New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 24 runs M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in Match 37 of the IPL. Suresh Raina scored a fifty for Chennai and the pacers bowled well to bundle out RCB for 124 runs.
Over 20 | Score 124
Dwayne Bravo put RCB out of their misery by polishing off their innings with two wickets in the final over. The West Indian broke into a little gig to cap off a brilliant victory for CSK.
Iqbal Abdulla c Negi b Bravo 0 (3b)
Wiese c Negi b Bravo 17 (14b)
Over 19 | Score 124/8
Mohit didn't start well as his short and wide delivery was slashed behind square for a boundary. However, the pacer made a good comeback as not only kept things tight but also dismissed Starc off his final ball. The Aussie skied a slower ball from Mohit; Raina completed a good running catch at long-on.
Starc c Raina b Sharma 1 (7b)
Over 18| Score 117/7
Wiese picked up a four down to the fine leg boundary off a slower delivery from Bravo. RCB need more of that.
Over 17 | Score 112/7
Experience trumps youth!
Dhoni persisted with Nehra and the veteran did not disappoint his keeper as he sent Sarfaraz and Patel packing in a matter of three balls.
Sarfaraz flicked a delivery straight into the hands of Smith at fine leg. Patel was given out by the umpire after Dhoni claimed a catch as batsman poked at Nehra's full delivery. However, replays showed Patel was unlucky as no part of the bat made any contact with the ball.
Patel c Dhoni b Nehra 0 (1b)
Khan c Smith b Nehra 8 (8b)
Over 16 | Score 109/5
Bravo bowled a full delivery and young Sarfaraz sliced it over and wide of point for his first four of the innings.
Over 15 | Score 100/5
Nehra was brought back into the attack by Dhoni. DK pulled a short delivery from the pacer straight into the hands of Smith at deep midwicket. This match has turned on its head.
Karthik c Smith b Nehra 23 (20b)
Over 14 | Score 97/4
Kohli dug out Bravo's yorker, that went straight into the hands of the bowler after a bounce. The West Indian jumped to collect the ball and immediately fired in a throw on his way down. Kohli was well wide of his crease and struggled to make it back in time despite a desperate effort. Brilliance from Bravo.
Kohli run out 48 (44b)
Over 13 | Score 93/3
Kohli and Karthik played sensibly to pick up 7 runs off Mohit Sharma's 3rd over. The duo has not taken any risks in their 59-run 4th wicket partnership so far.
Over 12 | Score 86/3
Kohli got down on one knee and swept Negi's delivery for a six over long-on. Since shot wasn't sweetly timed, ball had Bravo interested until is just managed to clear the rope.
Over 11 | Score 73/2
Kohli's shot straight back to Jadeja was dropped by the usually reliable left-arm spinner. Though only 2 runs came off that over, Dhoni will be gutted with the drop of Kohli.
Over 10 | Score 71/3
Pawan Negi was introduced into the attack by MS Dhoni. DK scored his 4th four of the innings with a fine sweep shot to the wide of the man at short fine.
Over 9 | Score 65/3
Kohli's wrist came into play as he forced Jadeja's tossed up ball through the covers for a four. The right-hander's cover drive is one of the most pleasing sights in world cricket.
Over 8 | Score 56/3
DK played a lovely late cut as opening the face of the bat to pick up another boundary. Mohit will be disappointed with his last ball, after bowling a tidy over up until then.
Over 7 | Score 49/3
Pandey's short delivery is pulled behind square on the leg side by Karthik for his first four of the innings. The wicketkeeper-batsman needs to play a key knock today if RCB are to win this.
Over 6 | Score 42/3
Catastrophe struck RCB as they lost their hero from the last match Mandeep to a run out. Suddenly the target of 149 looks tough now.
Mandeep Singh run out 0 (0b)
Over 5 | Score 34/2
AB de Villiers mistimed a full toss from Pandey straight into du Plessis' hands at mid-on. That's Pandey's second wicket off a full toss in this innings.
AB de Villiers c du Plessis b Pandey 21 (14b)
Over 4 | Score 25/1
AB nearly took Nehra's head off as he clobbered the ball straight back over the bowler's head for a four.
Over 3 | Score 18/1
Maddinson gave Pandey the charge and missed a full toss that crashed into his stumps. The left-hander never really appeared comfortable during his time at the crease. AB de Villiers hit the ground running as he scored two fours after coming in to bat at the loss of the first RCB wicket.
Maddinson b Pandey 4 (7b)
Over 2 | Score 10/0
Virat Kohli was offer width by Ashish Nehra and punished the bowler with a gorgeous drive through the covers for his first four of the innings.
Over 1 | Score 4/0
Nic Maddinson guided Ishwar Pandey's leg-side delivery fine past the keeper open his account. Having replaced Chis Gayle today, Nick is under huge pressure to deliver.
Over 20 | Score 148/9
Mitchell Starc bowled an excellent last over as CSK lost three wickets and picked up just 4 runs. RCB team and skipper Kohli will be thrilled with that effort from the bowlers.
M Sharma run out 0 (0b)
Negi b Starc 13 (7b)
Bravo c Wiese b Starc 2 (3b)
Over 19 | Score 144/6
Wiese got the big wicket of Dhoni as the CSK skipper hit a full delivery straight into the hands of Starc at long-off. Negi pulled a short delivery from the medium pacer to the midwicket boundary for a four.
Dhoni c Starc b Wiese 29 (18b)
Over 18 | Score 137/5
Jadeja tried to put pressure on Chahal by going after him off his first ball. Unfortunately for CSK, the all-rounder was caught by Kohli at deep midwicket. However, that did not deter Dhoni and new batsman Negi as the duo clobbered the leg-spinner for one six each.
Jadeja c Kohli b Chahal 3 (4b)
Over 17 | Score 122/4
Kohli brought back his strike bowler Starc into the attack. Dhoni muscled his last ball to the right of the fielder at long-on for a much-needed boundary.
Over 16 | Score 113/4
Dhoni came down the wicket and launched Abdulla's delivery straight back over his head for a six. The skipper then attempted a similar shot on the ball last of the over, only to get a thick edge as the ball run down to the third man region for a four.
Over 15 | Score 101/4
Harshal Patel rocked the CSK innings in the 15th over with twin strikes. Faf inside edged the first ball on to this stumps and then the pacer trapped Raina LBW off the last ball. CSK now have two new men - Dhoni and Jadeja at the crease.
Raina lbw b Patel 52 (46b)
F du Plessis b Patel 24 (20b)
Over 14 | Score 98 | 2
Raina whipped Wiese's delivery over short fine leg for a boundary. He then picked up a single off the next ball to registered his 25th IPL fifty of his career. What an outstanding batsmen he has been for CSK.
Over 13 | Score 89/2
Raina danced down the track and played an exquisite shot between the long on and deep midwicket for a six. The 3rd wicket partnership is now 34 runs.
Over 12 | Score 79/2
Skipper Kohli brought himself into the bowling attack. The medium pacer didn't let the CSK batsmen score freely off his bowling. Only 6 runs came off Kohli's 1st over.
Over 11 | Score 73/2
Chahal replaced Abdulla, who went for quite a few runs in his previous over. The leg-spinner kept things tight and conceded just 5 runs. RCB have pulled things back nicely in the middle overs here.
Over 10 | Score 68/2
Kohli persisted with Patel and the pacer did not disappoint his captain, bowling yet another superb over. Raina and Faf only managed to score 5 runs off it.
Over 9 | Score 63/2
Raina and Faf went after Abdulla in his second over. The South African clobbered the spinner for a six and Raina followed it up with back-to-back fours. A very productive over for CSK that.
Over 8 | Score 48/2
Patel replaced Wiese into the attack and restricted the Chennai duo to just 4 runs. Great over from the the pacer, which should make his captain happy.
Over 7 | Score 44/2
Iqbal Abdulla was introduced into the attack. The left-arm spinner bowled a tidy first over, conceding six singles off it.
Over 6 | Score 37/2
Wiese got the big wicket of Baz as the Kiwi holed out at deep midwicket. CSK in a spot of bother.
McCullum c Iqbal Abdulla b Wiese 20 (15b)
Over 5 | Score 29/1
Fourth different bowler of the day was brought into the attack by Kohli. Harsh Patel's full delivery was handsomely driven through the covers by Raina.
Over 4 | Score 22/1
Another bowling change by RCB with David Wiese coming on to bowl. Suresh Raina planted his delivery over mid on for a four.
Over 3 | Score 17/1
Baz went on the offensive as he dispatched two deliveries from Strac to the fence for back-to-back fours.
Over 2 | Score 6/1
Interesting decision by Kohli as he brought on Chahal for the second over. The leg-spinner 2nd delivery was lofted over the covers by McCullum for the first four of the match.
Over 1 | Score 0/1
Mitchell Starc got RCB off to a dream start with a maiden and wicket of the dangerous Dwayne Smith. That's a rare failure for the West Indian.
D Smith b Starc 0 (6b)
Toss and team news
CSK won the toss and opted to bat first at the Chepauk.
One change for Chennai - Ishwar Pandey is back for Ronit More.
CSK XI: B McCullum, D Smith, S Raina, F du Plessis, D Bravo, R Jadeja, M Dhoni, P Negi, M Sharma, A Nehra,I Pandey
Two changes for Bangalore - Chris Gayle is replaced by Nic Maddinson and Iqbal Abdulla comes in for Varun Aaron.
RCB XI: V Kohli, N Maddinson, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, D Wiese, K Karthik, S Khan, H Patel, MA Starc, Y Chahal, Iqbal Abdulla
Still leading the table with six wins from nine matches, the Super Kings are coming off a 22-run defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad, and they would be happy to be back at their home ground.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore, placed third in the standings with five victories from 10 games, recorded a convincing win over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-curtailed match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.
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The Virat Kohli-led side would be keen to continue in same vein and another win, against a strong CSK side, would naturally boost their confidence. With the likes of the big-hitting Chris Gayle, A B de Villiers and Kohli himself in the team, RCB can fancy their chances at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.
Young Mandeep Singh too fired with a cracking knock in the win over Knight Riders and he would want to impress one more time. De Villiers missed out on the last game and a big one is due from his willow.
On the bowling front, Mitchell Starc's presence has bolstered RCB's bowling. Varun Aaron has been wayward often and Yuzvendra Chahal will take care of the spin department. Notwithstanding the presence of a few great players, it will take some effort from RCB to get the better of the Super Kings at their own den.
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CSK have just lost a game and they would be doubly determined to get back to winning ways. Led by the experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni, two-time winners CSK boast of some high quality batsmen in swashbuckling opener Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo besides the skipper himself.
Almost all of them got starts in the previous match but could not capitalise, and they will have to correct it tomorrow. Barring Bravo, who finished with creditable figures of 3/25 in a high-scoring game, and Ashish Nehra to an extent, the CSK bowlers were smashed around by David Warner and co yesterday, and another tough task awaits them.