Vijay leads Super Kings to simple victory
Murali Vijay score a sublime 78 from just 39 balls to help the Chennai Super Kings snap a four game losing streak thanks to a 5 wicket victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Having been set a target of 162 for victory the Super Kings got of to a sensational start thanks to Vijay who plundered 24 runs off Preveen Kumar in the third over smashing three sixes and a four to start the home sides run chase in spectacular fashion.
Anil Kumble brought himself into the attack to slow down the run rate and made an important break through in his second over picking up the wicket of Matthew Hayden for just 12 runs.
Although the Royals Challengers made a break through Vijay continued his blitz reaching his half century in just 29 balls as the Super Kings raced towards their first victory in five games.
Although they lost Vijay (78), MS Dhoni (14), Albie Morkel (1) and Subramaniam Badrinath (7) with the victory in sight Suresh Raina (45) held his nerve to record the win.
Having won the toss and electing to bat the Royal Challengers got off to a poor start losing Manish Pandey (5) in just the third over of the innings after he edged a short delivery from Thilan Thushara through to MS Dhoni.
Kallis and Robin Uthappa responded by building a partnership of 42 which included 19 runs of Manpreet Gony in the sixth over as Uthappa hit the young bowler for two huge sixes.
The partnership was broken by Shadab Jakati in the seventh who dismissed Uthappa (21) thanks to a catch by Gony at deep midwicket who made amends after dropping Uthappa in the third over.
After a scratchy start Kallis started to find some form as he scored another IPL half century as the Royal Challengers started to increase their run rate as they looked to attack the bowlers inside the last 5 overs.
The momentum was stopped however by Jakati who struck to remove Virat Kohli (34) before Kallis (52) was run out two balls later as the Royal Challengers slipped to 117-4.
With just over 4 overs left Kevin Pietersen (23) and Cameron White (21), both playing their first games for the visitors in this years tournament were left to carry the Royal Challengers past 150 setting the Super Kings a target of 162.