Chennai: Ravindra Jadeja played an important hand as Chennai Super Kings took 16 runs off the last over to register a four-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday. It was Chennai's second IPL 6 win in three matches, while Bangalore suffered their second loss in five matches.
In pursuit of 166, the hosts got off to a bad start when Murali Vijay was wrongly given caught behind for two off Ravi Rampaul in the second over. Replays showed there was no edge. Michael Hussey, who made an unbeaten 86 in Chennai's win against Kings XI Punjab earlier this week, too struggled and took 15 balls for six before hitting Vinay Kumar straight into the hands of Mayank Agarwal at deep backward square leg.
Suresh Raina (30) and Subramaniam Badrinath (34) added 56 runs to give some hope to the local fans but both fell in quick succession to spinner Syed Mohammad to make it a tall order for their team. MS Dhoni and Jadeja batted with great flare thereafter adding 59 off 35 balls to bring Chennai back into the contest. However, when Dhoni got out in the penultimate over bowled by Rampaul for 33 it seemed to be the end of the road for the hosts. Jadeja though defied the odds hitting a six and a four off the first two balls of RP Singh's over to turn it around. Chennai needed two runs off the last ball and Jadeja hit the ball straight into the hands of third man. But umpire AK Chowdhary rightly called it a no-ball with Jadeja ((38 off 20 balls)) and Chris Morris also completing a single.
Earlier after being put into bat, Bangalore got their start off on the wrong foot when the dangerous Chris Gayle nicked a Morris delivery straight through to wicketkeeper Dhoni in the second over. Agarwal and Virat Kohli had a tough time out there in the middle on a tricky pitch adding 45 runs in 6.5 overs.
However, things changed drastically following the wicket of Agarwal (24) who left his crease in the ninth over and missed the ball down the leg side, giving Dhoni a simple stumping opportunity. The arrival of AB de Villiers brought good omen as boundaries started flowing for the visitors.
Kohli was lucky in the 12th over when he was given not out by umpire Chowdhary despite edging a Dwayne Bravo delivery straight through to Dhoni. Kohli made the most of the opportunity as he and de Villiers added 80 runs in eight overs to put Bangalore on course for a good total. During the course of his innings, Kohli (256) became the highest run-getter this season overtaking Mumbai Indians' Dinesh Karthik (224).
Morris returned and took two wickets - Kohli (58 off 47 balls) and Daniel Christian (2) - in the space of three balls in the 17th over to bring the hosts back. Bravo then removed Rampaul in the next over to make things worse for the visitors. However, de Villiers took the lead from there on and played some lusty shots before falling off the last ball of the innings for 64. He played 32 balls and hit eight fours and one six.