- Dhoni hit a six to complete the 206-run chase in 19.4 overs
- Dhoni added a match-winning 101 runs for the fifth wicket with Rayudu
- AB de Villiers helped RCB post 205/8 after sent in to bat
NEW DELHI: In his typical style, Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed the big run chase with a massive six as Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets to regain the top spot in the Indian Premier League standings on Wednesday. CSK chased down the 206-run target with two balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
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Dhoni remained unconquered on 70 off 34 balls, which included seven sixes and a solitary four, to fashion CSK’s fifth victory from six games in the season. Dhoni added a match-winning 101 off 54 balls with Ambati Rayudu (82) for the fifth wicket. And with the fourth defeat in six matches, hosts RCB remained at sixth in the leaderboard.
IPL 2018 Points Table
CSK needed 16 off final over in the high-scoring thriller, but Dwayne Bravo made it five off three balls after hitting Corey Anderson for a four and a six in the first two balls and Dhoni took just one ball to take his team home.
Chasing the big target, CSK started on a wrong note as they lost in-form Shane Watson in the very first over to Pawan Negi. But Rayudu hit two sixes in two balls off Washington Sundar and took CSK to 24/1 in three overs. – RCB vs CSK: Dhoni stars as CSK beat RCB by 5 wickets
Rayudu along with Suresh Raina kept the scoring rate high by smacking a six and four boundaries in the next two overs as CSK reached 50/1 after five overs. Raina did not last long and was dismissed by Umesh Yadav in the sixth over. – RCB vs CSK: Dhoni stars as CSK beat RCB by 5 wickets
Sam Billings (9) hit two fours in his short stay before Yuzvendra Chahal foxed him and was out stumped in the seventh over. Chahal then removed Ravindra Jadeja to reduce CSK to 74/4 in nine overs. – RCB vs CSK: Dhoni stars as CSK beat RCB by 5 wickets
Skipper Dhoni showed his intent immediately as he hit a six off Negi in the second ball he faced. Along with Rayudu, Dhoni revived the run chase as they took CSK over 100 mark in the 12th over. The visitors closed down the gap in the 14th over as Dhoni smacked Negi for back-to-back sixes and Rayudu reached his fifty off 40 balls with a six in the same over.
The duo kept hitting sixes regularly and took CSK to 151/4 in 16 overs. Dhoni then completed his fifty off 29 balls with a six off Anderson in the 18th over, but a mix-up three balls later ended Rayudu’s brilliant innings. Umesh’s direct hit sent Rayudu back, after the batsman scored 82 off 53 balls with the help of eight sixes and three fours.
The equation at that stage was 30 off final two overs for CSK. After giving away just three singles in first four balls, Mohammed Siraj was hit for a six by Dhoni and all hell broke loose as the bowler bowled three consecutive wide balls to give away 14 in the over, leaving CSK to chase 16 off last over which the visitors did comfortably.
Earlier, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock struck blistering half centuries to propel RCB to 205/8. De Villiers smashed 68 off 30 balls, hitting eight sixes and two fours during his onslaught, while de Kock made 53 off 37 deliveries with the help of four sixes and a boundary.
RCB’s was a strange innings as it saw two wicket-maiden overs and a triple-wicket final over, which also fetched the home team 14 runs. The middle overs, though, were thoroughly dominated by the batsmen.
Invited to bat, RCB were off to a brisk start but lost skipper Virat Kohli (18) to Shardul Thakur in the fifth over.
De Villiers and his compatriot de Kock destroyed the visiting team’s bowling attack by playing shots all around the wicket with consummate ease.
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