collapse in their innings, when five wickets fell in six balls and they scored only 11 runs off the final ten deliveries. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli had done enough to ensure they were the first side to make more than 200 in this IPL, but they were set for more than 205 at one stage.

While Royal Challengers swelled in the middle of their innings, scoring 21 off the ninth over, Super Kings waited for the end to lash out after a solid start. Du Plessis took control of the innings early on and scored risk-free boundaries off short balls. He dominated the first seven overs, while M Vijay batted in his shadow.

Vijay became the first of Muttiah Muralitharan's three scalps when he offered the Sri Lankan a return catch. Murali had to dive to his right and defy his age to complete it and he did. Murali broke the next two partnerships as well to prevent Super Kings from gaining too much ground. Suresh Raina and du Plessis both holed out as they fought a climbing asking rate.

With more than 15 an over required off the last five, Super Kings needed a sustained attack. It did not come. Dhoni perished in the cause, attempting the helicopter shot to be caught at long-off, which proved a blessing in disguise as it brought Morkel to the crease.

Kohli was given the responsibility of the 19th over because Vettori had exhausted the quotas of his experienced bowlers and Gayle was off the field with what seemed to be a groin niggle. Morkel got underway with an inside edge for four and then blasted the next delivery over long-on for six. An outside edge off the third ball flew towards third man for four and Morkel clobbered the fourth and sixth deliveries for six as well.

When Morkel was dismissed, the advantage was back with a shell-shocked Royal Challengers but Vinay Kumar let it slip again. He bowled a high no-ball that Bravo pulled for four and the next delivery was a full toss, which got slapped for six. Vinay Kumar followed up with two boundary-less balls leaving Super Kings with two to win off the last ball. Ravindra Jadeja swung hard at the final delivery and outside-edged to the third-man boundary, sparking off delirious celebrations in the Super Kings dugout. Royal Challengers explosive efforts with the bat were a distant memory.

During Royal Challengers' innings, Mayank Agarwal had performed a similar role to Du Plessis, attacking at the start. He initially eclipsed Gayle, peppering the off side with powerful shots, lofting the ball over mid-off and timing it sweetly through covers. Agarwal ushered Royal Challengers to the first half-century score inside five overs this season.

Unlike du Plessis, however, Agarwal did not build on his platform and top-edged a slower bouncer from Morkel to mid-on. He had done enough though for Gayle and Kohli to build a skyscraper on. Both scored half-centuries in contrasting styles. Gayle gathered runs with power while Kohli did it with placement and timing. Their partnership grew to the highest of this IPL but neither of them survived until the end of the innings, from where they may have been able to launch the kind of onslaught Morkel did, and break the game.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • kamal.sam on April 15, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    If Dilshan dropped dhoni in 18th over RCB would have won. Dhoni for sure cannot score 28 of 6 balls even if the bowler is Kholi. Dilshan made a big blunder by holding his catch that cost them the match.

  • kamal.sam on April 15, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    If Dilshan dropped Dhoni, RCB would have won the game by 15 to 20 runs. A big mistake by Dilshan by taking the catch of Dhoni that made an entry for Albie to trash Kholi. NOW TEAMS WILL BE AWARE THAT NO POINT IN TAKING THE WICKET OF DHONI. IF HE STAYS THERE RUNS WONT COME AND THAT IS THE BIG BENEFIT FOR THE OPPONENT TEAMS.

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    That's the closest thing to a Test match that IPL could offer.

  • Vivekaks on April 14, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Well ..wat do we say... "I-LL-Be" there Morkel...hats off!!! I jus felt Kohlis arrogance let the team down...he cud have very well told vettori that he awsnt ready to bowl...not confident sure kohli is vocal enuf!! i wouldnt blame vettori at all...

  • dummy4fb on April 14, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Bangalore KIDOS could not handle the onslaught by the MEN from CSK :)

  • dummy4fb on April 14, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Morkel Blitz swings away the game

  • cricfan61251148 on April 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    True the match was enthralling and nerve wrecking! but time for some facts- 1.RCB controlled the game for 38 overs, which was negated by a blunder from Vettori to bowl Kohli when CSK was pushed to the wall. CSK had nothing to lose at that point as they could go only one way, swing. 2. Don't tell me CSK planned this chase of 43 in 12 balls. Anything that could go wrong went wrong for RCB in those last 2 overs. 3.Team spirit in CSK may be good, but is no less in RCB and few other teams. 4. Finally, cricket was the ultimate winner yesterday.

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    At last the ice cool ALBIE MORKEL was at his usual best as he played a firing cameo 28 of just 7 balls with 3x6 , 2x4 at a strike rate of 400 which put CSK to a winning position of just 13 required from the last over.

    This is 2nd highest chase in the history of IPL. 1st was RR chased 210+ against DC in IPL1.

    Overall RCB was at the top of their game untill 38 overs ( 20+18 ) but it was CSK who pulled off a miracle by scoring 45 in the last 2 overs.

    MAN OF THE MATCH was awarded to FAF DU PLESSIS for his 46 balls 71. In my view the award should have won by his other South African counter part ALBIE MORKEL for his 7 balls 28 in the Pen-ultimate over of V.KOHLI which gave CSK a chance to win because even CHRIS GAYLE scored 65 of 38balls..

    Any one can play a long innings if they wish to play but playing a cameo when required under pressure in front of home crowd is unbelievable..

    Hats Off ALBIE......

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    haha, people still calling CSK n MS lucky, grab some brain guys, luck favors once, twice, thrice but its the quality, teamwork and emphatic display whcih makes them th great side!

  • VJGS on April 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @deadite11, RCB looks strong and CSK looks weak? Huh? Power hitters in the form of du Plessis, Raina, MSD, Morkel, Bravo; stable middle order with Badrinath and amazing bowling from Bollinger and Ashwin. RCB on the other hand heavily bank only on Gayle, AB, Kohli, Vettori and Murali. If these 5 fail, RCB is nothing. The other six are next to useless. But in CSK, if M Vijay fails, there is du Plessis. If he fails, there is Raina. If he fails, there is Badri. If he fails, there is MSD, if he fails, there is Bravo. If he fails, there is Morkel. If he too fails, there is Jadeja. And this is in the batting dept alone. CSK has one of the strongest bowling and fielding units in IPL too. So please get your stats right. On paper, no team is stronger than CSK or MI.

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