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

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Chennai vs. Bangalore, IPL 7: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report
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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
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Rilee Rossouw b Ashish Nehra 1 4 25.00 0 0
Yogesh Takawale lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 19 17 111.76 4 0
Vijay Zol b Mohit Sharma 13 12 108.33 0 1
Virat Kohli b Ashish Nehra 73 49 148.97 2 5
Yuvraj Singh c Suresh Raina b Ravindra Jadeja 25 24 104.16 2 0
AB de Villiers b Ashish Nehra 10 6 166.66 2 0
Sachin Rana NOT OUT 5 6 83.33 0 0
Mitchell Starc NOT OUT 2 2 100.00 0 0
EXTRAS (w 4, lb 2) 6
TOTAL (6 wickets; 20 overs) 154
BOWLER O R W ECON DOTS
Ashish Nehra 4 33 3 8.25 8
Samuel Badree 3 29 0 9.66 8
Ravichandran Ashwin 4 33 1 8.25 8
Mohit Sharma 3 16 1 5.33 9
Suresh Raina 4 27 0 6.75 8
Ravindra Jadeja 2 14 1 7.00 2

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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
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Dwayne Smith c Virat Kohli b Ravi Rampaul 34 17 200.00 4 1
Francois du Plessis NOT OUT 54 43 125.58 3 3
Suresh Raina st Yogesh Takawale b Yuvraj Singh 18 18 100.00 2 0
MS Dhoni NOT OUT 49 28 175.00 4 3
EXTRAS (w 1, b 4) 5
TOTAL (2 wickets; 17.4 overs) 160
BOWLER O R W ECON DOTS
Shadab Jakati 3.4 41 0 11.18 4
Ravi Rampaul 2 21 1 10.50 5
Mitchell Starc 3 33 0 11.00 5
Yuzvendra Chahal 4 24 0 6.00 8
Sachin Rana 1 7 0 7.00 2
Yuvraj Singh 4 30 1 7.50 6

IPL Official

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.

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