Chennai Super Kings on Sunday host Royal Challengers Bangalore at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune in the Indian Premier League 2018.
Dhoni-led CSK have so far enjoyed a fine season and are currently sitting 2nd on the points table with same point as the league leaders. Whereas Kohli-led RCB have had a topsy-turvy so far with inconsistency hampering their season so far.
Stat attack: MS Dhoni has scored the most runs by any player against RCB in IPL - 678. Raina is third in this list with 617 runs.
# Ravindra Jadeja - It's good to get MoM awards in a T20 game. Very happy with the way I bowled today. The wicket was a bit dry, the ball was holding a bit, I was looking to bowl in the right areas and not give them width. Bhajji also bowled very well, together, we tried not to give them too many runs. Overall, I am very happy, I finally took a few wickets, looking to do better and better in the coming games.
# MS Dhoni - I think it was a par score, it wasn't coming on nicely. I thought spinners came into play, both Jaddu and Bhajjipa did very well, they kept us in the game. On this wicket, we can't get to know what is a good score. Batting - it could have been better. We were worried about the bowling department, in the last few games, there's no one individual who has come up and taken that place. The good thing is we have a lot of all-rounders, we need to know who is our death bowling option going ahead, that's what we are worried about.
# Kohli - I think it was a close match, we did really well to pull it back but two drop catches doesn't help. It wasn't an ideal day for us, six out of six soft dismissals is really rare to see but that is how this game goes. We gave a good effort in the second half, we knew it is going to be difficult with the total we had .This wicket surprised me, we knew it was going to be slow but it played slow under the lights too. It was difficult to score in the end, had we taken the chances we could have made the match closer. Everyone loves to see MSD striking the ball, the way he is doing. The bigger picture is that it is good for Indian cricket.
# CSK win by 6 wickets.
# 17.4 Overs: SIX! Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni chants in the stadium
# 12.2 Overs: OUT! New man walks back...Shorey c Mandeep b de Grandhomme 8(9) CSK 80/4
# 11.1 Overs: OUT! Rayudu walks back.. Rayudu c Siraj b Murugan Ashwin 32(25) CSK 78/3
# 8.4 Overs: OUT! what a blinder Southee has taken. Catch of the tournament contender. Raina c Southee b U Yadav 25(21) CSK 62/2
# After 7 Overs CSK are 51/1
# After 5 Overs, CSK are 26/1, they lost Watson early on.
# CSK need 128 runs to win!
# After some last hit boundaries, RCB have made 127 runs.
# 18.3 Overs: Four! Southee is giving some hope to RCB by stunning hits. RCB 122/8
# 15.1 Overs: OUT! oh this is terrible. U Yadav run out (Willey) RCB 89/8
# 14.1 Overs: OUT! RCB are in shambles, one more goes. Grandhomme c Raina b Willey 8(8) RCB 87/7
# 13.1 Overs: OUT! Dhoni's super stumping spree continues. RCB 85/6
# 12.5 Overs: OUT! soft dismissal and Jadeja is on fire, his 3rd of the day. Parthiv Patel c and b Jadeja 53(41) RCB 84/5
# 11.6 Overs: FOUR! Grandhomme finds the boundary fence. RCB 80/4
# 11.2 Overs: FIFTY! Parthiv Patel completes his 11th IPL half-century
# 9.1 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Parthiv. RCB 65/3
# 7.3 Overs: OUT! Woah, Harbhajan with his experience decieved ABD. de Villiers st Dhoni b Harbhajan 1(4) RCB 56/3
# 7.1 Overs: FOUR! Parthiv welcomes Harbhajan here. RCB 55/2
# 6.1 Overs: OUT! Jadeja strikes with his first ball and its a jackpot. Kohli b Jadeja 8(11) RCB 47/2
# 4.2 Overs: FOUR! Kohli just smashes it down the groumd. RCB 33/1
# 2.6 Overs: SIX! Thumped away Parthiv. RCB 26/1
# 1.5 Overs: FOUR! Back to back boundaries for Parthiv Patel. RCB 17/1
# 1.2 Overs: OUT! Big blow for RCB. Brendon McCullum c SN Thakur b Lungi Ngidi 5(3) RCB 9/1
# Parthiv Patel, McCullum open for Bangalore, Willey with the new ball for CSK
# Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dhruv Shorey, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur
# Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Murugan Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
# Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and have opted to field