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Indian Premier League 2019: Bangalore Win Four in Five, CSK NearlyThrough

Indian Premier League 2019: Bangalore Win Four in Five, CSK NearlyThrough Photo: TT
AB de Villiers Wins RCB Another Game

The Chennai Super Kings beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets in Chennai.

Put into bat, Hyderabad suffered an early loss when Jonny Bairstow had a rare failure, caught behind for a duck of Harbhajan Singh. However, David Warner and Manish Pandey put on 115 for the second wicket, with Warner, for once, being outscored.

And it was he who was the next to fall, stumped by MS Dhoni off Harbhajan for 57, including 2 sixes. Vijay Shankar then joined Pandey at the crease, and the pair added 47 for the third wicket, until Shankar fell at the end of the 19th over for 26, caught by Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar the bowler. There was still time for Yusuf Pathan to score 5, and Pandey to take his total to 83 not out, including 3 sixes, as Hyderabad closed on 175 - 3.

Chennai suffered an early loss themselves when Faf du Plessis was run out in the third over, but Shane Watson and Suresh Raina added 77 for the second wicket. Raina was stumped off the bowling of Rashid Khan for 38, but then Watson and Ambati Rayudu put on 80, with Watson responsible for the bulk of the scoring. Having hit 6 sixes, he was caught behind off, Bhuvneshwar Kumar the bowler, for 96, but Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav took their side to the brink of victory. Rayudu was caught off Sandeep Sharma off the fourth ball of the last over for 21, but Jadhav, who finished 11 not out, got the single needed from the next ball.

Shane Watson was named man of the match.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs.

It was Punjab who won the toss in Bangalore and opted to field first, taking the prized scalp of Virat Kohli in the 4th over, caught by Mandeep Singh off Mohammed Shami for 13. Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers added 36, before three wickets fell in successive overs. First to fall was Patel, out for 43, including 2 sixes, caught by Ravichandran Ashwin off his namesake Murugan. Then Moeen Ali was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin, with Akshdeep Nath falling to the bowling of Hardus Viljoen.

However, an unbeaten stand of 123 between de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis helped Bangalore to a strong total of 202 – 4. De Villiers was unbeaten on 82, having struck 7 sixes, whilst Stoinis, who scored 3 sixes of his own, was 46 not out at the end.

In response Chris Gayle and KL Rahul looked to give Punjab a fast start, until Gayle was caught by de Villiers, with Umesh Yadav the bowler. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 59, but then both were out within six balls of each other. Agarwal was the first to fall, caught by Yuzvendra Chahal off Stoinis for 35, and he was followed back to the pavilion by Rahul who was caught by Tim Southee, with Moeen Ali the bowler, for 42.

David Miller and Nicholas Pooran put on 68 for the 4th wicket, with Pooran very much the aggressor of the pair, but it was Miller who was next to fall, caught by de Villiers for 24, with Mohammed Shami providing the delivery. Then Pooran, who had hit 5 sixes, was also caught by de Villiers in the same over, falling for 46, effectively ending the visitor’s challenge. Ravichandran Ashwin hit a six but he was then caught by Kohli of Yadav, who then dismissed Viljoen first ball. Mandeep Singh and Murugan Ashwin a further 3 runs, but their side was well beaten in the end.

AB de Villiers was named man of the match.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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