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RCB Clinch Playoff Spot in Dramatic Finish over CSK

RCB's victory came down to the final over, with CSK needing 17 runs for a playoff berth.
May 19, 2024
RCB Clinch Playoff

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) edged past the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a nail-biting encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday, securing their place in the coveted TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 playoffs.

RCB’s victory came down to the final over, with CSK needing 17 runs for a playoff berth. The tension was palpable as MS Dhoni smashed the first ball, a full toss from Yash Dayal, for a massive six over fine-leg. However, his attempt at a repeat shot in the next ball resulted in a straightforward catch at square leg.

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Despite a valiant effort from Ravindra Jadeja, who scored a fifty, CSK fell short by 27 runs, ending their IPL campaign. Dayal’s composed bowling in the final over, including crucial slower deliveries, sealed the deal for RCB.

Earlier, CSK, who won the toss and elected to field, witnessed a strong batting performance from RCB. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis provided a solid foundation, with Kohli showcasing his audacity with a flick over mid-wicket for a six. A crucial cameo from Rajat Patidar (41 off 23) and an unbeaten knock by Cameron Green (38 off 17) propelled RCB to a competitive total of 218.

CSK’s chase faltered early with the dismissal of Ruturaj Gaikwad off the very first ball. A promising partnership between Rachin Ravindra (61) and Ajinkya Rahane (33) offered hope, but wickets at regular intervals kept RCB in control. While Jadeja’s late heroics kept CSK in the hunt, it ultimately proved insufficient. Shivam Dube and Mitchell Santner failed to capitalize on their starts, further denting their chances.

RCB bowlers, particularly Dayal and Lockie Ferguson, displayed nerves of steel in the death overs, ensuring their team’s victory. This win keeps RCB’s title aspirations alive, while CSK’s season comes to a disappointing end. This thrilling encounter between two IPL giants provided a fitting testament to the drama and unpredictability of T20 cricket.

Yukesh Chaudhary

Yukesh Chaudhary is the CEO and Founder of Niriv, The parent company of The Ditible. He writes on sports news and trends, He has been writing sports news from 2021 and has been writing here.

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