Dhoni for the umpteenth time was in line to pull off another incredible chase but finally ran out of luck as RCB managed to beat CSK by one run in another last-ball IPL thriller on Sunday.
In the end it was Dhoni who lost to RCB, who eked out their third win of the tournament. It could have been an easy win in the manner Steyn (2/29) has brought the necessary zing that was lacking in RCB’s bowling effort as he bowled perfect outswinger to get rid of Shane Watson caught by Stoinis at the slips. He followed it up with a perfect yorker against an out-of-form Raina.
Umesh despite the odd loose delivery produced extra pace and bounce to get rid of du Plessis and Jadhav as CSK were left tottering at 28 for 4. The trusted pair of Rayudu (29 off 29 balls) and Dhoni started resurrecting the innings.
They had a 55-run stand before Rayudu got one from Chahal angle into his pads. He missed the line and the ball hit the pads and then onto the stumps.
Earlier, Patel’s attacking half-century and Moeen final flourish wasn’t enough as RCB put up a sub-par 161 for 7 after put into bat.
Chahar (2/25) was impressive as usual while Jadeja’s (2/29) twin breakthrough during partnership was also important in the context of the innings.