IPL 2024: Yash Dayal keeps his cool as RCB beat CSK to clinch final playoff spot

In a sensational finale, Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 27 runs to record a sixth consecutive victory and qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 qualifiers.

Chasing 219 runs for a win, CSK found themselves in trouble early on, losing skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad (0 from 1 ball) and Daryl Mitchell (4 runs from 6 balls). Rachin Ravindra and Ajinkya Rahane then began the rebuild by playing spinning strikes and hitting the timely boundary between the two to keep CSK in the race, but just when things were looking up for the five-time champions, Lockie Ferguson dismissed Rahane for a 22-ball. 33 and leaves CSK needing 114 runs in the last 10 overs to qualify.

It was now up to Ravindra and impact sub Shivam Dube to take the innings deeper and the latter had a life for 4 when he was dropped by Mohammed Siraj. But when Dube sold a dummy to Ravindra (61 runs off 37 balls) and fell for 7, four balls later, CSK were looking down to even qualify for the playoffs.

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That task became even more difficult when du Plessis pulled off a shout to dismiss Mitchell Santner for 3 and that meant that for CSK to sneak past, they needed a final kick from Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

219 has long been forgotten as a target when the equation came down to 50 runs in 18 balls to qualify for CSK. That target fell to 16 in the final over with CSK's numbers 7 and 8 in the middle and when the former hit it for a six off the first ball, the result seemed inevitable.

But Dayal redeemed himself by removing Dhoni off the next ball and then conceding a run off his last four balls to take RCB home and into the playoffs.


Earlier, a 39-ball 54 from skipper Faf du Plessis, a forty-year-old from Virat Kohli (47 runs off 29 balls) and Rajat Patidar (41 runs off 23 balls) and an unbeaten 23-ball 38 by Cameron Green helped RCB to post 218 for 5. in their 20 overs.

The opening duo of du Plessis and Kohli put on 31 runs in three overs, with the latter looking imperious, pulling Tushar Deshpande for a six that hit the roof of the venue.

But then, as had been predicted all day, the skies opened and delayed the proceedings by 41 minutes. When play resumed, the CSK players found themselves back in the match as the pitch began to take significant rotation, making it difficult for the opening duo to keep up the momentum going into the break.

Kohli hit the sweep shot and even cleared the fence more than once. However, Mitchell Santner got the better of him on 47 and he was caught at long-off by Daryl Mitchell and at mid-off, on a pitch taking an appreciable turn, RCB were 78 for 1.

The fall of Kohli's wicket led to the catch of du Plessis and, with Rajat Patidar in form, laid the foundation for a high score even as CSK maintained the spin regime with the trio of Maheesh Theekshana, Ravindra Jadeja and Santner mixing the overs together.

The partnership was broken by Santner, after Patidar drilled a ball, straight as an arrow, which hit the spinner's right hand and after several replays, the third umpire ruled du Plessis out for 54.

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  • At 15 over, RCB found themselves at 138 for 2 and needed one last push. Gaikwad dropped Green on 18 in 16th and the Australian, along with Patidar, made 71 runs in 28 balls, before the latter fell for a 41 in 23 balls.

    Quick cameos from Dinesh Karthik (14 runs off 5 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (16 runs off 4 balls) provided late momentum and helped RCB reach a giant score in a must-win clash.

    first publication: May 19, 2024, 00:05 IST

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