Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulled off another masterclass as Chennai Super Kings chased down Royal Challengers Bangalore's mammoth total of 205 with two balls to spare in their Indian Premier League encounter at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. With this win, Chennai go at the top of the IPL points table. Earlier, South Africans AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock's struck breezy half centuries to power Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a mammoth 205/8 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. De Kock (53, 37 balls; 4x1, 6x4) played the perfect supporting role in the 103-run second wicket stand with de Villiers (68 off 30; 4x2, 6x8), who started from the word go to bring up his half century in just 23 deliveries. Put in to bat, RCB got off to a decent 35-run start by skipper Virat Kohli (18) and de Kock before Shardul Thakur saw the back of the Indian captain, thanks to a smart catch by Ravindra Jadeja. But the visitors wouldn't have imagined what was coming their way, as de Villiers started off by clobbering Harbhajan Singh for two consecutive sixes before launching left-arm spinner Jadeja to the skies. Take a look at the NDTV Fantasy section. You can Play Fantasy Cricket here.
Such was the dominance from the former Proteas skipper that the hosts raced to 87/1 midway into the innings, with both de Villiers and de Kock nearing their respective fifties. Despite being overshadowed by his senior partner, the southpaw brought up his half century in style, tonking Shane Watson for a six over deep mid-wicket. On the first ball of the very next over, de Villiers, who had earlier clobbered leg-spinner Imran Tahir for two massive sixes, took Thakur to the cleaners thrice consecutively to bring up his half century. With both the RCB batsmen going hammer and tongs, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni threw the ball to his West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and the "Champion" responded in style by packing back de Kock with a smart catch off his own follow through. Tahir then joined the party by bagging the prized scalp of de Villiers and new man Corey Anderson (2) in the very next over to restore parity into the match. (SCORECARD)
De Villiers miscued Tahir's tossed-up delivery pitched outside off-stump for Sam Billings to complete the formalities at deep cover. Tahir immediately got rid of New Zealand's Anderson with a googly as Harbhajan Singh completed a brilliant catch at slip. With the hosts comfortably placed at 142/4, Mandeep Singh (32 off 17; 4x1, 6x3) and Colin de Grandhomme (11) struck a few lusty blows towards the end, even as two run-outs and a wicket in the final over could not stop RCB from crossing the 200-run mark.
IPL 2018 highlights of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings match, straight from M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets
More than 100 runs were needed in about 7 overs but MSD never showed any signs of pressure.
23:50 IST: SIX. MS Dhoni has won it for CSK.
23:49 IST: 1 run. 5 needed from 3.
23:48 IST: SIX. 6 needed from 4 now.
23:46 IST: FOUR. 12 needed now. 5 balls remain
After 19 overs, CSK are 190/5
16 needed off the last over
Three consecutive wides. The pressure is getting on to Siraj now
23:45 IST: Low full toss and Dhoni sliced it for a SIX over point!
After 18 overs, CSK are 176/5
23:36 IST: WICKET! Ambati Rayudu run out (U Yadav) 82(53)
Ambati Rayudu steered it to short third man where Umesh Yadav dived to his right but the ball deflected away, making the batsmen think of two. But it wasn't too far and Umesh qickly got back.
23:34 IST: 19th IPL 50 up for MS Dhoni in 29 balls.
After 17 overs, CSK are 161/4
23:30 IST: Looks like MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu have taken the match away from RCB.
After 16 overs, CSK are 151/4
23:20 IST: 150 up for CSK with a couple of sixes off Ambati Rayudu's bat. Umesh Yadav's drop is already proving costly for the RCB
23:15 IST: This is going to hurt RCB. Ambati Rayudu gave a leading edge and Umesh Yadav dropped it. It was an ideal opportunity to break the dangerous partnership.
After 14 overs, CSK are 126/4
23:11 IST: 50 up for Ambati Rayudu with a SIX over deep mid. Third six of the over
23:09 IST: Fullish delivery from Negi, on the stumps and right in the zone for Dhoni to hit it straight for a SIX.
Negi pitched up on off and Dhoni, with a strong bottom hand launched that over the sight screen for a SIX
After 12 overs, CSK are 101/4
22:58 IST: 100 up for CSK with a mammoth SIX off MS Dhoni's bat over the long on.
After 10 overs, CSK are 83/4
22:48 IST: Dhoni came in and launched one over the deep midwicket for a SIX. Vintage Dhoni.
After 9 overs, CSK are 74/4
After a wide, Chahal went wide outside off, wide enough to tempt Jadeja into a cut that knocked the stumps over
22:42 IST: Ravindra Jadeja b Yuzvendra Chahal 3(5)
After 8 overs, CSK are 66/3
22:37 IST: Runs are getting hard to come by as Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers are keeping Chennai Super Kings batsmen under control.
22:30 IST: WICKET! Sam Billings st de Kock b Chahal 9(7)
Sam Billings came down the track, Chahal bowled it slower through the air and shorter on the stumps, Billings looked to flick it with the wrists but the ball turned so much that it went past him and into Quinton de Kock's gloves
After 6 overs, CSK are 55/2
22:27 IST: Umesh Yadav pitched this one up with some swing towards his legs. Raina flicked but mistimed it to Mandeep at backward point.
100th IPL wicket for Umesh Yadav.
22:24 IST: WICKET! Raina c Mandeep b U Yadav 11(9)
After 5 overs, CSK are 50/1
22:20 IST: Three boundaries in the over bring on 50 for Chennai Super Kings in the 5th over.
This is Virat Kohli's 100th T20 game as captain.
After 4 overs, CSK are 35/1
22:15 IST: Ambati Rayudu welcomes Umesh Yadav with a SIX. Used his wrists and flicked it off the middle to the long leg boundary.
After 3 overs, CSK are 24/1
22:12 IST: After Shane Watson's fall, Anbati Rayudu is taking on Washington Sundar. Gets hit for 2 SIXES in the over.
After 1 overs, CSK are 8/1
22:06 IST: It Was not the short delivery on the stumps but Watson went back to pull and miscued it, easy catch for mid-on
22:04 IST: WICKET! Shane Watson c Siraj b Negi 7(4)
22:00 IST: Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu begin the chase for CSK. Pawan Negi to begin the attack for RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore post 205/8 in 20 overs.
21:43 IST: WICKET! U Yadav c Billings b Dwayne Bravo 0(1)
Suddenly, Royal Challengers Bangalore are 7 down. Team hat-trick.
21:40 IST: WICKET! Negi run out (Jadeja/Dhoni) 0(1)
21:38 IST: WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme run out (Dhoni) 11(7)
21:35 IST: WICKET! Mandeep c Jadeja b SN Thakur 32(17)
After 18 overs, RCB are 173/4
21:30 IST: Just 2 overs left. When AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock were batting, 200 looked like an easy score to get.
After 17 overs, RCB are 164/4
21:26 IST: Imran Tahir ends with figures 4-0-35-2
After 15 overs, RCB are 142/4
21:20 IST: What a comeback from CSK. Last 4 overs: 44 runs, 3 wkts
21:18 IST: WICKET! Corey Anderson c Harbhajan b Tahir 2(8)
Two in two for Tahir. Corey Anderson got strike because they crossed over on the previous delivery, Tahir sent down a wrong one outside off and Anderson sent it to slip where Harbhajan grabbed it.
21:13 IST: WICKET! AB de Villiers c Billings b Tahir 68(30)
It was a short legbreak well outside off but AB swung away from the body and the leading edge went high enough for Sam Billings to run in from sweeper cover to grab it.
After 14 overs, RCB are 138/2
21:11 IST: Dwayne Bravo breaks the dangerous stand. It was a slower ball, back of length on the stumps and de Kock pulled but a bit too early and handed it back to the bowler.
Another wicket-maiden over for Chennai Super Kings.
21:07 IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock c and b Dwayne Bravo 53(37)
After 13 overs, RCB are 138/1
21:05 IST: 50 up for AB de Villiers off 23 balls. SIX, SIX, SIX and AB de Villiers' beast mode is on. Now ha has overtaken Virat Kohli to claim the Orange Cap.
After 12 overs, RCB are 118/1
20:59 IST: 50 up for Quinton de Kock off 35 balls. Just a bit short delivery from Shane Watson but Quinton de Kock stayed back and smokes it over the midwicket boundary for a SIX
After 11 overs, RCB are 106/1
20:53 IST: 19 runs came off Imran Tahir's over. 100 up for RCB.
After 10 overs, RCB are 87/1
20:45 IST: 50 run stand is up between Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers
After 7 overs, RCB are 63/1
20:33 IST: It's raining sixes in Bangalore. AB de Villiers in fifth gear.
After 6 overs, RCB are 52/1
20:30 IST: 50 up for RCB as South Africans Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers are toying with Chennai bowlers at the moment. SIX, SIX, FOUR for ABD off Harbhajan's over.
After 5 over, RCB are 35/1
20:25 IST: An excellent fightback from Chahar, a wicket maiden for him. It was a lenghth delivery and Kohli walked down wanting to loft it over the fielder but didn't quite middle it. Jadeja grabbed it.
20:21 IST: WICKET! Kohli c Jadeja b SN Thakur 18(15)
After 4 overs, RCB are 35/0
20:20 IST: De Kock danced down the track and middled one over the long on for a SIX
After 3 overs, RCB are 28/0
20:14 IST: The first maximum of the game came off Quinton de Kock's bat. De Kock smoked the slower delivery over long-on for a SIX.
After 2 overs, RCB are 13/0
20:10 IST: Virat Kohli once again becomes the leading run-scorer of IPL 2018. Reclaims the Orange Cap
After 1 over, RCB are 5/0.
20:05 IST: Good first over from Deepak Chahar, just 5 runs off it.
20:00 IST: Quinton de Kock and Virat Kohli to open RCB's innings. Chahar will open the attack for CSK
19:30 IST: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni wins toss, elects to bowl vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium
Good news for the hosts is that AB de Villiers is in devastating form, which he exhibited in the last match when he enthralled his fans with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power his team to a convincing win over Daredevils. He produced a vintage inning and single-handedly chased down the 175-run target with two overs to spare to bring RCB's campaign back on track. Kohli's quickfire 57 and unbeaten 92 against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians respectively also has boosted RCB's confidence. The pair of Kohli and de Villiers has scored 2,361 runs in the IPL, next only to Chris Gayle-Kohli who have amassed 2,787 runs. Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner combine are placed third with 2357 runs. Quinton de Kock, who has scored 112 runs so far, would like to get a big knock under his belt as also Manan Vohra who scored just one in the last match. For CSK, Watson has been in great nick as he smashed 106 runs in 57 balls against Royals and is among the top run-getters and wicket-takers for his team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will renew their intense rivalry after two years when they face-off in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. With CSK not playing in the previous two seasons, fans on either side were robbed of IPL's most celebrated rivalry.Though Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK lead RCB 13-7 in the overall head-to-head record, both teams have won three games each out of the seven played at the high-scoring Chinnaswamy Stadium with one producing a no-result. Dhoni's men have been much better than RCB in their comeback season, winning four out of the five games they have played so far. The Virat Kohli-captained RCB have won two out of their five matches and would be eager to maintain momentum after the win against Delhi Daredevils at home last week.
Also, Ambati Rayudu would like to continue with his good performance as he has been the highest individual run-getter (201) for his side in five matches with 79 being the best knock. Suresh Raina (118 runs so far), who is an important member in CSK's batting line-up, will be expected to score big runs again. Also keen to perform will be Dhoni (139) and Dwayne Bravo (104). Against a power-packed CSK batting, RCB must tighten-up their bowling having conceded 200 plus runs twice at home. The spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, who have taken 5 and 4 wickets each, respectively, would be itching to put up a better show on Wednesday, given the well-documented fact that CSK are struggling against spin this season. They have lost 10 wickets to them and only managed to score at 7.70 runs per over. RCB all-rounder Chris Woakes has been outstanding so far, picking up 8 wickets. Umesh Yadav has also been equally good with eight wickets in his kitty.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, K M 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.