Chennai Super Kings (CSK) climbed to the top of the points table with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday. Having elected to field on winning the toss, CSK restricted the visitors to 127/9 in their 20 overs. In reply, while Shane Watson departed early, opener Ambati Rayudu laid the foundation of a successful foundation with a brilliant 32 off 25 balls. CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit Chahal three consecutive sixes in the 18th over of the match to lead his team to a victory.
Earlier, CSK produced a magnificent bowling performance as thet restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a meagre 127/9 in 20 overs. MS Dhoni winning the toss, put RCB to bat as the home team bowlers ran through the famed RCB batting line-up quickly to gain an upper hand in the game early. Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were dismissed cheaply while Parthiv Patel was the sole fighter who scored a brilliant 53. Chennai spinners -- Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh -- shared five wickets between them as they spun a web around the visitors.
However, Tim Southee provided a final flourish in the dying moments of the game to help his team cross the three figure back. Apart from this he strung together a 34-run partnership in the end with Mohammed Siraj. For Chennai, Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 3/18 in his stipulated overs. RCB will have to dig deep and produce a spirited performance to defeat the formidable CSK in order to make it to the play-offs. (Scorecard)
IPL 2018 highlights of Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match straight from MCA stadium, Pune
19:20 IST: And it is all over. Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets with two overs to spare.
19:18 IST: Six! Dhoni is turning the heat on at the MCA stadium. Dhoni pummels Chahal for the third consecutive maximum in the 18th over. CSK is close to a victory.
19:17 IST: Six! CSK get a free-hit and Dhoni grabs the opportunity with both hands and smokes Chahal for another maximum over the long-off boundary.
19:16 IST: Six! Chahal bowls wide and full, Dhoni standing deep in his crease clobbers him for a maximum over the deep mid-wicket boundary.
19:10 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 28 runs from 24 balls.
19:08 IST: Four! Short and wide from M Ashwin and Dhoni says thank you as he slaps the ball through covers for a boundary.
19:06 IST: Six! M Ashwin bowls a short delivery and Bravo rocks back and dispatches the ball rows back in the crowd.
19:03 IST: Strategic timeout -- Chennai Super Kings 89/4 in 15 overs, need 39 more runs to win.
19:00 IST: Dropped! Bravo makes room for himself and lifts M Ashwin inside out through the cover but the shot did not have enough power. Chahal at the boundary put down the catch as he was sliding through. Kohli is not happy.
18:55 IST: Dwayne Bravo is the new man in.
18:53 IST: OUT!! De Grandhomme gets his first wicket of the match. Dhruv Shorey cuts the wide delivery straight to Mandeep Singh at point and Kohli is elated.
18:48 IST: MS Dhoni is the new man in.
18:46 IST: OUT! M Ashwin bowls wide of off stump, Rayudu failed to read the spin as he was looking to go over the infield but miscued and sent the ball to short third man.
18:45 IST: Murugan Ashwin, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
18:42 IST: Four! Short delivery from Colin de Grandhomme and Rayudu shuffles and pulls the ball for a boundary at the backward square leg region.
18:40 IST: Chennai Super Kings 71/2 after 10 overs, need 57 more runs to win.
18:30 IST: OUT! Umesh Yadav strikes as Suresh Raina departs. Raina makes room for himself and hits the ball straight towards the long-on boundary, where Tim Southee completed a brilliant catch as he was aware where the boundary rope was. Strategic timeout -- Chennai Super Kings 62/2 in 8.4 overs.
18:29 IST: Four! Umesh strays on the leg side and Raina guides him really fine to start the ninth over with a boundary.
18:28 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal has been on point till now. He has only given seven runs from the two overs that he has bowled.
18:23 IST: Chennai Super Kings 51/1 in 7 overs, need more 77 runs to win.
18:21 IST: Six! Raina made room for himself and got the length delivery in his arc as he smoked ball over long-on for a maximum.
18:18 IST: Four! Tim Southee this time goes wide and full and Rayudu says thank you as he drives the ball with immaculate timing.
18:16 IST: Six! Off cutter from Southee yet again, Rayudu rocks back and dispatches him in the stands for a maximum. Rayudu is changing gears now.
18:15 IST: Four! Short delivery from Southee and Rayudu pulls him for a boundary. Rayudu has been in top form this season.
18:09 IST: Chennai Super Kings 23/1 in 4 overs, need 105 more runs to win.
18:03 IST: Bowled! Umesh Yadav gets the big wicket of Shane Watson. He bowls a full delivery and Watson gets beaten for pace. Watson, who was anticipating a short delivery, is caught off guard as the stumps are all over the place.
18:00 IST: Six! Umesh Yadav starts with a short delivery and Rayudu pulls him away for a maximum.
17:58 IST: Yuzevndra Chahal starts with a maiden first up.
17:55 IST: Chennai Super Kings 9/0 after the first over.
17:53 IST: Four! Southee pitches the ball up, Watson leans in and clubs the shot through the cover. De Grandhomme at the sweeper chased the ball but gave up and the ball rolled away to the boundary. Captain Kohli is not impressed with that effort.
17:51 IST: Four! Tim Southee bowls the first ball wide and short and Watson crunches the ball through the cover for a boundary. Watson is off the mark in style.
17:48 IST: Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu opening the batting for Chennai Super Kings.
17:47 IST: Tim Southee opening the bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
17:48 IST: Welcome back to the chase!
17:36 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 127/9 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 53, Southee 36*) vs Chennai Super Kings.
17:26 IST: Four! Shardul bowls a low full toss outside off, Southee shuffles and goes for the scoop but misses. But the ball takes an outside edge and flies down the fine to third-man. Much-needed boundary for the visiting side.
17:25 IST: Six! Short delivery from Shardul and Southee clobbers him for a maximum.
17:24 IST: Welcome five runs for RCB. Southee goes for the flick, misses and the ball hits the pads and ricochets to the shot fine leg, who collects the ball and takes a shy at the stumps. However, there was no fielder backing up the throw and the ball rolled away to the ropes.
17:20 IST: Four! Southee welcomes Dwayne Bravo with a boundary. Bravo goes wide and full and Southee crunches the ball through the off side for a boundary.
17:18 IST: Four! Southee shuffles across the stumps, heaves and inside edges the ball in between his legs as the ball rolls away past the man at short fine. 100 comes up for RCB.
17:16 IST: Four more overs to go, can RCB put up a competitive total on board?
17:11 IST: Run-out! Chennai strike on the first ball after the strategic timeout. Umesh Yadav hits the ball straight to mid-off and takes a single but falls short of the crease. Horrible, horrible outing for the Virat Kohli-led team.
17:08 IST: Strategic timeout -- Royal Challengers Bangalore 89/7 (Umesh Yadav 1*, Tim Southee 2*) in 15 overs.
17:04 IST: OUT! David Willey gets his first wicket as Colin de Grandhomme departs in search of quick runs. RCB 87/7 in 14.1 overs.
17:03 IST: Ravindra Jadeja finishes the match with figures of 3/18.
17:00 IST: STUMPED! Harbhajan bowls wide of the off stumps, Murugan Ashwin leans forward to defend the ball, misses and Dhoni does the rest. RCB slump further.
16:57 IST: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja is on a roll today as he gets his third wicket. Parthiv Patel hits the full ball straight back to Jadeja, who takes a comfortable catch. RCB is a spot of bother now.
16:53 IST: Four! Colin de Grandhomme dances down the track and smacks Harbhajan Singh straight down the ground for a boundary. Shardul dives to cut the ball but fails. Great effort from the bowler.
16:51 IST: FIFTY! Parthiv Patel scores his 11th IPL fifty off 37 balls.
16:50 IST: OUT! Jadeja slides the ball in and Mandeep Singh sweeps the ball straight to backward square leg, who takes a comfortable catch. No celebration from Jadeja yet again.
16:45 IST: Four! Harbhajan fires the ball in, Parthiv makes room and cuts the ball between backward point and short third for a boundary. Top shot from the left-handed batsman as he is nearing his 11th IPL fifty.
16:41 IST: Strategic timeout -- Royal Challengers Bangalore 61/3 (Parthiv 41*, Mandeep Singh 3*)
16:37 IST: No celebrations from Jadeja here as he gets the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli.
16:35 IST: STUMPED! Harbhajan Singh, the new bowler in, gets the big wicket of AB de Villiers. Harbhajan slides the ball down on the leg side, de Villiers looking to sweep, misses and Dhoni does the rest. Calm and composed as usual. Chennai Super Kings have the upper hand in the game early.
16:33 IST: Jadeja bowls a brilliant first over, conceded four runs and dismissed the big fish Kohli.
16:29 IST: OUT! Jadeja, the new bowler in, dismisses Virat Kohli on his first ball. Quicker delivery from Jadeja, Kohli was looking to cut, misses and the ball crashes into the off and middle stump. Both Jadeja and Kohli are in disbelief.
16:28 IST: Four! Ngidi bowls full and wide and Parthiv crashes the ball through the off for a boundary. That was powerfully hit. RCB 47/1 in 6 overs.
16:26 IST: Six! Parthiv Patel reads the Lungi Ngidi cutter nicely, shuffles and lifts the ball for a maximum over backward square.
16:24 IST: Shardul concedes eight runs in his first over.
16:22 IST: Trivia -- Shardul had dismissed Kohli in their previous meeting. Can Shardul repeat the feat again?
16:21 IST: Four! Virat Kohli gets his first boundary of the night. Full delivery from Shardul and Kohli slaps the ball straight over the bowler's head for a boundary.
16:20 IST: Shardul Thakur introduced in the bowling attack.
16:19 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 29/1 after the 4th over.
16:14 IST: Six! Parthiv Patel dances down the track and slams David Willey straight down the ground for the first maximum of the match. Effortless.
16:10 IST: Four! Back-to-back boundaries from Parthiv Patel off Lungi Ngidi will definitely take the pressure off the visiting team after losing an important wicket. RCB 17/1 after the second over.
16:09 IST: Virat Kohli is the new man in.
16:08 IST: OUT! Slower delivery from Lungi Ngidi does the track. McCullum fails to read the slower ball, makes room for himself, flat bats the ball and sends it high up in the air. Shardul Thakur at mid-wicket takes the catch on the second attempt. McCullum departs for 5.
16:05 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/0 after the first over.
16:04 IST: Four! Short of length outside off and McCullum uses his hands to guide the ball between the backward point and short third to collect his first boundary of the evening.
16:00 IST: First ball -- Willey bowls back of a length delivery down the leg side, Parthiv tries to work the ball around, misses and gets rapped on the pads.
15:59 IST: David Willey opening the bowling for Chennai. Parthiv Patel and Brendon McCullum opening the batting for Bangalore.
15:58 IST: Right then, it is game time.
15:40 IST: CSK and RCB playing XI:
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dhruv Shorey, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Murugan Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
15:34 IST: Virat Kohli -- We'd have bowled first as well. Good wicket, so we will try to put some runs on the board. I think we're getting momentum at the right time. Last 3 games have been really good. Really happy about where we are placed as a team. AB de Villiers is in for de Kock, Parthiv is in for Vohra and M Ashwin comes in for Washington Sundar.
15:32 IST: Dhoni -- We will bowl first. The wicket doesn't change. Hopefully it'll only get slightly better. Somebody will have to step up and own that responsibility. Chahar is injured, so it gives us an opportunity to try other players before the serious part of the tournament. Faf misses out and Willey comes in, Karn misses out (for Dhruv Shorey), Asif misses out for Shardul.
15:30 IST: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni wins toss, elects to field vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
15:20 IST: We are moments away from the toss, stay tuned.
15:05 IST: Chennai Super Kings all ready to host Royal Challengers Bangalore
15:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore straight from Pune.
While RCB are in the fifth spot, having won three of their eight matches, CSK are still in a comfortable position in second position with six wins from nine games. A comprehensive eight-wicket defeat against MI on April 28 followed by the six-wicket hammering by the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday night has shown chinks in the CSK armour, especially in bowling.
The Chennai batsmen are on song and most are among runs with Ambati Rayudu, Australian Shane Watson, West Indian Dwayne Bravo, skipper Dhoni and Suresh Raina contributing when the team needed. Rayudu, especially, has batted well both as an opener and at number four, scoring 391 runs so far.
RCB too have some batting woes to overcome with only Kohli performing consistently, amassing 449 runs in nine matches. They will be eager to put South African batsman A B de Villiers, who has scored 280 runs in six games, back on the field. He has missed out games due to fever. These two batsmen are crucial to RCB's hopes. They also require Quinton de Kock (201 runs in 8 games) and Brendon McCullum (122 runs in 5 games), who are yet to play to their potential, to chip in.
RCB's primary headache has been their death bowling as they have leaked runs in this phase. Umesh Yadav (11 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (7 wickets) have stamped their class, but Mohammad Siraj and Washington Sunder (four wickets) have performed below par.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee.