CSK beat RCB by 69 runs

Mumbai, Apr 25 (PTI): Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 69 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday.
CSK scored 191 for four after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to bat on winning the toss. In reply, RCB were stopped at 122 for 9 in 20 overs. Ravindra Jadeja smashed 62 off 28 balls, including 37 runs in the innings’ final over with the help of five sixes and a four off purple cap holder Harshal Patel’s bowling.
CSK opener Faf du Plessis scored 50 off 41 balls and shared a first-wicket stand of 74 runs with Ruturaj Gaikwad (33) at the Wankhede Stadium. Harshal was the most successful bowler for RCB, returning figures of 3/51, including the 37 runs in his fourth and final over. Jadeja also shone with the ball and finished with excellent figures of 3/13 in four overs, including taking the big wickets of AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell.
The left-handed Jadeja, who was dropped on 0 by Dan Christian off Washington Sundar in the 15th over, made full use of the reprieve to finish on 62 off 28 balls after ruining what was turning out to be an excellent outing for purple cap holder Harshal Patel, with his brutal last over onslaught. From 3/14 in three overs, Harshal finished with figures of 3/51.
With CSK placed at 154/4 when Harshal was handed the ball, Jadeja hit the first four balls for huge sixes and followed them with another maximum and a boundary in the seven-ball final over. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained not out on 2.
Jadeja’s assault came after the RCB bowlers — Patel and Mohd Siraj (0/32) — had kept CSK in check.
A second straight half-century for Faf du Plessis (50 off 41 balls) propelled CSK before Harshal delivered a double blow for RCB in the 14th over, getting rid of the Suresh Raina (24) and the former South African captain off successive deliveries.
Raina belted three sixes during his 18-ball knock which gave CSK the move-on after the openers had set up a good platform with a 74-run partnership.
Ambati Rayudu, who came in at No.4, hit a huge six in his 14 and looked good for more before he holed out off Harshal’s bowling a few deliveries after appearing to have hurt himself while stretching to get back to the crease.

Brief Scores:Chennai Super Kings: 191/4 in 20 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 62 not out, Faf du Plessis 50, Ruturaj Gaikwad 33; Harshal Patel 3/51).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 122/9 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 34; Ravindra Jadeja 3/13, Imran Tahir 2/16).

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