It was a perfectly scripted victory by the Chennai Super Kings. That would be the best way to describe the mauling they gave the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL final on Saturday night.
And Chris did it again! Bangalore sealed their spot in the finals of IPL 4 thanks to yet another magnificent effort from their ‘man Friday’ Chris Gayle. Co-incidentally, it was a Friday as well.
The Chennai Super Kings never looked like winning it and the Royal Challengers Bangalore never looked like losing it. Yet the end result was a sensational six wicket win for the former.
What was built up as the Kolkata vs Ganguly game turned out to be quite a damp squib in the end as the Gautam Gambhir led Knight Riders were way too superior to the Yuvraj Singh led Pune Warriors, who succumbed to yet another defeat.
In an ideally scripted world, the Royal Challengers would have outdone Kings XI Punjab with Chris Gayle going hammer and tongs at the picturesque Dharamsala. However, it was pretty much the other way round as Punjab skipper, Adam Gilchrist, who for a day returned to the Gilly of old…
In what was one of the worst batting performances in this edition of the IPL, the Rajasthan Royals were shot out for 97 and Kochi then chased the target down with 8 wickets and 76 balls to spare to keep their hopes of progressing in the tournament alive.
In the battle of the two Ks, Kings XI Punjab got the better of Kochi Tuskers Kerala by an impressive six wicket margin in a high scoring game at Indore.
The Rajasthan Royals were completely outclassed by their much superior opponents, Royal Challengers Bangalore, as Daniel Vettori’s men outdid Shane Warne’s struggling army.