Bengaluru, April 20: Chennai Super Kings will be looking to shrug off a rare loss and effectively seal a play-off berth when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match in Bengaluru on Sunday (April 21).
Defending champions CSK, who lost to SRH in the previous game for only their second loss this season, will get to 16 points with a win at the Chinnaswamy and it should be enough to guarantee a place in the top-four. But their leader M S Dhoni missed the game against SRH due to a stiff back but will probably be fit for the game on Sunday.
Following the tournament opener between CSK and RCB in Chennai, both teams have had contrasting campaigns. While CSK have lived up to their reputation again, RCB continue to underperform. No doubt, RCB will be fired up after the win against KKR at Kolkata on Friday night when they finally managed to defend despite a brutal assault from Andre Russell and Nitish Rana. It was only their second win in nine games in the season so far though they it still kept them mathematically alive in the tournament. RCB could also take a cue from a similar situation in 2016 when they had lost five of their first seven games, but ended up in the playoffs after winning six of their last seven matches.
Here’s the Live Updates of the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium:
What a thriller. That's it from the final match of the weekend. With the win RCB have taken their win count to three from ten matches, while CSK have lost three from ten.
OUT!!!! AND IT'S AN RCB WIN!! WHAT A THRILLER!! Dhoni's finally flourish goes in vain as Parthiv Patel run out Thakur.
MAXIMUM!!!! Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done the impossible as he smashes the third six off the final over.
8 needed off 2. Dhoni turned it around and now its anyone's game
MAXIMUM!! 111 metres and Dhoni sends it out of the stadium!
Four off the first ball.
Umesh to bowl the final over. 26 from 6 balls
WICKET!!! Beautiful bowling from Saini as he has to go! Big blow. Parthiv catches it behind as Bravo goes for five.
30 needed off 9 and a free hit awarded. That's going to hurt RCB now
CSK need 36 off 10
Steyn gives away 13 runs from his final over. Saini to bowl next
CSK need 38 from 13
SIXXXX! And Dhoni's on it. MSD smashes it over long-on
Bravo and Dhoni at the centre as they are quite capable of chasing this down
And Steyn is back into the attack.
Three over more to go.
FOUR! Dhoni sends it away between the keeper and short third man.
RUN OUT! Confusions galore at the centre as Jadeja has to walk! Saini calmly runs him out for wicket number six.
HUGE!!! Dhoni comes forward and launches it over the Chahal's head for a MAXIMUM!
Stoinis takes over after the timeout
Six overs left. Time for a strategic timeout
WICKET!! BOWLED!! Chahal strikes as Rayudu goes for 29 off 29.
FOUR! Rayudu steps on the accelerator as he send it over mid-off for a boundary
50 comes up off 41 from the partnership. While CSK need boundaries to keep the run-rate from climbing, RCB need wickets.
Rayudu heaves it away over the leg side as it goes for a maximum!
Good over from Chahal once again as he gives away just four runs
Umpire gives not out and Rayudu's safe
BIG APPEAL! They've gone upstairs. Looks like he's a goner. Let's wait for the third umpire
40 off 33 comes from the Dhoni-Rayudu partnership. The duo have steadied the innings after the early wickets
AND HE'S BREAKING FREE NOW!! SIXXXX! MSD runs down the track and goes over extra cover for a maximum!
Halfway through the innings and Chennai languishing at 57/4. Can Dhoni pick up the pace and bring down the climbing run rate?
Chahar keeps MSD in check giving away just four from the over
Chahal into the attack now
FOUR! Negi To Dhoni and it races away for a boundary.
Big Appeal. RCB has reviews. It was close but not given
FOUR! Saini to Rayudu.. Rayudu sends it over slip for a boundary
Dhoni in and the skipper gets started with a four of Yadav
WICKET!!! De Villiers makes no mistake as he takes a safe catch at mid-off to send Kedar Jadhav back. Umesh Yadav strikes. CSK crumbling here!
FOUR! No protection at the deep on the on side and Kedar Jadhav sends it away for a boundary
RCB lose review
Appeal! Parthiv convinces Kohli to go for a review!
Kedar Jadhav in
WICKET no. 3!!! Fa du Plessis goes for five after a slow paced 5 off 15! RCB on course here at home. Faf goes high as AB settles under it at short mid-on position to dismiss him
It's du Plessis' lucky day! It just touches the stump but he's safe. Yadav is on course after starting with a wide but spot on from thereon
Umesh Yadav into the attack
Saini gave away just one the second over
Steyn back for his second over
WICKET!!! That perfect yorker and Steyn picks up his second in the very next ball! What a start for RCB here at home. Raina walks for a duck
WICKET!!! Steyn strikes in his first over as Watson goes for 5 off 3 as Stoinis makes no mistake to take a safe catch at slip
FOUR! Watson pulls it away to square leg for four
Dale Steyn in with the new ball for the hosts
RCB finish at a 161/7 as CSK put up good show to restrict the hosts.
WICKET!! Moeen Ali departs for 27 as Bravo dismisses Ali on the last over
Two fours from Bravo of the last over.
WICKET! Sixth wicket down for the hosts. Easy wicket as Ambati Rayudu takes a simple catch at backward point as Negi disappoints with the bat once again. Negi gone for just five.
FOUR! Moeen pulls it over short midwicket for four
WICKET! RCB crumbling here. Looks to go over long-off. Du Plessis takes the catch but as he realises he’s crossing the boundary he throws it towards Shorey who completes to catch to send Stoinis back
WICKET! And his celebration is short-lived as Bravo removes him! Parthiv looks to go over extra cover, flat-bats it but mistimes and Watson takes it comfortably
50 for Parthiv!
Nasty blow there. Parthiv's shot almost hits Stoinis in the face as he deflects the ball with his hands. Medics checking now.
MAXIMUM! Maruc Stoinis joins the party with a big hit shot that goes for a six
FOUR! Parthiv gets it through to end Bravo's over with four runs
Bravo into the attack
WICKET!!! Jadeja picks up his second for the night as Faf comes in and takes another catch tumbling forward to end Akshdeep's innings. Akshdeep walks for 24 off 20
MAXIMUM! WHAT A BEAUTY! Not an easy shot to play but Akshdeep connects well and it goes all the way over long-on
Just four off Tahir's over
Excellent timing from Akshdeep as it runs away for a boundary
WICKET! AB goes after a brilliant 25 as RCB lose a second big wicket. Faf makes no mistake this time as he takes a safe catch at the long-off boundary.
A dot ball to begin and another MAXIMUM from ABD. Its raining boundaries here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Jadeja into the attack
Back-to-back fours from ABD here at the Chinnaswamy
ABD dropped by Faf at mid-off
MAXIMUM: Lovely flick shot from Parthiv and it goes for a six
MAXIMUM! AB times it well to send it over square leg into the crowd.
MAXIMUM! Parthiv picking up the pace here with a well-timed shot which goes over deep square leg to end the over with a six.
FOUR! ABD off on a positive note
WICKET! What a start for CSK as Deepak Chahar dismisses Virat Kohli for 9. Perfect field placement from Dhoni as the skipper takes a beautiful catch to dismiss the big-hitter
Shardul Thakur give away just two runs in the second over
Kohli hits the first boundary of the match. Runs away for a four into the deep square leg boundary.
Three dot balls to begin.
Deepak Chahar in with the new ball
At the Stadium:
We're delighted to host the President of Maldives, His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamad Solih at this match tonight! Hope he gets to see an intense contest, and us coming out on top, of course! #playBold #RCBvCSK #VIVOIPL2019 pic.twitter.com/35Iu3X5n6R— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 21, 2019
CSK in a huddle. Kohli and Parthiv walk in. Game time
The stadium erupted when it was announced that AB is back in the squad. Important landmark for him today:
Dhoni, Bravo and ABD are back! This match promises to be a cracker!
Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini
Chennai Super Kings Playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
On the other hand CSK as always have been in rampaging form and are right on top of the table having won seven of their nine matches. A win here in Bangalore would all but guarantee a place in the top-four for CSK.
It’s a must win match for the Bangalore team if they are to salvage their disastrous season. RCB have won only two out of their nine matches.
While the Virat Kohli-led Bangalore team is currently placed at the bottom of the table, the MS Dhoni-lead Chennai outfit it right on top of the table.
The last match of this weekend’s double-header is just an hour away. In match number 39 of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League the Royal Challengers Bangalore will host Chennai Super Kings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.