IPL PHOTOS: Chennai edge past Bangalore in last ball thriller
Ravindra Jadeja struck late blows to take Chennai Super Kings past Royal Challengers Bangalore in a thrilling encounter in Chennai on Saturday.
Chennai edged Royal Challengers by 4 wickets off the last ball of the match
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings, facing South Indian counterparts Royal Challengers Bangalore in a battle of equals, won the toss and Dhoni put Bangalore in to bat.
West Indian pacer, Ravi Rampaul was handed his IPL debut in the absence of Sri Lankan Muttiah Muraltharan.
Image: CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and RCB captain Virat Kohli at toss on Saturday
Morris gives Chennai early breakthrough
CSK pacer Chris Morris made his captain proud and got into the act from the onset by having dangerman Chris Gayle caught behind for 4 (10).
Gayle wasted nine deliveries to accumulate those runs.
His opening partner, Mayank Agarwal then partnered with captain Virat Kohli to stage a fightback.
Image: Chris Morris celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle
Kohli-Agarwal steady RCB
Kohli combined well with opener Agarwal and put on a 45-run partnership for the second wicket. In the process they took the team's total past 50-run mark.
Agarwal struck two boundaries and slammed Ravindra Jadeja for a six, before falling to R Ashwin. Just after crossing the 50-run mark, Agarwal depared for a well made 21-ball 24 in the ninth over.
After the fall of Agarwal, Kohli took control and played with a lot of sense. He went on complete a well-made half-century (58 off 47). In the process, he became highest run-scorer and took the Orange Cap from Dinesh Karthik.
Image: Virat Kohli
Kohli-DeVilliers take RCB past 150-mark
Kohli then joined hands with AB de Villiers.
De Villiers blazed his way to a 32-ball 64, laced with eight fours and one six, while Kohli cashed on a dropped chance and caught-behind appeal to stich up an 82-run stand and take the team to a strong total.
Image: AB de Villiers hits a shot
Morris stars for CSK with the ball
RCB could have posted a total of more than 180, but thanks to Morris's late strikes, they were stopped in their stride.
RCB managed to post 165 for six,while CSK pacer Morris starred with figures of 3-40 after late twin wickets in the 17th over.
Image: Dwayne Bravo celebrates the wicket of Ravi Rampaul as AB de Villiers looks on
Rampaul makes memorable IPL debut
Debutant, Ravi Rampaul took the early wicket of Murali Vijay to push Chennai early on the backfoot.
Michael Hussey soon followed Vijay into the pavillion for just 6.
Image: Ravi Rampaul celebrates the wicket of Murali Vijay
Raina-Badri in counter-attack mode
Suresh Raina and S Badrinath then rallied CSK back on track. Raina took a fancy to Vinay Kumar's bowling and smashed him for three fours in one over.
At the other end, Badrinath also played his shots and gave RCB bowlers a thing or two to think about.
They put up a good 56-runs stand for the fourth wicket before Raina was dismissed by Syed Mohammad for 30.
Image: Subramaniam Badrinath and Suresh Raina
Badri goes ballistic
Badrinath continued his slam-bang batting even after Raina's wicket. He bludgeoned four boundaries and looked the man who would do the job for Chennai
But that was not be. Syed struck again, this time making Badri his victim. Badri looking to play an inside out shot was caught brilliantly by Mayank Agarwal at deep cover.
Image: S Badrinath