Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) prevailed in the Southern Derby, beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 13 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Bangalore bowlers stepped up to the task to defend 174 runs and secure a much-needed win to keep their hopes alive of making it to the playoffs.
Chasing a mammoth total, the defending champion got a good foundation with in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway adding 51 runs for the first wicket. Just when it looked like the CSK openers are will stage another record partnership, Shahbaz Ahmed provided the first breakthrough.
In the following over, Robin Uthappa too was sent back to the pavilion by Glenn Maxwell for one run. However, it didn’t dent Conway’s confidence as he brought his second consecutive fifty. But RCB managed to stage a comeback dismissing Ambati Rayudu and Conway in quick succession to have the Chennai franchise at 109/4.
However, it was all Royal Challengers Bangalore since then, chipping in with wickets at regular intervals. Harshal Patel and Josh Hazelwood did a spectacular job to keep MS Dhoni at bay and secure a much-needed victory.
Meanwhile, the fans were elated to see Bangalore finish on top and improve their record against Chennai Super Kings. On the other hand, the defending champions crash out of IPL 2022 alongside Mumbai Indians.
Here are some reactions:
MS Dhoni goes for just 2. Josh Hazlewood gets him, what a bowling performance by RCB tonight.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 4, 2022
Disappointing as 174 was surely with in CSK’s reach.Unfortunately 4time champion joins 5time champion in the elimination list.Full marks to rcb for defending this target in style.
— Prasanna (@prasannalara) May 4, 2022
Josh Hazlewood! What a season!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 4, 2022
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) May 4, 2022
Excellent bowling by RCB, both pacers and spinners. Having restricted RCB to 173, this was CSK’s match to lose. But However run chase chase moved in fits -and starts. Uthupa, Rqyudu and Particularly Jadeja falling cheaply sealed CSK’s fate. Race for place in play-offs hotting up!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 4, 2022
Tears we scored 17 runs off the last over but couldn't manage to score even 10 runs in any of the previous 6 overs. This will be one bottle job that'll stand for the ages.
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) May 4, 2022
— someone (@iPavana_) May 4, 2022
— harsh sahni (@Iharshsahni) May 4, 2022
— ಅಲೆಮಾರಿ (@alemaari024) May 4, 2022
If you are following RCB vs CSK 2008… You will know how big and soul-satisfying win against CSK is for RCB fans js… We always find ways to lose against CSK man (Corey Anderson, No ball, Morkel etc )… awesome win man never expected @RCBTweets .
— Sai (@akakrcb6) May 4, 2022
RCB back to winning ways. Maxwell’s 2 wickets and Lomror’s 42 runs were the most crucial in this game for them 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 4, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 4, 2022
Mahipal Lomror’s quickfire cameo propel RCB to 174 runs
Asked to bat first, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli started off well with the 50 up in five overs, but the introduction of spin pulled things back. Faf holed out and then Kohli had a nightmarish couple of minutes when he ran Glenn Maxwell out who had come in at No.3 to counterattack the spinners.
In the next over, the former RCB captain got bowled through the gate by Moeen Ali. It left Rajat Patidar and Mahipal Lomror to rebuild and CSK’s spinners ran through their overs for not much. But Lomror played a fine knock and Dinesh Karthik at the end added the finishing touches.
RCB scored 50 off the last five overs and 74 off the last seven overs despite Maheesh Theekshana’s outstanding in the 19th over, taking three wickets and giving away two runs.