Royal Challengers Bangalore claimed their fourth win of the tournament in yesterday's IPL match against CSK in Dubai. It was nearly a complete match for Virat Kohli-led RCB considering their past IPL record of defending targets. Earlier in the day, Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first on a pitch which was expected to slow down in the later stages of the game. Here's a complete match analysis of how RCB managed to win yesterday's IPL match against Chennai Super Kings.
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RCB post 169 in the first innings; Virat Kohli leads the way with the bat
Opting to bat first, RCB didn't get off to the greatest of starts in the first six overs. CSK bowlers stuck to their plans and bowled aggressive lines to restrict every run-scoring for the RCB batters. The wicket of Aaron Finch in the third over meant a slow start to the RCB innings. The duo of Devdutt Paddikal and skipper Virat Kohli stitched together a 53-run stand for the second wicket to drive their team out of early loss.
However, quick breakthroughs in the middle-over once again helped CSK to crawl their way back into the game. RCB lost the huge wicket of AB De Villiers, who was dismissed for a duck in the same over after Paddikal.
Falling wickets at the other end didn't hurt Kohli's approach even a single bit. The RCB skipper put the foot on the pedal to accelerate the run-scoring rate in the last six overs. RCB registered a total of 74 runs in the last five overs to lift their score to 169/5 at the end of 20 overs, Kohli was the chief tormentor with the bat, registering an unbeaten score of 90 off just 52 deliveries.
CSK fall well short to hand RCB a win 37 runs
Chasing 170 runs to win, CSK began equally poorly and lost both their openers inside the first six overs. RCB spinner Washington Sundar did the damage with the ball, getting two crucial breakthroughs in the powerplay. What followed was a partnership between Ambati Rayudu and N Jagadeesan which aimed to resurrect the CSK innings but was cut short by a direct-hit run-out by Chris Morris.
Thereafter, it was a flurry of wickets as CSK crumbled to 132/8 in their 20 overs to succumb to a 37-run loss against RCB in yesterday's IPL match. It was yet another poor batting display from the CSK batters leaving them with their fifth loss in 7 IPL matches so far.
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Yesterday IPL match result
Yesterday IPL match Winner: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Yesterday IPL ‘Man of the Match' Winner: Virat Kohli was awarded the Man of the Match award for his 90 runs off just 58
Yesterday IPL Most Wickets: Chris Morris picked three wickets against CSK in Dubai.