MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings captain and Man of the Match: Ankle is fine as of now. I will get to know better tomorrow, but it I was still running properly; it was a bit difficult. We are doing well. The only worry was our bowling, espcially on flat wickets but they did well to restrict RCB to 154 in a small ground. We have to be at our best from now on for every game we play.
That's the end of this match. Next up is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain: It was another disappointing game for us. We could have executed our plans better. We ended up on the wrong side once again. Earlier in the tournaments, we took a lot of positives from those close games but they hurt us in the end. I wish we could have won more games for our fans. We didn't play to our potential.
Chennai Super Kings win by 8 wickets. Chasing 155, the Super Kings were off to a blazing start before Dwayne Smith (34) perished to Ravi Rampaul. Suresh Raina was dismissed for 18 before MS Dhoni (49*) and makeshift opener Faf du Plessis (54*) combined to ensure there were no more hiccups enroute to an easy win in Bangalore.
18:51 IST: So this is what happened. Dhoni came down the track to Yuvraj and Takawale missed an easy stumping chance to let Dhoni survive. The CSK skipper then unleashed two successive sixes and a boundary as CSK raced to 133/2 off 16 overs.
18:42 IST: RCB's spinners have put a tight leash around the Super Kings; the runs have dried up as the ball continues to hold on to the surface. Meanwhile, Dhoni seems to have injured himself while running and does not look very comfortable. The 100 for CSK has come up in the 14th over.
18:28 IST: WICKET! Yuvraj lured Raina out of the crease to have him stumped by Takawale. After 10 overs, CSK 87/2, chasing 155. Dhoni joins du Plessis in the middle.
18:17 IST: Order is being slowly restored after CSK's maddeningly fast start to the chase; but they are still on 69/1 off 7 overs. A strong position to be in, chasing 155 in a small ground.
18:05 IST: WICKET! It was a frenetic start for the Super Kings, with Smith and du Plessis dealing only in boundaries. However, Smith met with a soft dismissal, falling to Rampaul after scoring 34 off 17 balls. CSK 57/1 off 4.2 overs.
18:02 IST: No respite for Kohli and RCB; the skipper got Starc into the attack but he was torn apart by Smith, who took two boundaries and du Plessis who hammered a SIX off the last ball of the over. CSK 53/0 off 4.
17:56 IST: This is a blazing start by the Super Kings; they were watchful in the first over from Jakati but took 15 off his second; 35/0 off 3.
17:54 IST: Expensive first over from Rampaul, who gives away 15. Smith took him for a boundary before du Plessis launched in, sending him for a boundary and a six. CSK 20/0 off 2 overs.
17:48 IST: Good first over from Shadab Jakati; just five off it. Jakati was once an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings and here is making his RCB debut against CSK.
17:44 IST: Faf du Plessis has come out to open with Dwayne Smith for Chennai Super Kings. Their other regular opener, Brendon McCullum has become a father and he is with his wife in New Zealand.
Royal Challengers Bangalore score 154/6 off their 20 overs. It was a one-man show as Virat Kohli (73) led from the front and helped the hosts to a respectable score after being put in to bat. RCB got off to another poor start, losing early wickets before Kohli and Yuvraj revived the innings with a 55-run stand. AB de Villiers failed today but the captain played some breathtaking shots to hand Bangalore a competitive total.
17:12 IST: WICKET! de Villiers falls to Nehra in a bid to further up the antee; but he missed the line and Nehra hit timber for the second time today. RCB are 130/5 off 17.4 overs.
17:08 IST: Virat Kohli brought up his 16th IPL half-century and second this season as he tried to shrug off an indifferent year and lead Bangalore's charge in an inconsequential game for them. RCB are 121/4 after 17 overs.
16:55 IST: WICKET! Yuvraj and Kohli were stitching together a dangerous stand before Jadeja broke through to remove Yuvraj for 25. He had added 55 off 8.2 overs with RCB on 88/4 after 14 overs.
16:48 IST: RCB are 73/3 off 12 overs as Kohli hammers Ashwin for another SIX. The Bangalore captain has decided to attack the best off-spinner in the rival ranks- best taking on the best.
16:43 IST: Ashwin was back in the attack after the timeout and Kohli charged him to hit a SIX. Time RCB got a move-on. RCB 56/3 off 10 overs.
16:37 IST: Another tidy over from Raina. RCB 46/3 off 9 overs. Strategic timeout.
16:35 IST: The runs have dried up for the Royal Challengers. Just seven have come off the last two overs as the hosts reach 41/3 off 8.
16:25 IST: WICKET! Another one goes down; Mohit Sharma became the third CSK bowler to strike in his first over today. CSK are 34/3 after the end of the powerplay with Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli in the middle for the hosts.
16:21 IST: WICKET! RCB were looking to fight back before Dhoni introduced Ashwin in to the attack. He removed Yogesh Takawale for 19 as RCB slipped to 31/2 in 4.5 overs. Virat Kohli joins Vijay Zol in the attack.
16:17 IST: RCB are fighting fire with fire; after losing an early wicket Zol slammed Nehra for a SIX before Takawale hit Badree for three boundaries in the fourth over to take RCB to 28/1.
16:10 IST: Samuel Badree bowled five consecutive dot balls before Yogesh Takawale hammered him for a boundary off the last ball. RCB are 6/1 after two overs.
16:06 IST: WICKET! Ashish Nehra castles Riley Rossow off the fifth ball of the innings. Another poor start for the Royal Challengers, who added Rossow in place of Chris Gayle. RCB 2/1 after 1 over.
15:37 IST: Here are the playing XIs:
RCB: VH Zol, YV Takawale (WK), V Kohli (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, RR Rossouw, MA Starc, S Rana, YS Chahal, R Rampaul, SB Jakati
CSK: DR Smith, F du Plessis, SK Raina, DJ Hussey, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), RA Jadeja, M Manhas, R Ashwin, MM Sharma, S Badree, A Nehra
15:32 IST: Chennai Super Kings have decided to field. Royal Challengers Bangalore have dropped Chris Gayle.
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Chennai Super Kings have lost their previous two matches. The defeats against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad may not have had much of an impact on their second spot in the points table but the CSK think-tank would not be resting easy. MS Dhoni has repeatedly said that the fielding has not been of good quality while against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he ripped into his new-ball bowlers. "Do we score 230 for a win now?" he wondered. (Read more here)
Royal Challengers Bangalore have left their skipper Virat Kohli in even more despair. The team showed some signs of life but it was a bit too late in the tournament for them. Needing a win against Kolkata, the team crashed at Eden to bid adieu to dreams of yet another IPL. "We have not been consistent in the crucial moments," said Kohli after the match against Kolkata. (Read more here).