Dwayne Bravo’s 3-24 ties Royal Challengers Bangalore back after Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal shared the 111-race opening position; Chennai Super Kings chase goal 157 with 11 balls to spare to reach the top of the IPL rankings
Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal’s position of the century proved to be in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore crashed in their second consecutive IPL loss, losing to Chennai Super Kings by six wickets.
Kohli (53 of 41 balls) and Padikkal (70 of 50) broke 111 for the opening wicket after Bangalore got at bat in Sharjah, but failed badly in death overs and were limited to 156-6, with Dwayne Bravo of the CSK. taking 3-24.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis built a solid platform for the Super Kings in pursuit and despite a slight wobble, they chased the target with 11 unused balls to reach the top of the table.
Previously, Bangalore rebounded emphatically after being eliminated 92 earlier in the week by Kolkata Knight Riders when Kohli and Padikkal won 13.2 overs.
Devdutt Padikkal scored 70 of just 50 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore, with three sixes and five fours.
Kohli bristled with intention early on, but Padikkal reached his first half century, with 35 balls, with a limit above the point backward that also brought about the tie of 100 with 11.1 overs.
It took Kohli one more installment to publish his own fifty, only for the captain of India to choose his international colleague Ravindra Jadeja in the center of the Bravo bowling alley.
Villiers AB (12) seemed to have the perfect platform for the first hit, but Chennai’s attack rebounded: Shardul Thakur took the South African into cover before picking up Padikkal as he tried to go through a short third.
The fall grew to 4-14 when Tim David (one) was undone by Deepak Chahar’s leg cutter and Glenn Maxwell (11 of nine) failed to clear Jadeja deep in Bravo.
The Super Kings also got off to an impressive start in their pursuit of the target, with Gaikwad (38 of 26) looking to follow his 88 undefeated in the previous game against Mumbai with another winning shot.
He and Du Plessis (31 of 26) shared a starting position of 71 of 8.2 overs, only for both batters to leave within the space of six deliveries.
Kohli lunged forward on the spot to stop Gaikwad’s drive off Yuzvendra Chahal (1-26) just above the grass, before Maxwell struck with his first ball, persuading Du Plessis to move into the hands of the back square.
Virat Kohli scored 53 and received two receptions, but it was a disappointing night for the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper.
That double whammy didn’t shake Chennai though, as Moeen Ali (23 of 18) and Ambati Rayudu (32 of 22) kept their team’s course with a pair of 47.
Neither managed to see the chase, with Moeen fooled by Harshal Patel’s slower ball and throwing a catch at Kohli and Rayudu, who had just hit Harshal for successive limits, pulling the closer into the hands of the midwicket.