In the 35th match of IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets in a one-sided match. CSK chased down the target of 157 runs in 18.1 overs thanks to Rituraj Gaikwad’s 38 and Ambati Rayudu’s 32. With this win, Chennai has once again become number one in the points table, beating Delhi Capitals. Earlier, batting after losing the toss, Bangalore scored 156 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs due to the strong innings of Devdutt Padikkal (70) and captain Virat Kohli (53). Dwayne Bravo took three big wickets and Shardul Thakur took two big wickets for Chennai.
Chasing a target of 157, CSK got off to an unbeatable start as Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis put on 71 runs for the first wicket in just 8.2 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal broke the partnership by dismissing Gaikwad. After this, Faf also could not stay at the crease for long and was dismissed after scoring 31 runs. Moeen Ali (23) and Ambati Rayudu (32) hit some strong shots, but Harshal Patel gave Chennai the third blow by dismissing Moeen. Rayudu, playing a stormy innings of 32 runs in 22 balls, was dismissed by Harshal Patel. In the end, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina helped CSK win by 6 wickets without losing any extra wickets. Raina 17 and Captain Dhoni remained not out after scoring 11 runs. Harshal Patel took two wickets for RCB.
After winning the toss, Chennai called on Bangalore to bat first, however openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal sabotaged Chennai’s plans to take early wickets. Both of them played belligerently and scored 55 runs without losing any wicket in the first powerplay of one to six overs. Both did not stop there and added 111 runs for the first wicket. Bangalore’s pace slowed down after the first wicket fell in 13.2 overs in the form of Virat Kohli and it was here that Chennai made a comeback in the match. Explosive batsmen like AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell also did not get a chance to open their hands. Virat scored 53 off 41 balls with the help of six fours and one six, Padikkal scored 70 off 50 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes, de Villiers scored 12 runs in 11 balls and Maxwell scored 11 runs in nine balls. Chennai bowled a measured and economical bowling in the final overs. In the last four overs, Chennai bowlers took five wickets in a row, with two wickets in the name of Shadural Thakur, two Dwayne Bravo and one Deepak Chahar. Including Virat’s wicket, Bravo took a total of three wickets for 24 runs in four overs.