Match Highlights, full score and results RCB vs CSK: Royal Challengers Bangalore edge Chennai Super Kings despite incredible MS Dhoni’s 84 not out

Bangalore will breathe a huge sigh of relief that they somehow managed to win. What should have been a comfortable victory turning into an unfavourable nail-biter for them. the start was perfect, the middle overs weren’t too shabby either, but 68 runs came in the final 5 overs, with 25 of them coming in the last one which was bowled by Umesh Yadav. Steyn, Chahal and Saini all bowled really well, picking wickets and keeping the run-flow quite tight as well. Another scare for the home side, but it will take the win all the same.

With how the chase began, you’d never have thought it’d go so close. Post Rayudu’s dismissal, the thought would have been the same. Bangalore started off in the best fashion with Steyn getting rid of Watson and Raina in the very first over of the innings. The visitors were four down by the end of the Powerplay. Dhoni and Rayudu regained some momentum, before the latter departed against the run of play. Jadeja and then Bravo’s dismissals made it seem hope was all but lost, but Dhoni, who scored a superb fifty, kept the fight going and with 26 required off the final over, almost got his team across the line.

Wow! Let us take a breather. The absolute scenes here. How many more of these close shaves can we take? I don’t know about you guys, but that number isn’t too big for me. Real heart-stopping stuff. Dhoni almost pulled off another one of his many miracles, but fell short right at the end. Perhaps those single he didn’t take with Bravo came back to haunt him in the end? Possibly. But Dhoni is Dhoni, he has his own way of doing things.

Over 20FOUR, FOUR! Slower short ball on middle and off, Dhoni picks it up early. Rolls his wrists as he controls the pull behind square leg and beats the fielder in the deep to the fence.SIX! That’s huuuuuuggggeeeeee!!!!!! Are we in for another MS Dhoni special? Could it be? That’s hit the roof. Shortish ball on middle, Dhoni absolutely nails the pull and sends it high and handsome over the mid-wicket boundary. Wow. 16 needed in 4 now.SIX! 10 off 3 now. Oh wow! MS Dhoni, you beauty! Full delivery and right in the slot, Dhoni gets underneath the ball and hammers it over long off. Ab de Villiers at the rope leaps and tries to catch it, but it’s just over it. 2 runs, Better. Goes for the attempted yorker, it’s a low dipping full toss which Dhoni slogs to deep mid-wicket. Obviously, he runs hard and comes back for the second.SIX! Another maximum! MS Dhoni is taking his side home. He accepts this juicy full toss and swings his bat hard across the line. it’s a flat hit and the ball clears the mid-wicket rope. Insane hit. Just 2 needed off the final ball. OUT Shardul Thakur run out (Parthiv Patel) and Chennai lose by one wicket. MS Dhoni unbeaten on 84 off just 48 balls.

Over 19: Navdeep Saini to Ms Dhoni. no ballSIX, No ball and SIX! Well, obviously MSD knows more than us. It’s a Free Hit too so this could be a big bonus for Chennai. Short ball outside off, Dhoni cuts it over the third man boundary. Saini overstepped. Let’s see what happens here. CSK 136/7

Over 18: Dale Steyn to Ms Dhoni. SIX, SIX! Fifty for MS Dhoni, his 23rd in the Indian T20 League. Gets there in style too. This back of a length ball just sits up for him, MSD camps back and muscles the heave over wide long on for half a dozen. 13 runs off it. CSK 126/6

Over 17: RUN OUT! Huge mix-up in the middle and Jadeja pays the price for it. Wicket at the wrong time for Chennai. Dhoni looks to pull this away but mistimes it in front of mid-wicket. Both batsmen take off, there’s some hesitation, Jadeja continues on, and when he gets to the halfway mark, Dhoni turns around and leaves him stranded. Saini collects the ball and then has all the time in the world to go to the stumps at his end and take the bails off.

EDGED and FOUR! Runs Dhoni and Chennai won’t mind at all. Back of a length with some room on offer outside off, Dhoni cuts and it goes off the outer half through the vacant slip cordon for a boundary. CSK 113/6

Over 16: Yuzvendra Chahal to Ms Dhoni. SIX, SIX! Goes straight back! Tossed right up there, on middle stump, Dhoni takes a step out of his crease and smokes it back over the bowler’s head for a biggie. Chennai need 57 runs to win in 24 balls. CSK 105/5

Over 15: Tidy over from Marcus Stoinis. Just six runs off it. CSK 92/5

Over 14: Death rattle! Chahal is up and running in celebration as the stadium erupts. Wicket number 49 at this venue for the leggie. A flighted delivery, landing full around leg, Rayudu tries flicking it on the leg side but misses as it skids on after landing. The ball kisses his front pad and deflects behind to tickle the off pole. The 55-run partnership is broken. 79 needed off 41 balls.CSK 86/5

Over 13: Umesh Yadav to Ambati Rayudu.SIX, SIX! Over the fence! This time Rayudu connects with the cross-batted shot. It was a short one and Rayudu went for a similar shot he played on the last ball. This time though he does not dance down the track. Gets it off the middle and it flies over the wide long on fence. They need one almost every over and they have got theirs in this one.

Ambati Rayudu. FOUR! Brilliant batting! Picks his spot nicely. Rayudu steps down the track and also makes room. Yadav bangs it short once again. Rayudu gets on top of the bounce and slaps it over mid off for a boundary. 12 from this over, still a ball to go.

Over 12: Yuzvendra Chahal to Ambati Rayudu. no run, NOT OUT! But it was closer than we thought. A flighted leg spinner, landing on middle and spinning away to open Rayudu completely in his stance as he stretches forward to work it around. The ball spins away to beat the outside edge and Patel takes the bails off in a hurry. CSK 70/4

Over 11:  SIX! Dhoni has dismissed this one out of his sight! A delivery with a plenty of width outside off, MSD shimmies down the track, throws his bat at it and packs a punch over covers. It has gone all the way and the crowd is chanting Dhoni! Dhoni! Dhoni!CSK 66/4

Over 10: Tidy over from Yuzvendra Chahal. Just 4 runs off it. CSK 56/4 

Over 9: Marcus Stoinis to Ms Dhoni. FOUR, FOUR! No stopping this one! Short in length and on middle, Dhoni swivels on the back foot and pulls it behind square leg. Good timing and placement. 50 up for Chennai, 109 needed off 67 balls.

Over 8: Pawan Negi is on now!Pawan Negi to Ms Dhoni. FOUR, FOUR! Smart shot but a poor ball also! Down the leg side, Dhoni paddles it very fine, no chance for any fielder and a boundary results.

Over 7: Ambati Rayudu. FOUR, FOUR! Nicely played. Short in length and wide outside off, Rayudu uses the extra pace of the bowler and ramps it down to third man for a boundary. This partnership holds the key for Chennai.leg byes, 2 runs, Plenty happened on this delivery. It begins with an inswinger that strikes Dhoni on the pads as he fails to work it around. The ball deflects towards point and they cross. The fielder has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses and now they cross one more time. The long on fielder tries to stop it but ends up kicking it. The mid-wicket fielder mops it up after that. Two leg byes in total. Now, returning to that lbw appeal, it’s not given as the ball was missing leg by a fair margin, the replays confirmed.

Over 6:  FOUR! Poor delivery and punished! Umesh’s love for batsman’s pads is well-known. Another delivery sliding down there and Jadhav has no qualms in putting it away with a flick shot over mid-wicket for a boundary. Wicket number 4 goes down inside the Powerplay! This is a very strong start from Bangalore. Jadhav’s sorry form also continues. Back of a length delivery outside off, Kedar stands back to pull it across the line but it takes the top edge and loops in the air towards mid off. AB de Villiers settles underneath it and takes the simplest of catches. Chennai staring down the barrel… FOUR! And Mahi begins with a delightful square drive. An overpitched delivery outside off, Dhoni reaches out for it and crunches it through point for a glorious boundary. 32/4 in the Powerplay, Bangalore are roaring!

Over 5: Kedar Jadhav.FOUR, FOUR! STREAKY! Chennai won’t mind though as it is a much-needed boundary for them. Steyn bowls it on a length and around off, this one comes back in sharply. Jadhav looks to play at it tentatively but only manages an inside edge to the fine leg fence. Another very testing over from Steyn but 6 from it. Also, this was probably his last over of this spell. He has bowled three, taken two wickets and given away only 16 runs.

Over 4: Du Plessis was looking rattled and has finally fallen here. Umesh bangs in a shortish ball on middle, Faf tries to pull it across the line but fails to properly get on top of the bounce. It takes the top edge and balloons straight up in the air towards mid on. Nath rushes forward and so does AB de Villiers from mid off. The latter reaches there first, no calling is made and AB does well eventually to hang onto the catch as Akshdeep collides with him and goes down. CSK 17/3

Over 3: No hat-trick for Steyn ! He bowls a slightly short in length delivery outside off, du Plessis guides it down to third man where the fielder makes a sliding stop. A single taken. 5 runs off it. CSK 13/2

Over 2: Ambati Rayudu comes out to bat. Also, Navdeep Saini will bowl from the other end and and just two runs off it. CSK 8/2

Over 1: FOUR! Nicely timed! Back of a length delivery on middle, Watson gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a boundary, first of the innings.  Steyn to Watson OUT! This is a Test match dismissal off the bowling of one of the very best Test bowlers around. This line outside off will always trouble any batsman. Perfect landing of the seam, it’s on a length outside off and nips away, Watson goes for a big drive through the line but ends up edging it behind to Stoinis at first slip. The Aussie takes the catch over his head and makes no mistake that he made in the last match against Kolkata when he dropped Lynn. Early setback for Chennai and Watson’s poor form continues. CSK 6/2

OUT! Snorter from Steyn and he has gunned down Chennai’s best batsman. A perfect yorker on off at 143.7 kph, Raina is late in bringing his bat down and it goes right through to shatter the stumps. Steyn is pumped up. Kohli hugs him. This is the kind of start they needed. Two wickets in the first over itself. Steyn will be on a hat-trick in his next over.

We are back for the chase. The Bangalore players are out in the middle. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson will open the batting for Chennai. Dale Steyn will start the proceedings for Bangalore.

Over 20: Dangerous line to be bowling with the off side field inside the crease. Full and wide outside off, Ali gets under it and carves it hard over backward point. Nobody out there in the deep, so it’ll be a boundary. Shot. Bravo changes the angle but the result isn’t pretty. Full ball wide outside off, angling away, Ali opens the face and steers it across the third man boundary. RCB end with 161/7

Over 19: Moeen Ali., FOUR! Deft. Nicely done. Length ball outside off, Ali opens the face and guides it down and across the third man fence for a boundary.OUT! GONE! The persistent slower one does the trick. Chahar with a shorter delivery outside off, Negi attempts to cut but due to the lack of pace, ends up slicing it to Rayudu at backward point. He moves to his left and takes a simple catch. RCB 150/6

Over 18: Shardul Thakur to Moeen Ali.FOUR, FOUR! Thumped! This is the shot of a batsman in prime form. Receives the shorter delivery in his half and pulls it mercilessly over mid-wicket. No chance for the fielder in the deep. Eight runs off it. RCB 141/5

Over 17: Imran Tahir to Marcus Stoinis. OUT! Well done, Faf! Well done. He’s been superb in the field since the innings began, continues to do so now. Colin Ingram produced something similar yesterday against Punjab, this follow-up act from Faf is too good. Pawan Negi is out now for Bangalore. 5 wickets down for RCB. Out batsman is Marcus Stoinis. RCB 133/5

Over 16: That’s got to hurt! Patel walks across to this full ball and smashes it straight back, right at Stoinis. He’s fortunate enough that he parried it away with his left hand just in time. Would have caused big damage otherwise. A single is taken.

Fifty for Parthiv Patel, his 13th in the League. He’s done a fine job so far, but he needs to stay till the end. Length ball around off, Patel drags the slog in front of square leg and finds the fence. Scores a fifty and then departs immediately. Bravo takes the pace off this one, bowls it slightly short too outside off, Parthiv looks to slap this over extra cover but doesn’t get the desired timing on it. Hands a rather straightforward catch to Shane Watson there. He takes a couple of steps back and takes it over his head.

Strategic break! 5 more overs to go now. Bangalore have wickets in hand and they have one set batsman out there. Stoinis too has started to get into his own. The two need to go now as the wicket seems to be good one. They need to be near the 190-run mark. Chennai on the other hand, will hope to take wickets at regular intervals and not let the hosts score freely. Who will dominate the last passage of this innings? Stay tuned to find out.

Over 15: 10 runs from over.Imran Tahir to Marcus Stoinis. SIX, SIX! This one has gone the distance! Once again the last ball of the over has spoiled a good over. Tahir drops it short and Stoinis immediately gets back to pull it massively over square leg for a biggie. RCB 118/3

Over 14: Dwayne Bravo to Parthiv Patel.FOUR, FOUR! It was a good over until now and this boundary spoils it. A pacey delivery by Bravo, he offers width outside off and Patel drills his drive through covers for a cracking boundary. RCB 108/3

Over 13: Now Nath departs. His rather timid knock has come to a close. Slower through the air, fuller around off and just behind a driving length, Nath takes a step out of his crease as he attempts to clear the long off boundary. Can only get it as far as Faf du Plessis out in the deep, who settles under the ball moving to his left and takes an extremely good catch. Marcus Stoinis walks into the middle next. RCB 100/3

Over 12: Imran Tahir to Parthiv Patel. SIX, SIX! That’s a terrific shot. Picks his spot, takes the aerial route and gets the desired result without any trouble. Flighted and full on off, Patel clears mid-wicket for half a dozen. RCB 95/2

Over 11: Ravindra Jadeja to Akshdeep Nath. SIX, SIX! Gives the charge to the bowler and gets the desired result. Nath jumps out quickly, gets close to the pitch of the ball and slogs it over mid-wicket. Maximum. RCB 86/2

Over 10: Imran Tahir races through his first over. Just for runs off it. RCB 74/2

TIME-OUT!

Over 9: Tidy over from Ravindra Jadeja, just three runs off it. RCB 70/2

Over 8: Dwayne Bravo to Akshdeep Nath.FOUR, FOUR! Shot. This is all about the timing. No real power behind it. Fuller in length and outside off, Nath just leans into the drive and caresses it through the gap in the covers to find the fence. Nine runs off it. RCB 67/2

Over 7: SIX! BAM! Parthiv Patel with another big hit. Full, loopy and around off, it turns in, the left-hander plants his front foot forward and lofts it ever so well over mid-wicket. Clears the boundary line with ease and that’s a biggie. Ab De Villiers OUT c Faf du Plessis b Ravindra Jadeja. Bangalore have lost their second wicket.The bowling change does the trick. This is a huuuuugggeeeee wicket! Faf, well… sort of make amends for his earlier ‘dropped’ chance. De Villiers holes out after looking in dangerous touch. He steps out to this floated delivery, gets a little deceived by the flight and the slight away turn as he mistimes his lofted shot down the ground. It goes straight down du Plessis’ throat who takes it very well just inside the rope. RCB 58/2

Over 6: Parthiv going along well here. He’s timing the ball well. Shaping in from middle stump, on a length, the southpaw plays the pick up shot and dumps it over the square leg boundary. Fine hit. Ab De Villiers –  FOUR! Beautifully played. Are we in for the AB show? Sure seems like it right now. Full and attacking the stumps, de Villiers makes room and gives it the full swing of his bat. Clears mid on and ends the Powerplay in style. Bangalore are 49/1 at the end of the first six. RCB 49/1

Over 5: Deepak Chahar to Ab De Villiers. SIX, SIX! That’s outta here! AB de Villiers isn’t wasting much time in finding his touch. Length ball on middle and leg, fraction straight in line and that’s all AB needs. He eyes the mid-wicket fence and slogs it over the boundary line with ease. RCB 33/1

Over 4: Nice shot from AB. Short of a length delivery, de Villiers pulls it over mid on for a boundary. Parthiv has nailed that. Makes such sweet connection. Thakur once again bangs it in short, the opener sticks on the back foot, swings his bat across the line and pulls it deep into the deep backward square leg stands. Super shot. RCB 25/1

Over 3: Streaky runs for Kohli and Bangalore. The batsman gives the charge to this length delivery around off, it shapes away a bit, Kohli comes out, plays away from his body and gets an edge over first slip for a boundary.ged and Virat Kohli is gone! Deepak Chahar once again doing the business in the Powerplay. This is a massive wicket. On a good length and outside off, Kohli once again plays away from the body and this time the away movement does him in. He nicks it behind and Dhoni collects well moving to his right. The centurion from the previous game has been dismissed quite early here. RCB 11/1

Over 2: Shardul Thakur gets the new ball and he starts well, giving away just two runs. RCB 7/0

Over 1: Virat Kohli up and running with a four in the first over bowled by Deepak Chahar.  Full on middle and leg, Kohli flicks it beautifully over mid-wicket for a boundary. 5 runs have come from the first over. But one more run in the over. RCB 5/0

And we are underway!

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav

TOSS: Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and elected to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Hello and welcome to our match coverage of Match 39 of IPL 2019 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings at the M Chinnswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Sunday.

Dream11 Tips and Prediction

My Dream11 Team

MS Dhoni (wk), Virat Kohli (captain), Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali (vice-captain), AB de Villiers, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

Full Squads

RCB: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (captain), Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee

CSK: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (captain and wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Dwayne Bravo, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Scott Kuggeleijn, Chaitanya

Preview

There meeting kickstarted the IPL 2019. And they meet again on Sunday for the second time. Royal Challengers Bangalore would want to forget the match as they were shot out for 70 at MA Chidambaram Stadium. Chennai Super Kings would take confidence from that contest.

The teams are coming after contrasting results in their previous matches. While RCB won a high-scoring thriller against RCB, CSK suffered their second defeat of the season losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

So, who will emerge victorious this time around? MS Dhoni? Or Virat Kohli? On paper, both the teams are loaded with superstars, but their show so far puts CSK as the firm favourites.

But the defending champions won’t take RCB for granted knowing they are up against a team boasting of multiple matchwinners.

Head-to-head record

Number of times played: 24

RCB wins: 16 | CSK wins: 7 | NR: 1