Chennai Super Kings’ terrible Indian Premier League campaign continued as MS Dhoni’s team lost to Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore by 37 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
An aggressive knock from Kohli lifted Bangalore to a challenging 169-4. Chennai had the slowest of the start and crumbled under run pressure to get restricted to 132-8 in 20 overs. Following their fourth victory in sixth match, Bangalore climbed to the fourth spot on net run rate after they were tied on eight points with Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chennai are sixth with four points ahead of Rajasthan Royals (four) and Kings XI Punjab (two) who earlier lost to Kolkata in a close contest. Delhi Capitals are at the top with 10 points from six games.
Bangalore innings was built around Kohli after the skipper stepped in, in the third over following the dismissal of Aaron Finch (two). Kohli was involved in a half century stand with opener Devdutt Padikkal but a crucial 11th over from Shardul Thakur applied brakes on Bangalore innings.
Thakur removed Padikkal and new man AB de Villiers (duck) in a space of three deliveries as Bangalore’s score read 67-3. Tom Curran struck in the 15th removing Washington Sundar before Kohli led the recovery. He did the bulk of scoring in an unbroken 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket partnership with Shivam Dube (22 off 14).
Kohli, who came into the match with the scores of 72 and 43 in the previous two games following a barren three-match spell, made a solid 90 off 52 with four sixes and as many fours.
Bangalore bowlers did well in their defense allowing Chennai to collect just 47 runs in the first 10 overs and taking two wickets. Sundar removed in-form Faf du Plessis (eight) and Shane Watson (14) in consecutive overs.
Ambati Rayudu and Narayan Jagadeesan tried to consolidate the innings with a 64-run partnership but Chennai were already under pressure following a slow first half of their innings. They needed 74 runs from the last five overs and Dhoni (10) responded in the 16th by hitting Yuzvendra Chahal for a six.
But Chahal had his revenge as the former Indian captain holed out a catch to Gurkeerat Singh in last ball of the same over. Chris Morris, playing his first match of the tournament, dismissed Sam Curran for a duck and Rayudu was next to go, bowled by Isuru Udana in the 18th over.
Rayudu hit four boundaries in his 40-ball 42 and his dismissal was virtually the end of Chennai resistance. Jagdeesan was Chennai’s second best scorer making 33 from 28 balls, also with four boundaries. Morris returned the figures of 3-19 from four overs for Bangalore.