Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell help Bengaluru to IPL playoffs berth

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Rajat Patidar and Cameron Green help their side  to victory against Chennai Super Kings.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Rajat Patidar and Cameron Green help their side to victory against Chennai Super Kings. Photo: AFP/Getty

Australians Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell have played key roles as their Royal Challengers Bengaluru knocked out defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs and sneaked into the Indian Premier League playoffs by 10 runs.

Bengaluru achieved an amazing comeback by rising off the bottom of the table and winning six straight games to qualify for the playoffs, taking the fourth and last spot – just.

Chennai needed 219 runs for an outright win but needed only 201 to reach the playoffs. However they fell 10 runs short as left-arm pacer Yash Dayal held his nerve while bowling the last over.

Bengaluru sneaked through on net run rate ahead of three other teams with the same 7-7 win-loss records.

Bengaluru posted an imposing 5-218 thanks to captain Faf du Plessis’ 54 off 39 balls and Green’s unbeaten 38 off 17 including three sixes, while Maxwell provided a cameo of 16 off five.

Chennai’s chase ended at 7-191 with a possibly last appearance by team standard-bearer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was out in the last over for 25 off 13.

Du Plessis and Virat Kohli opened with 78 off 58 balls. Kohli scored 47 off 29, including four sixes, while du Plessis hit three fours and three sixes.

Mitchell Santner had Kohli caught and then ran out du Plessis. Bengaluru were 2-113 after 13 overs.

But Rajat Patidar smacked 41 off 23 with four sixes. Together with Green, they smashed 71 off only 28 balls for the third wicket. The duo hit five fours and seven sixes between them.

The defending champions made a poor start to the chase: Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad was caught off Maxwell for a golden duck.

Dayal caught the in-form Gaikwad and dismissed Daryl Mitchell for 4.

The comeback was started by Rachin Ravindra, 61 off 37, and Ajinkya Rahane, 33 off 22.

Lockie Ferguson broke their 66-run partnership after a strategic timeout.

Ravindra hit five fours and three sixes in his maiden IPL half-century but he was run out against the run of play, stranded after a mix-up with Shivam Dube.

The hard-hitting Dube couldn’t compensate and was caught on seven.

Chennai’s playoffs chances looked bleak but Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 42 off 22 and 61 off 27 with Dhoni.

Dhoni smashed six off Dayal’s first ball in the final over to ramp up the drama. Then he was out caught the very next ball and Chennai crashed out moments later.

Who meets who in the playoffs starting on Tuesday will be determined after the last round-robin games on Sunday.

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