Biggest chase in IPL belongs to Rajasthan Royals for that 214 by Deccan Chargers they overhauled back in first season. Today, Chennai carried out the second biggest chase in the tournament ever, shocking Bangalore who had their noses ahead for 38 overs of this match untill Albie Morkel smashed 28 runs off a Virat Kohli over..
Electing to bat first on a flat MA Chidambaram stadium, Bangalore were off to brisk start with Mayank Agarwal sheilding Chris Gayle with his attacking shots. For first 8 overs, Gayle only had run a ball 11 but thanks to Mayank's free-flowing knock, Bangalore were going great guns reaching fifty in 4.5 overs and hundred before 11th over. Chris Gayle took a liking of Suresh Raina, smashing him for 3 sixes in an over to open his shoulders, reaching his fifty off just 27 balls while Virat Kohli feed him the strike. After Gayle, Kohli tried to finish the innings on a high but Chennai bowlers struck back.
Bangalore lost 6 wickets for just 25 runs towards the end to mess up a massive platform but R Vinay Kumar's six off last ball got them past 200 runs mark, a total they must have thought was defendable but home team had other ideas.
Murali Vijay, star of last season but a flop show so far in 2012, failed again but new recruit Franois du Plessis played yet another good innings for his southern franchise, smashing four sixes to give an equivalent start to the hosts. Old horse Muthiah Muralitharan showed his class to dismiss first three batsmen but captain MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order to keep the tempo going.
Asking rate was hovering around 15 an over and then 50 off last 18 balls. Zaheer Khan bowled a perfect over, dismissing Dhoni and conceeding just 9 runs to leave 43 runs off last 12 balls. Here, captain Daniel Vettori made a mistake by ignoring much more accomplished seamer Raju Bhatkal and opting for Virat Kohli. Albie Morkel smashed 4,6,4,6,2,6 = 28 runs off the 39th over and even though he got out second ball off last over, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja sealed a thriller.
Franois du Plessis was named man of the match for top scoring in the match.