Vijay, Raina guides Chennai to a 5 wicket victory over Bangalore
CHENNAI: Murali Vijay's blazing 78 and Suresh Raina's composed 41* was the difference as Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets in the 28th match of the Indian Premier League (2010) to bring their campaign right back on track at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Chasing 162 for victory, Chennai reached the target with six balls to spare after some initial hiccups losing 5 wickets.
Opener Murali Vijay (78) gave CSK a flying start as he clubbed 22 runs of Parveen Kumar's (0/42) second over hitting 3 sixes and four with another two runs from the over.
Vijay and Matthew Hayden (12) added 61 for the opening wicket in 41 balls before the classy Anil Kumble (1/16) dismissed Hayden with a flipper as he charged down the track and Uthappa taking the bails off quickly.
Vijay continued to play in the same fashion as he posted his highest score in T20 cricket facing just 39 balls and hitting 4 fours and 6 sixes. Vijay finally departed howling on to Manish Pandey in the boundary line of Kevin Pietersen (1/26) but the damaged had already been done as Chennai needed just 58 of 55 balls with 8 wickets in hand.
But led by skipper Anil Kumble, RCB threatened to derail CSK's run chase with some discipline and smart bowling. Jacques Kallis (1/21) and Dale Steyn (1/20) backed up the skipper picking up the wicket of Albie Morkel (1) and MS Dhoni (14).
When Vinay Kumar (1/34) dismissed S Badrinath (7) and with 10 still needed from 7 balls RCB were smelling victory but the ever reliable Suresh Raina (41) spoiled the party with a six of a no-ball before scoring another 2 and finishing off with a boundary in the seven ball over.