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Bangalore went down by 13 runs as they chased Chennai's 178, handing the visitors their 4th successive win in as many matches. G Krishnan reports.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2008 11:58 IST
G Krishnan

Impressive initial overs by Dale Steyn and Zaheer Khan gave Bangalore the kind of start they have been longing for in the IPL. But their batsmen, despite the hope given by the recalled Wasim Jaffer and Ross Taylor, made a mess of it. Bangalore went down by 13 runs as they chased Chennai's 178 for five, handing the visitors their fourth successive win in as many matches.

Steyn and Zaheer restricted the Chennai top-order early on before captain M.S. Dhoni exploded. He slammed a 30-ball 65 and shared 95 in 47 balls for the fourth wicket with Mike Hussey (47 off 37 balls). Chennai added 113 in the last 10 overs, 76 of which came in the last five. This made the difference between the two teams.

Bangalore were ahead in the first 10 overs that produced 93 for one. Victory was in sight before they collapsed, their misfortune beginning with Jaffer's loose shot off Palani Amarnath off the last ball of 11th over.

After struggling against Jacob Oram initially, Jaffer cut loose to complement Taylor who was scoring at a quick pace at the other end. Jaffer overtook Taylor to post Bangalore's first fifty in IPL before Taylor too reached his fifty. The duo shared 89 for the second wicket.

But their dismissals exposed the Bangalore batting. All the Chennai medium-pacers came back impressively.

Earlier, it was raw pace from Steyn that did Chennai in. His five straight dot balls at over 140 kmph in the first over to Hayden mounted pressure on the Chennai openers, who were desperate to get off to a flying start.

Zaheer complemented Steyn brilliantly and set up the dismissal of the impatient Hayden. Having tied down Hayden in the innings’ fourth over, Zaheer had his man playing onto his stumps.

Even as the Bangalore team was coming up with a spirited performance, they did not get the support of their home crowd. It seemed like Bangalore were playing away in Chennai. They were booed, the majority of the crowd cheering every boundary that came off the bat of Chennai batsmen.

Steyn, after a mind-boggling opening spell of 2-0-8-0, gave way to Praveen Kumar who removed Parthiv quickly.

Chennai repaired the damage, initially through Raina and Hussey before Dhoni arrived on the scene and took over.

Dhoni was slow to start with, but got his touch soon. He set the stadium on fire, thrashing Steyn in his last over, the penultimate of the innings.