Bangalore collapse chasing large total
The Chennai Super Kings were in impressive form crushing the Bangalore Royal Challengers by 92 runs in todays IPL game at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.
Man of the Match Muttiah Muralitharan took 3/11 as Bangalore were bowled out for 87 runs in 15.2 overs with Rahul Dravid being the last wicket to fall when he was caught at deep square leg by Andrew Flintoff off Lakshmipathy Balaji. Dravid hit 2 fours in his 20-run knock that came off 18 balls.
Bangalore lost a wicket each in the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th over.
In the 11th over, Joginder Sharma had Virat Kohli (11) caught by Subramaiam Badrinath at backward point, in the next over, Rajesh Bishnoi hit to long on for Lakshmipathy Balaji to take the catch off Muralitharan.
In the next over, Balaji had R Vinay Kumar (5) caught by Matthew Hayden at mid-wicket and then Dale Steyn (0) was run out in the 14th over.
Before that, Bangalore lost 4 wickets for just 11 runs to be at 56/5 in 10 overs in pursuit of 180.
Muralitharan took two wickets in his first over to reduce Bangalore Royal Challengers to 50/5. Murali first trapped Bangalore captain Kevin Pietersen plumb in front of the wicket for a first ball duck. Pietersen came forward, looked to flick but the ball pitched in line and hit him in front of the stumps.
Two deliveries later, Murali drew Robin Uthappa out of the crease with a flighted delivery but the 'doosra' turned away to miss the bat and Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed a swift stumping. Uthappa hit 2 fours in his 19-ball 20.
The most expensive player Andrew Flintoff struck in his first over when he dismissed Ross Taylor (1) who hit up in the air but got the height not the distance as Flintoff took the catch just adjacent to the pitch.
Jacques Kallis hit 5 sweetly timed fours in his 24-run knock that came off 19 balls before walking across his stumps to play it on the leg side, the Albie Morkel delivery kept coming straight and hit his back foot in front of the wicket.
The ploy to open with Praveen Kumar failed miserably as he was clean bowled for a duck on the third delivery by Manpreet Gony.
Hayden and Patel gave their team a fiery start rattling 106 runs on the board in 10 overs.
Hayden was the aggressor of the two slamming his 3rd IPL fifty, which was the fastest for Chennai Super Kings as he reached the milestone off just 22 balls, breaking the record of his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who got it in 24 balls.
Hayden hit Jacques Kallis for 3 fours and a six in his first over and in total slammed 2 sixes and 9 fours in his 35-ball 65 to become the highest run-getter in the tournament.
Patel too has raced to 30 off 25 balls with the help of a six and 2 fours.
But on the first delivery after the tactical break, Bangalore captain Kevin Pietersen struck with his first ball when he clean bowled Patel.
On the next delivery, Suresh Raina tapped to point and rushed for a single, but Hayden was unable to beat the direct hit from Rahul Dravid.
Captain Dhoni hit a six in his 16-run knock that came off 14 baklls before hitting a Praveen Kumar delivery to long off for Rajesh Bishnoi to take the catch.
Kumar took his second wicket when Suresh Raina hit to long on for Virat Kohli to take the catch. Raina hit a six and a four in his 29-ball 28.
With a six and 2 fours in his 13-ball 22, Flintoff took his team to the highest total ever at St George's Park.
Albie Morkel (5) was clean bowled on the last delivery of the Chennai innings when he gave himself room, missed the full delivery that came at a scorching speed of 145.7 kmph to see his off stump uprooted.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first.
Chennai replaced Jacob Oram, Thilan Thushara and Ravichandran Ashwin with Muttiah Muralitharan, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Albie Morkel.
Before the toss, Lalit Modi presented Rahul Dravid the orange cap for being the highest run-getter in the tournament, and Anil Kumble the purple cap, for being the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.