IPL 2019 CSK vs RCB Highlights: RCB were torn to shreds by CSK’s spinners on a wicket that gripped and turned. AB de Villiers admitted later on that the batsman did not expect the pitch to behave the way it did. Harbhajan Singh first dismissed Virat Kohli, de Villiers and Moeen Ali before Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja swooped down on the rest of the lineup. RCB were all out for 70.
CSK took their own sweet time with the chase. They lost Shane Watson early but Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu extinguished the glimmer of hope that RCB may have got from that. Both players were eventually back in the hut and CSK finished the chase in the 18th over.
Match Ended,Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets
That's that then!
This is T20 cricket and sixes are currency. If we can't find that, then a low-scoring thriller is also appreciated. But this match was none of it. CSK ended the game in the first innings and their chase had an element of sadism about it the way they kept giving them false hope. In case you were wondering, two sixes were hit today, one each by RCB (Moeen Ali) and CSK (Ambati Rayudu).
38-year-old Harbhajan Singh is man of the match
He is normally part of the commentary team nowadays whenever India play but Harbhajan showed that he's still got it. "I have learnt quite a lot sitting next to you, Sunny bhai and all the legends who were in the commentary team. This is a special award from me. It goes to my wife and family. You cannot ask for a better start. Since they have a lot of left-handers, Fleming came and told me I will be playing. It was nice to get a wicket up front and once you have it, your confidence level grows up. Imran bowled really well and it's always nice to get wickets of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. How often an offspinner gets their wickets!"
We were not really sure about the wicket, we played our practice game here but it wasn't turning that much. I never expected the wicket to play how it played. I think something close to 140 you are looking at. I think the wicket needs to get much better. Well, we have communicated to the players in what scenarios they will be needed. He [Harbhajan] has the kind of experience needed to bowl on this wicket. I don't think he would have minded bowling first or second here.
No team wants to start like this but the good thing is a game like this is out of the way. I am pretty happy with the attitude the guys showed in the field. I know the batting effort wasn't ideal but attitude on the field was great and when our time comes, we will be ready to strike. The wicket looked much better than it played. We though 140-150 would be an ideal score. A scrappy sort of start but either team would have struggled batting first. [On Saini] He is touching 150 clicks which is very promising. He is going to be a lethal weapon. That's the way we are looking at him.
CSK beat RCB by 7 wickets
Jadeja takes a single to finally put an end to this farce. Before that, Shivam Dube had bowled a wide ball to make the scores level. CSK's spinners won this match for them and the batsmen cruelly kept dangling the banana in front of RCB. Sixes are considered currency in T20 cricket and two of them were hit today. This is as anticlimactic a start to an IPL season as it gets.
Three needed from 18
Second maiden over of the innings. CSK have stretched this chase to its absolute limit.
Three needed from 24
Jadhav and Jadeja in the middle. The crowd was chanting "Dhoni! Dhoni!" when Rayudu was walking back but the CSK skipper is not in a mood to come out and finish this lame duck chase.
15 overs gone
What are we still doing here? CSK have dragged out this chase and so far ahead are they that RCB will need to take at least five wickets in the next two overs to put any significant doubts in the home side's mind. CSK need 8 to win off 30 balls.
Rayudu chops on and Siraj gets his first wicket. Rayudu cramped for space as he moves down the track for a heavy pull, it ends up taking his lower edge and crashes onto the stumps.
Walk in the park
That is what this match is turning out to be for CSK at the moment. Rayudu and Jadhav now have 18 runs between them, which in the context of a 71-run chase, is a significant dent.
Oooooo that is a beauty from Jadhav. Umesh with a short delivery outside off, Kedar transfers his weight back and pulls it to midwicket. One bounce and over.
5000 for Raina
Suresh Raina is the first man to cross 5000 runs in the IPL. Does by pushing the ball to fine leg for a single. CSK are romping home now.
Rayudu and Raina
That early wicket of Watson may have given a glimmer of hope to RCB but these two are slowly erasing it. Their partnership of 26 is 10 runs more than RCB's highest partnership.
STRAIGHT HIT! Ambati Rayudu showcases his class as he slaps a straighter delivery from Naveep Saini over the bowler's head for a boundary. It raced pretty quickly towards the ropes. Cannot set field for shots like these.
End of powerplay
Good start for RCB with the ball - CSK have just managed to score 16 with a loss of one wicket in the first six overs. Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal are keeping a leash on CSK.
UMESH DROPS RAYUDU
Five dot balls from Moeen Ali and then Rayudu attempts a big shot. Umesh was running in from the square leg and puts a dive in. The ball hits his hand and bounces off.
OUT! Chahal gets Watson
Watson goes for the sweep for a ball that was full and pitched on off. The big Aussie misses it completely and the ball takes the off stump.
The former Proteas captain is mic'd up today and admits that RCB did not see that coming when asked about the pitch. "A couple of batters slow to adapt, including myself," he says.
The first CSK over
No runs from Chahal's over. Shane Watson was the batsman and on the other side was Ambati Rayudu.
Parthiv falls, RCB all out for 70
Remember Parthiv Patel, who came out to open this farcical innings about an hour and a half back. Well, he is the final wicket to fall, Dwayne Bravo took it and CSK have a steep target of 71 to chase. (Please appreciate the sarcasm)
Royal Challengers Bangalore's lowest totals in the IPL:— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) 23 March 2019
49/10 vs KKR, 2017
70/10 vs RR, 2014
70/10 vs CSK, Today
RCB become the first side to be dismissed under 75 on three different instances in the IPL. #IPL2019 #CSKvRCB
WICKET! RCB down to their last
Umesh Yadav misses it and the ball takes the off stump. All this buildup and it is coming to an anticlimactic end. RCB have been blown out of the water here.
CSK have been ruthless and RCB buckled. Four left-handers in the middle order buckled to the spin of Harbhajan and Tahir. Parthiv Patel who had opened the innings with Kohli, has faced just 25 balls so far and he is still out there. RCB 59/7 after 13.
WICKET! THE DHONI REVIEW SYSTEM AT WORK
Imran Tahir asks for a caught behind against Navdeep Saini. Umpire shakes his head and Dhoni goes for the review after a short conversation with the bowler. The replays show the faintest of spikes on the snicko as ball passes bat. RCB are absolutely floundering.
The spinners are having a field day in the middle. Jadeja strikes in his first over, of course he does. The delivery is pitching around off stump, De Grandhomme comes forward to defend but the ball spins away from him. Takes the edge before settling into Dhoni's hands. RCB are 50/6.
WICKET! Tahir strikes
And it was only his second ball of the match. Young Shivam Dube completely deceived by the googly. CSK are bossing this game.
OUT! HETMYER'S DEBUT ENDS UNCEREMONIOUSLY
What in the world was the Guyanese thinking. He pushes the ball to cover where there is Suresh Raina. No chance of a run there but Hetmyer sees it somehow. By the time he realises his folly, Dhoni had already taken the bails off. RCB have been torn apart in first 10 overs of this match.
WICKET! HARBHAJAN HAS THREE
AND THIS TIME IT'S DE VILLIERS! Harbhajan has made an absolute mess of the RCB top order here. ABD goes for a sweep, which is what he did the previous ball too which ended in him being dropped. This time, it's a top edge and it flies to midwicket. Jadeja doesn't drop those.
Imran Tahir puts down De Villiers. Among batsmen in the world, De Villiers is the last man you want to give a lifeline to. He is on 9, how costly will this be for CSK?
This time it's Moeen Ali. A tame dismissal as he lobs it back to the bowler, who once again, is Harbhajan Singh. What a game the veteran is having. The ball grips even more than it did for Kohli and spins away. Moeen as too early, the ball bounces off the end of his bat and Harbhajan has the easiest of catches to take at the other end. Up next: AB de Villiers.
OUT! KOHLI DISMISSED BY BHAJJI
Shortish delivery, Kohli goes for the pull and it ends up in the hands of Ravindra Jadeja at deep midwicket. Harbhajan has not got a wicket in the last 3 T20Is that he played, what a time to break the duck and what a player to fall! The RCB captain walks for 6.
What an over from Chahar!
2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1nb, 0. All those dots came against Kohli and he followed up the no ball with an inch perfect yorker that Kohli could do nothing about. RCB 15/0 after three.
5/0 after the 1st over
The first four of the season came off the willow of Parthiv, although he was helped by a misfield at mid-off. Harbhajan to bowl the second.
And so it starts
The 50th IPL match to be played at the Chepauk stadium starts with a single. Chahar bowls one to the pads of Kohli, the RCB skipper flicks it away to fine leg and calmly gets off the mark.
The teams walk out!
MS Dhoni leads out the defending champions and the sea of yellow in the Chepauk stands erupts Kohli and Parthiv Patel open the batting for RCB, Deepak Chahar with the new ball for CSK. HERE. WE. GO.
The stadium is absolutely bouncing at the moment. CSK could not play here last season due to some off-field problems but it doesn't look like that will be the case this year.
Lungi Ngidi was ruled out of the season a few days back and the CSK bowling line up does look a little lean on firepower. Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo are the pacers that they have at the moment. But, considering the fact that the pundits spoke about how the pitch might suit spinners better, Tahir, Jadeja and Harbhajan might be rubbing their hands with glee.
The RCB skipper will open the batting with Parthiv Patel. Shimron Hetmyer is making his debut, the young West Indies batsman has had an incredible year thus far in all formats of the game and was especially impressive during West Indies series in India last year.
RCB: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini
CSK: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Kohli said that among overseas players, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme and Shimron Hetmyer will be playing for RCB. Dhoni said that CSK are playing three overseas players - Shane Watson, Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo.