IPL 2021: CSK go top with comfortable win

Ruturaj Gaikwad
CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad in action. Photo: Twitter/IPL

Sharjah: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in the Indian Premier League here on Friday.

Sent in to bat, RCB scored 156/6 in the allotted 20 overs.

CSK completed the task in 18.1 overs to go top of the table with 14 points from nine games, while RCB remain in third spot with 10 points from nine matches.

Ruturaj Gaekwad (38) and Faf du Plessis (31) added 71 runs for the first wicket to set the tone for CSK's chase.

Padikkal & Kohli
Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli gave RCB a flying start. Photo: Twitter/IPL

Earlier, RCB were off to a flying start with skipper Virat Kohli (53) and Devdutt Padikkal (70) laying a solid foundation with a stand of 111 runs for the opening wicket.

Kohli fell to the seasoned Dwayne Bravo after six boundaries and a six, while Padikkal hit five fours and three maximums before being dismissed by Shardul Thakur as RCB stuttered after a fine start.

For CSK, Indian pacer Thakur finished with impressive figures of 2/29 from his quota of four overs, while Bravo bowled excellently to pick up 3/24.

Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 156/6 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 70, Virat Kohli 53; Shardul Thakur 2/29, Dwayne Bravo 3/24) lost to Chennai Super Kings 157/4 in 18.1 overs (Ruturaj Gaekwad 38, Ambati Rayudu 32, Faf du Plessis 31).

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