Royal Challengers Bangalore kept themselves alive in the Pepsi IPL 2013 and avenged their first leg defeat to Chennai Super Kings with a 24-run victory in a rain affected match at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Asked to bat first, RCB posted 106 on the back off a spectacular innings by their skipper Virat Kohli, before their bowlers restricted CSK to just 82.
The match was delayed for two and half hours due to rain. The match eventually commenced at 11:00 pm IST as an eight-overs a side contest.
Kohli punched Ravichandran Ashwin through cover for a boundary in the first over to get RCB rolling. Chris Gayle hit a six off Chris Morris in the second over. Ashwin's second over went for 16 runs as Kolhi smashed two gorgeous boundaries before launching him for a six. The RCB skipper continued his brutal assault with a boundary and a six off Morris’ the next over.
Gayle joined the carnage with three successive sixes off Jason Holder in the fifth over. Kohli was given a reprieve as MS Dhoni dropped him on 34 off Dwayne Bravo. But the bowler came back strongly as he had Gayle (28) caught by Michael Hussey at cover the very next delivery. AB de Villiers (5) opened his account with a crisp drive for four, before he was deceived by Mohit Sharma’s slower delivery and holed out to Ravindra Jadeja at long off. Moises Henriques (12*) got off the mark smashing Sharma for three boundaries through the off-side. Kohli (56*) hit two sixes to bring up his fifty in style as RCB finished their allotted eight overs at 106 for 2.
Chasing 107, Hussey pulled the first ball for a boundary. He was extremely lucky as the second ball kissed the leg-stump, but the bail remained intact. Zaheer Khan struck twice in the second over; first Hussey (6) edged one to the wicket-keeper, before Suresh Raina (0) skied one and was caught by Vinay Kumar. Murali Vijay pulled Jaydev Unadkat for a boundary. Bravo pulled Kumar for a maximum before perishing the next ball caught down at third man off an edge. CSK were 29 for three after four overs, still requiring 78 runs.
RP Singh was dismissed for 19 runs as Vijay struck two sixes leaving CSK needing 51 runs from the last two overs. Rampaul struck having Vijay (32) caught by Gayle. Dhoni slammed a monstrous six off Rampaul. Dhoni (24) struck a few lusty blows before he holed out as CSK fell 24 runs short.
Man-of-the-Match: Virat Kohli
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 106 for 2 in 8 overs (Virat Kohli 56*, Mohit Sharma 1-14) defeated Chennai Super Kings 82 for 5 in 8 overs (Murali Vijay 32, Zaheer Khan 4-17) by 24 runs.
7.4: Overs taken by Royal Challengers Bangalore to reach their 100 – fastest team 100 in IPL. The previous record was of 7.5 overs also held by Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India also at Bengaluru on April 23, 2013.
8: The 8-over aside match was the shortest scheduled match in IPL. Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab played an 11-over aside match at Delhi in 2008 in which Kings XI Punjab won by 6 runs.
51: Number of sixes hit by Chris Gayle in IPL 2013. It was the second time Gayle hit 50 or more sixes in a single edition of IPL. He had hit 59 sixes in 2012 edition.
103: Number of sixes hit by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013 – most by any team. They went ahead of Mumbai Indians’ tally of 101.
400: The fourth six of his innings was also the 400th six for Chris Gayle in Twenty20 cricket. He became first batsman to do so.
634: Runs scored by Virat Kohli in IPL 2013- most by a captain in a single edition of IPL. Sachin Tendulkar had made 618 in 2010 edition.
708: Runs scored by Chris Gayle in IPL 2013. There has been only one better performance in a single edition of IPL – by Gayle himself! He made 733 in 2012 edition.
Quotes from presentation
"It was tough target," says MS Dhoni. "Their bowlers bowled really well after Virat and Gayle gave them a lot of runs to defend. Good sporting wicket. You have to at your best in the playoffs. We want to win the first game. Our middle order has got a decent run, our bowlers have had decent outing. No reason we can't do well."
"As I said in the beginning, just pleased to go and get a game" says Virat Kohli, who is also the Man of the Match. "This puts serious pressure on Sunrisers. Obviously the crowd enjoyed it too. Thanks for your support. We told ourselves, aim for 80 and we will get 20 more. Chris and I gave us four-five balls each before hitting. The way Zak bowled it is great to have him back. I'll personally call Gautam tomorrow morning and ask him to go out and win the game for us."