With a modest target of 127 to chase and with likes of Fleming , Parthiv, Dhoni, Raina, Badrinath in the batting line up Chennai Super Kings(CSKs) looked firm favorites to win the match when they began their chase. And to add to that the openers Parthiv and Fleming gave a flying start. The duo put on 60 for the first wicket in just 9 overs, with Kumble taking the wicket of Parthiv for 24. Half way thru the target CSKs seemed to be preparing to the celebrations. But tragedy stuck- They lost 5 quick wickets for just 30 runs on the board. With their top order batsmen back in the dressing room- there was panic all around. Imagine the side off to a flying start with 60-1 and then 93-6 in 16 overs. The tail enders did not last long and they could not do much. CSKs chasing 127 ended up scoring 112 in their quota of overs with the loss of 8 wickets giving B’lore RCs much needed victory :).
Earlier, B’lore RC did not put up a that great batting performance. The captain’s knock of 47, sadly missing Half Century by 3 runs, put up some score for the B’lore RC bowlers to defend. The late fireworks by Praveen Kumar propped up the score. Apart from these two now one really impressed with the bat.
Anyways this is a morale boosting victory for B’lore RC. Hope they carry on the momentum- To be more precise Bowling and batting needs loads of improvement- to the future games. This victory is mostly due to the great bowling by Anil Kumble who has put up some stunning performances in the last three games. Hope he does well in the coming games and prove his worth 🙂 .
One more thing- The defeat has exposed the CSKs vulnerable batting lineup, once considered to be devastating ;).
CSK- Chennai Super Kings
B’lore RC- Bangalore Royal Challengers