Indian Premier League, Bangalore:
Chennai Super Kings 226-6 (20 overs): Conway 83 (45); Deshpande 3-45
Royal Challengers Bangalore 218-8 (20 overs): Maxwell 76 (36); Hasaranga 1-21
Chennai Super Kings won by eight runs
In a thrilling and high-scoring encounter, Chennai Super Kings held their nerve to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs and deny them the highest run-chase in Indian Premier League history. Chennai’s Devon Conway set the tone with a spectacular 83 off 45 deliveries, ably supported by Shivam Dube’s quick-fire 52, to post a daunting total of 226.
In response, Bangalore got off to a disastrous start when Virat Kohli was dismissed for just six in the first over. However, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell put together a stunning 126-run partnership to keep their side in the hunt. With 12 sixes between them, it seemed like Bangalore could pull off an extraordinary victory.
But the game turned when the duo was dismissed, with MS Dhoni taking two excellent catches behind the stumps. Maheesh Theekshana removed Maxwell after he completed his 15th IPL half-century, while Moeen Ali sent back du Plessis. Dinesh Karthik tried to keep the momentum going with a quickfire 28 off 14, but regular wickets kept falling.
In the end, Bangalore needed 19 off the final over with Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and India’s Suyash Prabhudessai at the crease. Despite their best efforts, Sri Lankan paceman Matheesha Pathirana held his nerve and conceded just 10 runs from the over to deny Bangalore the win. Prabhudessai was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at deep midwicket from the final ball of the game.
Chennai’s win sees them move up to third in the table with three wins from five matches. Conway was awarded Player of the Match for his stunning innings, but the match will be remembered for the breathtaking run-chase attempt by Bangalore. If they had been successful, it would have been the highest successful run-chase in IPL history, surpassing Rajasthan Royals’ successful chase of 224 against Kings XI Punjab in 2020.
Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis said, “I think the last five overs were set up well, I thought Dinesh Karthik would clinch it but those last four overs we let it slip.” Despite the loss, Bangalore can take heart from their valiant effort and will look to bounce back in their next match.