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Udana to bowl the last over. A mere formality, really. CSK restricted to 132/8 as RCB completes its biggest win ever - by 37 runs - over CSK. Bangalore's now fourth in the points table, Chennai is sixth. RCB has skipper Virat Kohli to thank. His 52-ball 90 propelled RCB to an eventually match-winning total. The RCB bowlers, spearheaded by Morris and Washington, bowled brilliantly too. A great all-round performance from Kohli and Co.
Morris starts with a wide yorker, squirted away for a single by Jaddu. Another yorker, right on the money and Bravo digs it out for a couple. He too bites the dust. That's it -this brings the curtains down on the chase. And one more for Morris. Jaddu is out caught. Morris: 4-0-19-3.
Udana to bowl the 18th. Rayudu collects a couple off the first ball. A chip shot over cover earns Rayudu another couple. Not helping at all, these twos. And gone! Rayudu is castled. Dwayne Bravo is at the crease. Eight from the over. Chennai Super Kings needs 53 runs in 12 balls.
64 needed off 24 balls. Sam Curran comes to the crease. He has a tall task at hand. Morris to bowl the 17th. RCB have reviewed for a caught behind. Curran's the man in question. Replays confirm there was an edge. Curran departs. Chennai's chase starting to fall apart in a jiffy. Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease. This is RCB's game to lose unless one of these two or both play a blinder. A wicket and just three off it. Chennai Super Kings needs 61 runs in 18 balls.
Chahal is back. MS punches this to extra-cover for a single. Rayudu collects one off the next ball. Morris and Udana have two each. Meanwhile, Dhoni brings up CSK's 100 with a maximum over long-on. Massive hit. That was also his 300th. But he perishes off the last ball - caught at long-off. CSK sink further. CSK 106/4 after 16 Overs.
Saini into his last. GONE! Jagadeesan is run out thanks to a direct hit from Morris at the non-striker's end. He was on the back foot as he set off for that single, was Jagadeesan but he didn't even try to make it back. He falls for a 28-ball 33. Anyway, RCB have another breakthrough. Rayudu, though, has struck the next ball for four. Meanwhile, MS has joined Rayudu. He gets off the mark with a single. CSK 96/3 after 15 Overs.
FOUR ! Jagadeesan is switching gears. He waits and waits for the ball to arrive and pulls this one away for four. Shivam Dube concedes a boundary first ball. Now, Rayudu : they are going after Dube. Rayudu flicks it over fine leg for four more. 14 runs from the over. More of the same, Chennai. CSK 89/2 after 14 Overs. Chennai Super Kings needs 81 runs in 36 balls
Chahal continues. Jagadeesan finding his stride now - powerful sweep for four to start the over. And again: switch hit from the TN keeper-batsman for four. The ball sails over short third-man. He is taking on RCB's best bowler in style! 12 runs from the over. CSK 75/2 after 13 Overs.
Saini is back into the attack. Rayudu gives him the charge, clears the infield and collects four. Good start to the over. But an equally good comeback from Saini - just three off the remaining deliveries. CSK 63/2 after 12 Overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack. Jagadeesan gives him the charge and lofts it over long-off for four. The team 50 comes up with that shot. You'd imagine it has to be Jagadeesan who will go after the bowling. He ends the over with a quick couple. CSK 56/2 after 11 overs.
Chris Morris [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack. More pressure from RCB. CSK digging themselves into a hole here. This run chase is going nowhere at the moment. Jagadeesan gives Morris the charge in the last two deliveries but misses. Just three from it. CSK 47/2 after 10 Overs.
Isuru Udana, left-arm fast medium comes into the attack. Rayudu executes the ramp shot to perfection, collects four. Nine runs from it in the end. This is a good start by RCB. They know CSK has a tendency to take the chase deep, which this season, hasn't reaped benefits thus far. That said, they bat really deep, do CSK. But these two need to get cracking. CSK 44/2 after 9 Overs. Chennai Super Kings needs 126 runs in 66 balls
Sundar into his third. Rayudu and Jagadeesan dealing in ones at the moment. KP, on air, is not happy with the lack of intent from the two batsmen when it comes to running between the wickets. Five singles from the over. Chennai is moving at snail's pace at the moment. CSK 35/2 after 8 Overs.
Chahal comes on. After a dot ball, Jagadeesan nudges to the offside and scampers for a single. Rayudu and Jagadeesan rotate the strike well. Four runs from the over. CSK 30/2 after 7 overs
Washington continues. Watson plays out a couple of dots before scooping the third ball over backward square for four. GONE! Washy strikes next ball - Watson is cleaned up! What a start. Debutant Jagadeesan is in at 4. He gets off the mark with a single. CSK 26/2 after 6 Overs.
Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Saini is back into the attack. Rayudu gets a pacy one first up - 148 kmph, raps Rayudu on the pads. A stifled appeal for lbw. Not given. Rayudu opens his account with a single next ball. Saini is asking questions of Rayudu here - the batsman wants to dominate, gives him the charge but he is too quick for him at the moment. Excellent over. Only two from it. CSK 21/1 after 5 Overs.
Washington Sundar comes into the attack. Two singles off the first three balls. Faf has mistimed this but the ball lands in no man's land and the batsmen collect a couple. Another two off the next ball. And gone. Washington strikes in the Powerplay. Faf perishes. He is caught by Morris. Six runs and a wicket. CSK 19/1 after 4 Overs.
Isuru Udana, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. Du Plessis collects a single to mid-off. A dot to Watson. Watson defends again from the crease. Good start from RCB. Udana drops one short and Watson swivels a pull for a single. Watto finishes the over on a high - a powerful strike to backward square for four. Seven from the over. CSK 13/0 after 3 Overs.
Navdeep Saini, right-arm fast, comes into the attack. A slip in place for Faf, who defends the first ball from the crease. Make that two in two. Good sart from Saini - express pace, good channels. Three dots. Saini concedes an extra - wide for height. Faf collects a single, to extra cover. Good fielding from Washington Sundar. It was well timed from Faf. Excellent over. Just two from it. CSK 6/0 after 2 Overs.
Watson takes strike. Chris Morris with the new ball. Morris starts with a dot. Good shape on the ball. Another dot ball. But the third one is an inswinger - and Watson flicks it over square -leg for four. Just four from the first over. CSK 4/0 after 1 Over.
Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are out in the middle. CSK need a solid opening stand from these two - can the experienced campaigners deliver? We will find out.
Right then, RCB have collected 66 off the last four, thanks to Kohli who, after having guided RCB through the middle overs, exploded at the death to reach 90 off 52 balls. His innings was studded with four fours and as many sixes. Chennai needs 170 to win.
Bravo for the final over. Kohli walks a long way across and paddles it past fine-leg for four. He is toying with the bowlers. The next ball, Kohli drills it straight back at Bravo, who puts his hand up instinctively and ends up hurting his hand. The batsmen though collect a couple. Four balls to go. Kohli steals a couple next ball. And another brace. Brilliant running this. Make that four twos in a row. Oh, Bravo bowls a wide. Extra ball. Just a single to end the over. Kohli finishes on 90 off 52. RCB ends on 169/4.
Kohli's in the house. Once again gives the charge, this time to Thakur, and the result's the same - a six over long-on. Thakur bowls a beamer - called a no-ball straightaway. Kohli collects a brace and a single off the free hit. CSK has lost its radar in the last 15 minutes. Meanwhile, RCB's gone past 150. Kohli has seamlesly switched gears here. 14 from that one. Last five overs have gone for 69! RCB 155/4 after 19 Overs.
Curran to bowl out. SIX! Dube could've been caught but Jagadeesan, near long-off, palms it over the ropes for six. Now, Kohli goes downtown - swing of the arms and way it goes over long-on for maximum. What power. What timing. What execution. Brilliant. RCB getting a move on at last, courtesy their skipper. Beautiful again. He shimmies down the wicket and brings those wrists into play, flicking it away for six. A single to end the over. Kohli will keep strike. 24 runs from that over! RCB 141/4 after 18 Overs.
Shardul Thakur will resume proceedings after the second time-out. Run scoring hasn't been easy, not even for a set Kohli. He is farming strike by running quick twos at the moment. He gets Dube back on strike with a single and the southpaw pulls one immediately to backward square-leg for four. Much needed boundary. Kohli gets to his 38th IPL fifty with a pull shot for four. 14 from it. RCB 117/4 after 17 Overs.
Karn Sharma to bowl out. Kohli mistimes a pull to long-on for six. Maybe a Morris ahead of Dube would've been a good option? Well, Dube has a chance to vindicate his skipper's call. Well that helps. The umpire ducks for cover as Dube hits this one straight down the ground for four. Eight from the over. RCB 103/4 after 16 Overs.
Sam Curran is back into the attack. Curran bowls short. Kohli gives him the charge, plays a pull despite being cramped for room and collects six. A ball later, however, Curran has Washington caught behind. RCB losing steam quickly. Shivam Dube, left-handed batsman, comes to the crease. He can hit the long ball. The commentators feel 150 will be a good total. A dot to finish. Nine runs and wicket from the over. RCB 95/4 after 15 Overs.
Jaddu continues. Watto manning the slip cordon. Loud shout for lbw and then a bat-pad catch. No harm done. Virat brings up his 6000 IPL runs with a single off the next ball. Another good over from the all-rounder. Only five from it. RCB 86/3 after 14 Overs .
Karn Sharma is back into the attack. It will be interesting to see Kohli's approach. He knows he is the key here. How long before he starts to attack? He can take it easy if Washington bats like that! Just clobbers this over long-on for six- right off the middle of the bat. Slog sweep executed to perfection. 12 from that over. RCB 81/3 after 12 Overs.
Ravindra Jadeja, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack. Kohli on strike. Slip in place. Dhoni on the attack. Great start from Jaddu. A stifled appeal for lbw against Washington. No harm done. Just two singles from that over. Chennai now starting to dominate. RCB 69/3 after 12 Overs.
Shardul Thakur is back into the attack. MS looking for wickets. Kohli collects a single to third man. GONE ! Thakur gets the breakthrough. The partnership has been broken. Padikkal is out caught. He departs for 33. AB joins Kohli. GONE! AB is out caught behind for a duck! Brilliant. Washington Sundar comes out to bat. Two runs and two wickets from that over. RCB 67/3 after 11 Overs.
Karn Sharma continues. After yet another single, Padikkal decides it's time to go big - brings up the fifty stand with a six over long-on. 10 from the over and some intent from the youngster. Encouraging for RCB. RCB 65/1 after 10 Overs.
Bravo continues. You'd imagine Bravo will be done with his first spell after this over, considering MS tends to hold a couple off his overs for the death. Five singles. These two dealing in singles at the moment. CSK wouldn't mind that. RCB 55/1 after 9 Overs.
Time out has been taken. Karn Sharma, leg-spinner, comes into the attack. He had a great game against KKR the other night. This is only his second game of IPL 2020. RCB's yet to explode but MS will be wary of this pair. He would want the leggie to get a breakthrough. With Morris in the XI, RCB bats deep tonight. Good start from Karn - just four singles. RCB 50/1 after 8 Overs.
Dwayne Bravo, right-arm medium seamer, comes into the attack. Kohli and Padikkal collect singles off the first two balls. Majestic. That's the only way to describe that shot from Kohli: Bravo goes wide, overpitched and Kohli plays a sumptuous extra cover drive for four. 10 from the over. RCB 46/1 after 7 Overs.
Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. Padikkal greets him with a boundary first ball - makes room and flays it square of the wicket for four. Kohli's turn now - uses his feet and slams it down the ground for his first four of the match. Follows it up with a gentle tap to short third for a single. Good over for RCB to end the Powerplay. 11 from it. RCB 36/1 after 6 Overs.
Chahar into his third. Slip continues to be there for both batters. With Kohli in the middle, there will be plenty of ones and twos. In fact, both batsmen like keeping the scoreboard ticking. Chahar is in the middle of an excellent spell. He has not been hit for a boundary yet! Four singles from it. Chahar: 3-0-10-1. RCB 25/1 after 5 Overs.
Sam Curran continues. Curran begins by bowling a wide before conceding two singles off the next two balls. Kohli and Padikkal bat well together - ask Rajasthan Royals. Good over this from the Englishman. Six runs from it. RCB 21/1 after 4 Overs.
Chahar continues. Finch cuts it for a single. It was short and wide outside the of stump and the right-hander played it to deep point. Padikkal hacks the next one to third-man for one. GONE! Chahar has got his man - clean bowls Finch. He falls to the one shaping back into him. Virat Kohli joins Padikkal. Gets off the mark with a single. Four runs and a wicket from it. RCB 15/1 after 3 Overs.
Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. A slip remains for Padikkal. A dot later, Padikkal works the next ball to deep square leg for a
single couple. Now, Finch gets off the mark with a single - rides the bounce with a hop and gets to the other end in a jiffy. Good over from Curran so far - he is keeping it around the off-stump, keeping Padikkal guessing. But errs in line on the next one, wide given down the leg side. The extra ball costs CSK as Padikkal collects a boundary off the last delivery. Nine from the over.
RCB 11/0 after 2 Overs.
It's already proving to be a Super Saturday - With seven needed off the last ball, Kings XI's Glenn Maxwell manages a boundary as Punjab goes down to Kolkata by two runs. Meanwhile, the two RCB openers walk out to the middle. Padikkal to take strike. Deepak Chahar with the new ball. A slip for the southpaw. There has been a slight delay. We are ready to go. Chahar starts off with a dot. Next ball, he errs in line and concedes a wide. Padikkal is off the mark with a single to third man. Chahar beats Finch first ball... probing line. It's a strong off-side field for the Aussie limited-overs skipper. The right-arm seamer is getting the ball to swing... well, make the most of it while it lasts! Chahar's got the better of Finchy thus far, with the one that curls away from a good length. He is beaten again, is Finch. 2 from that over. RCB 2/0 after 1 Over.
TOSS UPDATE: Virat Kohli wins toss, Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first. Chris Morris debuts for RCB. N Jagadeesan gets a game for CSK. He replaces an out of sorts Kedar Jadhav.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI) : Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma
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Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, R. Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dubey, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Adam Zampa, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Isuru Udana, Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande.
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