Chennai Super Kings 207 for 5 (Rayudu 82, MS Dhoni 70*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 205 for 8 (De Villiers 68, De Kock 53, Bravo 2-33) by five wickets
Bengaluru: MS Dhoni led from the front as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets, here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, with the former Indian skipper slamming a 34-ball 70 to chase down the mammoth 206-run target set by the hosts.
Ambati Rayudu assisted his captain well, scoring 82 off 53 deliveries. Rayudu, had however, got his side off the mark early, reaching 31 off 18 balls as the side reached 50 in just five overs.
Pawan Negi had already removed the in-form Shane Watson but Rayudu didn’t take his foot off the pedal.
However, with Suresh Raina (8), Sam Billings (11) and Ravindra Jadeja (3) heading back to the pavilion in no time, Rayudu finally slowed down the tone of his innings as Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined him in the middle.
From 50/1 after five overs, Chennai were down to 107/4 after 13 overs.
With 99 required off 42 balls, Dhoni and Rayudu both went on the offensive, picking up 44 runs off the next three overs. Dhoni was leading the charge, picking up seven sixes in his knock while Rayudu lent a helping hand from the other end with another eight sixes.
Rayudu had a breather in the 16th over after Umesh Yadav let down a sitter. By the time the Indian pacer sent Rayudu back with a direct-throw, he had amassed another 21 runs off nine balls.
Dwayne Bravo unleashed his fiery self in the last over, picking up 11 off the first three deliveries with 16 required for victory before Dhoni finished things off with a gigantic six wide off long-on.
Earlier, in the 11th over of Bangalore’s innings, AB de Villiers guided a fine reverse-sweep off Imran Tahir down to the third-man boundary before sweeping one over long-leg for a gigantic six.
As the ball made its way back from the crowd, MS Dhoni walked up to Tahir and instructed him on how to stop the hammering. He slammed a terrific 30-ball 68, he was well assisted by Quinton de Kock at the other end who scored 53 off 37 balls as they stitched a 103-run partnership for the second wicket off just 53 deliveries.
De Villiers was undoubtedly the more ruthless of the two as he smashed eight sixes and two boundaries.
De Kock wasn’t shy of making his presence felt either, lacing his knock with four sixes and a boundary. The carnage began in the last over of the powerplay after the hosts were restricted to just 35 off the first five overs.