Harshal Patel and Glenn Maxwell led a clinical bowling performance to help Royal Challengers Bangalore book a 13-run win over Chennai Super Kings, putting the defending champions on the brink of elimination in the IPL here on Wednesday. The quartet of Mahipal Lomror, who hit a 27-ball 42, skipper Faf du Plessis (38 out of 22), Virat Kohli (30 out of 33) and Dinesh Karthik (27 not out out of 17) did well to raise RCB to 173 for 8 RCB bowlers then capped the defending champions to 160 for 8, despite fifty by opener Devon Conway (56).
While Maxwell finished with excellent figures of 2 for 22 from his four overs, Harshal was right about the money, taking three wickets while giving up 35 runs.
Shabaz Ahmed (1/27), Wanindu Hasaranga (1/31) and Josh Hazlewood (1/19) also each picked a wicket.
With the win, RCB moved to fourth on the points list, while CSK was pushed closer to the brink of elimination as they remained in the penultimate spot.
Defending 174, like CSK, RCB bowlers leaked runs in the Powerplay, but left arm spinners Shabaz and Maxwell took a flurry of wickets between the 7th and 10th overs, including opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (28).
Conway put up some resistance with a 37-ball 56, but he was sent back to the cabin by Maxwell.
Needing 56 from the last five overs, Ravindra Jadeja tried to up the ante but the all-rounder, who has struggled with form all season, slammed a slow delivery by Patel over cover straight into Kohli’s hands.
RCB’s death over Specialist then struck again, this time to get rid of the dangerous Ali, who was slowly finding his groove.
When Dhoni came in, CSK needed 52 from 24 balls, which quickly became 39 from the last two overs. However, the talisman leader was unable to convince his side.
Previously, the CSK spinners took full advantage of Dhoni’s decision to bowl first when Moeen Ali (2/28) fit-again and Maheesh Theekshana (3/3) split five wickets.
Ali rattled the RCB top order, wiping out the opening pair of Kohli and du Plessis, while Theekshana hit three wickets in the penultimate skip.
Dwaine Pretorius (1/42) was the other wicket taker for CSK.
Lomror emerged as the top scorer with his 27-ball knock, while Dinesh Karthik (26 not out on 17) delivered some lustful blows towards the end to help RCB past the 170 run.
Kohli and du Plessis struck with authority as the two veterans defeated the inexperienced tempo duo of Mukesh Choudhary (0/30) and Simarjeet Singh (0/21) in the Powerplay.
The opening pair racked up 57 runs in the first six overs, RCB’s highest Powerplay total this season.
With the unlimited talent for runs galore, skipper MS Dhoni introduced spin, slowing the proceedings for RCB.
As the field offered turn and bounce, Ali, who was returning to the side after an ankle injury, broke the dangerous partnership when du Plessis found Jadeja left in the deep middle of the eighth.
A horrific mix between Kohli and newcomer Glenn Maxwell (3) marked the end of the great Australian’s short stay at the centre. It was Kohli’s fourth run this season.
CSK’s bowlers have done a great job after an expensive start.
RCB tried to recover from the double blows when Ali threw a brilliant pitch.
He threw the ball out and invited Kohli to the drive. However, the ball spun around the inside edge and clattered against the stumps, the former Indian skipper’s battle against Ali’s spin continued.
Lomror and Rajat Patidar (21) then split a quick 44-run tie, but Dhoni set the pace again in the form of Pretorius and the South African struck in his first-ever delivery, knocking him out of Patidar.
Lomror was dropped at 33 by Jadeja, but the batter was unable to take advantage of the delay as he became Theekshana’s first victim in the 19th off The Sri Lankan, then sacked compatriot Wanindu Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmed.