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Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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.

Man of the match

11

Number of MoM awards won by Dhoni - he equals the most won by a captain in the IPL; Gambhir has also won 11

Late slip

18

Number of runs conceded off his last over by Yuvraj; he had conceded 12 runs in his first three

Cruising speed

34

Number of runs scored by Super Kings in the next six overs, after getting to their fifty in four overs

Chennai's power play

64

Number of runs scored by Super Kings in the Powerplay today - their second-highest ever in the IPL

CSK's quickest

24

Balls taken by Super Kings for their fifty today, their quickest in the IPL

Jakati v Smith

2

Number of times Jakati has dismissed Dwayne Smith in 15 deliveries before today. He has conceded 17 runs to him

RCB's best

157

The lowest total defended successfully by Royal Challengers at this venue

AB v Nehra

286

De Villiers' strike rate against Nehra - 40 off 14 balls. Today was the first time he was dismissed by Nehra.

Fourth time lucky

4

Number of 50+ partnerships by Royal Challengers' fourth-wicket partnership this IPL - their highest for any wicket

Kohli v Ashwin

87

Number of runs scored by Kohli off Ashwin in the IPL before today; he hasn't been dismissed by him in 68 deliveries

Left field

1

Number of times Yuvraj as fallen to left-arm spinners in the IPL, in 118 balls, before today; he has scored at a strike rate of 158

Starting trouble

244

Number of runs in 14 innings by Royal Challengers' first wicket - the least by any team this season

Bowl first in Bangalore

35

Number of times in 42 matches that teams have chosen to bowl first in Bangalore. Only 17 of those decisions ended in wins