The target of RCB’s 70 all out by RCB might be sixth lowest in IPL, but in fact turned out to be quite a challenging for CSK, which huffed and puffed before overcoming it to start its campaign on a winning note.
It was not a good chase early for the home team, as Shane Watson fell early and Suresh Raina, who became the first batsman to score 5,000 runs in IPL, and Ambati Rayudu falling quickly, Kedhar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja, who picked two wickets earlier, guided the team home as CSK romped home with just less than 14 balls to spare and crossed the finishing line.
The slow chase and the low target was mainly due to the slow paced wicket, where the spinners held sway with CSK’s trio picking up eight wickets and Yuzuvendra Chahal of RCB, opening the bowling, raising hopes with a superb spell of 4-1-6-1.
But Rayudu (28, 2x4, 1x6) and Raina (19, 3x4) ensured the win for CSK, before Jadhav and Jadeja came together hitting the winning runs.
Harbhajan was adjudged the man of the match for his three for 20 in four overs. (UNI)