Chennai: While chasing 206 runs target, Chennai Super Kings started off to a slow but consistent start. Murli Vijay was scalped by Muralitharan in the seventh over at the score of 11 off 15 balls. On the other hand, Du Plessis continued to hold the side. Vijay and Du Plessis put up a 56 runs opening partnership. Next to depart was Suresh Raina, who was dismissed by Muralitharan at 23 off 14 balls.
The Sri Lankan spinning wizard strike again to scalp the dangerous Du Plessis in the fifteenth over. Du Plessis magnificient innings of 71 off 46 deliveries included four sixes and five boundaries.
With top three men already back in pavilion, now skipper MS Dhoni and Bravo had the responsibilty of the team's chase. Both added 35 runs for the fourth wicket before MSD was dismissed by Zaheer Khan.
It was Chris Gayle at his best; merciless, fiery and ruthless to power Royal Challengers to a huge total against Chennai Super Kings in their clash on Thursday. In his stupendous knock of 68 off 35 balls, Gayle hit six sixes and two boundaries to steer RCB to 205.
After electing to bat first, Royal Challengers Bangalore openers, M Agarwal and Chris Gayle gave good start to the team. Agarwal added quick 45 runs off 26 balls to take RCB over fifty in first five overs of the game. He fall prey to Morkel in the sixth over.
After Agarwal's departure, Chris Gayle took charge of the inning and mercilessly crucified Chennai Super Kings' bowlers with his fiery batting performance. He added 109 runs with Virat Kohli for the third wicket. Gayle's swashbuckling knock included six sixes and two boundaries. Gayle was scalped by Ravindra Jadeja.
Kohli contributed significant 57 off 46 balls, which included two sixes and five boundaries. He was caught out by Du Plessis.
Today it would be the battle of two heavyweights, as defending champions, Chennai Super Kings takes on the tournament favourites
Royal Challenger Bangalore, in M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Super Kings would have to display a more consistent performance, if they are hoping to retain the championship trophy with them.
Having lost two of their three inaugural matches the Chennai side still needs to settle down as a team.
They lost their first match to Mumbai, came back to register a thumping victory against the Deccan Chargers only to lose meekly to the Delhi Daredevils.
The Royal challenger has similar issues when it comes to performing consistently. The Bangalore side won their first match against Delhi Daredevils only to go down against Kolkata Knight Riders in their second. The Strength of the Super Kings lies in their middle order batting line-up, which has failed to fire so-far. A fact acknowledged by the Captain himself.
M S Dhoni form is also a cause of concern for the team. The Captain cool has yet to warm up his bat, his total score in the last three matches, played by CSK so far, is dismal-22.
The low scores-posted by the Chennai Super Kings batsmen-has not given any leverage to Chennai bowlers to experiment and practice their plans.
Though, being on their home ground might just do the trick, which Chennai Super Kings are so desperately hoping for.
The other camp is also struggling to find their rhythm. The Royal Challenger Bangalore Studded with star players would be a tough side to beat. The Vettori brigade would be expecting a lot from their batsmen, which include the likes of Chris Gayle and current sensation Virat Kohli. Their bowling attack has the required potential to uproot the best batting line-up in the world. Muthiah Muralitharan and Zaheer Khan have the required experience and talent to deliver in a tough situation.
This is one match of equals that is sure to raise the performance bar of this edition of IPL -2012.
Head-to-head: Played: 12; RCB: 5; CSK: 7
Royal Challengers: MA Agarwal, chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, SS Tiwary, DL Vettori*, AB de Villiers†, CA Pujara, R Vinay Kumar, RR Bhatkal, Z Khan, M Muralitharan
Chennai Super Kings: M Vijay, F du Plessis, SK Raina, S Badrinath, RA Jadeja, MS Dhoni*†, DJ Bravo, JA Morkel, R Ashwin, SB Jakati, DE Bollinger
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