Chennai Super kings, who have been among the best teams throughout the history of the IPl, will take on a team that has been on a revival of sorts in the past two games, Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match will be played at the M. Chidambaram stadium in chennai and will be expected to be a close tie as the two teams have fought many of those in the past.
Bangalore will be looking forward to the match in an anticipation to see their inform batsman Yuvraj Singh and Ab De Villiers to lead their team another much needed victory. Yuvraj will look forward to play another one of those Yuvi specials and lead his team into another successful victory.
Chennai on the other hand will be dependent on their openers and would also like the Middle order to chip in with important contributions. The openers have been in great form throughout the tournament and will once again look to take advantage of the weak bowling line up the Bangalore team possesses.
The two teams have fought some of the most memorable fights in the history of t20 cricket and the audience will be expecting yet another match for the ages.
Over 19.5: RCB 142/5
David Hussey to bowl the last over. And yuvraj connects, six off the very first delivery. A brace off the second delivery and a single off the third, just 1 run needed now. wicket, Sachin Rana departs. what a match. 2 needed off 1 ball. Abu Nechim is the new man in the middle, and he hits the very first ball for a boundary, Bangalore wins and is still alive in the tournament.
Over 19: RCB 129/4
Ravindra Jadeja is brought into the attack. Single off the first delivery. A dot ball on the second delivery. Another wild heave by yuvraj, another dot. 13 needed off 9. Another dot ball, great over by Jadeja, not so good stuff by yuvi. A double off the 5th delivery. 11 needed of 7 delivery. Single off the last ball, 10 runs needed of 6 balls.
Over 18: RCB 125/4
Hussey to continue. Ab continues as well, Six over long onn this time. Another great shot, boundary in the cow corner. Double off the third ball, 15 needed of 15 ball. A single off a wide ball on the next delivery. Another single off the fourth delivery. Hussey does the trick here. is there a twist here in the trail, Ab departs at the wrong moment in the match. Ab De Villiers 28(14).
Over 17: RCB 110/3
Ashwin brought back to bowl his last over. Good start to the over, 43 needed of 43 balls. Single off the second ball. De Villiers pulls again, this time on a not so short ball; Six again. Single off the 4th ball. And it’s Gayle’s turn now. Six over Mid onn, 90 meter hit. Ashwin makes a comeback, hits timber on the last ball of his spell. Gayle departs. 29 needed of 18 deliveries.
Over 16: RCB 96/2
David Hussey into the attack now. A couple on the second ball for Ab. Another single on the third ball. Another single off the 4th delivery, 49 needed of 25 deliveries now. Short ball and Ab pulls for a six over Square leg. 10 runs from the over.
Over 15: RCB 86/2
Jadeja is back into the attack. Jadeja gets the job done as he gets Kohli stumped by Dhoni. Virat Kohli 27(29). Ab de Villiers is the new man in the middle. He tries a reverse sweep on the very first delivery and there is yet another stumping appeal, but he is safe. And he has been dropped on the very next delivery, Ashwin drops another one. Gayle scores a boundary on the 4th ball. And a six on the 5th delivery. Is this the start of the Gayle show this year? He tries Another one but misses, 11 runs off the over.
Over 14: RCB 75/1
Raina to continue the attack. Couple of singles to start the over. Another single on the fourth delivery. Just 4 runs off the over. RCB need 64 off 36 deliveries.
Over 13: RCB 71/1
Mohit Sharma is back into the attack. Single off the second ball after a wide delivery. Another single off the next ball. Inside edge for a single. 5 runs off the over.
Over 12: RCB 66/1
Raina to continue. Ohh my!!!! Gayle plays a reverse sweep, where did that come from; a boundary on the second delivery. Single of the third delivery. 8 runs off the over.
Over 11: RCB 58/1
Jadeja to continue. Gayle smacks him for a boundary on the second ball. Wide ball on the third delivery. Single off the fourth delivery. Kohli plays a lofted drive for a huge six over covers. A single off the 5th delivery. 13 runs off the over.
Over 10: RCB 45/1
Raina to continue. A dot ball to start with. Single on the second ball. Gayle Survives another close call, no run though. The batsman are struggling a lot here, nothing going for them. SIngle off the 5th ball. Kohli skips down the track and launches into the short ball for a boundary. 6 runs off the over.
Over 9: RCB 39/1
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now. Kohli plays the first ball late for a couple towards third man.Beautiful bowling here, beats Kohli on consecutive occasions here. Just a single off the 5th ball. 3 runs off the over. RCB needs 100 runs from 11 overs.
Over 8: RCB 36/1
Suresh Raina into the attack now. Good over so far, just a single off the first 4 balls. Single off the fifth ball. Just 3 runs off the over.
Over 7: RCB 33/1
Badree to continue. Single off the first ball. A six off the second ball, vintage Gayle in your service; sweeps for a maximum. Skips down the track for only a single on the third ball. Its Kohli’s turn to sweep and he sweeps the bowl for a boundary, a leg bye boundary but a boundary nonetheless. Single off the fifth ball. Couple of runs off leg byes for Gayle. 16 runs off the over.
Over 6: RCB 17/1
Ashwin to continue. Ashwin has troubled Gayle to no limit here, he is all over the place. Another good ball. Great fielding there by mohit. Maiden over.
Over 5: RCB 17/1
Badree to continue. Couple of dot balls to start with. A single off the 3rd ball. Just a single off the over.
Over 4: RCB 16/1
Ashwin to continue. Couple off dot balls to start with. He has dismissed Parthiv here, caught at slips off a failed sweep. Parthiv patel 10(14). Single off the first ball to Kohli. Gayle is beaten again, Ashwin has been terrific so far. 2 runs off the over.
Over 3: RCB 14/0
Badree brought into the attack now. Single off the first 2 deliveries. Dropped off the last ball, Gayle has been dropped by Badree. 4 runs off the over.
Over 2: RCB 10/0
Ashwin into the attack now. Single off the second delivery for Gayle. Spin is already making life hard for the batsman here. Just 1 run from the over.
Over 1: RCB 9/0
Mohit Sharma to open the bowling for Chennai, Gayle to face the first ball. Single of the first delivery to get off the mark for Gayle. Straight down the ground by Parthiv, boundary to get off the mark. On the pads and flicked for a boundary, not a great start by Mohit here. 9 runs off the over.
End of the first innings, RCB to chase 139 in 20 overs.
Over 20: CSK 138/4
Starc to continue. Just a single of the first delivery. Starc bowls the second ball wide and full and jadeja manages to pick up a brace. Another brace on the 3rd delivery. Just a single off the fourth ball. Raina misses the second last ball, its a dot delivery. He bowls a yorker on the last ball too, brilliant stuff by the RCB players. No boundaries off the last 4 overs. Brilliant bowling for one at the death from them, can their batsman deliver too??
Over 19: CSK 131/4
Nechim to continue. Yorker first up and the batsman cannot do anything about it, just a single. Single off the second and third delivery as well. Great last couple of overs from RCB. Couple of runs on the 4th ball. Another couple, no boundary in the last 3 overs. Just 8 from this over.
Over 18: CSK 123/4
Starc to continue. Couple of singles to start the over. A dot ball on the third delivery. Another good delivery, yorker on middle and leg, just a single. Sensational over by Starc under the circumstances, just 6 runs off the over.
Over 17: CSK 117/4
Nechim to continue. Raina picks up a single on the first ball to bring up his 50 off just 35 deliveries. Dhoni cuts hard on the second ball, but Gayle picks up a good catch at point, Dhoni departs. MS Dhoni 7(6). Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman for CSK. He plays and missesthe first ball outside off. just 3 runs from the over, good stuff from the youngster.
Over 16: CSK 114/3
Chahal to continue. Single of the first delivery for Raina. Dhoni sweeps, Sweeps fine and gets a boundary. just 7 runs off the over though.
Over 15: CSK 107/3
Murali to continue. Good over for Murali so far, the batsmen have been kept guessing. And he gets Hussey, he has been caught at Deep Mid wicket by that man Starc again. David Hussey 25(29). MS Dhoni is the new MAn in the middle, its his home crowd and they are going mad. He picks up a couple on the last ball of the over. 6 runs from it.
Over 14: CSK 101/2
Sachin Rana is the new bowler in the attack. Single off the first ball. Couple off the run on the second ball. Raina plays it extremely fine, Murali tries his best to stop that ball but it reaches the boundary. 9 runs off the over.
Over 13: CSK 92/2
Chahal to continue. Hussey skips down the track on the very first delivery and plays it over the head of the bowler for a six. It’s Raina’s turn to skip down the track now, but Ab restricts it to a single. But this time Raina connects big time and launches it over mid wicket for a huge six. 15 runs off the over.
Over 12: CSK 77/2
Murali into the attack now. Raina uses his feet to get a double at deep extra covers. He pulls the second ball while down on his knees to pick up his 5th boundary. Single off the next four balls, 10 runs off the over.
Over 11: CSK 67/2
Aaron to continue. Single off the first delivery for Raina. Hussey guides the ball to third man for a single on the second delivery. Short ball on the hips and Raina pulls the ball for a boundary at Mid Wicket. Another boundary, this time at third man. 12 runs off the over.
Over 10: CSK 55/2
Chahal to continue. Single of the second delivery for Raina. Another single off the fourth delivery for Hussey, the two batsman have been struggling so far in the middle against spin. Single off the last ball, 3 runs off the over.
Over 9: CSK 52/2
Abu Nechim in the attack. Couple of single to start the over and the second single brings up the fifty for the Super Kings. 4 runs off the over.
Over 8: CSK 48/2
Yuzvendra Chahal is the new man in the attack. Single off the first ball for Hussey. Single off the fourth ball for Raina. 3 runs off the over.
Over 7: CSK 45/2
Muralitharan is back into the attack. Murali bowls a beauty on the second ball of the over, Hussey could only manage an inside edge on that ball, luckily it goes for a boundary. Single off the last ball, 6 runs off the over.
Over 6: CSK 39/2
Starc into the attack now. Suresh Raina flicks a low full toss on the pads for a boundary. And again, this time he plays the ball between slips and thirdman for a boundary. Single off the 3rd ball. Hussey picks up a single off the last ball to get off the mark. 10 runs off the over.
Over 5: CSK 29/2
Aaron to continue. McCullum charges down the ground and lofts the ball over Mid Wicket for a boundary. McCullum tries to go in the same region again but this time the ball gets more height than distance and gets caught by Starc at the Mid Wicket boundary. Brendon McCullum 19(13). Suresh Raina is the new man in the middle. Ohh no, Smith goes for the same shot as McCullum did and he departs too, caught at extra covers inside the circle by Ab De Villiers. Dwayne Smith 9(15). David Hussey is the new man in the middle. Good over by Aaron, just 4 runs and 2 wickets off it.
Over 4: CSK 25/0
Abu Nechim into the attack. A single off the second delivery. This is the fourth bowler in as many overs for the RCB team, wonder what’s going on in the mind of Kohli. McCullum takes a quick single on the third delivery. Just 4 runs off the over.
Over 3: CSK 21/0
Varun Aaron into the attack now. Single off the first delivery for Smith. NEarly gets McCullum on this second ball, inside edge on the pads off the batsman. Another single off the third delivery. Smith shows exactly why he has been so great this season, a straight boundary; on drive to the boundary, beautiful shot. Bouncer, McCullum pulls and gets a top edge which carries all the way for a six. 13 runs off the over.
Over 2: CSK 8/0
Mitchell Starc into the attack. Great start by Starc here, he has bowled straight dot balls to Smith. Smith is able to pick up a single only on the 4th delivery. Just a single off the over.
Over 1: CSK 7/0
Single off the second ball for smith to get off the mark and so does CSK. McCullum starts off in vintage McCullum style, six over long off. 7 runs off the over.
Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to open the batting for CSK. Murlitharan to start the bowling for RCB.
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first.