Chennai Super Kings beat RCB by 6 wickets to go top of the table
A high-flying Chennai Super Kings have registered their ninth win against RCB in their last eleven meetings, on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With that win, MS Dhoni and Co. have reached the top of the table with 7 wins in 9 matches.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have now lost two games in a row in the second leg of IPL 2021. However, despite that, they are sitting at the third spot on the table. RCB would have been disappointed with the way with the defeat, especially after getting such a good start in the first innings.
On a batting paradise in Sharjah, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal gave a blistering start to the team. Virat Kohli in particular went on guns blazing at the start. By the end of the powerplay, he had already scored 33 runs.
Thanks to the aggressive display of batting from the duo, RCB raced to a 90-run total at the halfway mark. However, fortunes took a turn after that. Virat Kohli got out in the fourteenth over of the innings off Dwayne Bravo after scoring 53 runs off 41 deliveries.
His wicket saw a dip in the scoring rate which further led to a collapse. Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo made great use of the cutters and yorkers as RCB lost five wickets in the space of the last four overs.
In the latter half of the innings, RCB only managed to add just 66 runs. Devdutt Padikkal, unfortunately, got out at the wrong time after scoring 70 off 50 deliveries. Maxwell (11 off 9) and Tim David (1 off 3) couldn’t impress a lot either.
CSK openers came out in the middle with aggressive intent. Ruturaj Gaekwad continued his great form and hammered the opposition right from the onset. Both ensured that boundaries kept coming in every overs and CSK raced to 59 runs in the first six overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal finally got RCB a wicket in the ninth over in the form of Ruturaj Gaekwad, who scored 38 off 26 balls. Faf du Plessis (31 off 26) got out in the very next over to bring some hope back in RCB camp. However, another useful 47-run partnership between Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu dashed all the hopes for Virat Kohli and Co.
Harshal Patel sent both the batsmen back to the hut, however, CSK didn’t lose a wicket thereafter. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina finished the innings calmly in 18.1 overs.