Indian Premier League, 2020

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 44

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 25 October 2020

Chennai Super Kings 150/2

RR: 8.03 | Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Ruturaj Gaikwad not out not out 655143
Faf du Plessis c Mohammed Siraj & b Chris Morrisc Mohammed Siraj & b Chris Morris251322
Ambati Rayudu bowled Yuzvendra Chahalbowled Yuzvendra Chahal392732
MS Dhoni not out not out 192130
Narayan Jagadeesan
Ravindra Jadeja
Sam Curran
Deepak Chahar
Imran Tahir
Mitchell Santner
Monu Kumar
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 1, w 1, nb 0)
Total 150 (2 Wkts, 18.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
46-1 (Faf du Plessis,5.1), 113-2 (Ambati Rayudu,13.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Washington Sundar4 0 27 0 6.75
Chris Morris3.4 0 36 1 10.59
Mohammed Siraj2 0 29 0 14.50
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 21 1 5.25
Moeen Ali2 0 17 0 8.50
Navdeep Saini3 0 19 0 6.33

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Ruturaj Gaikwad is named Player of the Match for his fine unbeaten half ton.

Sam Curran is caught for a quick chat. He says that they were trying to get a win and is pleased to have ended up on the winning side. Praises Gaikwad for his knock. Adds that he tried to make the batters play more on the square of the wicket and he bowled a lot of slower balls. States that he always tries to improve on his slower balls and work on his back of the hand slower balls. Tells that they have been impressed with how Gaikwad has been playing in the nets and is pleased that it worked.

Virat Kohli, the Bangalore skipper, says that the second innings was not a true representation of how the pitch was. Adds that they gave too many boundary balls. Says that 140 plus was a very competitive total but they did not bowl well. Goes onto say that they could have bowled change of pace and they were not expressive enough and they did not bowl according to plan. Tells that it was difficult to get under the ball. Feels that all teams are a good side but not everyone have a great tournament and it is all about how you conquer the park on a given day. Tells that they have been playing very good cricket and they are still confident. Says that they have a lot of positives going ahead.

Earlier in the game, their bowlers did a fine job to restrict Bangalore to under 150. However, they were tidy from the start but with set Kohli and de Villiers batting, it might have been mayhem had they got going but the Chennai bowlers didn't let them do that. Kohli did get to a half ton while de Villiers too played a fine knock but they just couldn't break free. Sam Curran once again starred with the ball for Chennai while he got good support from Chahar. And eventually, the score that they restricted Bangalore too, they chased it down easily. Stay tuned for the presentation...

Bangalore needed early wickets. It did come in the 5th over as Morris got better of his countryman du Plessis but the Protea had given a fine start by that time. And after that wicket, the Bangalore bowlers failed to strike for a long time as Gaikwad and Rayudu's fine batting kept them at bay. With hardly any pressure of the asking rate, Chennai batters kept things nice and under control and didn't give chances to the bowlers. Chahal was once again good with the ball but he just got one wicket and didn't get much support from the other end. And eventually, Chennai hunted down the total with 8 balls to spare.

Chasing the target, Chennai were off to a flying start with du Plessis and Gaikwad adding 46 in just 5.1 overs. Faf fell against the run of play but Rayudu arrived and along with Gaikwad kept taking the game away. The duo added 67 runs between them in a quick time and never allowed the Bangalore bowlers to settle. Rayudu too fell but before he went, the asking rate was well under control and eventually Dhoni with his calmness along with Gaikwad, took the team over the line easily.

Comfortably done in the end! Fine batting performance from Dhoni's men in this encounter that sees them break the shackles and win a game after a hat-trick of defeats. Special mention to the youngster Gaikwad who stayed till the end to take the team home!

18.4
6
Chris Morris to Ruturaj Gaikwad, SIX! What a way to finish the game! Short ball on middle, Gaikwad pulls it over the deep square leg region for a maximum. CHENNAI WIN BY 8 WICKETS. 
18.3
0
Chris Morris to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Low full toss on off, Gaikwad pushes it to cover. 
18.2
4
Chris Morris to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR! Just two needed now! Full ball on middle, Gaikwad lifts it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
18.1
0
Chris Morris to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Good length ball outside off, Gaikwad looks to punch it to the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
17.6
0
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Very full on middle, Dhoni plays it back to the bowler.
17.5
0
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Full toss on off, Dhoni punches it to mid off.
17.4
0
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Good length ball on off, Dhoni pushes it to cover.
17.3
0
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Short ball outside off, Dhoni crunches it to point for a dot.
17.2
0
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, On a length on off, Dhoni plays it to mid off. 
17.1
4
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Nicely played! Full ball on off, Dhoni lifts it over the mid off fielder for a boundary.
16.6
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on middle, Dhoni heaves it to long on for a single.
16.5
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, Flatter ball outside off, Dhoni punches it to cover.
16.4
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Low full toss on middle, Gaikwad works it to long on for another run. 
16.3
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, Flighted ball on off, Dhoni drives it to long off and takes a single.
16.2
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ruturaj Gaikwad, On off, Gaikwad drives it to long off for a single. 
16.1
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, Loopy ball on the pads, Dhoni looks to flick but it takes his pads and rolls to the leg side. A leg bye taken.

Bowling change! Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl out. 3-0-17-1 from him so far.

15.6
1
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Short ball outside off, Dhoni punches it to deep cover for a single.
15.5
0
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Saini goes full on middle, Dhoni nudges it to mid-wicket.
15.4
1
Navdeep Saini to Ruturaj Gaikwad, On a length on middle, Gaikwad tucks it to the leg side and crosses over for a single.
15.3
1
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Fullish ball on middle, Dhoni works it down to long on and picks up a run.
15.2
0
Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, Full ball on off, Dhoni drives but finds the mid off fielder.

Bowling change! Navdeep Saini returns. 11 off his first. Can he do some magic with his pace?

15.1
1
Navdeep Saini to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Good length ball outside off, Gaikwad drives it to deep cover and takes a single.
14.6
4
Chris Morris to MS Dhoni, FOUR! And again! Chennai are doing it easily at the moment! Short on middle, Dhoni pulls it to the deep square leg region for a boundary.
14.5
4
Chris Morris to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Pulled away nicely! Short ball around middle, Dhoni pulls it to the deep square leg region for a boundary.
14.4
0
Chris Morris to MS Dhoni, Good length delivery on the pads, Dhoni looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. No harm done though.
14.3
1
Chris Morris to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Full ball on middle, Ruturaj flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
14.3
0
Chris Morris to Ruturaj Gaikwad, WIDE! Down the leg side, Gaikwad looks to pull but misses. Wided.
14.2
1
Chris Morris to MS Dhoni, Short ball on middle, Dhoni pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
14.1
0
Chris Morris to MS Dhoni, Good length ball on off, Dhoni plays it back to the bowler.

Who will bowl the 15th over? Chris Morris returns now. His 2 overs will be key as well. 2-0-15-1 from him so far.

13.6
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, Loopy ball on middle, Dhoni plays it to long on for a single.
13.5
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FIFTY! Maiden fifty in the Indian T20 League! What a proud moment for the youngster! A brilliant knock from him so far. Floated on off, Gaikwad pushes it to long off for a single to get to the milestone. Can he take the side home?
13.4
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on the pads, Dhoni works it to fine leg and takes a single.

Who will walk in to bat next? Will Chennai promote Sam Curran? No! Dhoni takes the matter in his own hands.

13.3
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ambati Rayudu, OUT! TIMBER! Once again we see a wicket fall after the break. Is there still a chance for Bangalore? Chahal tosses this one on off, Rayudu goes on his knees and then looks to sweep but misses. Chahal does not as the ball goes onto hit the off stump. Bangalore need to continue taking wickets. 33 needed in 39 balls. 
13.2
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Flatter and outside off, Gaikwad moves to 49 by pushing it to deep cover for a run.
13.1
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ambati Rayudu, Flatter outside off, Rayudu pushes it to deep cover for a single.

A little delay here! We are done and dusted with the mini-break but Rayudu is off the field at the moment. He returns now and we are ready to go. Yuzvendra Chahal will begin for Bangalore with the ball.

DRINKS! Chennai going along nicely! Both Gaikwad and Rayudu are looking in fine touch and all they would want is to take the team home, without losing their wickets. Gaikwad is just 2 away from his half ton while Rayudu is motoring nicely. Should be an easy chase from hereon, provided there isn't any collapse. Bangalore need some magic to turn things around. Who can provide that? Maybe Chahal or Morris? Both have a couple of overs left and they can be the deciding overs as far as Bangalore are concerned.

12.6
2
Washington Sundar to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Flatter ball on middle,  Gaikwad works it to the deep square leg region and picks up a couple.

It is the master and his apprentice meeting in Dubai, possibly for the last time in this season, in match 44 of the Indian T20 League, 2020. With 8 defeats in 11 games, Chennai are in complete disarray. Bangalore, on the other hand, are on the cusp of a hat-trick of wins. Theoretically, Chennai can still make it to the playoffs but they will need a lot of games going in their favour. They have struggled in all departments of the game. Coming to Bangalore, they have been in riveting form. This is one of those rare seasons where their bowling has been talked about more, than their batting. They say, batsmen win you games, bowlers win you championships. The inclusion of Morris has certainly given rise to the latter phrase. Bangalore look all set for an outright win, but Chennai are now in a space where they have nothing to lose. Might just help them play freely and bring out their best.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team Squad -Aaron Finch,Devdutt Padikkal,Gurkeerat Singh Mann,Pavan Deshpande,Virat Kohli,Chris Morris,Moeen Ali,Shahbaz Ahmed,Shivam Dube,Washington Sundar,AB de Villiers,Josh Philippe,Parthiv Patel,Adam Zampa,Dale Steyn,Isuru Udana,Mohammed Siraj,Navdeep Saini,Pawan Negi,Umesh Yadav,Yuzvendra Chahal

Chennai Super Kings Team Squad -Ambati Rayudu,Faf du Plessis,Kedar Jadhav,Murali Vijay,Ruturaj Gaikwad,Shane Watson,Dwayne Bravo,Mitchell Santner,Ravindra Jadeja,Sam Curran,MS Dhoni,Narayan Jagadeesan,Deepak Chahar,Imran Tahir,Josh Hazlewood,Karn Sharma,KM Asif,Lungi Ngidi,Monu Kumar,Piyush Chawla,Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore,Shardul Thakur