March 31st, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on IPL-3 : CHENNAI BEAT BANGALORE
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Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challangers Bangalore in a thrilling encounter. R. C. Bangalore won the toss and elected to bat at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai on Wednesday. Jacques Kallis and Pandey opened the innings for the RCB and Pandey could not last long and was caught by Dhoni b Thussara for 5. In came Robin Uthappa to occupy the crease and he was dropped by Goni when he was at naught.

Thereafter, Uthappa slammed two sixes and a boundary but was caught by Goni, b by Shadab Jakati for 21 runs. Virat Kohli also played well and contributed 34 runs for the RCB and was caught by Vijai b Jakati. Actually Virat Kohli and Jacques Kallis set the momentum for the RCB and were together in a half-century stand.

But soon thereafter Kallis was run out by Raina while trying to complete a difficult run and was no where in the frame when the replay was shown.  Kohli chipped down the track to a full toss and holed it straight to Vijay at long-on. Kallis tried to take a single to extra cover and was run out by a throw by Raina. It turned out to be a double-wicket maiden for Chennai.

Cameroon White and Kevin Pieterson were included in the line up. Robin Uthappa  performed duties behind the stumps in place of Mark Boucher. M S Dhoni brought in Manpreet Gony  in place of Joginder Sharma and Ganapathy was brought in place of Arun Karthik.

Royal Challangers  Bangalore, could muster only 161 for the loss of 4 wickets.

Murli Vijay laid the foundation of the victory of Chennai Super Kings by scoring 78 runs off 39 balls and departed when the teams’ score was 104 for 2. Vijai had lethal arms in his fire power. Vijay, who had reached his fifty off 29 balls was in so much control of his shots that he slammed Pietersen for three sixes in one over. He hit 4 fours and 6 sixes in his 78 and plundered runs of practically all RCB bowlers.

Chennai Super Kings had reached the score of 100 runs in 10.3 overs. Suresh Raina fully supported the foundation laid by Vijai and scored 44 not out in 35 balls. M.S.Dhoni could not contribute much to the score and was out c Dravid and bowled by Steyn for 14 runs.

Mathew Hayden also was out early stumped by part-time wicket keeper Uthappa and bowled by Kumble for 12 runs. Anil Kumble had the best economy rate as he had bowled extremely well. He gave away only 16 runs in his allotted 4 overs and took the vital wicket of Hayden. In fact it was Kumble who stopped the run riot with his spin bowling and had strangled the RCB batsmen. Steyn managed to get 1 wicket for 20 runs. Other bowlers for RCB were Kallis, Pietersen and Vinay Kumar who got 1 wicket each.

Chennai won with an over to spare and moved up two spots in the points table.

The Man of the Match award went to Murli Vijai.

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