RCB vs CSK LIVE Score IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni elected to bowl against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, on a pitch he said “looks good” but feels damp when you “rub your fingers” on it – parts of Bengaluru dealt with showers in the lead up to the game.
Despite that and the overcast overhead conditions and the prospect of dew later on, both teams stacked up their spin departments. Super Kings brought in veterans Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir to replace Karn Sharma and Faf du Plessis, respectively.
Royal Challengers also chose to go with three frontline spinners, leaving opening batsman Manan Vohra out to accommodate left-arm spinner Pawan Negi. To adjust for the loss in batting power, they replaced England’s Chris Woakes with New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme for his first game of the season.
Here are Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Live Cricket Score:
11:52 pm: Anderson to Dhoni, SIX runs, crackalicious! How’s that to win the match – a six over wide long-on with so much strength it’s landed into the crowd.
11:49 pm: Anderson to Bravo, FOUR runs, edged and just past the keeper for four! He rolled his fingers over that short ball, it bounced well and Bravo hooked, got an edge and it went just over de Kock’s leap.
11:46 pm: Kohli comes to Siraj for another chat.
11:39 pm: Anderson to Rayudu, 1 run, OUT, Rayudu can’t make it despite the dive! He steered it to short third man where Umesh dived to his right but the ball deflected away, making the batsmen think of two. But it wasn’t too far and Umesh qickly got back and, guess what, direct hit at the keeper’s end.
11:34 pm: Corey Anderson has conceded runs at 12.85 an over at death in the IPL before today. CSK will fancy him on this small venue. He gets one more as Kohli, AB have a chat with Anderson.
11:22 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 55 runs with 6 wickets and 24 balls remaining.
11:18 pm: his is where the experience comes in the picture. I can’t see any of the young guns hanging in as the run rate pressure keeps building. No one without experience can hold their composure if an over goes for around 5-8 runs at this stage.
11:11 pm: MS Dhoni before this season had a first-10 balls SR of 115, but he has been quicker this season striking at 135 this season. Today he scored 14 off his first 10 balls.
11:03 pm: Dhoni continues with the wicket saving strategy and ultimately match would be landed into an unachievable Required run rate.
10:49 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 123 runs with 6 wickets and 60 balls remaining.
10:45 pm: If RCB keep bowling like this, they won’t have to worry about the death overs. Strategic time out.
10:25 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 156 runs with 8 wickets and 14.5 overs remaining.
10:14 pm: The surest way for RCB to win this match is to get Dhoni in early and let him settle for the next 10 overs—the asking rate would climb so high that even Bravo can’t win the match.
10:01 pm: Here starts the chase, Watson and Rayudu are out. And we’re going to start with spin – Pawan Negi. Jadeja had turned the ball a mile some time ago, and Negi also has a slip.
9:53 pm: A strange innings. There were periods where the bowlers dominated – two wicket maidens and a triple-wicket final over. But in the middle, the batsmen looked unstoppable. It’s usually just AB de Villiers who makes pitches look like that, but de Kock, Mandeep and to a small extent, de Grandhomme and Sundar made vital runs for RCB. If they needed anything for their bowlers, it was a 200-plus score on a pitch that assists spin. They’ve equalled the highest score in the IPL when 8 or more wickets have fallen. RCB had made an identical 205/8 batting first against CSK in Chennai in the 2012 season. CSK won on that occasion. Will RCB prevail today?
9:17 pm: Imran Tahir to de Villiers, OUT, AB holes out, another great over for CSK. Not a great delivery, it was a short legbreak well outside off and turned away further but AB swung away from the body and the leading edge wnt high enough for Billings to run in from sweeper cover. He doesn’t drop those.
9:03 pm: Things looking ominous for CSK here. When AB bats as fluently as he has done today, striking at 200+ in his first 20 balls, he averages 95.42.
8:53 pm: Imran Tahir to de Villiers, SIX runs, that’s out of the stadium! He walks across to expose his stumps, it’s a length delivery, although it doesn’t matter to this man, and he clobbers that over long on, over the stands and over everything. Someone fetch that as AB grabs a drink
8:45 pm: The way RCB is playing today, they are eyeing for a big total.
8:37 pm: AB had scored just 24 off 21 from Harbhajan Singh at Chinnaswamy Stadium in the IPL before today. He hit 16 off 5 balls in the last over. This was the first time Harbhajan had bowled at him inside the Powerplay on this ground.
8:23 pm: Thakur to Kohli, OUT, Jadeja dives and takes it at mid-on. Kohli walked down this time, it was a length delivery on the stumps and Kohli wanted to loft it over the fielder but didn’t quite middle it. Jadeja was slightly wide at mid-on and he quicklt went to his left for a dive and grabbed it with both hands. Thakur is thrilled!
8:13 pm: If Thanos collected all six infinity stones and snapped his fingers, Dhoni and CSK would still survive.
8:01 pm: The umpires have walked out, CSK players are in a huddle and out come Virat Kohli and QdK. LOTS of noise out there, red flags waving all the way, plenty of yellow banners and t-shirts too as Dhoni has a word with his opening bowler Deepak Chahar. De Kock will take strike. One slip in place, here we go.
7:50 pm: One thing that we need to give to the CSK selection management is they have gone with experienced players along with young bowlers. Both the batting and spin department consist of experienced players while fast bowlers are the real attackers of defensive line and have young Indian bowlers consisting of Deepak Chahr and Shardul Thakur.
7:34 pm: Toss: CSK have opted to bowl at the Chinnaswamy.
Dhoni: Pitch looks good from the top but when you rub your finger, it’s slightly damp on the top. Difficult ground to defend.
Kohli: Usually you don’t see so much red and yellow here. Doesn’t really matter where you are in the table unless you’ve lost too many. We just need to keep the kind of form we showed in the last match.
7:27 pm: el Classico is not just between two teams. It’s more between two emotions. Nothing can beat Bangalore vs chennai in emotions domestically.
7:22 pm: Moeen Ali should be counted as 2 players, and RCB are not playing him, seems like they are missing a trick here !! I’m surprised they haven’t played Grandhomme either, until now
7:14 pm: It’s showtime, folks! Forget the bat v ball battles, this is Virat Kohli v MS Dhoni. Lot of dissimilarities between those two men and their teams but the common thing is they are coming into this match with wins in their last matches. CSK’s death bowling shone after an enchanting knock from Williamson and ABD’s 90* overshadowed Pant’s 85 the other day. Hello and welcome to our coverage of the 24th match of the tournament, I’m Vishal Dikshit and I’m here to entertain you for the next four hours at least.
Here are Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings squads:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir