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IPL 2020, RCB vs CSK Highlights: Gaikwad's fifty powers CSK to 8-wicket win
Chennai produced an all round show by restricting RCB to 145/6 and then chasing it down. Gaikwad shined with a half century that led CSK to victory.
CSK Captain MS Dhoni and RCB Captain Virat Kohli during the Toss at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, on the 25th October 2020. Photo: Sportzpics for BCCI
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With this win, Chennai has keept themselves just mathematically alive with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory. The fearless cricket that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni so expected came to the fore as they chased down a target of 146 in 18.4 overs to take their tally to eight points.
Young Ruturaj Gaikwad (65 not out off 51 balls) showed his potential with a maiden fifty as he and veteran Ambati Rayudu (39 off 27 balls) added 67 runs in 8.2 overs for the second wicket to finish off a chase in style.
However, with CSK's maximum achievable points tally set to be 12, a victory for KKR in their next game against Kings XI Punjab on Monday, will officially end the campaign for Dhoni's brigade.
KKR are currently on 12 points while Mumbai Indians (before Sunday evening game), Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are all on 14 points.
On Sunday, CSK looked purposeful in their pursuit of a small target. Earlier, the celebrated pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were briefly entertaining but CSK managed to restrict RCB to 145 for 6 in their stipulated 20 overs.
Sam Curran was once again brilliant up-front and also at the death, finishing with figures of 3/19 in three overs.
Credit to the CSK bowlers as they conceded only 20 runs in the last three overs and managed to take four wickets.
Kohli and De Villiers added 82 runs with some great technique against CSK spinners Imran Tahir (1/30 in 4 overs) and Mitchell Santner (1/23 in 4 overs) who kept a tight leash during the middle overs. Deepak Chahar was once again steady, finishing with 2 for 31 in his four-over spell.
Kohli scored 50 off 43 balls with a four and a six while De Villiers helped himself to a polished 39 off 36 balls. De Villiers hit four boundaries.
With ball stopping and coming off the surface, Kohli never looked out of control during his third half-century of the season.RCB vs CSK playing 11
CSK playing 11: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Monu Kumar
RCB playing 11: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Moeen Ali, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
IPL live score: RCB vs CSK full scorecard