IPL 2018 | RCB vs CSK | Match 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore is struggling to make it to top 4 as Ambati Rayudu’s 82 Runs from 53 balls (3 Fours & 8 Sixes) and Captain Cool MS Dhoni ‘s outstanding 70 Runs from 34 balls (1 Four & 7 Sixes) wins the game for Chennai Super Kings. Both Teams scored 200+ runs but CSK’s impressive comeback after being 74 – 4 left the Chinnaswamy Stadium in awe as the Lions of Chennai claim the top spot.
CSK won the toss and elected to bowl first. Both RCB and CSK went on with a couple of changes to their playing 11.
RCB replaced struggling Woakes with big-hitting Grandhomme and Manan Vohara was replaced by Pawan Negi.
CSK replaced Faf Du plessis by Imran TAhir and Harbhajan replaced Karn Sharma.
Put into bat RCB had a good opening partnership of 35 runs and Kohli was the first man to get out for RCB.
AB joined De Kock in the middle and both hit the CSK bowlers to all corners of the ground. They made a brilliant 103 runs partnership for the second wicket and when both were going RCB looked to score over 220.
CSK made a come back to the game by picking up De Kock and ABD in quick succession but the late innings flourish from Mandeep ensured RCB got past 200+ mark with Sundar playing a little cameo at the end.
For CSK Bravo and Tahir were pick of the bowlers and rest went over 10 runs per over and Harbhajan making his come back to the team was not even able to complete his quota of overs.
Chasing 206 CSK had a worst possible start by losing Raina and Watson within the powerplay. When Raina got out though the run rate was good they had lost the important wicket.
CSK even lost Sam Billings and Jadeja to a cheap score and were left struggling at one stage at 74 – 4 from 9 overs.
Dhoni joined Rayudu in the middle and they built a great partnership of 101 which was a match-winning partnership at the end.
When Rayudu got out still CSK needed 31 runs from 13 balls but Bravo and Dhoni ensured they crossed the line with still two balls to spare. RCB’s bowling was below par barring Chahal and Yadav.
Kohli’s strategy of bowling out Chahal and Yadav very early was a bad decision as they were left with likes of Siraj and Corey to contain Dhoni and co.