New Delhi: The 25th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai. RCB won the toss and scored 169 runs losing 20 wickets in 20 overs and set a target of 170 runs to win in front of Chennai. Chennai did not have a good start. Watson and Duplesey were quickly dismissed and returned to the pavilion. However Rayudu tried to handle the team to some extent. He scored 42 runs off 40 balls with the help of four checks. Playing the first match, Jagdishan supported him well and scored 33 runs with the help of 4 checks from 28 balls. There was a time that both partnerships would win Chennai the match. But Jagadishan was dismissed in a fast-paced run. After that Dhoni came on batting but could not do anything special and made 10 catches in the spur of playing fast. After Rayudu’s dismissal, no batsman could even cross the double figures and Chennai lost the match by 37 runs.
For Bangalore, Maurice took 3 precious wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs while playing the first match. Washington Sundar took 2 wickets for 16 runs in 3 overs. With this win, RCB moved to number four in the points table.
RCB, on the other hand, scored 169 runs while batting first. Padikkal played a studious innings for his team and scored 33 runs off 34 balls with the help of 2 fours and 1 six. However, Finch, who came with him to the opening, was dismissed by 2 runs. He was followed by RCB captain Virat Kohli. Initially, he took some time, but once settled, he played a brilliant innings for his team. He scored 90 runs off just 51 balls with the help of 4 fours and six not out. Shivam Dubey contributed significantly to his team and scored 22 runs off 14 balls with the help of 2 checks and 1 six.
For Chennai, none of the bowlers, except Deepak Chahar, were impressed. Chahar took 1 wicket giving 10 in 3 overs. Shardul Thakur also took 2 wickets. Sam Kuran proved to be very expensive, scoring 48 runs in 4 overs.