Last ball heartbreak at Chepauk
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost a close game against Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday night. With 2 runs required off the last ball, RP Singh had Ravindra Jadeja caught at third man boundary but he had overstepped while bowling, conceding a no-ball.
Royal Challengers made as many as four changes to the team with Daniel Christian, Ravi Rampaul, Syed Mohammad and Murali Kartik coming in to replace Moises Henriques, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jaydev Unadkat and KL Rahul respectively.
MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl first, giving Chris Gayle and co first use of a track that looked good for batsmen. The advantage wasn’t to last though as Gayle was out caught behind in the 2nd over off Chris Morris. Mayank Agarwal (24 21b 2x4 1x6) played yet another cameo before he ran out of patience and was stumped off Ashwin, ending a 45 run partnership with Virat Kohli.
Kohli and AB de Villiers then built RCB’s innings, adding 82 runs off the next 8 overs, Kohli dominating the show with a 43 ball fifty in the course of which he regained the Orange Cap he had lost to Dinesh Karthik. AB just smashed everything to oblivion. Kohli (58 47b 2x4 2x6) was caught behind in the 17th over when RCB were about to launch a final assault. Wickets fell in a bunch to the end as AB de Villiers found it hard to rotate strike. Dwayne Bravo and Dirk Nannes bowled the 18th and 20th over, conceding just 5 each off the overs to restrict RCB to 165/6 in their 20 overs. AB de Villiers holed out off the last ball, his frenetic knock ending on 64 (32b 8x4 1x6).
Ravi Rampaul helped RCB make a superb start, getting Murali Vijay caught behind in the third over. Vinay Kumar (1/36) struck in the next over, getting rid of Michael Hussey to make it 10/2 for Chennai after 4 overs and to take back the Purple Cap from Mitchell Johnson. Suresh Raina came out attacking while Badrinath played cautious foil in a 56 run partnership for the third wicket but they were dismissed within a short period with 88 still required off 46 balls. Syed Mohammad (2/15) was the bowler for RCB who took the crucial wickets, a reward for the economical overs he was bowling.
MS Dhoni provided the impetus, adding 33 off 23b (1x4, 2x6) in a 59 run partnership with Jadeja for the 5th wicket. He attacked Rampaul towards the end, hitting a six onto the roof of the ground but was caught behind off the first ball of the 19th over when 29 were required to win, giving the bowler the upper hand in their duel.
Dwayne Bravo struck a mighty six before he was trapped LBW by Rampaul (3/31) but Chris Morris and Jadeja collected themselves enough to bring the equation down to 16 required off the last over. Faced with the choice of giving the ball to either Daniel Christian or RP Singh, Kohli gave it to the latter.
Ravindra Jadeja edged the first one for while going for a drive before he smashed the next one for six over long on. Quick run stealing with Chris Morris saw them take 2 off a ball misfielded by Kohli, leaving Jadeja with 2 to get off the last ball. RP Singh banged it in, a short delivery rising well to take the edge of Jadeja’s (38*, 20b, 3x4, 1x6) bat and fly into the hands of the fielder at third man. Virat Kohli erupted in joy only to see the umpire signal a no ball. RP had overstepped visibly, very clearly at that and it meant that Chennai had actually won the game off the penultimate ball of the innings.
Virat was diplomatic about the outcome of the game at the presentation ceremony but you can safely expect him to drill the value of discipline among the team to prepare for the next game.