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‘Finally red over yellow’- Big win for Bangalore over Chennai keeps playoff hopes alive for Faf du Plessis’ men

By BetBarter Staff

May 4, 2022

Bangalore beat Chennai by 13 runs in the 49th match of the Indian T20 League 2022. A brilliant bowling effort in the southern derby helped the men in red and blue defend 173. Glenn Maxwell's early efforts, as well as Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood's late-game heroics, helped Bangalore seal the deal.

In the match, Bangalore was asked to bat first. Despite a few edges early on, Bangalore's openers had a promising start. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis played an attacking game on a wicket that kept the batters unsettled. Du Plessis and Kohli accelerated through the powerplay and scored 57 runs. Moeen Ali got the breakthrough wicket of Du Plessis (38 runs in 22 balls) for a team score of 62 in 7.2 overs.

Post that, it all went downhill for the men in red. They kept losing wickets, which put the team under pressure. After losing three wickets for a score of 79 in 10 overs, Mahipal Lomror (42 runs in 27 balls) and Rajat Patidar (21 runs in 15 balls) built a strong partnership of 44 runs, which proved to be very handy. Dinesh Karthik then played the perfect cameo of 24 runs to get Bangalore to a score of 173. Spinners were the star of Chennai innings , as Maheesh Theekshana took three wickets and Moeen Ali took two wickets.

In the chase, Chennai's stars from the previous game, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway, got them off to a flying start. They played aggressive strokes with ease, scoring 54 runs in the opening partnership. Despite a good start, Chennai lost wickets in quick succession in the middle overs. The wickets of Gaikwad (28), Robin Uthappa (one), and Ambati Rayudu (10) within 10 overs put them in a crunch situation. Chennai was reduced to 75/3 in 9.4 overs.

Meanwhile, Devon Conway (56) and Moeen Ali (34) worked hard to get the situation under control. They took Chennai to 109-3 in 14 overs and things looked for the Men in Yellow. However, the wicket of Conway swung the pendulum in favour of Bangalore. Wickets kept on tumbling, leaving Chennai in trouble with 39 runs needed in the last two overs. The last known batters in the middle were MS Dhoni and Dwayne Pretorius. Josh Hazlewood bowled the 19th over and conceded just eight runs, dismissing Dhoni (two). Harshal Patel bowled the final over, taking Dwayne Pretorius' wicket and giving 17 runs to win the match by 13 runs.

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