Chennai Super Kings crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on Saturday. Kedar Jadhav was unbeaten on 13 and Ravindra Jadeja not out on six as CSK chased down the small target with 14 balls to spare. Ambati Rayudu top-scored for CSK with 28 runs while Suresh Raina, who became the first batsman to score 5,000 runs in the IPL, contributed with 19 runs. Earlier, Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh claimed three wickets each as CSK bundled out RCB for a paltry 70 runs after opting to bowl. Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets, while Dwayne Bravo claimed the final wicket as the star-studded batting-line-up of RCB was wrapped up in 17.1 overs. Opener Parthiv Patel top-scored for RCB with 29 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli failed to impress much at the opening slot as he was dismissed for six runs. In all, RCB lost nine of their batsmen for a single-digit score. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, CSK made a successful return to their home ground. Banned for two years till 2017, CSK were forced to play all but one home match in Pune last season, with protests over the Cauvery water dispute having forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift matches out of Chennai. (SCORECARD)
IPL 2019 Highlights Between Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore from MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
- 23:04 (IST)Mar 23, 2019
CSK win by 7 wicketsChennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in the opening match of the IPL 2019.
- 22:17 (IST)Mar 23, 2019
5,000 IPL runs for Suresh RainaSuresh Raina becomes the first batsman to score 5,000 runs in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL).
- 21:20 (IST)Mar 23, 2019
RCB all out for 70Dwayne Bravo claims the final wicket. Parthiv Patel eventually departs for 29. Royal Challengers Bangalore all out for 70 runs. MS Dhoni's plan to bowl after winning the toss has worked for Chennai Super Kings at their home ground. Spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir claimed three wickets each for CSK, while Patel top-scored for RCB with 29 runs.
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Bravo has the last laugh. RCB all out for 70 runs in 17.1 overs at the Chepauk.
Three wickets each for Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir https://t.co/t3SaXIBvgO #CSKvRCB pic.twitter.com/FgekqUrk1n
- 20:24 (IST)Mar 23, 2019