Dhoni trumps Kohli, but it surely’s too little, too late

Dubai, October 25

Chennai Super Kings scored only their fourth win in the tournament, displaying some sort of intent for an eight-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL match here today.

The fearless cricket that CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni so wished for was finally on display today as they chased down a modest target of 146 in 18.4 overs. This took their points tally to eight points as the young Ruturaj Gaikwad, with 65 not out off 51 balls, today showed his potential with a maiden fifty. Gaikwad and veteran Ambati Rayudu (39 off 27 balls) added 67 runs in 8.2 overs for the second wicket to set their team on the road to victory. Dhoni remained unbeaten with 19 off 21 balls.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli scored a 43-ball 50. PTI

However, skipper Dhoni wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that this is too little, too late for the team, which is almost certainly out of the reckoning for the playoff stage. Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are joint first on 14 points, Kolkata Knight Riders are second with 12. If CSK win their remaining two matches, their points tally would reach 12, and then their fate would be in the hands of others — if KKR win one of their three remaining matches, to move to 14 points, CSK would be immediately knocked out.

VK and AB

For RCB today, the celebrated Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were entertaining but never dominant as CSK managed to restrict RCB to 145/6 in 20 overs. Sam Curran was once again brilliant up-front and at the death, finishing with 3/19 in three overs. The CSK bowlers conceded only 20 runs in the last three overs and managed to take four wickets.

Kohli and de Villiers added 82 runs but at a slow pace, using up 11.2 overs — for an unsatisfactory scoring rate of only 7.2 runs an over. CSK spinners Imran Tahir (0/30) and Mitchell Santner (1/23) kept them on a tight leash. Kohli scored 50 off 43 balls with a four and a six while de Villiers helped made 39 off 36 balls. — TNS, agencies

Brief scores: RCB: 145/6 (Kohli 50, de Villiers 39; Curran 3/19, Chahar 2/31); CSK: 150/2 in 18.4 overs (Gaikwad 65, Rayudu 39, du Plessis 25, Dhoni 19*)

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