Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the IPL 2022 match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Harshal to Pretorius, six! First ball maximum. He is caught next ball! Theekshana comes and hits the first ball for six! 19 off 3 now.4 leg byes next ball. 1 off last 2 balls as RCB seal a convincing win. What's more? 40 overs bowled in under three and a half hours! That's a rarity. RCB win by 13 runs. CSK end on 160. RCB move to fourth with this win. CSK remain ninth. That would be all from our side. Thanks for joining us.
CSK 143/7 in 19 overs: OUT! Hazlewood, you beauty! Dhoni goes first ball. Simarjeet joins Pretorius. 8 and a wicket. 31 off the last over.
CSK 135/6 in 18 overs: SIX! Moeen whips the first ball for six. Harshal Patel under straightaway. OUT! He is caught next ball! Pretorius is in next. 8 runs and a wicket.
CSK 127/5 in 17 overs: Hazlewood . Dhoni has joined Moeen. 5 off this Hazlewood over. Terrific death overs bowling this.
CSK 122/5 in 16 overs: Harshal into the attack. GONE! Jadeja's poor form continues, holes out for 3 off the last ball, Virat Kohli with a spectacular catch. 4 runs and a wicket. Super Kings need 52 runs in 24 balls.
CSK 118/4 in 15 overs: GONE! Conway has perished! He picks the deep backward square with the sweep. Hasaranga strikes. Conway gone for 56. Here's Jadeja. Moeen meanwhile ends the over with a six. 9 runs and a wicket.
CSK 109/3 in 14 overs: Maxwell to bowl out. Conway collects four off the third ball, a slog sweep from the Kiwi. 7 from that over.
CSK 102/3 in 13 overs: Harshal Patel into the attack at last! Moeen swivels a pull for four. Conway now moves to 49 with a four. He brings up his 50 off 33 balls, two back-to-back fifties. 10 from it.
CSK 92/3 in 12 overs: Maxwell into his third. Moeen Ali gets a four off a thick outside edge. Would've been gobbled up had there been a slip in place. 7 off the over.
CSK 85/3 in 11 overs: Hasaranga is back into the attack. Conway continues to score runs at the other end, finishes the over with a six. 8 from the over. CSK needs 90 in 54 balls.
CSK 77/3 in 10 overs: Maxwell into his second. Maxwell on a roll as he picks up another one - cleans up Rayudu cheaply! Moeen Ali in at five. 5 runs and a wicket. Maxwell: 2-0-8-2.
CSK 72/2 in 9 overs: Shahbaz into his third. RCB applying the squeeze through its spinners. Rayudu makes it a good over for CSK with a last-ball six. 10 off it.
CSK 62/2 in 8 overs: Maxwell comes into the attack. Uthappa has been caught! Rayudu is in next. Good over from Maxwell. 3 runs and a wicket.
CSK 59/0 in 7 overs: Shahbaz into the attack. GONE! There's the breakthrough, Gaikwad holes out for 28! A good, diving catch by Prabhudessai. Robin Uthappa walks in at three. Uthappa off the mark with a single. Conway finishes the over with a boundary.
CSK 51/0 in 6 overs: Wanindu Hasaranga into the attack. Conway has teed off in Pune, hammers a leg-spin ball over deep midwicket for six. Gaikwad finishes the over with a six. 14 off it.
CSK 37/0 in 5 overs: Siraj. He has to keep things tight from his end. Not going Siraj's way at the moment as Gaikwad swats the second ball for four. He follows it up with another straight hit for four. 12 from it.
CSK 25/0 in 4 overs: Hazlewood. Top over again from the Aussie. Just three. Six runs from his two overs in the PowerPlay.
CSK 22/0 in 3 overs: Mohammed Siraj replaces Shahbaz. Siraj has been expensive in this IPL so far. Gaikwad flays a cut shot for four. Short and wide from Siraj and pays the price. Conway plays a gorgeous on drive for four. 10 off the over. 152 needed off 102 balls.
CSK 12/0 in 2 overs: Josh Hazlewood to share the new ball. Excellent start from Josh, just three from the over.
CSK 9/0 in 1 over: Gaikwad takes strike. Shahbaz Ahmed with the new ball! Conway reverse sweeps the fourth ball for four! He ends the over with another four.
CSK all set to begin the chase. Ruturaj and Conway to start the innings.
TARGET: CHENNAI SUPER KINGS NEEDS 174 TO WIN.
RCB 173/8 in 20 overs: Pretorius. Karthik has been adjudged lbw first ball! He reviews. It is pitching outside leg. DK survives. Karthik launches the second ball for six. He takes 2 off the third. Karthik smacks the fourth ball for six as well. He is turning it on, is DK! Two to end the over.
RCB 157/7 in 19 overs: Theekshana strikes first ball! Lomror holes out for a 27-ball 42! Wanindu Hasaranga is caught next ball! Theekshana on a hat-trick. Shahbaz in next. Theekshana clean bowls Shahbaz with his last ball. 3 wickets in one over. Theekshana: 4-0-27-3.
RCB 155/4 in 18 overs: Pretorius. Lomror slams the first ball for four. 2 off the second. Pretorius concedes a wide next ball. Lomror gets a reprieve next ball as Jadeja runs in from cover sweeper and drops a tough chance . He has hurt himself. Being attended by the CSK physio. Jadeja seems fine. Lomror slog sweeps the fourth ball for six. What a strike. Single off the fifth. 2 off the last ball. 18 off the 18th.
RCB 137/4 in 17 overs: Theekshana. Karthik slog sweeps the second ball for four. Much needed boundary for RCB. Just 6 from the over. Good comeback from the Lankan after being hit for a four.
RCB 131/3 in 16 overs: GONE! Patidar holes out and Pretorius has struck with his first ball. Mukesh with an outstanding catch. TIME OUT! Dinesh Karthik comes to the crease. DK off the mark with a quick single. Lomror ends the over with a four. He is playing a crucial hand here. 8 off the over.
RCB 123/3 in 15 overs: RCB's trial by spin not over yet. Here's Theekshana with his second. Two singles followed by a four for Patidar. Lomror then ends the over with a sweep for six. 13 off it.
RCB 110/3 in 14 overs: Moeen to bowl out now. Lomror hits the first ball down the ground for four, brings up RCB's 100. 11 off Moeen's last over including a wide. Moeen: 4-0-28-2.
RCB 99/3 in 13 overs: Jadeja bowling out. Leg slip still in place. Four singles from this over. Jadeja's four go for 20.
RCB 95/3 in 12 overs: Moeen to bowl his third. He has been exceptional so far. Patidar decides to take him on, hits the second ball for six. Beautiful shot. 11 from the over. Moeen so far: 3-0-17-2.
RCB 84/3 in 11 overs: Jadeja into his third. Leg slip in place. 5 runs from it. Tidy stuff from Jadeja so far.
RCB 79/3 in 10 overs: Moeen continues. Mahipal Lomror has walked out at 4. Moeen getting some good purchase off the surface. GONE!!! Kohli has been cleaned up by a classic off-spin delivery. He goes for 30 off 33. Rajat Patidar is in next. 3 runs and a wicket.
RCB 76/2 in 9 overs: Jadeja. RCB get a boundary on the first ball, off leg byes. Kohli steals a single next ball. Maxwell pinches one off the third. Kohli plays a delectable late cut for four. OUT! Hesitation from Maxwell and he has been caught short of his crease. Kohli took off for a single and a bit of hesitation from Maxi costs him his wicket.
RCB 66/1 in 8 overs: More spin. Moeen Ali comes into the attack now. He strikes on his second ball! Faf holes out! Maxwell is in at 3. Rajat Patidar came at 3 last game. Maxwell off the mark with a single. 4 runs and a wicket from the over.
RCB 62/0 in 7 overs: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Five singles from it. Strong start by RCB openers.
RCB 57/0 in 6 overs: Theekshana replaces Simarjeet. Kohli gets a single first ball, Conway at cover saving a certain boundary. Six singles off Theekshana's first over.
RCB 51/0 in 5 overs: FOUR! Mukesh gets a third over. Faf hits the first ball on the rise down the ground for four. Faf now nicks the third ball through an empty cordon for another four. RCB getting a move on. He collects two off the fourth and fifth balls, respectively. He smashes the last ball over long on for six. 18 off the over.
RCB 33/0 in 4 overs: Simarjeet getting a second over inside first six. MS Dhoni showing a lot of faith in his uncapped talents. du Plessis smashes a four second ball. du Plessis takes three off the third ball. SIX! Majestic from Kohli as he ends the over with a cracking punch over covers for a maximum. 13 from the over.
RCB 20/0 in 3 overs: Mukesh. Faf gets a boundary off the inside edge first ball. CSK have bowled well so far with both openers enjoying a slice of luck. 6 off the over including a wide.
RCB 14/0 in 2 overs: Simarjeet shares the new ball. Faf on strike. He starts with a wide. Next ball, Faf pinches a single. Kohli gets four to third man. The thick edge flies past second slip. Kohli would've had his heart in his mouth for a moment there. 2 off the last ball. 8 from the over.
RCB 6/0 in 1 over: Kohli and Faf du Plessis open for RCB. Mukesh Choudhary with the new ball. Kohli off the mark with a single. Faf picks one as well. Kohli collects four off the fifth ball.
DHONI HAS WON THE TOSS AND CSK WILL BOWL FIRST
MOEEN ALI REPLACES MITCHELL SANTNER
It’s Faf du Plessis versus Chennai Super Kings part two. But there will be much more at stake on Wednesday night at the Maharashtra Cricket Association’s stadium than a veteran who was a permanent in the yellows before the big reshuffle facing the yellow brigade.
A look at the points table - with Super Kings having only six points from nine games and Royal Challengers Bangalore 10 in 10 - does not make it a must-win game for either team. But practically, for a variety of reasons, either team will be desperate to add two points in its kitty.
Super Kings, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return to captaincy, appeared to be a settled unit for the first time this season during its win over Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Sunday.
It will be keen to not drop the guard down in its second consecutive southern Indian Derby. After all, another defeat can virtually end its hopes of defending the title.
Royal Challengers, on the other hand, will be eager to return to winning ways. Having won five of its seven games, importing du Plessis as captain seemed to be working to precision. Since then, it has been a downhill run, with the team being winless in two weeks.
The lack of runs by the top order has been RCB’s primary concern. It will be hoping for Virat Kohli, who returned to scoring runs with a slow fifty against table-toppers Gujarat Titans over the weekend, to switch gears and Glenn Maxwell to accelerate in order to stay relevant in the race for the Playoffs.
While Royal Challengers are unlikely to change their combination, it will be interesting to see if Moeen Ali and Dwayne Bravo have recovered from their niggles. If either of them is available for selection, he will be in contention for a spot in the XI at the cost of Mitchell Santner.