New Delhi: Bangalore went down by 13 runs trying to chase Chennai’s 178 for five, but without success.
The impressive initial overs by Dale Steyn and Zaheer Khan gave IT city, Bangalore a headstart but it was their batsmen who let them down, notwithstanding the fact that Wasim Jaffer and Ross Taylor had been recalled.
Bangalore were leading in the first 10 overs, in that they managed to notch up 98 runs for one wicket. But this is precisely where their downfall began and they started to come apart. The first blow came with Jaffer’s loose shot off Palani Amarnath off the last ball of the 11th over.
Surprisingly, while their wickets fell, they also lost on their home crowd’s support, who seemed to blissfully ignore their plight and instead step up cheering for the Chennai team. Not just that, they were even booed.
Steyn and Zaheer restricted the Chennai top-order before their captain MS Dhoni took charge. He was in full form after a slightly slow start, slamming a 30-ball 65 and shared 95 in 47 balls for the fourth wicket with Mike Hussey who scored 47 off 37 balls.
To this Chennai added 113 in the remaining 10 overs of the match, 76 of which came from just five balls. It was Dhoni who thrashed Steyn in his last over, the penultimate of the innings.