Chennai vs. Bangalore, IPL 7: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterMay 24, 2014

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 22:  MS Dhoni of Chennai is dismissed during the Champions League twenty20 match between Chennai Super Kings and Yorkshire Carnegie at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on October 22, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Chennai Super Kings got their form back with a commanding eight-wicket win away at Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final league game of IPL 7.

RCB put on a disappointing 154-6 in their 20 overs, saved by Virat Kohli's impressive 73.

Chennai got off to a flying start in response and never eased off, with Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni steering them home with more than two overs to spare.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Scorecard
Rilee Rossouwb Ashish Nehra1425.0000
Yogesh Takawalelbw Ravichandran Ashwin1917111.7640
Vijay Zolb Mohit Sharma1312108.3301
Virat Kohlib Ashish Nehra7349148.9725
Yuvraj Singhc Suresh Raina b Ravindra Jadeja2524104.1620
AB de Villiersb Ashish Nehra106166.6620
Sachin RanaNOT OUT5683.3300
Mitchell StarcNOT OUT22100.0000
EXTRAS (w 4, lb 2)6
TOTAL (6 wickets; 20 overs)154
Ashish Nehra43338.258
Samuel Badree32909.668
Ravichandran Ashwin43318.258
Mohit Sharma31615.339
Suresh Raina42706.758
Ravindra Jadeja21417.002
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The win represents a big boost to Chennai, whose place in the play-offs was already assured despite a run which saw them lose four of their previous six matches going into this game.

For Bangalore, however, the curtain comes down on a disappointing season, one in which an embarrassment of batting riches failed to jell and win them key games.

It was the same again against disciplined Super Kings bowling.

Ashish Nehra struck early, and Ravi Ashwin and Mohit Sharma also picked up wickets to leave RCB in trouble during the powerplay overs.

Kohli and Yuvraj Singh threatened to steady the ship, but their 55-run stand was as good as it got for the Challengers.

Kohli continued alone until his exit in the final over, but the total looked light without sufficient support.

Chennai Super Kings Scorecard
Dwayne Smithc Virat Kohli b Ravi Rampaul3417200.0041
Francois du PlessisNOT OUT5443125.5833
Suresh Rainast Yogesh Takawale b Yuvraj Singh1818100.0020
MS DhoniNOT OUT4928175.0043
EXTRAS (w 1, b 4)5
TOTAL (2 wickets; 17.4 overs)160
Shadab Jakati3.441011.184
Ravi Rampaul221110.505
Mitchell Starc333011.005
Yuzvendra Chahal42406.008
Sachin Rana1707.002
Yuvraj Singh43017.506
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Dwayne Smith and du Plessis chased after it at a pace, Smith falling for a 17-ball 34, by which time the Super Kings had notched 57 runs in just over four overs.

The assault slowed a touch as Suresh Raina stroked the ball around, but the back of the total had already been broken.

Perhaps mindful that run-rate could determine the Super Kings' fate, Dhoni promoted himself up the order to No. 4 and went aggressively at the total. His unbeaten 49 took just 28 balls to compile, with du Plessis thumping three sixes of his own en route to 54.

Kolkata Knight Riders can still take a place in the top two if they achieve a resounding final-day victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad, but Chennai will be relieved that they seem to have clicked back into gear just as the tournament gets serious.