Dhoni inspires Super Kings to victory

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DAZZLER: Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s blitzkrieg ensured his team ended up with a total that Royal Challengers Bangalore could not overhaul.
DAZZLER: Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s blitzkrieg ensured his team ended up with a total that Royal Challengers Bangalore could not overhaul.

K.C. Vijay Kumar

Royal Challengers Bangalore falls short in front of home crowd

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).

Jaffer along with Ross Taylor (53, 34b, 3x4, 3x6) crafted an 89-run second-wicket partnership. However the chase unhinged in despair, after Jaffer holed out in the deep, though Taylor continued to bludgeon, swiping 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.

Mounting tension

Tension mounted after Manpreet Gony scalped Boucher and Royal Challengers skipper Dravid for a blob and Albie 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 crease. 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.

Earlier Chennai Super Kings found its roar towards the end as skipper M.S. Dhoni blitzed a 30-ball 65 with nine fours and three sixes. Dhoni walked in after Suresh Raina was run out and with the score reading 83 for three in 12 overs.

The skipper took apart Dale Steyn, clubbing a few past long-on. He edged a few past the third man ropes but it was a night on which the man-of-the match Dhoni could not be denied.

Good stand

Along with the industrious Michael Hussey (47), Dhoni stitched a 95-run fourth-wicket partnership off just 47 deliveries. Dhoni was in his element in a Steyn over towards the end, as he hammered four fours and a six.

Chennai Super Kings struggled to fire upfront as openers Mathew Hayden and Parthiv Patel had to contend with the zest and pace of South African speedster Steyn.

Hayden tried to break free against Zaheer and inner-edged to his stumps. Parthiv perished to Praveen and the innings gained some breath through a 41-run third wicket partnership between Hussey and Suresh Raina before Dhoni stepped in and plonked his foot on the accelerator.

The scores:

Chennai Super Kings: Parthiv c J. Kallis b Praveen Kumar 21, M. Hayden b Zaheer Khan 13, M. Hussey c R. Dravid b Zaheer 47, S. Raina (run out) 28, M.S. Dhoni c (sub) R. Vinay Kumar b Zaheer 65, J. Oram (not out) 0. Extras: (lb-1, w-3) 4. Total: (for five wkts. in 20 overs) 178.

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-42, 3-83, 4-178, 5-178.

Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling: Steyn 4-0-40-0, Zaheer 4-0-38-3, Praveen 4-0-29-1, Kallis 4-0-36-0, Akhil 4-0-34-0.

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.

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