Chennai down Kohli's Bangalore, top IPL

Virat Kohli's fifty in the IPL match with Chennai proved in vain as his side lost by six wickets.
Virat Kohli's fifty in the IPL match with Chennai proved in vain as his side lost by six wickets.

Chennai Super Kings have moved top of the Indian Premier League points table with a convincing six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Chennai won a sandstorm-delayed toss on Friday and chose to field at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, a decision that helped them restrict Bangalore to 6-156 despite a promising start for Virat Kohli's team.

In reply, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai reached 4-157 in 18.1 overs.

Kohli hit a 41-ball 53 and shared an opening stand of 111 with Devdutt Padikkal (70 in 50) but once that partnership was broken in the 14th over, no other Bangalore batter lasted more than 11 balls.

West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo did much of the damage for Chennai with 3-24 in his four overs.

Ruturaj Gaikwad then top-scored for Chennai with 38 off 26, ahead of opening partner Faf du Plessis (31) and Ambati Rayudu (32). Harshal Patel took 2-25.

Chennai are now level on 14 points with Delhi Capitals after nine matches with the Super Kings having the better net run rate. Bangalore remain on 10 points in third place.

Australian Associated Press