Bangalore v Chennai, IPL 2013, Bangalore

Over to Sunrisers after RCB win

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

May 18, 2013

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 106 for 2 in 8 ov (Kohli 56*, Gayle 28) beat Chennai Super Kings 82 for 6 in 8 ov (Vijay 32, Zaheer 4-17) by 24 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Virat Kohli stands tall and plays a pull shot, Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Delhi, May 10, 2013
File photo: Virat Kohli's move to promote himself to open paid off © BCCI

It was worth the wait for the thousands who braved the rain at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, as Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoff hopes alive by batting Chennai Super Kings out of the game, reduced to eight overs-a-side. Nothing less than two points would have kept Royal Challengers in the race, and their prayers were answered when the rain eventually relented, allowing for a 11pm start. Virat Kohli led from the front with a blistering fifty to lift Royal Challengers to 106, but for a change his bowlers didn't let him down. Having ticked off one box, Royal Challengers will be hoping for Sunrisers Hyderabad to lose to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday for a possible backdoor entry to the playoffs.

Royal Challengers made a sound tactical move by opening with the captain Kohli, in place of Cheteshwar Pujara, who was dropped based on the team's immediate demand - quick runs at the top. The uninhibited Kohli was the aggressor in the opening stand and batted in one gear till the end, facing more than half of the number of balls of the innings and scoring at a strike-rate of close to 200.

MS Dhoni opened with R Ashwin, presumably to keep Chris Gayle in check, but the batsman ended up playing only three deliveries off him. Kohli regularly used his feet against the offspinner, smothering the spin by getting to the pitch of the ball and launching him down the ground. He picked up his first six by lofting a carom ball over long-on.

At the end of five overs, Royal Challengers blazed to 66, thanks to three consecutive sixes over deep midwicket by Gayle off Jason Holder. Gayle and AB de Villiers holed out to the deep but importantly, Royal Challengers never allowed those dismissals to stall them. Kohli looked ominous with his flat sixes down the ground and he found an able partner in Moises Henriques, who ripped into Mohit Sharma to help take the score past 100.

There was little at stake for Super Kings, apart from carrying momentum into the playoffs. Unlike Royal Challengers' move to promote Kohli, Super Kings were relatively conservative in their approach, not tinkering with their opening pair and, strangely, keeping Dhoni to No.5. Michael Hussey departed early, M Vijay struggled to get his fluency going, and the Royal Challengers bowlers got the ball to swing and bounce more than their opponents managed. At the halfway stage of the chase, Royal Challengers held the edge with the score at 29 for 3. With 40 needed off the last over, the game was Royal Challengers' to lose. Zaheer Khan was the pick of the bowlers, nipping out four wickets in two overs in an eight-over contest.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

King of T20, Chris Gayle and all that if your team can't make the last 4 and you get 175 what's the point????????????

Posted by SUNDHUR on (May 19, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

Determined performance by RCB, especially by Kohli and Zak, that earned RCB their well deserved win. The two perfectly complemented each other in batting and bowling respectively. Zak is amazing even when he says he is not fully fit yet! All young seamers must learn from the way he bowled the death overs and the manner in which he got Dhoni and Jadeja out!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

It was rainmare day as it has wet outfield, RCB pressurized referees and umpires to proceed the match. It was a 20% game which doesnt suits for CSK.

Posted by HuzMaster on (May 19, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

The difference between the 2 sides is - One showed determination to get through and other played 'just' a match.

Posted by Abitha on (May 19, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Well played and Good Luck RCB. Initially I thought MSDwill go for batting. He chose to bowl. Given the batting mite of RCB it ,backfired. Had it been DO OR DIE for CSK, MSD would have done it the otherway I presume. Good Luck to all the qualifiers. Let CRICKET take the FRONT SEAT. Kashinath

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

RCB has powered up with comeback of Zak if he would not take those 4 wickets maybe CSk HITTERs might bully the bowlers if he would have come earlier in the season maybe rcb Would not be in this condition but all the best KKR

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

In the play off, Holder should be replaced with Morkel and Morris should be replaced with Duplesis. If possible Vijay must be kicked out and replaced by Saha

Posted by srinideva on (May 19, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Holder not a suitable for the playoff. ..Bring back Morkel...bad selection I must say.. M vijay need some back kick to play in higher strike rate.. I`m happy raina failed in recent two matches..he will play well in playoff..#CSK

Posted by jasonpete on (May 19, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (May 19, 2013, 0:41 GMT) your name and the comment doesn't match at all..Dhoni as a WK batsmen and as a captain played many challenging innings for team india and conveniently you forgot ,no surprises there..finally you got chance to question his previous performance in this one IPL match which is not so important for CSK..LOL.if he is overrated then many Indian former players are overrated as well..By the stats and average he is the best wicket keeper batsmen for india .period.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 19, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Dhoni was right in choosing to bowl first. No score would've been safe if CSK batted first. Chasing would've been easier if they restricted RCB to 90-95. It was kohli's day yesterday. He was lucky to survive when he was on 34 and again on 46. 106 was not easy to chase in 8 overs. Still Hussey went for shots and got out. Same with Raina. Others looked like they have given up the chase and started practising for the play-offs. Nice to see Vijay middling the balls. Bravo had some time in the middle. Bowlers though need to perfect the Yorkers.

Posted by starincricket on (May 19, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Very disappointing for the way CSK lost against RCB... They never tried for the win while chasing..looked they let RCB to go easily.. sad to say.... Vijay have no fire on top order... Once again Raina come and go in that fashion.. Bravo never looked good to stay for sometime in the middle.. Without Fu duplisis and Morkel CSK weak for sure...

Posted by SL_rockz on (May 19, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

CSK do have done the job ...Not loosing by a big margin so they stay proudly on no1 .. And making the finale match of the ipl group stage most anticipated encounter.If CSK have won it will be a dead rubber.But look at now every body is waiting for the dawn of 8.00 pm...If you under estimate CSk then be my guest. They will thrash every body out in play offs.Mark my words.No BISLA drama 's this time , no loosing this time .Win or Die doing that CSK .You are no 1 and you should taste the trophy.

Posted by Viv-Viru on (May 19, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Kohli may not have the temperament of Dhoni, but he sure has the skills, guts, and the nerves of steel. Some players can only bat without the burden of captaincy on them, but Kohli - like Dhoni - shows that the extra responsibilities of captaincy actually brings the best out of him. He is a tremendous asset to India. His one failing seems to be giving the ball to RP Singh.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

all are thinking csk is not gaving 100per efort but rcb is gaving there 100per efort so csk is not abel to reach 90 also so csk fans has to acept that rcb is much stronger then csk and other team but mi look equal strenth as rcb csk is always hope luck bcz lucky captian

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

I agree with what Palavadisuresh n Sandeep_Maddu posted, CSK broke millions of their fans heart in the way they had approached the match. They were looking as if they were chasing a run rate 4.0 per over from the start. In the way hussey trying to play classical shots and vijay getting singles.Everywhere there was smile in the CSK dugout and even with the batsmen as if playing a friendly match whereas the other side RCB was on fire. The Loss is not disappointing, the approach is disappointing.

Posted by warun_sharma on (May 19, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

What a Indian National Opening batsman Murali Vijay is !!! WOW !! god bless our team in Champion Trophy !! Can you compare this Murali Vijay with Gautam Or Viru ! NO WAY MAN !!!

Posted by Sandeep_Maddu on (May 19, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

CSK's and more importantly Dhoni's heart was not in this match. Very simple test to prove that....had it been a must win match for CSK to make it to the playoffs, would they have done the same? Would they have played the same 11? Would Hussey and Vijay still opened? Would Dhoni still came at no. 5 in a 8 over match? Dhoni and CSK might say the match was immaterial for them but not for their fans. It is not just the spectators at Chinnaswamy that have waited till the game started. Thousands of loyal CSK fans have also not slept till 12:30. Everyone is used to IPL matches till 11:30 but this match started at 11 pm Still many CSK fans did not sleep and watched the match because they hoped for a cracker of a game between two very good sides. Very very disappointing from CSK. The loss is not disappointing...their approach, their lack of urgency was disappointing. Did not expect this at all from CSK and Dhoni. We all thought Dhoni and CSK would give 100%, irrespective of the match relevance.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

I would like to RCB make a backdoor entry to the playoffs this year as CSK made last year. Because, it will be quite interesting if Mumbai (or) Bangalore clinch the trophy. Chennai has to be knocked out.

Posted by sonu77 on (May 19, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

What an excuse Dhoni had. "Our game starts after the first 8 overs" lol.. Thats why I beleive He should've open the batting with Raina.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

The comments given by PalavadiSuresh is absolutely correct.As CSK is already in Playoff, they didn't give much importance to the game against RCB. For a shortened match, the opener should be hard hitter whereas Dhoni still believes Vijay will win the match for CSK. He is the fittest person for test match and yesterday's defeat in the hands of RCB is only because of VIjay & Raina who is still giving catching practice to the opponents. Atleast in the Playoff matches, Dhoni has to select the fittest persons to win the Cup.

Posted by Sukruti on (May 19, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

CSK performance against other (possible) teams in playoff - Lost both games to MI, won not very convincingly each against RCB and RR. Most of the wins were against not very strong teams. Still able to secure # 1 in playoffs. However, other teams have fared well against other teams in playoffs. MI has the best bowling attack, RCB has the best batting attack, RR though do not have both at the best, however, thay have decent batting and bowling attacks. Chennai on the other hand has a mix of allrounders, rather than specialist batsmen, barring Hussey. they do not have tearaway fast bowlers. But they have the charm to reach finals, as they had 4 times. However, previous IPL, Bisla gave them a rude shock. This time too CSK beware of Gayle, Virat, Watson, Pollard, Rohit etc.

Posted by Servin on (May 19, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

@ Sasidharan Chandrasekar.... agreed... Murali Karthik is a must in the team... but Mayank Agarwal in place of Saurabh Tiwary... It is a 20 over game and need big hitting players... Pujara / Tiwary take a lot of time initially to settle down and then play their shots and they are not aggressive shot makers... Mayank is from the same league as the other big hitting batsmen from team RCB are...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

No point winning CSK; the real point RCB get is an indirect one, that of KKR beating SRH. Nevertheless if and when SRH win KKR, RCB is is reduced to a witness on playoffs.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

At this time, this would be an interesting one, how about giving 3 points to team for the away win and 2 points for the home win?

the league matches will be then more interesting.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

Its half boiled match, poor pitch and pressure made by RCB officials to carry on match for their do or die match. Thats the problem, if there is 20 overs, match's result would ve been changed, But the good thing for CSK is they remain no.1 position, and now 4 teams have 0 home advantage, CSK can only capable of demolishing opponents at neutral venues. Holder, Badrnath should be removed next match to avoid bad defeats.

Posted by trace000 on (May 19, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

RCB, should have always open with Virat and Gayle and then AB then Henriques- no matter how poor the bowling is- with this line up- no1 would have beaten them-

Posted by Kulaputra on (May 19, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

Virat is the future skipper. Let us say bye bye to has beens like Rohit Sharma who can never perform on the day it counts and instead say welcome to Jadejas., Pujaras and their ilk who are quietly competitive like Dravid, Kumble and Sachin were.

We need an aggressive captain and while Kohli has to tone down, the intensity should not be lost and aggression should be retained. Do not change too much but stop using swear words as children watch the game too

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

Hyderabad win today & gate out RCB

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 19, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

InsaneInsaan - You said MI do not play best by including Sachin ..What happened today...please tell me..Please do not drag Sachin into each comment for the sake of it..

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 19, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

Here's something to think about. Police in Bangalore do not allow any public /cultural event to take place beyond 11:30 pm. They forced closure in a music event by Sony Nigam and another classical concert too. On what basis IPL match is allowed to go beyond these times? perhaps those (music concerts) are gentleman/ladies attended , I wonder what is attributed to elements watching IPL?

Posted by 123raddick on (May 19, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

It is very funny that MSD talks that way. During the toss he told that it is 8 overs game and we would like to bowl first. Doe's not he expect that RCB might score more runs? During the post presentation he told that our game starts only after 8 overs and that is why could not reach that score. LOL. However we always say gr8 captaincy by him. But Virat batting and Zaheer bowing was awesome. Especially Zaheer took all important wickets.

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (May 19, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

I love the way Dhoni hides during challenges.Here the opportunity called for the captain (with the big bucks too) but he was hiding behind till the game was finished.Also love they way he likes to lose to prepare.A great team captain WANTS to win in ALL situations. I will say again Dhoni is average keeper(not the best in the country) ,king of flat pitches and and poor when the pitch has anything.Overrated player who should have been fired as captain of India at the start of the season but for Srinivasan connection.

Posted by vplusplus on (May 18, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

MSD should have come-in first.

LOV U MSD... Nevertheless, with heavy heart, I have to say, MSD chickened out. It is very likely, MS will be in similar situation in future two (or three) matches. Missed an opportunity to get some hitting practice...

Glad to see Virat leading the charge. Good for him, he succeeded. Even otherwise, the very act of coming-in first by itself is commendable.

Posted by rajcan on (May 18, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

@coldcoffee123, when saying most valuable player in the world, you need to assess the player whether he has performed in all conditions. India has been playing lot of cricket in India and not playing many tests, playing too many cricket with Srilanka. In another word, most of Indian players are playing mostly on similar conditions, in Asia.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (May 18, 2013, 22:28 GMT)

I wonder is there an indian player who can hit a ball out of the stadium so easily as Dhoni did so many times specially in IPL. He did this againest Ravi Rampaul in this match and almost in chennai match. Boy he has hot lot of power and looks like he is in amazing form. The play offs will be very exciting as Dhoni loves the bigger stage and pressure situations than this Dhud game.

Posted by AnanthX on (May 18, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

"With 40 needed from the last over, it was RCB's game to lose" Seriously?

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

May not be intentional but CSK has been making it tougher for SRH to go through to the play-off, when RR,RCB and MI were fighting to get into Play-off CSK lost to Mumbai badly and brought them to comfortable position, and then won with SRH with a huge margin scoring above 200 on a pitch were no team is able to score more than 140, pushing SRH down in points table……now losing to RCB is cherry in the cake….. SRH has been able to pull all their critical matches and I am sure they will do it against KKR in front of their home crowd…….Watch out for Dhawan, Sammy, Mishra and not to forget Steyn Gunnnnn………. We will see Sun rising in Hyderabad at 8:00 PM and travel to Delhi and Kolkatta…..

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

As SRH fan, I was hoping there would be a washout leaving rcb with 17 points & leaving last game of srh vs kkr a non decider. The batting has been a huge worry the entire tournament & even with 9 wins out of 15 matches the team still has a negative NRR which is just insane as even KXIP & KKR for a while had a better NRR with more losses than wins. Before tournament started I didnt think they would make it but it will be a bit heartbreaking that it was the batsmen who let the team down as the bowlers have won more matches for the team than the batting. So im hoping to god that the batting also shows up along with the bowling. Id like to see the bowlers try some yorkers and get wickets instead of choking the batsmen for runs. As guys like gambir/morgan/yusuf/kallis can score big runs. Dont want death over losses like vs MI or CSK match.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

InsaneInsaan, If u want to praise your csk team and dhoni do u it have no issuese. But how can u say sachin will be disadvantage for MI. Both teams are at safe place thats y they plyed so careless... Watch out for real fight on qualifier day...

Posted by HuzMaster on (May 18, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

Pls Understand - MSD uses the best of opportunity. Having RCB scored 100+, as MSD said, it will always be difficult to chase. So he wants to provide the opportunity for other team members to move up the order, as the result will not be decisive. Moreover, it will be nice training before the critical MI match (as they lost twice). And the Loss here will be again work in favour of CSK, as it will provide an additional impetus for players to roll-up the sleeves. Another MSD acumen is though CSK losses, MSD ensures that CSK is a table topper, if u watch his comment during the presentation. To summz, MSD is a cool guy and knows when to propel and will fire when reqd.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 18, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

If it was a 20 overs game outcome might have been different. But it was fair that RCB got a game to play and keep themselves alive in the tournament. Now it's upto SRH. Game like this makes you wonder whether T20 is cricket or a hybrid of base ball and cricket. One solution is to restrict the number of sixes to 1/over.

Posted by InsaneInsaan on (May 18, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

clearly CSK didnt put much effort into this match. MI were beaten by KXIP and MI will want to come out all guns blazing. CSK loss will only help CSK. MI has beaten CSK twice and will be surely complacent. with sachin comin for next game, mi will be at a disadvantage.

what pure hitting by dhoni. great captincy. he wanted bravo to play some deliveries.

bravo cant lways hit a last over six without match practice.

Bowlers r wounded and they will strike with full force. by not opening with mohit he showed mohit what he has to learn to bowl a death over.

CSK will lift IPL6 trophy. close contender is MI but MI dont play their best team by INCLUDING sachin.

Posted by thinkgood on (May 18, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

Someone who is responsible for the playing XI is not doing their homework right for CSK. Even those who watch this match in TV could have easily picked Faf in place of Hussey and Albie in place of Morris. I cant understand CSK's approach to each game in this IPL. Same mistakes made in the match against MI in Mumbai (remember 79 all out ?) and against RR in Jaipur. CSK please use factors such as pitch condition, number of overs to play and type of response required of the team in each match. Please dont go with any formula and choose horses for courses.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

What an innings by virat kohli..... superbbbb batting and bowling by RCB.They played with heart and are still in the game.... Lets see about sunrisers hyderabad.I agree with tushar soni.Though sunrisers has a better chance at play-offs... their struggling batting line-up may cost them a defeat in the play-off matches.That's not the case if RCB goes to play-offs... Lets see.. Who knows... SRH vs any team will be like good bowling vs good batting sort of match..

Posted by sweetspot on (May 18, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

CSK were strangely below par, and Vijay was batting like this is practice for the other games ahead, which it indeed is for CSK, with absolutely nothing to gain by winning this one.

@Vinay Kumar Dp - Dhoni will promote himself in games that MATTER. On the biggest stage, in a WC final, the whole world saw what he could do. He is a master, grooming younger wards under him. CSK really are building for the future too, quietly.

Posted by Provost on (May 18, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

CSK fan. Happy CSK lost. I would like to see a beaten CSK entering the the playoffs so that they will try harder and make good. no point in putting yourself under lot of pressure on this would sound strange but lot of times, we the CSK fans, are relieved that CSK lost a game now and then.....reality check....could have given chance to new young players....

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

If RCB makes to play offs they need just a couple of changes in their playing 11, bring in murali karthik instead of RP, and pujara instead of Tiwary.. pujara should be used like badrinath to steady the ship and not as an opener..

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

really csk batting was not aggresive they were batting as like 20 over game

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (May 18, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

Virat is a COMPLETE package. He must be the most valuable player in world cricket at the moment. In his short career, he has already achieved more than what Sachin, Dravid, Saurav, Laxman, Sehwag, Ponting, Lara, Richards, Haynes, Cook, Inzamam etc. were able to do in a similar time. India's next-gen nucleus is already class apart: Virat, Pujara, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Dinesh K / Sanju Samson.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

whenever situation has demanded dhoni to promote himself, for some unfathomable reason he hesitates to do that............he generally promotes himself whn the stage is already set by the likes of raina.... anyways well played kohli n rcb ....

Posted by Trakkan on (May 18, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Good hitting by RCB and very good bowling in this context. But one cannot judge based on 8 overs. In a 20 over match they cannot go all guns blazing as wicket are too precious for them considering their dependence on 3 players. Ironically they should thank rain for keeping their chance bright for 24 more hours. SRH can still win tomorrow and fortunately for neutrals it is not a dead rubber on a Sunday evening. CSK, MI have huge advantage due to extra shot in finals. Very high chance for both the teams to meet in finals.

Posted by Achilles29 on (May 18, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Hope it rains tomorrow in hyderabad and eventually match washes out...Sunrisers can pray for that

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

waiting for tomorrow's game.... will be exciting one.. :)

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Though Sunrisers Hyderabad deserves to be in the playoffs, I would love to see RCB at the fourth position !! Four strong teams in the playoffs - CSK, MI, RR and RCB..

Posted by Servin on (May 18, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Excellent game... RCB has finally found their best team towards the end of the tournament... But is it too late for them is what we need to wait for until the Sunrisers' game tomoro...

Posted by rajcan on (May 18, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

I was expecting CSK will start up batting with Murali and another hitter, not Murali Vijay. They lost by choosing bad openers

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (May 18, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

With Dhoni and Jadeja scoring at 240 strike rate, they should have batted higher. The game would have been mighty close. Still, 82 in 8 overs, was awesome. RP needs to sit out if RCB proceeds.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

is it a must win for sunrisers? what if they lose my small margin? is RCB still going to make in that case

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

goood innnings virat

i lyk ur batting very much,rcb will win the game.......

Posted by priceless1 on (May 18, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

as expected an excellent knock from Kholi, he is a big game player

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