IPL 2018, RCB vs CSK, Match 24: As it happened

CSK beat RCB by five wickets at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 25, 2018.

IPL 2018, RCB vs CSK, Match 24: As it happened
Ambati Rayudu (Image: Twitter)

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PLAYING XIs

RCB: Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

CSK: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur

TEAM NEWS: RCB include Pawan Negi and Colin de Grandhomme in place of Manan Vohra and Chris Woakes in the eleven. CSK, meanwhile, brought in veteran spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir in place of Karn Sharma and Faf du Plessis.

TOSS NEWS: CSK captain MS Dhoni wins the toss and decides to bowl first.

Hello and welcome to the score updates from Match 24 of IPL 2018 between RCB and CSK at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, and it's been pitted as a battle between Virat Kohli's Challengers and MS Dhoni's Kings. Toss coming up soon. In the meantime, here's what to expect:

MATCH PREVIEW

RCB and CSK will renew their intense rivalry after two years when they face-off in the Indian Premier League. 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 DD at home last week.

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 DD.

He produced a vintage innings 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 Rr and Mi 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.

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 tomorrow, 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 also been equally good with eight wickets in his kitty.