AB lifts Bangalore in vital win over Chennai

2014-05-19 00:00

THE Royal Challengers Bangalore made heavy weather in defeating the Chennai Super Kings by five wickets with one ball remaining in a vital Indian Premier League clash at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi yesterday.

Bangalore chased down their target of 139, ending on 142 for five after the Super Kings had posted 138 for four in their 20 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

RCB looked to be down and out of the contest with six overs remaining as the visitors needed 64 from 36 balls, but AB de Villiers smashed three maximums and one boundary off just 14 balls to score 28 to inspire the visitors to victory.

Chris Gayle (46) had struggled, as had most of the batsmen, scoring 28 runs off 42 balls, but when the South African entered the fray, the big-hitting West Indian opener changed into top gear.

Gayle smashed 18 runs off his next eight balls before being cleaned bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin (4-1-16-2) at the end of the 17th over. De Villiers continued to take David Hussey (2-38) apart despite Gayle’s departure, but fell seven deliveries later.

But De Villiers had reduced the required run-rate to a run-a-ball and Yuvraj Singh (13 not out) guided his side home by despatching the Australian off-break bowler for 13 runs in the final over.

Earlier, Raina had stood man alone with an undefeated innings of 62 from 48 balls that included six boundaries and one six. Raina shared in a partnership of 75 for the third wicket with Hussey (25) off 62 balls .

However, CSK struggled with the pace of the pitch, scoring their lowest Power-Play score this season, reaching 39 for two after the first six overs. After 10 overs they had limped to 55 for two and reached 107 for three with five overs remaining.

The victory moves Bangalore up one position, into fifth, level on points with the Kolkata Knight Riders, while Chennai remain in second place, level on points with the Kings XI Punjab, but the Kings have a game in hand.

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