Chennai: Ma Chidambaram Stadium
Toss : Mahinder Singh Dhoni captain of Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first on a bating paradise wicket.
“It’s all about momentum. Because its short format makes it very difficult for teams to make a comeback if you are slower off the blocks” This was Devilliers speaking to Robin Jackman on the mic from behind the stumps. Only if his team members too have realized the importance of momentum perhaps the Royal challengers would have finished on the right side of the rope.
It all started on an encouraging note for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) when both Vijay and Hussey who replaced Aniruddha at the top of order found going difficult. At the end of fourth over not much has happened on the scoreboard and both the batters weren’t looking comfortable at all. Momentum was clearly with the Vettori & co and they just needed to cash on it.
That’s when tragedy struck and Mohd kaif dropped a sitter offered by Hussey who was trying to clear long off on a Van der wrath slower one. Murali Vijay made it worse for the bowler hitting a six and two boundaries in the same over. Powerplay score was 45 for 1 from a dismal looking eighteen after the fourth. Vijay continued his hitting spree clearing boundary with ease off new bowler Ninan and fifty runs of the partnership coming in 38 balls. He was dismissed on the very next ball trying to repeat the shot after scoring 31 off 21.
This pattern of getting dismissed after hitting a Sixer continued with Raina and Dhoni following the identical script but not before making significant contributions of 29 and 22 off 16 Delieveris each. With fielders constantly dropping sitters offered by Hussey (he was dropped on 8, 42 and 66) he must be feeling as if it’s a school side he is playing against and after completing his fifty in 42 balls that’s what he made the bowlers look like as 31 runs were scored off the next 14 Delieveries. He finally finished with 83 off 56 Delieveries and helped Chennai reach 183 which was 15-20 runs more than they had hoped for at the beginning as confessed by Hussey later. But then they must have not taken into account the kind of hospitality they were to receive from Vettory’s men in the field.
Chasing an asking run rate of nine runs per over meant Dilshan had to play a blinder but it was not to be as he was dismissed off the first ball he faced from southee. For the second match in a row we saw a pinch hitter from Banglore and Asad Pathan scored 14 off the first four delieveries he faced making it an inspired decision by Vettori. All the boundaries hit by Pathan were in the midwicket region playing with a straight bat, trying something different however he went for dilscoop only to find his furniture disturbed by ever impressive southee.
Aggarwal couldn’t control himself after blocking three balls from ashwin and was dismissed while trying to the boundary. It was nothing shot really as ball didn’t even go pas mid off. What that meant however was that Banglore had lost three wickets in the powerplay for second consecutive match which can only spell doom if you are chasing a high score.
Virat and AB then combined to score 40 runs in 30 balls but the run rate has already reached 12 runs per over after the half way mark and Kohli after scoring 35 perished for the cause holding out to Jakati giving Aniruddha one of his three catches of the evening. Saurabh Tiwari has not scored much for his new franchisee and today’s failure means more headaches for ray Jennings. The only consolation for Bangloreans was form shown by Devilliers who completed his second half century of the season. He scored 65 off 44 balls but sadly it only helped reducing the margin of the loss. Which were 21 runs.
Southee, Randiv and Jakati all took two wickets each. It was a clinical display by Chennai super king’s bowlers who were ably supported by their fielders and RCB never looked in contention. After three consecutive losses momentum is clearly not with Royal Challengers and as AB would tell them it’s very important as not just it’s a short format but there is very little time between matches as well and sooner they can get hold of this M word better it is.
Summarized Scored board:
Chennai Super Kings amassed a humongous total of 183 for loss of 5 wickets in their quota of 20 overs
Royals Challengers Bangalore just managed 162 for loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Chennai Super Kings won by 21 runs.
Michael Hussey was awarded man of the match for his 83 in 56 balls