Until the first powerplay, the scores were nearly identical. Bangalore Royal Challengers 57/0, Chennai Super Kings 51/0. Within the first ten overs, both teams had lost three wickets. CSK still needed 52 from 24 balls after dismissing half the side in the 16th over. MS Dhoni has arrived. Dhoni was no stranger to this equation as captain, and he knew how to solve it. Josh Hazlewood, on the other hand, tightened the screws with a five-run over.

Moeen Ali had no choice but to fling his bat at everything now that he needed 47 from 18. However, he went with a slower ball from Harshal Patel. If Ali had left the ball alone, it would have been a wide, but he put a toe to it, and the ball went to Mohammed Siraj at extra cover. CSK required 39 from 12 at the end of the 18th over. Dhoni holed out to Rajat Patidar at deep midwicket after pulling a length ball from Hazlewood but failing to get the elevation.

RCB secured a 13-run victory to climb to fourth place in the rankings with 12 points from 11 games. CSK are now in ninth place with six points, and are all but out of playoff contention.

CSK, in all honesty, shouldn’t have blown this pursuit with the start they received. Devon Conway was magnificent in the field, driving, sweeping, and clearing his front leg for inside-out strokes that kept CSK ahead of the game until the seventh over. With the exception of Ali, no top-order or middle-order hitter received a score of even ten.

That was sure to be painful. RCB were in a similar situation, but Mahipal Lomror hit 42 off 27 balls, adding 44 with Rajat Patidar for the fourth wicket and 32 with Dinesh Karthik for the fifth to turn the game around in 10 overs.

RCB added 50 runs in the last five overs, which was enough to defeat the chances of Dhoni conjuring another miracle chase.