IPL 2019: Table-topper CSK in the way of RCB's first home win

With qualification for playoffs unlikely, Virat Kohli insists on Royal Challengers Bangalore enjoying the rest of the Indian Premier League tournament.

CSK will assess Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni's fitness on match-eve before deciding on their participation against RCB.   -  K. Murali Kumar

It felt great, Virat Kohli admitted at the presentation ceremony in Kolkata on Friday, that he didn't have to do the losing captain's post-match interview as he walked off the field. Royal Challengers Bangalore appeared to have grown accustomed to failure but that 10-run win at Eden Gardens -- only the second of the Indian Premier League season -- will have lifted spirits in the camp. Even if qualification for the playoffs is unlikely, RCB will aim -- as the captain keeps insisting -- to enjoy the rest of the tournament.

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Up next for Kohli's men is a meeting with Chennai Super Kings at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. The defending champion arrives in the city fresh off a rare defeat -- only the campaign's second -- in Hyderabad. Its batsmen were strangled, and later its bowlers simply wilted in the face of David Warner's assault. There were suggestions that the team, with qualification for the playoffs more or less certain, was complacent, and it will be interesting to see how CSK's players respond.

M.S. Dhoni did not feature against SRH, having been rested with a back spasm, while Dwayne Bravo has been out of action since April 3 owing to a hamstring strain. Both players trained on match-eve; a decision on their participation would be made on Sunday, coach Stephen Fleming said.

RCB, meanwhile, has injury concerns of its own. A.B. de Villiers missed the last game with a concussion; the team is hopeful he will recover in time for this fixture. The South African's absence did not seem to trouble the side against KKR, though. Kohli led from the front with a hundred, exploding after a scratchy start, while Moeen Ali provided a stunning injection of life in the middle order, scoring a 28-ball-66.

RCB bludgeoned 91 off the last five overs in Kolkata, but repeating such a performance against one of the league's best bowling attacks will be far from easy. Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja have been frugal and incisive this season and will test batsmen on most surfaces. RCB's own bowling was not particularly convincing on Friday but Dale Steyn's addition made a difference, as the South African struck twice in the Powerplay overs.

RCB has no room for error after seven defeats while CSK can afford to relax. But their clash should be no less entertaining for that reason.

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