IPL 2018: MS Dhoni leads Chennai Super Kings to a thrilling win against Royal Challengers Bangalore

First Published 26, Apr 2018, 12:08 AM IST
IPL 2018: MS Dhoni leads Chennai Super Kings to a thrilling win against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chennai Super Kings clinch the thriller, walking away with a five-wicket win!

Chennai 'Senior' Kings? Dad's army? Senior citizens? Say what but Chennai Super Kings were missed terribly in the last two seasons. You never doubt MS Dhoni and he has pulled it off again for CSK. Chasing 206, Chennai lost their four wickets for 74 runs. Ambati Rayudu (82) and Dhoni (70*) then added 101 runs before the former was dismissed in the 18th over. With 30 runs needed in the final two overs, Bravo (14*) joined hands with Dhoni to get the job done. The win takes them to the top of the table.

CSK have won with two balls to spare! Unbelievable stuff. More than 100 runs were needed in about 7 overs but he never showed any signs of pressure, nor did he play rash shots. Just played his trump card of taking the match deep and backing himself to finish and boy, what a finish it was. Just a jump across to the off-side and slogs this full ball with all his might to clear deep mid-wicket. This is RCB's first loss defending more than 200 at the Chinnaswamy

Chasing 206, CSK lost Shane Watson in the first over, but Suresh Raina and Amabti Rayudu hit the bowlers kept the scoreboard ticking.

Quick wickets and a few runouts helped CSK restrict RCB to 205/8 when they could have crossed 220 easily. Some brilliant bowling at the death helped CSK's cause. However, Washington Sundar hit it well and helped RCB touch 200 mark. 

Quinton de Kock started things off well with a half-century. De Kock scored 53 from 37 balls, though captain Kohli managed just 18 today. De Villiers played an impressive knock, making 63 from only 30 balls. Mandeep Singh chipped in a useful 32. Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur and Bravo took 2 wickets each for Chennai.

RCB 205/8 (20.0 Ovs)

CSK 207/5 (19.4 Ovs)  CRR: 10.53

Man of the match: MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings won by 5 wkts