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IPL 2014 – RCB vs CSK: RCB Stay Afloat After Tense Win

By on May 18, 2014

Royal Challengers Bangalore 142 for 5 (Gayle 46, Ashwin 2-16) beat Chennai Super Kings 138 for 4 (Raina 62) by five wickets…

AB de Villiers scored 28 off 14 deliveries and for his effort was chosen as Man-of-the-Match. Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their hopes of a play-off berth alive with a tense five-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings at the JSCA International Stadium on Sunday. Chasing a target of 139 runs on a slow track, RCB were steered to their fifth victory, scoring 142/5 in 19.5 overs, as they needed a late intervention from AB de Villiers whose 28 runs off 14 deliveries were crucial in sealing the game.

IPL 2014 - RCB vs CSK: AB de VilliersChasing 139 on this track was always going to be tricky. What RCB needed was a positive start. With two boundaries in the first over bowled by Mohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel gave the innings the perfect start.

From the other end, R Ashwin was introduced and his first over, which went for just one run, was enough for Dhoni to keep his pacers out of the attack for the next 11 overs. Scoring at a run rate of 5.5, RCB were 66/1 after 12 overs.

Such was the impact the slow bowlers were having that Ashwin had given three runs in his first three overs including one maiden. The only aberration in that period was the seventh over by Samuel Badree in which RCB collected 16 runs with Gayle sending one sailing over midwicket boundary for a six.

The pressure of a mounting run-rate was evident as Kohli tried coming down the track only to be stumped off Ravindra Jadeja after managing 27 off 29 balls. In that same over, Gayle hit a boundary and a six to keep RCB in the hunt. Meanwhile, Dhoni was happy to continue with the slow bowlers as he introduced David Hussey into the attack. 10 runs came from it, with Gayle hitting one over square leg boundary for a six. He scored one more six before falling to Ashwin for a 50-ball 46. However, RCB still had AB de Villiers and the South African smashed 28 runs in just 14 deliveries to bring the equation from 9.66 to 7 rpo an over before becoming Hussey’s first victim.

Jadeja bowled a tight 19th over with just four runs coming in it meaning RCB needed 10 from the final over. After much deliberation, Dhoni gave the ball to Hussey for the final over even though Badree had one over left and Mohit Sharma had two. Yuvraj sent the first ball over wide long-on fence for a six and followed that with a couple and a single off the next two. However, Brendon McCullum pulled off a stunner of a catch at short midwicket to dismiss Sachin Rana (1). RCB now needed one from two with Yuvraj at the non-striker’s end. Abu Nechim charged forward and calmly sent the ball past the long-on boundary helping RCB get over the line . Ashwin was the pick of the CSK bowlers with 2/16 in four overs.

Following a two-day break, the all-absorbing IPL action resumed as the tournament enters the business end with CSK and RCB squaring off at Ranchi. RCB restricted CSK to 138/4 on a slow track at Ranchi. Suresh Raina was the top scorer for the two-time champions with an unbeaten 62 off 48 balls. CSK opted to bat first on a slow track and again their opening pair of Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum seemed all set to get them off to a bright start. They were slow but looked threatening when Varun Aaron gave them a double blow in the fifth over. Aaron was expensive in his first over when he leaked 13 runs in the third over. Virat Kohli continued with his pace and it worked as he got rid of both the CSK openers within the space of three deliveries. McCullum (19) was caught while attempting to go over the midwicket fence and Smith (9) miscued a pull to be caught at covers.

Raina was offered a low full toss first up by Mitchell Starc as Kohli employed his best bowler to build the pressure. Raina flicked it to the midwicket fence to get off the mark and then late-cut the next ball for his second boundary. Following that, RCB bowlers put the squeeze on as CSK crawled to 55/2 in 10 overs. Aaron was brought back in the 11th over and it was then when Raina broke the shackles with two successive fours off the pacer. Raina looked in good touch and did the bulk of scoring in a 75-run stand with Hussey for the third wicket. Hussey looked a bit rusty and couldn’t get going even though he looked for quick runs. He picked Yuzvendra Chahal to hit his first six straight over the bowler’s head in the 13th over and Raina capped off with another six over long-on. The partnership had set the base for a late flourish.

Hussey scored 25 off 29 and his departure in the 15th over was a relief for it brought MS Dhoni to the middle. However, he could only manage a single boundary and lasted six deliveries before being caught by Chris Gayle for seven off right-arm medium pacer Abu Nechim. Meanwhile, playing the role of a sheet anchor, Raina completed his second fifty of the season with the help of six fours and a six. However, credit to RCB bowlers who didn’t gave the CSK batsmen any leverage in the death overs allowing just 31 runs in the last five overs. For RCB, Aaron picked 2/29.

Source: gocricket

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