Chennai’s batsmen led by MS Dhoni crashed RCB’s Go Green game, the team’s last game of the season at the M Chinnaswamy on Sunday, chasing a target of 155 successfully to win by 8 wickets.
Chennai won the toss and decided to put the men in green today in to bat first. The home side rang in four changes as Rilee Rossouw came in for Chris Gayle, Shadab Jakati for Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul for Muttiah Muralitharan and Vijay Zol for Abu Nechim.
The innings did not see the Bangalore side get off to best start, losing Rossouw in the first over as Ashish Nehra broke through his defenses. In came Vijay Zol and looked to take the attack to the CSK bowling. Ashwin was brought into the attack early and he struck with the wicket of Takawale followed by Zol who was bowled trying to heave Mohit Sharma across the line. At the end of the powerplay CSK had restricted RCB to 34/3.
India’s deadly duo of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh started to repair the early damage done and put together a partnership. Yuvraj was the next to return to the dugout though when a slog off Jadeja ended in Raina’s hands at deep midwicket. When Kohli was joined by de Villiers at the crease at the end of 16 overs the score was 110/4.
AB’s stint was also brief as he was yorked trying to take the attack to Ashish Nehra. Captain Kohli’s fine innings came to an end at 73 runs of 49 balls in the last over, Nehra clattering the stumps for a third time. RCB finished on 154/6, setting Chennai Super Kings a target of 155 from 20 overs.
The devastating Dwayne Smith opened the innings for the Chennai franchise and he was in no mood to waste any time, taking on the attack right from the off. He got out to fellow countryman Ravi Rampaul though, mishitting the ball high into the air for Kohli to take an easy catch on the leg side. At the end of the first six overs CSK were already on 63/1.
RCB then got the in-form Yuvraj Singh took try and he duly obliged with a wicket, getting the dangerous Suresh Raina stumped. The spinners slowed things down for Chennai and by the end of 15 overs CSK reached 121/4.
Dhoni twisted his ankle while taking a run and looked in discomfort, slowing the chase down. Then Yogesh Takawale missed a chance to stump Dhoni off Yuvraj and the Indian captain immediately hit out, hitting two huge sixes off the next two deliveries to release all the pressure off of his team. He along with Faf Du Plessis then finished the game in a hurry with CSK winning with 8 wickets to spare with 2.2 overs in hand.