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MS Dhoni’s Super Kings lose to Kohli’s Royal Challengers in a last ball thriller

Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to beat Chennai Super Kings by one run in a last ball IPL thriller on Sunday. While chasing the target of 162, CSK needed an impossible 26 off the last over which was bowled by Umesh Yadav. Dhoni who was the crease got three sixes and a four, he required 2 off the final ball. Umesh Yadav bowled a slower delivery, surprising MSD and going straight into the keepers gloves. CSK were on the verge of taking the game to a super over, but Parthiv Patel struck the stumps just in time to dismiss non-striker Shardul Thakur within inches from the crease.

Eventually Super Kings skipper finished at 84 from 48 balls, his innings saw seven sixes.

With the win Royal Challenger Bangalore picked up their third win for the season. It could not have been an easy win without Dale Steyn, who dismissed Shane Watson and Suresh Raina in the first over. Umesh Yadav despite loose deliveries he got rid off Faf du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav. CSK were struggling  at this time at 28/4.

It was left to the next batsmen Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni to turn things towards CSK. A 55 run partnership helped CSK to cope up, Rayudu was dismissed for 29 from 29 balls by  Yuzvendra Chahal. Then Jadeja walked in only to be dismissed on 11, after being run out. CSK were at 108/6, but MS Dhoni carried the fight until the end.

Earlier, when put to bat first RCB’s Parthiv Patel was the top scorer, he smashed 53 from 37 balls. Once Parthiv was gone, it was Moeen Ali, who took the total to a decent eight run per over. Ali finished at 26, while AB de Villiers and Akshdeep Nath were dismissed at 25 and 24 respectively. Captain Virat Kohli was sent back by Chahar, the ball fell straight into MSD’s hands.

Chahar and Jadeja got impressive figures, 2/25 and 2/29 in their respective 4 over quotas. Dwayne Bravo chipped in with a couple of wickets in the end. Shardul Thakur, was exploited by the Challenger batsmen, he went for 0/40 in 4 overs.