Bangalore beat Chennai to end a three-game losing streak


Royal Challengers Bangalore players celebrate. Photo: Twitter


Royal Challengers Bangalore players celebrate. Photo: Twitter

Royal Challengers Bangalore snapped a three-game losing streak in the Indian Premier League as Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel inspired them to a 13-point win over Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

Bangalore scored 173-8 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai won the toss and elected to field first.

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CSK slipped away after a strong start and ended their chase 160-8.

“We really needed this, just for confidence in the group,” said RCB captain Faf du Plessis.

“The guys did some good things behind the scenes, but you have to do it in the middle.”

Aussie tailor Hazlewood kicked four tight overs, sacking Dhoni for two and giving up just 19 runs.

India’s new T20 specialist Patel took three key wickets – Moeen Ali (34), Ravindra Jadeja (3) and Dwaine Pretorius (13) – for 35 runs in his four-run.

CSK flyhalf Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway hit 51 power-play goals, but their middle order faltered.

Gaikwad, who hit three fours and a six, and Conway, with six fours and two sixes, looked fluid before falling to Bangalore spinners.

Gaikwad beat Shahbaz Ahmed after scoring 28 out of 23.

Sri Lankan Wanindu Hasaranga fired Conway for a 56 from 37 balls.

In-form duo Robin Uthappa (1) and Ambati Rayudu (10) both succumbed to Glenn Maxwell’s off-spin.

Versatile batsman Maxwell finished with 2-22 on his four overs.

Earlier, Bangalore had started well with Du Plessis and Indian superstar Virat Kohli adding 57 runs in the first six overs of the match.

South African Du Plessis lost 38 points from 22 deliveries to Moeen.

The English all-rounder also beat Kohli as his tough IPL continued with 30 balls from 33.

Kohli scored his first half of the season in his side’s loss to Gujarat Titans last time out.

Australian Maxwell missed just three balls in his innings when Kohli called for a risky single.

Rookies Mahipal Lomror, with 42 from 27, and Rajat Patidar helped RCB to a tough total.

Indian veteran Dinesh Karthik, still hoping for an international return, once again impressed with an uneliminated 26, including two sixes in the final.

Sri Lankan Maheesh Theekshana took 3-27 for Chennai.

Dhoni, who gave up the captaincy ahead of this year’s IPL and surprisingly accepted the job last week from Jadeja, blamed his hitters for the loss.

“What really let us down was the drumming talent,” he said. “If the batsman had been slightly better, maybe in the last overs we wouldn’t have needed a lot of runs.”

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