March 24th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on BANGALORE BEAT CHENNAI
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Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 36 runs in front of a 45,000 packed crowd on Tuesday at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore. Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to field first. It appears that the decision to field first backfired on Chennai Super Kings. Jacques Kallis opened the innings with MK Pandey for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and was riding his luck for the first four overs, but not for long. A couple of close catches of Kallis were missed. He was clean bowled by Balaji for 19 runs.

This is the first time Kallis has been out in the IPL-3. RCB wanted to pile up a dependable total and Robin Utthappa displayed his batting prowess slamming 68 not out in quick time. It was raining sixes throughout the duration of his stay and his shot selection viv-a-vis timing was a treat to watch. Pandey was out caught Raina off Murlitharan for 20 runs. Other contributors to the RCB score were Virat Kohli 24, Rahul Dravid 14 and Boucher 11.

Chennai took wickets initially and RCB were 119 for 5 but it was the final 19 deliveries of Bangalore’s innings, where Uthappa slammed sixes, which made the difference. Dropped twice, Uthappa helped Bangalore take 52 runs off them, lifting his team from 119 after 17 overs to 171 for 5. Utthappa took 39 runs off the last ten deliveries and thats what brought RCB to a fighting total and gave Robin the man of the match award later.

In reply thereto Chennai Super Kings could muster only 135 for 7 in the alotted 20 overs and Hayden played well scoring 32 off 28 balls and Bailey contributing on 18 runs. Patel was out early for 1 and Raina could merely contribute 9 runs and was caught by Kalllis off Vinay Kumar while attempting a huge hit over fine leg boundry.

Badrinath 31 and Albie Morkel 19 were the other contributors to the total of 135 runs. Vinay Kumar bowled extremely well and took 4 wickets for 40 runs whereas Kumble and Praveen Kumar got one wicket each. This was the third consecutive victory by Royal Challengers Bangalore on their home ground and are now on the top of the table.

The award for the maximum sixes went to Robin Utthappa.

The award for the Karbonn Kamaal Catch went to Suresh Raina.

The award for the Man of the Match went to Robin Utthappa.

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