Corey Anderson bowls shocking final over as Bangalore lose in IPL

No one expected Chennai to win after they were reduced to 74/4 in 9 overs, but Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu stitched a 101-run stand for the 5th wicket to help them chase a enormous 206-run target.

On this occasion, Dhoni got his team over the line as, with 16 needed off Corey Anderson's final over, Dwayne Bravo fired 10 from the first two deliveries before handing the reins over to his skipper to smash the winning six over deep midwicket. Raydu scored 82 runs in 53 balls while Dhoni super blasting performance won the heart of everyone as he scored 70 runs in 34 balls.

Either Virat Kohli or De Villiers has had to deliver and this time, it was the South African who starred with his knock of 68.

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2-26) and seamer Umesh Yadav (1-23) bowled economical spells upfront before Rayudu, who hit eight sixes and three fours, and Dhoni took charge by clearing the short boundaries.

Chennai Super Kings (207-5) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (205-8) by 5 wickets in the battle of the batters which guaranteed to raise some heartbeats.

De Villiers (68) dominated with a simply incredible display of hitting while De Kock (53) was more than just second fiddle.

Taking off from de Villiers had left the RCB innings, Mandeep Singh scored a quick-fire 32 down the order to ensure that his innings along with Sunder's last over exploits saw RCB reach past the fabled 200 run mark. The next strike was all class however, middling a full-blooded cut shot for six over long-off to bring the target down to six off four deliveries, before knocking a single and allowing Dhoni to finish off the chase for the visitors.

CSK captain MS Dhoni has become the first player to score 5000-runs as captain in T20 cricket. The duo faced the imposing task of scoring 132 runs from 11 overs. Well, MS Dhoni always is the saver for his team and the same happened in yesterday match. In their two earlier games, the bowlers have failed to contain the opposition and that has put vast pressure on their batsmen required to chase big totals.

However, Dwayne Bravo brought some relief to the CSK camp when he had de Kock superbly caught and bowled with a slower ball. If standing from previous seasons are anything go to go by, Dhoni's team would be able to seal a spot in the playoffs with two or three more wins in the upcoming matches.

The Black Caps all rounder finished with bowling figures of 0-58 from 3.4 overs.

  • Julie Sanders