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IPL 2011: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings- RCB win by 8 wkts

first_imgChris Gayle scored a quick-fire 75 not out helping Bangalore to an impressive eight-wicket win over Chennai during their last league game of the IPL at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. Score | PhotosThe victory helped them finish atop the IPL-4 points table with 19 points and earn a place in the ‘Qualifier 1’ on Tuesday.This has given them the luxury of having a second go at the finals if they lose on Tuesday as the loser of the ‘Qualifier 1’ will get to play the in the ‘Qualifier 2’ on Friday as well.Chasing 129, Bangalore reached the total with two overs to spare thanks to Chris Gayle’s batting blitzkrieg.Gayle carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 75 of 50 balls hitting four fours and six sixes on the way.Earlier, Bangalore put in AB de Villiers alongside regular opener Chris Gayle, but the move didn’t work as Chennai offie R Ashwin got rid of De Villiers on the third ball of the innings. He was stumped by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni when Bangalore hadn’t even opened their account.Post that fall Gayle, who has been in purple patch this season, and Virat Kohli batted on to frustrate the opposition bowlers. The two put on a quick 80 runs for the second wicket before Kohli departed in the 10th over.Kohli flicked Albie Morkel straight to Ashwin at short fine leg and walked back after scoring 31. But that proved to be the last wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp as soon Chris Gayle with Saurabh Tiwary (13 n.o.) scored the home run for Bangalore on the last ball of the 18th over.advertisementChennai inningsCaptain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a gritty 70 not out helping Chennai to 128/8 against Bangalore.Dhoni came into bat when Chennai were tottering on 22/4 and salvaged the innings with Wriddhiman Saha helping him in his endeavour.Earlier, Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to field in the 69th and penultimate league game on IPL-4.Chennai lost their opener Michael Hussey early in the innings. Bangalore paceman Zaheer Khan got the better of Hussey on the first ball of the third over. He pitched the ball on the off at good length and an inside edge off the batsman crashed into his stumps. Chennai lost their opener when the team total was seven.The other opener Murali Vijay too could not stay for long and he fell to another left-arm seamer, S Aravind, in the fourth over when the team total was 16.But that wasn’t the end as Bangalore were keen on getting a wicket per over and the next over saw left-hand batsman Suresh Raina fall to a Zaheer Khan delivery and Chennai were reduced to 17/3 in 4.1 overs.Captain Daniel Vettori continued with the trend that had started in the third over. He got the better of Subramaniam Badrinath on the fourth ball of the sixth over to reduce Chennai to 22/4.Fortunately, for Chennai the ‘wicket per over’ trend came to an end in the seventh over of S Aravind that finished without a wicket falling in it.But the early assault had left Chennai, table toppers in the IPL-4, tottering on 36/4 in 10 overs.Then Wriddhiman Saha and captain MS Dhoni batted on for sometime trying to negate the effects of the early assault by Bangalore bowlers. The two put on 42 runs for the fifth wicket before Saha fell in the 14th over off Virat Kohli when batting on 22.But skipper Dhoni remained at the crease and tried to up the tempo.Chennai’s West Indian recruit Dwayne Bravo too departed cheaply and the onus of taking Chennai to a decent total now rested on Dhoni’s shoulders, who got busy playing the captain’s knock even as wickets kept falling at the other end.Dhoni went on to complete his half-century in the 19th over. He put on an unbeaten 70 off 40 balls punctuating his innings with three fours and six over the fence shots as Chennai scored 128/8 in their stipulated 20 overs.last_img

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