RCB v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 24, 2014

Super Kings end three-match losing streak


Chennai Super Kings 160 for 2 (du Plessis 54*, Dhoni 49*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 154 for 6 (Kohli 73, Nehra 3-33) by eight wickets
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Chennai Super Kings took a step closer towards finishing second ahead of the playoffs with a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore with 14 balls to spare. The nature of the victory meant that Kolkata Knight Riders would have to win really well against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in the second game of the evening to knock Super Kings off their perch

Super Kings had already qualified for the playoffs but following three consecutive defeats the fight for second place got tougher. Having failed to defend 185 in their previous game against Sunrisers, MS Dhoni decided that chasing was the way forward. Dhoni was an integral part of the chase, finishing the formalities with an unbeaten 49 while Faf du Plessis was the mainstay with 54.

The electric start provided by Super Kings openers du Plessis and Dwayne Smith cut the target down to size very early on. Super Kings rocketed to 53 in the Powerplay, with both batsmen taking 18 off a Mitchell Starc over as the captain Virat Kohli shuffled his bowlers to restrict the openers. Smith fell to a soft dismissal in the fifth over, but with a strong platform in place, Super Kings could afford to build steadily and look for singles instead.

At one stage, Super Kings had gone 38 balls without a boundary as Royal Challengers spinners bowled with greater control. But it didn't disturb Super Kings' flow as they were always comfortably placed to chase the target. Dhoni broke the boundary drought when he swept Yuzvendra Chahal down to fine leg.

Both Dhoni and du Plessis enjoyed reprieves though. Du Plessis, on 33, went down the track to Chahal and the ball brushed his glove and then lobbed off the pads before wicketkeeper Yogesh Takawale claimed the catch. The fielders were confident but the umpire turned down the appeal. Takawale had himself to blame though when he missed an easy stumping off Dhoni, on 15, as the ball slipped between his legs and rolled for four byes. Dhoni took 22 off that over from Yuvraj Singh, hitting two towering sixes and after that, Super Kings knocked off the remaining 22 off just 10 balls.

Royal Challengers in the end were short by plenty. They dropped an out-of-sorts Chris Gayle and went with the experimental opening duo of Rilee Rossouw and Yogesh Takawale. The ploy didn't work as Royal Challengers lost their top three for 33 and it was down to Kohli and Yuvraj to practically build from the start. Yuvraj made a start, got to 25 before he holed out to deep midwicket.

Kohli went on to score his second fifty of the tournament, but unfortunately for Royal Challengers, he found his touch a bit too late in the competition. Kohli was strong against the spinners in particular, slogging and pulling each time they dropped short. AB de Villiers came in at No.6 but he lasted only six balls before he was bowled by Ashish Nehra going for a slog. Royal Challengers scored 44 off the last four overs to take the score past 150, with Kohli scoring nearly half the team runs. He didn't have the chance to sign off with pride in front of the team's loyal home fans, as the star-studded Royal Challengers turned in another flat IPL season.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on May 25, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    CSK will win :)

  • vas on May 25, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    When somebody plays a blinder like Yousuf did no one can do anything about it. CSK has to settle for the 3rd spot. CSK is the most experienced in the play offs. That will help them to progress. But Play offs is a lottery. Any team can win on their day. Only KXIP did not win the trophy before. May be it is their year this time.

  • Senguttuvan on May 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    CSK fans going to see 3 winning matches thanks for KKR for extra 1 playoff match for chennai.

  • vas on May 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    CSK XI for play offs:

    Smith, Faf, Raina, Brendon, Hussey, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Pandey, Nehra.

    3 fast bowlers - Mohit, Pandey, Nehra

    1 part time Medium Pacer -Smith

    2 front line spinners - Ashwin, Jadeja

    2 part time spinners - Raina, Hussey.

  • prasad on May 25, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    And all of a sudden KKR just go with fast scores to secure 2nd place, ok but they arent doing this every year. Entering play offs 3 year once is a fashion of KKR. And Kings 11 after 6 poor seasons now they are just dominating temporarily. CSK has nothing to lose as already they got championship twice which any other team cant even did. Getting champion is easy but defending is impossible, CSK can only do it. And I assure that next season KKR and Kings 11 will fight for bottom of table. For example, in exams, There is a difference between Current semester topper (KKR, Kxip) and Overall semester topper (CSK). CSK is evergreen where rest is temporary.

  • associate cricket fan on May 25, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    This is the last IPL season for Murali the greatest spinner of all time . I hope we can see him in action during CPL, BBL.

  • Ravindran on May 25, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    CSK's plus from hereon

    1.playing all matches in nutral venue(unless MI cant make it to playoff).so they get the maximum ground fans support.

    2.they haven't lost in any of those venues yet

    3.nehra seems to be in good touch

  • Ravindran on May 25, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    CSK's issue is that they play like a standard cricket.it can take you in to the playoff everytime.but what they lack is the number of players who go bizzare on big occasions.unlike other seasons ,this year chennai relys only on foreign batsmen to win this cup. hope CSK wins with few lucks here and there

  • Ravindran on May 25, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    .definitly regardless of the pitch report CSK's opponents are going to bat second if they win the toss.unleass dhoni trusts his batsmen and let them cut loose things wont be easy for chennai.

  • Satish on May 25, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Mr. Osteo, Nice to see your team option for Bangladesh tour. But this is not gonna happen and you can find only half of these players gonna reach there.

    Even Yusuf and Uthappa after this performance in IPL also. They will find it hard to getting into National team. Coz the team selection for National team is ruled by Mr. Dhoni.

    And he always prefers his followers - (Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja etc) over any performing team member even if he is playing or not. Even if they selected also they will be in Bench warming up their seats....You gonna see this soon.

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