Sharjah: The Indian captain and vice-captain are not safe in the IPL. In the second quarter in the UAE, both teams tasted defeat in the second game in a row. Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore also suffered their second defeat after Rohit Sharma’s double for Mumbai Indians. MSS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings beat RCB by one wicket. With the win, CSK regained the number one position in the points table. RCB, on the other hand, is under pressure with its second consecutive defeat. The next six matches will be crucial for Kohli and his team to maintain their playoff hopes.
The RCB, which started firing, was captured by the CSK. At one stage, RCB, who had hoped to score at least 200 runs, were bowled out for 156 for six. At the end of the first 10 overs, RCB was at 90 for no loss. With all the wickets remaining, they were expected to score above 200 for sure. Because RCB also had such a strong batting line-up. But in the remaining 10 overs, RCB managed just 66 runs. Meanwhile, RCB lost six wickets. Openers Devdutt Padikkal (70) and skipper Virat Kohli (50) struggled with Fifty but did not get much contribution from others. AB de Villiers (12), Glenn Maxwell (11), debutants Tim David (1), Herschelle Patel (3) and Vanindu Hasaranga (1 *) were the others.
RCB set a target of 157 for CSK. CSK reached the target in 18.1 overs for the loss of only four wickets without any significant challenge. Everyone who batted made a decent contribution to the team. Ruthuraj Gaekwad became CSK’s top scorer for the second game in a row with 38 runs. It included four fours and a six off 26 balls.
The others were Ambati Rayudu (32), Faff Duplessis (31) and Moin Ali (23). Suresh Raina (17) and skipper Dhoni (11) completed CSK’s victory. Herschelle Patel, who took two wickets, was the best RCB bowler. Yusvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell took one wicket each. West Indies veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who had earlier led CSK’s bowling with three wickets, was the man of the match.
The Kohli-Devdat pair gave RCB a great start after losing the toss. The duo put on 111 for the first wicket. Kohli was dismissed in the second ball of the 14th over. He scored 53 runs, including six boundaries and a six, before being caught by Ravindra Jadeja off Dwayne Bravo. With Kohli out, RCB’s scoring slowed down. Devdutt and ABD put on 29 for the second wicket. But ABD’s return to Devdut in the next over stunned the RCB.
ABD, who scored 12, was caught by Suresh Raina and Devdat by Ambati Rayudu in Bravo’s bowling. Devdutt hit five fours and three sixes in 50 balls. RCB lost three more wickets as they added 16 runs to the team score. RCB scored only 38 runs in the last five overs. They lost all five wickets. West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo took three wickets for RCB. Shardul Thakur took two wickets. Deepak Chahar took one wicket. After the toss, CSK captain MS Dhoni opted for bowling. The toss, which was scheduled to take place at 7 a.m., was postponed to 7.30 a.m. following strong sandstorms. CSK retained the same team as in the previous match. But there were two changes in the RCB team. Sachin Tendulkar has been replaced by pacer Navdeep Saini in the playing XI. New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamison was replaced by Singapore’s Tim David in his debut match. Finally, CSK had a resounding victory over RCB in the first quarter of this season in India. Ravindra Jadeja’s one – man show defeated RCB in Wankhede. Jaddu was unbeaten on 62 off 28 balls. He scored 37 runs in an over bowled by Herschelle Patel. Jadeja, who bowled for three wickets for 13 runs, had a run-out.