Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 69 runs

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The Chennai Super Kings beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 69 runs in Mumbai in a table-toppers encounter of the 2021 Indian Premier League to go top of the table.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, the Chennai Super Kings set the Royal Challengers Bangalore a target of 192 for victory.

The Super Kings then restricted the Royal Challengers to 122 runs to secure a 69-run victory.

The Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis built a solid opening stand for them scoring 73 runs.

But Yuzvrendra Chahal got the Royal Challengers the first breakthrough sending Gaikwad packing for 33. Gaikwad attempted a sweep but top-edged it to the fielder, Kylie Jamieson, in the deep.

Du Plessis scored a second successive half-century off 40 deliveries. The South African had scored another on Wednesday against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

But Harshal Patel struck for the Challengers. He send Suresh Raina back to the pavilion for 24 after the left-hander send his delivery to Devdutt Padikkal at midwicket.

Patel got his second wicket with his next delivery to make it two-in-two. He sent Du Plessis packing for 50. Du Plessis was caught at long-on by Dan Christian off Patel’s delivery to leave the Chennai Super Kings on 111 for three.

Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja got the scoreboard ticking over for CSK. They added 31 runs to take their total to 142 before the Ghallengers struck again.

Patel got his third wicket with Rayudu back to the pavillion for 14. The earlier dropped catch of Jadeja came back to haunt the Challengers.

He scored four sixes in a row to reach a half-century in just 25 balls to take the Super Kings to 179 for four in the final over.

CSK reached 191 in 20 overs with Jadeja unbeaten on 62 scored off 28 deliveries and MS Dhoni three not out.

Jadeja had starred for CSK helping it score a record-breaking 37 runs with five sixes in the final over to post a competitive 191.

In reply, RCB had a brilliant start with Virat Kohli and Padikkal chipping away at CSK’s total. Their opening partnership scored 44 runs before the Super Kings struck.

Sam Curran got CSK the breakthrough. He send Kohli back to the pavillion for eight with Dhoni taking an easy catch at first slip.

The Royal Challengers lost wickets at regular intervals and were 79 for four after losing three wickets including of Glenn Maxwell for 22.

Things went from bad to worse for them and they found themselves in deep trouble on as they lost two wickets for two runs.

Jadeja, who starred with bat at the back-end of CSK’s innings, was the Chief-destroyer getting his third wicket.

He sent AB De Villiers packing for four to leave RCB on 83 for six.

The Royal Challengers managed 122 runs in their 20 overs with the Super Kings winning by 69 runs.