IPL 2014 Match 53: Du Plessis helps put an end to Chennai’s three-game losing streak

Du Plessis hammered three boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 54

Du Plessis hammered three boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 54

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South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis scored an outstanding half-century to help put an end to the Chennai Super Kings’ three-game losing streak.

Du Plessis was well supported by Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who smashed an unbeaten 49, to lead the side to a convincing eight-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Dhoni made the right choice to bowl first after Bangalore opener Rilee Rossouw was clean bowled by Ashish Nehra for one run.

Wicketkeeper Yogesh Takawale made 19 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Vijay Zol only made 13 runs before he was cleaned up by Mohit Sharma.

Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stabilised the innings with a 55-run partnership before Singh was caught by Suresh Raina at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 25.

AB de Villiers failed to have an impact with the bat as he had his stumps shattered by Nehra for just 10 runs.

Kohli ended up scoring 73 off 49 balls, which included two boundaries and five sixes, before he was also clean bowled by Nehra.

Kohli made a gutsy 73

Kohli made a gutsy 73

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Thanks to Kohli, Bangalore finished on 154/6 off their 20 overs.

Nehra was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Ashwin, Sharma and Jadeja chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 155 to win, Chennai got off to a brilliant start as du Plessis and Dwayne Smith amassed a 57-run partnership before Smith was caught by Kohli at midwicket off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul for 34.

Raina only made 18 runs before he was stumped by Takawale off the bowling of Singh.

Du Plessis and Dhoni finished things off with an unbeaten 75-run partnership, during which du Plessis brought up his half-century.

Du Plessis scored 54 off 43 balls, which included three boundaries and three sixes, while Dhoni remained undefeated on 49 off 28 deliveries, which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Dhoni was named Man of the Match for his quickfire knock of 49

Dhoni was named Man of the Match for his quickfire knock of 49

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Rampaul and Singh claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “Another disappointing game for us. Could have executed better with the ball. [It] Was not a wicket where such a score was easily chasable. We started off pretty nicely, but we lost momentum midway through the tournament, it is very hard to regain it. Those close losses are the ones that cost us in the end. They still hurt. We have a very strong side and we have not clicked.”

Dhoni, who was named Man of the Match, was impressed with his team’s performance, and said: “It (the ankle) is pretty alright as of now. During the morning, it will be properly addressed as to how it is. Still I was running properly, it was a bit difficult. Bowling was one area where we were not doing well, especially on flat wickets. This is a ground which suits our bowling a bit more.”

 

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