CSK Gains Important Win Before Playoffs



The only thing to gain from this match for the Chennai Super Kings was the second place in the points table and for the Royal Challengers Bangalore it was matter of pride. At the end of the second game of the day both failed to gain any such benefits but CSK, thanks to their captain Dhoni did their best to at least challenge KKR to go past them. RCB on the other hand showed the mirror image of their performance for the entire season of IPL 7 in this match too. First of all there was a new look XI and then there was no planning as such to put CSK under any pressure to earn a consolation victory before bidding adieu to their home crowd who has been supporting them passionately all these seven years despite not winning a single championship.

IPL 7 | Match 53 | RCB Vs CSK


Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Toss: CSK and elected to field first

Playing XIs:

RCB: Rilee Rossouw, Yogesh Takawale, Vijay Zol, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Sachin Rana, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Rampaul, Shadab Jakati

CSK: Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, David Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mithun Manhas, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Ashish Nehra

Mini Score Card:

RCB 154/6 (20) Run rate: 7.70

Virat Kohli 73 (49) | Ashish Nehra 3/33

Yuvraj Singh 25 (24) | Mohit Sharma 1/16 (3)

CSK 160/2 (17.4) Run rate: 9.05

Faf du Plessis 54* (43) | Yuvraj Singh 1/30 (4)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni 49* (28) | Yuzvendra Chahal 0/24 (4)

Result: CSK won by 8 wickets

Points: CSK 2 (Total 18) | RCB 0 (Total 10)

Man of the match: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (CSK)

Umpires: AK Chaudhary | Nigel Llong | CK Nandan (3rd) | A Nand Kishore (Reserve)

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle

How they played the game

Powerplay: RCB 34 runs, 3 wickets | CSK 64 runs, 1 wicket

First 50 runs: RCB 57 balls | CSK 24 balls

50-100 runs: RCB 31 balls | CSK 54 balls

100-150 runs: RCB 26 balls | CSK 25 balls

EXTRAS: CSK 6 (2 LB, 4 Wd) | RCB 5 (4 B, 1 Wd)

Best Partnership:

RCB: 4th wicket – 55 runs off 50 balls between Kohli 29 (26) and Yuvraj 25 (24)

CSK: 3rd wicket – 75 runs off 49 balls between Dhoni 49* (28) and du Plessis 22 (21)

Fours and SIXES

RCB 10 Fours – 4 by Takawale, 2 each by Kohli, Yuvraj and de Villiers |6 SIXES – 5 by Kohli 1 by Zol

CSK 13 Fours – 4 each by Smith and Dhoni, 3 by du Plessis, 2 by Raina | 7 SIXES 3 each by du Plessis and Dhoni, 1 by Smith

In the PIC: MS Dhoni played his part to push CSK to the second place on the table

Picture Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo