Royal Challengers unable to mount challenge
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori admitted the Chennai Super Kings total of 205-5 was too much for his side to chase down as they suffered IPL heartbreak at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Speaking after the game, Vettori said his side were under pressure to perform with the bat after Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay shared an opening stand of 159 for the Super Kings.
"Would have been a much better game if we could have put up a bowling performance like yesterday, but it was not to be. I think 200-plus was tough for us; 160-170 would have been chaseable", Vettori said.
"We have lots of positives from the IPL this season. We topped the group in the league stage and that was an achievement. The dressing room atmosphere was great though we are a bit down now," he said.
Faced with a victory target of 206 the Royal Challengers got off to a disastrous start when they lost Chris Gayle after just three deliveries when the opener edged a delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin through to MS Dhoni.
Ashwin struck again two overs later to remove Gayleís opening partner Mayank Agarwal (10) to leave the shell shocked Royal Challengers 16-2 after just 2.3 overs.
Having lost two early wickets the Royal Challengers collapsed in spectacular fashion with only Virat Kohli (35) offering any resistantís before he was finally dismissed by Suresh Raina in the 10th over to leave Daniel Vettoriís side 69-5.
With the top order back in the dug out the Super Kings contained the tail to seal a comprehensive victory after the Royal Challengers had been restricted to a total of just 147-8 to spark wild celebration.