IPL 2012 MATCH 13: Chennai emerge victorious in dramatic high-scoring thriller

Jadeja hit a boundary off the last ball to give Chennai an amazing victory

The Royal Challengers Bangalore were left with heads in their hands, as the Chennai Super Kings recorded a stunning come-from-behind victory against them.

Posting a huge total of 205, the Royal Challengers Bangalore started to lose the plot when their bowling attack was brought to its knees by the almighty onslaught of the Chennai batsmen.

Bangalore captain, Daniel Vettori won the toss and chose to bat first, since he expected the pitch to become slower in the second half of the match.

Chennai captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was explaining the game plan to his team, as the Bangalore openers, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle walked out to the middle.

Gayle and Agarwal, got Bangalore off to a blazing start, as together they hammered the opening bowlers all over the park.

Agarwal seemed to be doing all the hitting, while Gayle continued to give him the strike, which was not very common of the big West Indian.

Within the span of five overs, the opening pair had already registered a fifty partnership, and were looking to be unstoppable.

But, just as Agarwal was within striking distance of his own half century, he got out when Albie Morkel bowled him a short delivery, which he top edged straight into the hands of Dwayne Bravo at mid-on.

Agarwal’s blitz of 45 runs from 26 balls, which included five boundaries and three sixes, had provided an excellent start for Bangalore.

The partnership he and Gayle had put together had also come to an end on 53, at a brilliant run rate of 9.93.

Gayle was joined at the crease by Virat Kohli, who had yet to provide a big innings in this year’s IPL.

Together, the pair continued with the all-out attack theme, and the Chennai bowlers felt the brunt of the onslaught.

With boundary after boundary being hit, people in the stands had to take cover because Gayle was starting to get fired up.

Gayle, who had been extremely quiet in his first partnership with Agarwal, was now showing why he is still one of the most feared batsmen in the world.

The partnership between the pair soon past the half century mark, and it wasn’t long after that Gayle himself was within touching distance of his own fifty.

Gayle, launched a huge six over the deep square leg region to bring up his 50 from only 26 balls.

However, both he and Kohli were far from done with dishing out the punishment, as they continued to keep the runs flowing.

Within almost no time at all, Gayle and Kohli had posted a hundred run partnership, which was huge, considering that Chennai have one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament.

Gayle however, would fall soon after, when he ended up slicing a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja straight to his West Indian counterpart Dwayne Bravo.

Gayle’s blistering innings had come to an end on 68 from just 35 balls, at a strike rate of 194.28, as he cracked two boundaries and six massive sixes.

The partnership between Gayle and Kohli had come to an end on 109, at an astounding run rate of 9.90.

One over later, Albie Morkel got the wicket of his South African teammate, AB de Villiers, when he tried to play a reverse hook, but ended up giving a simple catch to Shadab Jakati at short third man.

Saurabh Tiwary joined Kohli at the crease, and after a quick 24 run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his half century off only 43 deliveries, before Tiwary was dismissed after hitting a full toss straight to deep midwicket, where Suresh Raina took an excellent diving catch.

Bangalore lost four wickets in the first five balls of the last over, and this is where the turning point of the match happened.

On the first ball of the final over, Doug Bollinger removed Kohli, when he hit a delivery straight down the throat of Francois du Plessis at long-on, bringing an end to his outstanding innings of 57 from 46 balls, during which he smashed five boundaries and two sixes as well.

The very next ball, Cheteshwar Pujara had his middle stump knocked out when trying to slog a delivery over the infield.

Bollinger was unlucky not to get a hat-trick, but did get a wicket the ball after, when Bangalore captain, Daniel Vettori was run out after Raju Bhatkal tapped a delivery away, where Bollinger picked up the ball and caught Vettori short of the crease with an underarm throw.

The very next delivery, Bhatkal was back on his way to the pavilion, as he tried to slog a ball over the ropes, but only managed in giving Suresh Raina a simple catch at mid-off.

Vinay Kumar, who had the tough job of facing yet another hat-trick delivery from Bollinger, did extremely well in the end, as he launched it for a massive six to end Bangalore’s innings on 205.

Doug Bollinger led all Chennai bowlers with three wickets, while Albie Morkel and Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets as well.

Facing a mammoth total of 206 to win, the Chennai Super Kings opening pair of Murali Vijay and Francois du Plessis knew that they had to get the innings off to a quick start.

Vijay and du Plessis did just that, as they thrashed the Bangalore bowlers all over the place, which started to frustrate captain Vettori.

Together, the pair quickly brought up a fifty run partnership, but it would not go on for much longer, as Vijay was out when Muttiah Muralitharan turned back the clock and pulled off an outstanding diving catch off his own bowling.

The 56 runs partnership that Vijay and du Plessis had put together had come at a run rate of 8.19.

Suresh Raina joined du Plessis, who had made 44 out of the 56 runs in the partnership he made with Vijay, at the crease, and right away the pair continued to keep the scoring rate high.

Du Plessis, brought up his half century during the partnership, off only 32 balls, and was starting to become a thorn in the side of Bangalore.

32 runs into their partnership, Raina was dismissed when he holed out to the fielder at long-on for 23 runs from 14 balls, during which he smacked three boundaries and a six for good measure.

Chennai captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined du Plessis in the middle and together, the pair started to increase the scoring rate dramatically.

Dhoni and du Plessis were absolutely carving up the Bangalore bowling attack, as they looked to be racing to a rapid fifty run partnership.

However, the fifty partnership would never come, as du Plessis, who knew that the required run rate was starting to get higher and higher, hit a delivery from Muralitharan straight into the hands of Virat Kohli at long-on.

Du Plessis, was named the Man of the Match for his entertaining innings.

The 40 run partnership he and Dhoni had put together at a run rate of 10 an over was vital in helping Chennai bring down the required run rate.

Another 35 runs at a run rate of 10 an over between Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo further helped Chennai’s cause of chasing down the huge target they had been set.

However, the 35 run partnership was broken when Dhoni tried to play his specialist move, known as the helicopter shot in an attempt to clear the ropes, but he ended up spooning a simple catch to long-off, where the substitute fielder, Tillakaratne Dilshan, made no mistake.

Dhoni’s innings of 41 from 24 balls, in which he thumped a boundary and two big sixes, was key to helping Chennai get ever closer to their target of 206.

Albie Morkel was the next batsman in, and he scored a quick 28 runs off just seven deliveries, which included two boundaries and three magnificent sixes, before he too was dismissed after slashing a ball straight to the fielder at the point boundary.

Needing 14 runs from the last four balls, Dwayne Bravo was bowled a big no-ball, which he dispatched to the boundary with ease.

Still having three deliveries to go since Vinay Kumar bowled a no-ball, Bravo outdid himself and hammered it for a massive six, which had the fans in the crowd diving for cover.

Bravo, failed to score off the next ball, but took a single to give Ravindra Jadeja the strike for the last ball, from which they needed two runs to win.

The fans in the crowd were going berserk as the last ball was delivered, which Jadeja hit the boundary after getting a thick outside edge on it.

The celebrations started immediately with the Chennai team running out to congratulate their heroes, while the crowd went absolutely wild.

Muttiah Muralitharan picked up three wickets, while Zaheer Khan and Vinay Kuamar took a wicket each in Bangalore’s valiant effort.

With Chennai recording a remarkable victory, they will be looking to carry their momentum into their next match against the Pune Warriors on April 14.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, will be looking to forget about this horrible loss when they go up against the Rajasthan Royals on April 15.

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