Bangalore v Chennai, IPL 2013, Bangalore May 18, 2013

Over to Sunrisers after RCB win


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

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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  • dummy4fb 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????????????

  • 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!

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • ladycricfan 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.