RCB makes unceremonious exit from IPL
Highly rated Royal Challengers Bangalore today made exit from IPL-7 as Chennai Super kings scored an overwhelming 8 wicket win in the last league tie for the two teams played at M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.
With this win CSK which garnered 18 points finished a clear second in the eight-team league and will play in the play-offs, while RCB remained in the seventh position.
Twice-finalists RCB, which took seventh place in the inaugural event of the cash rich event, again fell to the same lower place, despite boasting top batting order that included Chris Gaule, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and the new entrant Yuvraj Singh, who was bought for Rs 14 crore by franchise owner and liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
With Gayle not being physically fit due to a nagging back problem, laid the highflying RCB low. After winning the first two matches in the league and leading the table, the Bangalore side lost its way and never recovered.
After RCB lost tamely to its traditional rival CSK by eight wickets today, thousands of frenzied fans, who thronged the Bangalore cricket stadum, bid adieu to their home team from this year's event.
In spite of knowing well that the hosts were out of the tournament's play-offs this year too, about 25,000 fans flocked to the stadium, as the game was in the evening on a weekend in downtown.
In reply to RCB's moderate 154 for six wickets, Chennai Super Kings romped home with 14 balls to spare by hitting 160 for two wickets.
However, to the solace of die-hard cricket fans, Dhoni hit a 28-ball 49 to trigger CSK win early, while RCB skipper Virat Kohli had hit a valiant 49-ball 73, in a lost cause, earlier.
(Posted on 25-05-2014)