Match: 28th T20, IPL3
Date: March 31, 2010
Toss: Royal Challengers elected to bat
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 5 wickets
After wining the toss, Royal Challengers decided to bat first. Manish Pandey and J Kallis opened the innings for them but Pandey got out when the team score was just 12. After that Uthapa and Kallis steadied the innings and took the score past 50. Royal Challengers were placed at 54/2 in 6.3 overs. Royal Challengers batsmen played with caution and at one stage they had crossed the 100 run mark with the loss of just 2 wickets. At this stage it looked that now they will fire all cylinders and will try to pose a huge total. But excellent bowling by Chennai Super Kings bowlers played spoilsport as Royal Challengers could not score freely at will. Kevin Pieterson and C White did get some hits in the final overs and thus could manage to take the team score to 161/4 in 20overs.
Chennai Super Kings openers Murli Vijay and Hayden gave them a superb start and scored 61 runs in just 6.5 overs. Even after Hayden got out, Murli Vijay along with Raina kept the required rate under check. Murli Vijay played a superb knock of 78 in just 39 balls and took the team past 100 run mark. His innings laid a platform for the middle order to taste victory. Chennai Super Kings were well placed at 118/2 in 14 overs and needed 44 runs in 6 overs with 8 wickets in hand. But soon they lost 2 quick wickets and at the end of 18 overs they were 146/4. Chennai Super Kings needed 16 to win in 12 balls and it could have been anyone’s game. But Raina played sensibly and took the team to victory in the last over. Finally Chennai Super Kings were able to win the match by 5 wickets and thus move up some position in the points tables