The quartet of Mahipal Lomror, who smashed a 42 from 27 balls, skipper Faf du Plessis (38 out of 22), Virat Kohli (30 out of 33) and Dinesh Karthik (26 out of 17) did well to bring RCB to 173 for 8 .
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The RCB bowlers then limited the defending champions to 160 for 8, despite a fifty by fly-half Devon Conway (56).
While Maxwell finished with excellent numbers of 2 for 22 from his four overs, Harshal was right on the money, busting three wickets while giving away 35 runs.
Shabaz Ahmed (1/27), Wanindu Hasaranga (1/31) and Josh Hazlewood (1/19) also picked one wicket each.
With the win, RCB moved up to fourth on the points table, while CSK were pushed closer to the brink of elimination as they remained in second-to-last place.
Defending 174, like CSK, the RCB bowlers lost points in the Powerplay but left arm spinner Shabaz and Maxwell took a flurry of wickets between the 7th and 10th overs, including that of fly-half Ruturaj Gaikwad (28 ).
Conway provided some resistance with a 56 from 37 but was sent back to the hut by Maxwell.
With 56 needed over the final five overs, Ravindra Jadeja tried to up the ante but the all-rounder, who has struggled with form all season, hit a slow delivery from Patel to the cover straight at the hands of Kohli.
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The death specialist on RCB then struck again, this time getting rid of the dangerous Ali, who was slowly finding his rhythm.
When Dhoni entered, CSK needed 52 from 24, which quickly became 39 from the final two overs. The talismanic leader, however, was unable to get his side past the line.
Earlier, CSK spinners made full use of Dhoni’s decision to play first as Moeen Ali (2/28) and Maheesh Theekshana (3/27) shared five wickets.
Ali rocked the RCB’s first order, getting rid of the opening pair of Kohli and du Plessis, while Theekshana broke three wickets in the penultimate.
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Dwaine Pretorius (1/42) was the other wicket taker for CSK.
Lomror became the top scorer with his 27-ball shot, while Dinesh Karthik (26 of 17) hit some vigorous shots towards the end to help RCB over the 170-point mark.
Kohli and du Plessis beat with authority as the two veterans beat the inexperienced pace duo of Mukesh Choudhary (0/30) and Simarjeet Singh (0/21) in the Powerplay.
The opening pair extracted 57 runs in the first six overs, RCB’s highest Powerplay total this season.
With uncapped talent for races aplenty, skipper MS Dhoni introduced the spin, which slowed down proceedings for RCB.
With the pitch offering a turn and a rebound, Ali, who returned to the side after an ankle injury, broke the dangerous partnership as du Plessis found Jadeja in the middle of the deep wicket in the eighth.
A gruesome mix-up between Kohli and new man Glenn Maxwell (3) spelled the end of the Aussie’s short stay in the middle. It was the fourth time Kohli had been involved in a run-out this season.
CSK bowlers did a terrific job after a costly start.
RCB was trying to recover from the twin blows, when Ali launched a brilliant delivery.
He kicked the ball outside, inviting Kohli for the drive. However, the ball went over the inside edge and slammed the stumps, as the former India skipper’s struggles against Ali’s spin continued.
Lomror and Rajat Patidar (21) then shared a quick 44-point position, but Dhoni reintroduced the rhythm in the form of Pretorius and the South African struck on his first-ever delivery, getting rid of Patidar.
Lomror was dropped on the 33rd by Jadeja, but the batter couldn’t capitalize on the reprieve as he became Theekshana’s first casualty on the 19th.
The Sri Lankan then sacked compatriot Wanindu Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmed.
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