Taylor fashions Bangalore victory
Ross Taylor hit a crucial 46 to steer Bangalore Royal Challengers to
an exciting two-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier
League match here on Thursday. The New Zealander added 56 for the fourth
wicket with Virat Kohli (38) as Bangalore achieved a 130-run target with
two balls to spare to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the
Man-of-the-match Taylor fell in the final over after hitting one six
in his sensible 50-ball knock, but his team needed just five to win at
that stage. Vinay Kumar completed the victory when he smashed Jacob Oram
for a four.
Kohli cracked two sixes in his 35-ball knock.
Delhi lead the eight-team competition with 16 points from 10 matches,
followed by Chennai (13/11), Deccan (12/11), Bangalore (12/12), Mumbai
(11/11), Rajasthan (11/11), Punjab (10/11) and Kolkata (3/11). The top
four sides will qualify for the semi-finals.
Veteran Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble earlier led Bangalore’s
fightback with two wickets for just 12 runs off four overs.
Chennai were strongly placed at 101-3 following Australian opener
Matthew Hayden’s brisk half-century, but lost the last seven wickets for
28 in a sensational collapse. Kumble started the slide when he had
in-form Hayden caught by Kumar at deep mid-wicket. Hayden smashed three
sixes and five fours in his 38-ball 60 his fourth half-century of the
Hayden propped up the innings after South African seamer Jacques
Kallis had bagged two early wickets, but received no support from the
other end. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the second-highest scorer
Chennai 129 in 19.4 overs (M. Hayden 60; A. Kumble 2-12, J. Kallis
2-18. V. Kumar 2-30). Bangalore 132-8 in 19.4 overs (R. Taylor 46, V.
Kohli 38; J. Oram 2-12, A. Morkel 2-13).
DURBAN, South Africa, AFP