first_imgChennai openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay put 159 runs for the first wicket to set up the plot for Chennai’s 58-run win over Bangalore during their IPL final match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Score | PhotosThis was their second win in a row after victory in IPL-3 last year, where they beat Mumbai in the final.Chasing 206, Bangalore could only manage to score 147/8 against Chennai after they lost their in-form opener Chris Gayle on a duck.They were on a back-foot from the start as chasing a mammoth total with their opener Gayle back in the dugout was never an easy task.He fell to offie R Ashwin with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni performing the final honours behind the stumps.Ashwin then came around to get rid of the other opener Mayank Agarwal on 10 to push Bangalore to the wall. Bangalore were 16/2 post his fall.Bangalore’s South African recruit AB de Villiers too could not stay in the middle for long and fell in the seventh over of Shadab Jakati’s ball, with an LBW written against his initials in the scoreboard. He scored 18.But Jakati hadn’t finished as yet, he came around and got rid of Luke Pomersbach in his next over and Bangalore were reduced to 62/4.Virat Kolhi, who was holding fort all this while was sent back to the dugout by Suresh Raina in the 10th. Raina trapped him leg before on 35 and Bangalore were reduced to 69/5 in 10 overs.The second ball of the next over saw Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori walk back without opening his account. He was caught and bowled by Ashwin when the team total was 70/6.advertisementIn the 13th over Dwayne Bravo got rid of Abhimanyu Mithun on 11 to reduce Bangalore to 92/7.Post that things became easy for the Chennai bowlers, who pressed for a victory. The only man that came in their way was Saurabh Tiwary.But Tiwary could not stop the inevitable and Bangalore ended up losing the match in the even though he remained unbeaten on 42.Chennai inningsChennai openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay put on 159 runs for the first wicket as Chennai posted 205/5 against Bangalore.Earlier, Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in the final match of IPL-4. And the Chennai openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay got off to a flyer. The two were keeping the run rate to a good 10 runs an over and accelerating.A good start was required considering the superlative form that opposition opener Chris Gayle has been in this IPL season. Gayle, who has been sporting the orange cap, has been the top scorer in this season.Singles were converted into doubles and boundaries became more frequent as the two openers continued to find the gaps in the field. They were even assisted by sloppy fielding by Bangalore. Luke Pomersbach dropped Vijay off Abhimanyu Mithun near the fence in the 10th over when he was batting on 40. Chennai were 94/0 post the half-way mark.Finally in the 15th over Hussey departed, but not before providing his team when an impressive opening wicket stand. He along with Vijay put 159 runs for the first wicket. He scored 63 off 45 balls decorating his innings with three fours and an equal number of sixes.Hussey took the aerial route trying to hit Syed Mohammad past the fence but ended up getting caught by Abhimanyu Mithun at long on.Post Hussey’s wicket, skipper MS Dhoni and Murali Vijay decided to pound the opposition bowlers all across the park and they had a reason to do so as Chennai were deep into the slog overs. But their charge was cut short in the 18th over when the team total was 188. A S. Aravind ball got the better of Vijay when he was just five runs short of a century.Vijay hit hard towards the covers but skipper Daniel Vettori took a fine catch to send him back. And Vijay’s 95-run innings, that came of 52 balls and included four fours and six sixes, came to an end.On the very next ball Aravind scalped skipper MS Dhoni and Chennai were down to 188/3. In the last over Chris Gayle scalped Albie Morkel and Suresh Raina on consecutive balls as Chennai finished the innings on a massive 205/5 on board.last_img