RCB through to IPL playoffs; Dhoni’s CSK knocked out

SUMMARY: Royal Challengers Bangalore 218-5 off 20 overs (Faf Du Plessis 54, Virat Kohli 47, Rajat Patidar 41, Cameron Green 38*; Shardul Thakur 2-61) vs Chennai Super Kings 191-7 off 20 overs (Rachin Ravindra 61, Ravindra Jadeja 42*, Ajinkya Rahane 33, Ms Dhoni 25; Yash Dayal 2-42)

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The Royal Challengers Bengaluru held their nerve to secure their sixth win in a row with a 27-run victory over the Chennai Super Kings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday to book a spot in the Indian Premier League playoffs.

The Super Kings entered Saturday’s game in fourth place on 14 points, while RCB were fifth on 12 needing to win by at least 18 runs to overtake their opponents and seal the final playoff spot.

CSK won the toss and decided to put RCB in to bat and that decision looked like the wrong one after openers Virat Kohli and Captain Faf Du Plessis put on a quick 31 off three overs before a quick drop of rain brought a halt to proceedings.

Play eventually started back and the pair brought the score up to 78 in the 10th over before Kohli fell for 47.

The wicket didn’t bring much help to CSK as Du Plessis and Rajat Patidar brought the fire to the Super Kings bowlers to bring the score up to 113 in the 13th before the skipper fell for a top score of 54.

Patidar and new batsman Cameron Green then put on 71 for the forth wicket to further put the Super Kings bowlers to the sword.

In the end, RCB reached 218-5 from their 20 overs. Patidar was eventually dismissed for 41 off 23 balls, including two fours and four sixes, while Green finished on 38* off 17 balls, including three fours and three sixes.

CSK, needing at least 200 to advance to the playoffs, fell agonizingly short at 191-7 from their 20 overs.

Rachin Ravindra led the way with 61, while Ravindra Jadeja made 42*. Yash Dayal took 2-42.

CSK entered the final over, bowled by Dayal, needing 17 to qualify to the playoffs. Captain MS Dhoni smashed the first ball out the ground before he was dismissed off the second ball.

Dayal then held his nerve to concede only one run off the next four balls and seal RCB’s spot in the last four. (Sportsmax)

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