Chennai must be coming into this match hoping to win against struggling RCB. Kohli must be thinking to win this since he already knows how poorly RCB is doing in terms of run rate. A win can only keep RCB in the hunt.
RCB have won the toss and have opted to bat first. They have two changes. Chris Morris debuts this season for RCB and Gurkeerat Singh replaces Siraj.
Chahar opens the attack for Chennai and gives 2 runs in it. He returns for the third over and removed Finch in it. Padikkal scored the boundary after a gap of 18 balls again. RCB’s score at the end of sixth over was 36/1.
Padikkal brought up the fifty run partnership with a six in the tenth over. Thakur returns for the eleventh over. He removed Padikkal and De Villiers in it. Two big dents in RCB’s dream of setting a big total. Washington scored a six in the thirteenth over and Curran removed him in the fifteenth over. The score at the end of 16th over was 103/4. Kohli needs to do something to post a respectable total.
Kohli completed his fifty with a boundary in the seventeenth over. It also brought 14 runs for RCB. Shivam welcomed Sam with a six. Kohli also hit two balls over the fence. This was big over which RCB was looking for. They got 24 runs in it. Kohli scored six off the first ball of the penultimate over which brought 14 runs. RCB scored 14 runs again in the final over. Thanks to Kohli’s aggression RCB finishes with 169/4. They scored 66 runs in the last four overs.
Morris opens the attack and gave away just 4 runs. Saini was too tight in the second over and gave 2 runs only. Washington removed du Plessis in the fourth over. He removed Watson as well in the sixth over. Powerplay score for CSK was just 26 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
RCB bowlers keep the bowling tight and CSK has to content with singles and occasional boundaries only. Will this strategy of slow run rate in the middle over will work for CSK again? Let’s see..
Jagadeesan got run out in the fifteenth over. Chahal comes for the sixteenth over. Dhoni hits one for a six but Chahal had his revenge over his mentor and removed him in the last ball of the over. CSK’s score at the end of sixteenth over was 106/4.
Morris removed Sam in the seventeenth over and gave three runs only. All hopes on Rayudu now. He has to repeat Kohli’s feat. But Udana hit Rayudu’s middle stump in the eighteenth over. Morris’ double blow in the nineteenth over ended everything. Both Jadeja and Bravo were seen going back to the dugout. Udana bowled the last over and RCB won this match by 37 runs. CSK known for successful chases has failed yet again this season.
Virat Kohli whose start of the season was on the wrong foot ended up with Man of the Match award.