IPL 2024: AB de Villiers elated as RCB clinch dramatic playoff berth with win over CSK

League: Cricket

Posted on: 19 May, 2024 at 05:50 AM

In a nail-biting finish that defied all odds, Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) registered a crucial 27-run victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. This win not only sealed their place in the IPL 2024 playoffs but also marked a remarkable turnaround for the team.

Thrilling finish under pressure

Chasing a target of 201 for a playoff berth, CSK found themselves needing 10 runs off the last two balls. The tension was palpable as Ravindra Jadeja, known for his last-over heroics, came to the crease. However, young RCB pacer Yash Dayal held his nerve, delivering two consecutive dot balls to deny Jadeja and secure the win for RCB.

The atmosphere crackled with pure elation as RCB players and fans erupted in ecstatic celebration. This victory marked the culmination of a remarkable six-match winning streak that propelled them from a precarious position to the coveted playoff spot.

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Earlier, batting first, RCB set a formidable total of 218 for 5, with key contributions from their openers. Their bowlers then rose to the occasion, restricting a strong CSK batting line-up to 191 for 7.

AB de Villiers lauds RCB’s effort

Former RCB star AB de Villiers took to Twitter to express his elation at the team’s success. “Never count #RCB out,” he wrote. “What a turnaround! What a performance! Let’s go get that title now,” referencing his own time with the franchise where they reached the finals in 2011 and 2016 but fell short.

Eyes on the trophy

This dramatic win has instilled renewed confidence in the RCB camp. With their momentum at an all-time high, they will be aiming to go all the way and lift their maiden IPL trophy. Their journey continues in the playoffs, where they will face either Rajasthan Royals (RR) or Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

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