It was the show of Dhoni and Kohli's teams. MS Dhoni is back in style as the captain of the CSK and the Royal Challengers Bangalore will always be first associated with Virat Kohli despite his resignation as the captain of the side. CSK needs some miracles to get into the playoffs this season but the RCB is very much in it. The clash between both these teams over the years has always been competitive, aggressive and nail-biting.
Wednesday's match was hosted by Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune and Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl first. The RCB was off to a great start with the openers putting up a good partnership of 62 runs. But they soon lost the wickets of Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli and Maxwell which brought them down to 79 for 3. RCB's young middle-order batting had unleashed a spectacular attack against the CSK.
Lomror and Patidar played responsibly and steadily took their team out of the danger zone. Lomror scored 42 runs from just 27 balls. The CSK were poor once again in the field missing out on the crucial wicket-taking chances. Lomror and Patidar were batting in a fashion that the RCB could breach 180 and put a mammoth target on the board. While their dismissal put a break in purchasing more runs, RCB posted a good total of 173 runs on the board, with a solid contribution from Dinesh Karthik towards the end, in their 20 overs.
Karthik smashed CSK's Pretorius and finished with the score that could help RCB to have a good fight with the CSK. RCB had lost eight wickets in twenty overs. CSK took the crease for the chase with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway. Both the batsmen presented a splendid opening which has implied that the CSK had finally fixed its flaw in the opening stand. They had put on a great show and drove the team to an impressive opening. The chasers had crossed 50 within the mandatory powerplay and Gaikwad lost his wicket when the team's score was 54.
Then on, there was no respite for the CSK as the upcoming batsmen had presented a quick dismissal. After Conway fell with a stupendous 56 off 37 balls, Uthappa was dismissed for 1, followed by Rayudu for 10. Moeen Ali supported Conway well with a 34 but both of them were dismissed at crucial times. None of the other CSK batsmen including MS Dhoni could give the chase any hope. Jadeja was dismissed for three runs while Dhoni walked out by scoring two runs.
With no one left to build a winning momentum, CSK had eventually lost the game by 13 runs. It was a convincing victory for the RCB increasing their chances for the playoffs. With the win, RCB has registered their sixth victory and stands in the fourth place in the points table. However, on the other hand, it's literally the end of the road for the CSK this season. By conceding a defeat to the RCB, CSK has recorded its seventh loss in the series as the prospect of entering playoffs has been dimming for Dhoni's army.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, CSK's skipper cited that the batsmanship has let the team down. MS Dhoni said, "We did well to restrict them to 170-odd runs. I felt in the later half, it (the surface) could be better and we had to get off to a good start, everything was up to the mark and what let us down was the batsmanship. When you are chasing you know what is required and at times you have to curb your instinct and see what really the situation is demanding rather than playing your shots. The shot selection could have been better towards the end. We had a good start and had wickets in hand, the surface kept getting better but we lost wickets at regular intervals."
"We can look back at some of the shots, if we take care of those things...chasing is about calculations and batting first is more about instinct. Ultimately as a batter or bowler, you are in the middle and you have to decide. I don't think that was a problem today (Wednesday). We need to keep looking about what went wrong, it is easy to get distracted with how many points you have, it is the mistakes and it is the process that matters rather than where you are positioned in the points table", he added. At the end of the day, RCB has had successful revenge against the CSK as the latter had defeated the former in their first match on April 12. With trailing numbers and running out of matches in the store, CSK will be taking on the Delhi Capitals on May 8- Sunday.