K.C. Vijay Kumar
Bangalore: The Mexican waves vanished in a jiffy as Chennai Super Kings went past Royal Challengers Bangalore’s initial charge, to script a 13-run victory in a DLF-Indian Premier League match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday night.
Chennai Super Kings now has an all-win record in its four matches and has eight points, while Royal Challengers stays at two from four.
Chasing Chennai Super Kings’ 178, on a day when the rain stayed away, Royal Challengers struck an early vein of aggression through Wasim Jaffer (50, 33b, 5x4, 2x6).
The elegant opener, shed his usual diffidence and unfurled his runs through the aerial route, a flicked six off Joginder being the pick.
Jaffer along with Ross Taylor (53, 34b, 3x4, 3x6) crafted an 89-run second-wicket partnership to keep the home side on course.
However the chase unhinged in despair, after Jaffer holed out in the deep, though Taylor continued to bludgeon, swiping Albie Morkel into the stands past long-on and then scampering for a single that ushered in his fifty.
Kallis and Taylor perished soon, and the required statistics whittled down to 47 runs from 30 deliveries.
Tension mounted after Manpreet Gony scalped Boucher and Royal Challengers skipper Dravid for a blob and Morkel crashed one through Virat Kohli’s stumps.
And in the final stretch, Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar were found short of breath and stranded outside the creasewhile attacking a galloping asking rate.
With 17 runs required in the last over, the home team lost its spirit and was bowled out for 165 with two balls to spare.
The scores: Chennai Super Kings: (for five wkts. in 20 overs) 178.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: B. Chipli b Gony 8, W. Jaffer c Oram b Amarnath 50, R. Taylor c Raina b Amarnath 53, J. Kallis c Dhoni b Joginder 14, M. Boucher c Hussey b Gony 4, V. Kohli b Morkel 12, R. Dravid lbw b Gony 0, Praveen (run out) 6, Zaheer (run out) 8, B. Akhil (not out) 2, D. Steyn c Hussey b Joginder 1. Extras: (lb-1, w-6) 7. Total: (in 19.4 overs) 165.
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-102, 3-127, 4-132, 5-142, 6-143, 7-149, 8-161, 9-162.
Chennai Super Kings bowling: Oram 4-0-27-0, Gony 4-0-34-3, Morkel 4-0-38-1, Amarnath 4-0-38-2, Joginder 3.4-0-27-1.