BANGLORE :It looked impossible, when the last over began. The equation read, 26 required off the final six deliveries. MS Dhoni started off with a four followed by two sixes, a couple and another maximum off Umesh Yadav. Two runs for victory off the final ball had tilted the balance in Chennai Super Kings’ favour. Yadav bowled a slower delivery, Dhoni missed it, but was off in a flash. A single would have taken the game to a Super Over. But Shardul Thakur at the non-striker’s end failed to pre-empt it. Even a full-length dive couldn’t save him, as Parthiv Patel – he also scored a half-century – brilliantly effected the run-out with a direct hit from behind the stumps. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, won by a run. They live to fight another day.For two seasons on the bounce, Dale Steyn went unsold at the IPL auctions, when bowlers half his ability earned crores. Drafted into the Royal Challengers squad midway this term as Nathan Coulter-Nile’s replacement, Steyn hit the ground running with a couple of wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. At Chinnaswamy on Sunday, he made the new ball talk, helping his side defend 161, a total that was about 20 runs below par on this surface.
In the first over of Super Kings’ chase, Steyn moved one late and had Shane Watson caught at first slip. Suresh Raina came and was outsmarted by the master. His stance was upright and also a bit square-on. Maybe, Raina was expecting a bouncer. Steyn bowled a perfect yorker instead that cleaned up the left-hander.