Devon Conway’s fighting knock of 56 went in vain as the Chennai Super Kings went down by 13 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.
After being put into bat by CSK skipper, openers Virat Kohli and Faf Du Plessis got Bangalore off to a steady start. The duo added 62 runs for the opening wicket before the latter pulled a Moeen Ali delivery to Ravindra Jadeja at deep midwicket for 38.
Glenn Maxwell was then run out following a horrible mix up with Kohli. Ali then struck a body blow by dismissing former skipper Kohli (30) bowled by a beautiful tossed up delivery.
Mahipal Lomror along with Rajat Patidar featured in a 44 run stand for the fourth wicket the latter fell to a brilliant catch at deep backward square leg by Mukesh Choudhary off Dwaine Pretorius for 21.
Mahesh Theekshana then claimed wickets of Lomror, Hasaranga and Ahmed in the penultimate over. Dinesh Karthik (26)* provided a late flourish towards the end to take RCB to 173/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, Chennai opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway put on 56 runs for the opening wicket before the former mistimed a pull off Shahbaz Ahmed to Prabhudessai at deep for 28.
In the very next over, Robin Uthappa (1) perished smacking a short ball from Glenn Maxwell to backward point.
Maxwell then struck a body blow by cleaning up Ambati Rayudu as the Super Kings were reduced to 75/3. Conway brought his second half century off just 33 balls.
However the left hander (56) was caught to deep backward square leg by Shahbaz Ahmed off De Silva.
Ravindra Jadeja’s (3) poor run with the bat continued as he skied a length ball from Harshal straight up in the air to Virat Kohli.
With 47 requiring off 18 balls, Moeen smashed Harshal for a maximum over midwicket. However the right arm pacer hit back by dismissing the left hander with a slower ball, caught at extra cover for a 27 ball-34.
Hazlewood then dented Super Kings hopes by dismissing Dhoni, caught at deep midwicket. With the win, Bangalore move up to No 4 position in the points table.