RCB vs CSK, Live IPL Score, Match 39: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings IPL match from M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. With how the chase began, you'd never have thought it'd go so close. Post Rayudu's dismissal, the thought would have been the same. Bangalore started off in the best fashion with Steyn getting rid of Watson and Raina in the very first over of the innings. The visitors were four down by the end of the Powerplay. Dhoni and Rayudu regained some momentum, before the latter departed against the run of play. Jadeja and then Bravo's dismissals made it seem hope was all but lost, but Dhoni, who scored a superb fifty, kept the fight going and with 26 required off the final over, almost got his team across the line. Bangalore will breathe a huge sigh of relief that they somehow managed to win. What should have been a comfortable victory turning into an unfavourable nail-biter for them. the start was perfect, the middle overs weren't too shabby either, but 68 runs came in the final 5 overs, with 25 of them coming in the last one which was bowled by Umesh Yadav. Steyn, Chahal and Saini all bowled really well, picking wickets and keeping the run-flow quite tight as well. Another scare for the home side, but it will take the win all the same. (LIVE MATCH SCORECARD)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings: RCB (161/7) beat CSK (160/8) by 1 run
00.01 IST: That's all from here. Join us tomorrow for another action-packed game.
00.00 IST: Wow! Let us take a breather. The absolute scenes here. How many more of these close shaves can we take? I don't know about you guys, but that number isn't too big for me. Real heart-stopping stuff. Dhoni almost pulled off another one of his many miracles, but fell short right at the end. Perhaps those single he didn't take with Bravo came back to haunt him in the end? Possibly. But Dhoni is Dhoni, he has his own way of doing things.
23.50 IST: Umesh Yadav to MS Dhoni, OUT! THAKUR IS JUST SHORT! Even the dive doesn't save him. BANGALORE WIN BY 1 RUN! Umesh bowls the slower one outside off, Dhoni looks to poke it on the off side but misses and seeing this, without any doubt to anyone, both batsmen take off. Parthiv collects the ball and has a shy at his end. Scores a direct hit and it's taken upstairs. Replays roll in and show Thakur is gone for all money.
23.48 IST: Umesh Yadav to MS Dhoni, SIX! Another maximum! MS Dhoni is taking his side home. He accepts this juicy full toss and swings his bat hard across the line. it's a flat hit and the ball clears the mid-wicket rope. Insane hit. Just 2 needed off the final ball. What will happen here?
23.47 IST: Umesh Yadav to MS Dhoni, SIX! 10 off 3 now. Oh wow! MS Dhoni, you beauty! Full delivery and right in the slot, Dhoni gets underneath the ball and hammers it over long off. Ab de Villiers at the rope leaps and tries to catch it, but it's just over it.
23.46 IST: Umesh Yadav to MS Dhoni, SIX! That's huge! Are we in for another MS Dhoni special? Could it be? That's hit the roof. Shortish ball on middle, Dhoni absolutely nails the pull and sends it high and handsome over the mid-wicket boundary. Wow. 16 needed in 4 now.
23.45 IST: Umesh Yadav to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Slower short ball on middle and off, Dhoni picks it up early. Rolls his wrists as he controls the pull behind square leg and beats the fielder in the deep to the fence.
23.43 IST: Navdeep Saini to Dwayne Bravo, OUT! Edged and taken! Saini with a good over, ends it in the best possible manner. Back of a length in line of the stumps, with some extra bounce, Bravo backs away to swing across the line but gets an edge behind. Parthiv Patel times his leap perfectly and takes it well above his head.
23.39 IST: Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, NO BALL! SIX! Well, obviously MSD knows more than us. It's a Free Hit too so this could be a big bonus for Chennai. Short ball outside off, Dhoni cuts it over the third man boundary. Saini overstepped. Let's see what happens here.
23.35 IST: Dale Steyn to MS Dhoni, SIX! Fifty for MS Dhoni, his 23rd in the Indian T20 League. Gets there in style too. This back of a length ball just sits up for him, MSD camps back and muscles the heave over wide long on for half a dozen.
23.33 IST: Dale Steyn on to bowl his last over
23.30 IST: Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, FOUR! EDGED and FOUR! Runs Dhoni and Chennai won't mind at all. Back of a length with some room on offer outside off, Dhoni cuts and it goes off the outer half through the vacant slip cordon for a boundary.
23.30 IST: Navdeep Saini to MS Dhoni, OUT! RUN OUT! Huge mix-up in the middle and Jadeja pays the price for it. Wicket at the wrong time for Chennai. Dhoni looks to pull this away but mistimes it in front of mid-wicket. Both batsmen take off, there's some hesitation, Jadeja continues on, and when he gets to the halfway mark, Dhoni turns around and leaves him stranded. Saini collects the ball and then has all the time in the world to go to the stumps at his end and take the bails off.
23.25 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, SIX! Goes straight back! Tossed right up there, on middle stump, Dhoni takes a step out of his crease and smokes it back over the bowler's head for a biggie. Chennai need 57 runs to win in 24 balls.
23.19 IST: Marcus Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Length ball on middle and leg, MSD fails to flick and it drops down the surface off his pads. They cross for a brisk leg bye as Stoinis also runs to the ball and tries to kick the ball onto the stumps.
23.16 IST: Marcus Stoinis to resume after the break
23.13 IST: Strategic time-out! 76 needed off the last six over and this match is more in Bangalore's court than Chennai. But with the batsman of the caliber of Dhoni and Jadeja in the middle and Bravo to come, you cannot write them off easily. These kind of equations have been scaled down in the past and considering Bangalore's bowling woes, this match is anything but over. So, just sit back tight and enjoy the ride of the end overs.
23.11 IST: Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in
23.09 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Ambati Rayudu, OUT! Death rattle! Chahal is up and running in celebration as the stadium erupts. Wicket number 49 at this venue for the leggie. A flighted delivery, landing full around leg, Rayudu tries flicking it on the leg side but misses. It kisses his front pad and deflects behind to tickle the off pole. The 55-run partnership is broken. 79 needed off 41 balls.
23.07 IST: Umesh Yadav to Ambati Rayudu, FOUR! Brilliant batting! Picks his spot nicely. Rayudu steps down the track and also makes room. Yadav bangs it short once again. Rayudu gets on top of the bounce and slaps it over mid off for a boundary. 12 from this over, still a ball to go.
23.06 IST: Umesh Yadav to Ambati Rayudu, SIX! Over the fence! This time Rayudu connects with the cross-batted shot. It was a short one and Rayudu went for a similar shot he played on the last ball. This time though he does not dance down the track. Gets it off the middle and it flies over the wide long on fence. They need one almost every over and they have got theirs in this one.
23.01 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Ambati Rayudu, NOT OUT! But it was closer than we thought. A flighted leg spinner, landing on middle and spinning away to open Rayudu completely in his stance as he stretches forward to work it around. The ball spins away to beat the outside edge and Patel takes the bails off in a hurry. He appeals and it's referred upstairs. The replays show that Rayudu's back leg is in the air but it's not quite conclusive that when the bails came off, it's entirely down or not.
22.54 IST: Marcus Stoinis to MS Dhoni, SIX! Dhoni has dismissed this one out of his sight! A delivery with a plenty of width outside off, MSD shimmies down the track, throws his bat at it and packs a punch over covers. It has gone all the way and the crowd is chanting Dhoni! Dhoni! Dhoni!
22.54 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to MS Dhoni, Does so! Just a single, could have easily been a dot but a misfield sees the batsmen take a run. On the stumps, Dhoni goes back and pushes it towards cover, de Villiers does not stop it cleanly and a run is taken.
22.46 IST: Strategic time-out! Bangalore are all over Chennai like a rash. They have made an outstanding beginning and after a strong Powerplay show, they are on top. But they have to be careful as well. The current pair of Chennai can really hurt them. Also, dew has already set in and gripping the ball won't be easy for his bowlers. A very vital phase in this match is about to begin. Yuzvendra Chahal to resume after the break
22.45 IST: Marcus Stoinis to MS Dhoni, FOUR! No stopping this one! Short in length and on middle, Dhoni swivels on the back foot and pulls it behind square leg. Good timing and placement. 50 up for Chennai, 109 needed off 67 balls.
22.33 IST: Marcus Stoinis to Ambati Rayudu, Stoinis sees Rayudu dance down the track, he bangs it short. Ambati guides it towards cover. Kohli there overruns the ball and concedes a run.
22.43 IST: Marcus Stoinis is on!
22.38 IST: Pawan Negi to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Smart shot but a poor ball also! Down the leg side, Dhoni paddles it very fine, no chance for any fielder and a boundary results.
22.38 IST: Pawan Negi into the attack
22.33 IST: Navdeep Saini to Ambati Rayudu, FOUR! Nicely played. Short in length and wide outside off, Rayudu uses the extra pace of the bowler and ramps it down to third man for a boundary. This partnership holds the key for Chennai.
22.30 IST: Umesh Yadav to MS Dhoni, FOUR! And Mahi begins with a delightful square drive. An overpitched delivery outside off, Dhoni reaches out for it and crunches it through point for a glorious boundary. 32/4 in the Powerplay, Bangalore are roaring!
22.28 IST: MS Dhoni is the new man in
22.28 IST: Umesh Yadav to Kedar Jadhav, OUT! Wicket number 4 goes down inside the Powerplay! This is a very strong start from Bangalore. Jadhav's sorry form also continues. Back of a length delivery outside off, Kedar stands back to pull it across the line but it takes the top edge and loops in the air towards mid off. AB de Villiers settles underneath it and takes the simplest of catches.
22.28 IST: Umesh Yadav to Kedar Jadhav, FOUR! Poor delivery and punished! Umesh's love for batsman's pads is well-known. Another delivery sliding down there and Jadhav has no qualms in putting it away with a flick shot over mid-wicket for a boundary.
22.25 IST: Dale Steyn to Kedar Jadhav, FOUR! STREAKY! Chennai won't mind though as it is a much-needed boundary for them. Steyn bowls it on a length and around off, this one comes back in sharply. Jadhav looks to play at it tentatively but only manages an inside edge to the fine leg fence. Another very testing over from Steyn but 6 from it. Also, this was probably his last over of this spell. He has bowled three, take two wickets and given away only 16 runs.
22.22 IST: Dale Steyn to Kedar Jadhav, NOT OUT! That has brushed the thigh pad! Bangalore have lost their only review. Not sure why they went for it when they weren't sure. This is down the leg side, Jadhav looks to flick but it goes off something to the keeper. Patel appeals but the umpire shakes his head. No wide signalled so it is hit something. Bangalore feel bat and they review. Replays roll in and it shows the on-field call is the right one.
22.21 IST: Kedar Jadhav is the new man in
22.18 IST: Umesh Yadav to Faf du Plessis, OUT! Du Plessis was looking rattled and has finally fallen here. Umesh bangs in a shortish ball on middle, Faf tries to pull it across the line but fails to properly get on top of the bounce. It takes the top edge and balloons straight up in the air towards mid on. Nath rushes forward and so does AB de Villiers from mid off.
22.17 IST: Umesh Yadav to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! Four leg byes! A length ball angling down the leg side, du Plessis advances down the track and tries to flick but misses. It takes his pads and screams down to fine leg for a boundary.
22.16 IST: Umesh Yadav to Faf du Plessis, What happened there??? The ball has shaved past the off pole and the bail has not come off. Faf is very lucky to be still batting out there.
22.15 IST: Umesh Yadav into the attack
22.11 IST: Dale Steyn to Faf du Plessis, Direct hit would have been curtains for du Plessis! Chennai are looking very restless at the moment. Fuller in length and outside off, Faf drives it without much timing to mid off and wants a single. His partner responds and du Plessis puts his head down and runs like anything. His countryman, AB de Villiers, attacks the ball and then has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. AB probably lost his balance a bit while releasing his throw. The run is completed but it was too risky.
22.05 IST: Ambati Rayudu us the new man in
22.04 IST: Dale Steyn to Suresh Raina, OUT! Snorter from Steyn and he has gunned down Chennai's best batsman. A perfect yorker on off at 143.7 kph, Raina is late in bringing his bat down and it goes right through to shatter the stumps. Steyn is pumped up. Kohli hugs him. This is the kind of start they needed. Raina bags a rare golden duck. Nothing much you can do as a batsman when you are welcomed with a jaffa like this. Just accept it's not your night and return to the pavilion. Two wickets in the first over itself. Steyn will be on a hat-trick in his next over.
22.03 IST: Suresh Raina is the new batsman.
22.02 IST: Dale Steyn to Shane Watson, OUT! This is a Test match dismissal off the bowling of one of the very best Test bowlers around. This line outside off will always trouble any batsman. Perfect landing of the seam, it's on a length outside off and nips away, Watson goes for a big drive through the line but ends up edging it behind to Stoinis at first slip. The Aussie takes the catch over his head and makes no mistake that he made in the last match against Kolkata when he dropped Lynn. Early setback for Chennai and Watson's poor form continues.
22.00 IST: Dale Steyn to Shane Watson, FOUR! Nicely timed! Back of a length delivery on middle, Watson gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a boundary, first of the innings.
21.39 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Moeen Ali, OUT! Bravo gets his revenge. Takes the pace off this one as he serves it on a length around off, Moeen Ali looks to go big downtown but can only hit it as far as Thakur at long off. He takes a good catch. A good cameo from the Englishman comes to an end.
21.39 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Shot. Bravo changes the angle but the result isn't pretty. Full ball wide outside off, angling away, Ali opens the face and steers it across the third man boundary.
21.38 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Moeen Ali, Not out! Interesting. There was some noise as the ball went past the bat, but Snicko indicates nothing. Anyway, Bravo lands it full and well outside off, Ali looks to crash it through the off side but apparently misses. Dhoni thinks there's an edge, so he signals the 'T'. Replays don't show anything in his side's favour though.
21.36 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Dangerous line to be bowling with the off side field inside the crease. Full and wide outside off, Ali gets under it and carves it hard over backward point. Nobody out there in the deep, so it'll be a boundary.
21.35 IST: Deepak Chahar to Pawan Negi, OUT! GONE! The persistent slower one does the trick. Chahar with a shorter delivery outside off, Negi attempts to cut but due to the lack of pace, ends up slicing it to Rayudu at backward point. He moves to his left and takes a simple catch.
21.32 IST: Deepak Chahar to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Deft. Nicely done. Length ball outside off, Ali opens the face and guides it down and across the third man fence for a boundary.
21.26 IST: Shardul Thakur to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Thumped! This is the shot of a batsman in prime form. Receives the shorter delivery in his half and pulls it mercilessly over mid-wicket. No chance for the fielder in the deep.
21.26 IST: Shardul Thakur is back on.
21.24 IST: Imran Tahir to Moeen Ali, FOUR! The leg break turning in on leg, Ali flicks it off the pads fine down the leg for a boundary.
21.23 IST: Pawan Negi is the next man in
21.23 IST: Imran Tahir to Marcus Stoinis, OUT! Well done, Faf! Well done. He's been superb in the field since the innings began, continues to do so now. Colin Ingram produced something similar yesterday against Punjab, this follow-up act from Faf is too good.
21.18 IST: Moeen Ali is the next man in
21.17 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Parthiv Patel, OUT! Oh, dear. This isn't good. Scores a fifty and then departs immediately. Bravo takes the pace off this one, bowls it slightly short too outside off, Parthiv looks to slap this over extra cover but doesn't get the desired timing on it. Hands a rather straightforward catch to Shane Watson there. He takes a couple of steps back and takes it over his head.
21.16 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Parthiv Patel, FOUR! FIFTY! Fifty for Parthiv Patel, his 13th in the League. He's done a fine job so far, but he needs to stay till the end. Length ball around off, Patel drags the slog in front of square leg and finds the fence.
* Strategic break!
21.08 IST: Imran Tahir to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! This one has gone the distance! Once again the last ball of the over has spoiled a good over. Tahir drops it short and Stoinis immediately gets back to pull it massively over square leg for a biggie.
21.05 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Parthiv Patel, FOUR! It was a good over until now and this boundary spoils it. A pacey delivery by Bravo, he offers width outside off and Patel drills his drive through covers for a cracking boundary.
* Marcus Stoinis walks into the middle next.
22.58 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to Akshdeep Nath, OUT! Now Nath departs. His rather timid knock has come to a close. Slower through the air, fuller around off and just behind a driving length, Nath takes a step out of his crease as he attempts to clear the long off boundary. Can only get it as far as Faf du Plessis out in the deep, who settles under the ball moving to his left and takes an extremely good catch.
20.52 IST: Imran Tahir to Parthiv Patel, SIX! That's a terrific shot. Picks his spot, takes the aerial route and gets the desired result without any trouble. Flighted and full on off, Patel clears mid-wicket for half a dozen.
20.47 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to Akshdeep Nath, SIX! Gives the charge to the bowler and gets the desired result. Nath jumps out quickly, gets close to the pitch of the ball and slogs it over mid-wicket. Maximum.
20.44 IST: Imran Tahir to Akshdeep Nath, Tossed up on middle, Nath looks to defend but gets a leading edge towards covers. The batsmen cross ends.
* Strategic break.
20.40 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to Akshdeep Nath, Full on off, Nath drives it towards mid off for a run. Just 3 runs have come from the over.
20.36 IST: Dwayne Bravo to Akshdeep Nath, FOUR! Shot. This is all about the timing. No real power behind it. Fuller in length and outside off, Nath just leans into the drive and caresses it through the gap in the covers to find the fence.
* Dwayne Bravo is into the attack now.
* Akshdeep Nath is the new batsman in.
20.32 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to AB de Villiers, OUT! The bowling change does the trick. This is a huuuuugggeeeee wicket! Faf, well... sort of make amends for his earlier 'dropped' chance. De Villiers holes out after looking in dangerous touch. He steps out to this floated delivery, gets a little deceived by the flight and the slight away turn as he mistimes his lofted shot down the ground. It goes straight down du Plessis' throat who takes it very well just inside the rope.
20.30 IST: Shardul Thakur to AB de Villiers, FOUR. Beautifully played. Are we in for the AB show? Sure seems like it right now. Full and attacking the stumps, de Villiers makes room and gives it the full swing of his bat. Clears mid on and ends the Powerplay in style. Bangalore are 49/1 at the end of the first six. RCB 49/1 in 6 Overs
20.29 IST: Shardul Thakur to AB de Villiers, FOUR.
20.28 IST: Shardul Thakur to Parthiv Patel, SIX! Parthiv going along well here. He's timing the ball well. Shaping in from middle stump, on a length, the southpaw plays the pick up shot and dumps it over the square leg boundary. Fine hit.
20.27 IST: Shardul Thakur to AB de Villiers, Dropped! But what an effort from Faf. Had he held on to that, it would have an absolute blinder. Wow. This is landed just ahead of a length around off, de Villiers tries to smash this over wide mid off. His fellow countryman there, du Plessis, leaps a bit to his left and sticks his right hand up, but the ball just doesn't hold in his hand. A single is taken.
20.21 IST: Deepak Chahar to AB de Villiers, SIX! That's outta here! AB de Villiers isn't wasting much time in finding his touch. Length ball on middle and leg, fraction straight in line and that's all AB needs. He eyes the mid-wicket fence and slogs it over the boundary line with ease.
20.18 IST: Shardul Thakur to Parthiv Patel, SIX! Parthiv has nailed that. Makes such sweet connection. Thakur once again bangs it in short, the opener sticks on the back foot, swings his bat across the line and pulls it deep into the deep backward square leg stands. Super shot.
20.17 IST: Shardul Thakur to AB de Villiers, FOUR! Nice shot from AB. Short of a length delivery, de Villiers pulls it over mid on for a boundary.
20.15 IST: Deepak Chahar to AB de Villiers, What an over from Chahar. Just 4 runs and the wicket of Kohli from it. De Villiers jumps out of his crease to this fuller length ball and slogs, only to get it off the inner half on the leg side.
* AB de Villiers is the new batsman in.
20.12 IST: Deepak Chahar to Virat Kohli, OUT! Edged and Virat Kohli is gone! Deepak Chahar once again doing the business in the Powerplay. This is a massive wicket. On a good length and outside off, Kohli once again plays away from the body and this time the away movement does him in. He nicks it behind and Dhoni collects well moving to his right. The centurion from the previous game has been dismissed quite early here.
20.11 IST: Deepak Chahar to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Streaky runs for Kohli and Bangalore. The batsman gives the charge to this length delivery around off, it shapes away a bit, Kohli comes out, plays away from his body and gets an edge over first slip for a boundary.
20.10 IST: Shardul Thakur to Virat Kohli, Length delivery on middle, Kohli plays it towards mid on where Dwayne Bravo fires a direct hit at the stumps at the bowlers end but Virat was well in. The batsmen take a run.
* Shardul Thakur to bowl from the other end.
20.03 IST: Deepak Chahar to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Kohli finishes off the over in style with an excellent flick shot. RCB 5/0 in 1 Over
20.02 IST: Deepak Chahar to Parthiv Patel, Nice swing first up for Chahar! He bowls it full and it starts outside off. Tails back in. Parthiv strokes it nicely back towards the bowler.
20.00 IST: We are all set to begin. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli will open the batting for Bangalore. Deepak Chahar will start the proceedings for Chennai.
19.38 IST: ABD becomes the first overseas player to play 150 IPL matches.
19.36 IST: Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
19.32 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI)- Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
19.30 IST: MS Dhoni returns as Chennai Super Kings opt to bowl
19.25 IST: MSD has arrived at Virat Kohli's den.
Brief preview: Chennai Super Kings will be expected to shrug off a rare loss and effectively seal a play-off berth against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Defending champions CSK, who lost to SRH in the previous game for only their second loss this season, will get to 16 points with a win at the Chinnaswamy and it should be enough to guarantee a place in the top-four. Their leader MS Dhoni missed the game against SRH due to a stiff back but will probably be fit for the game on Sunday. [Read full preview here]