Match 39 RCB VS CSK : RCB survive | MSD scare stay in hunt for the playoffs

TOSS: CSK won the toss and will field first

Skipper Virat Kohli & Parthiv Patel to open

Got him!

That’s the channel you should bowl when you’re up against Virat Kohli and perfectly executed by Deepak Chahar. Off stump delivery swinging away as virat stays inside the crease and tries to drives as a result of the outside edge ms dhoni tumbles and takes it. Virat goes for 9. RCB 11/1

That could be a Stunner?

What an opportunity created by Faf Du Plessis as De Villiers flat batted drives uppishly over mid-off and du plessis times his jump and gets his fingertips to it but, but can’t grab it. Ahh you can see the sadness on his face.

At the end of powerplay RCB 49/1

Jaddu strikes; De Villiers departs!

De Villiers comes downtown and balls goes high In the air over mid-off. Will it go over the rope? Yes? No? Oh guess who? Guess who it is? It’s Faf Du Plessis. De Villiers goes out for 25. RCB 58/2

It’s Jaddu again with the wicket!

Akshdeep Nath hasn’t got hold of it and faf du plessis at the mid-on makes no mistake. It’s just another catch for him as well. He got rid pf De Villiers ow he got rid off akshdeep nath for 24. RCB 99/3

Fifty! For little champ

Terrific shot from Parthiv Patel off Dwayne Bravo. 13th IPL fifty for him as well.

Fifty and gone!

Ohoo put the muffins off Wanted to use the pace and bounce of the bravo, wanted to take on the fielders. Yes it was shorter delivery but just gets bigger onto short stature Parthiv Patel who can’t clear watson at mid-wicket. He goes for 53. RCB 124/4

Brilliant catch by Faf Du Plessis

Marcus Stoinis hits it in the air off Imran Tahir and the ball seems to be going over the rope but heyy! Do you remember who’s at mid-off. Right guess it’s Faf Du Plessis who jumps over the ball and throw it back to shorey and he completes it easily. he knew that was out at the moment. He won’t get the credit for the catch, will only get the assist. Take-a-bow. That’s 11 catch for Faf Du Plessis in this year’s IPL edition. RCB 126/5

First Innings break: RCB finishes with 161

Moeen Ali played a very neat cameo towards the end part of the innings, and did as much as he could with the limited balls that he got to face. His 16-ball 26 was key in RCB getting to 161, a total that seems under par but still something to fight with.

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CSK needs 162 runs to win off 120 balls

In comes Faf Du Plessis & Shane Watson

WICKETS: Steyn gets double; Watson and Raina departs!

It’s that away swing again, which we haven’t seen too many bowlers get early, that got the better of Watson. He flashes and edges to slip where Stoinis takes a sharp catch. And to make it just better he outsmarts suresh Raina with a pinpoint yorker first up that destroys the stumps as he was probably waiting for the short ball but is late to get his bat down. Big blows first up.

The Steyn effect!

Fortune favours Faf!

Umesh Yadav beats him with a peach of an away-shaper delicious delivery and the ball kisses the off stump but the bails don’t fall off! Gee how’s that possible with speed pf umesh yadav! That’s the fourth time this season we’ve seen such a thing happening in this year’s IPL edition.

WICKET: Faf departs!

So finally Umesh Yadav gets his man. This time with a short ball that hurries onto him. Du Plessis miscued the pull and it is sharply taken by Ab de Villiers running across from mid off, despite nearly avoiding a collision with Akshdeep coming in from mid on. CSK 17/3

WICKET: Umesh strikes again!

CSK are in deep deep trouble now. At 28/4 inside the powerplay. Kedar Jadhav miscues the pull and this time de Villiers has a simpler catch at mid off. It all depends on MS Dhoni now.

Dhoni, Rayudu steady CSK ship!

The stand is worth just 37 now off 30 balls but both are doing a good job in keeping CSK in the hunt. Will this one go down the wire?

Close call for Rayudu

A very close stumping call goes in Batsman’s favour but it looked very, very tight. Rayudu’s foot was in the air or not? was the question but the umpire sees a few replays to confirm that he wasn’t out. It seemed a call that could have gone either way!

The Umpires might need 3D glasses to cover the decision I reckon. Hahaha!

WICKET: Chahal gets Rayudu

A flighted delivery and that’s it for Rayudu as He’s out bowled off the pad. Rayudu misses the flick and it goes onto the front pad before destroying onto the stumps.

Equation says CSK needs 76 off the last 6 overs now. Do or die for CSK. they are in until the thala MSD is on strike.

WICKET: Jadeja is out – run out!

More importantly RCB has got a wicket here. Dhoni is fighting on but a big miscommunication sees Jadeja being run out. The equation is getting tighter now as 49 needed off 3 overs

Fifty for MS Dhoni!

It has come off 35 balls and he gets there with an important six off Steyn. It’s going to be tight finish as well. Hold on to your seats for a fantastic thriller.

Equation says CSK needs 26 off the final over! Any bets on who’s gonna win? My money is on CSK as MAHI is on the strike nothing seems impossible, right? Umesh Yadav to bowl the ultimate over. Can he defend this one for RCB. Remember once he let his team victory away. Who knows what will happen. Stay here don’t go anywhere.

Nail – biting finish as CSK lose by one run!

MS Dhoni did all he could, hit 24 off the first five balls but misses the final one. The non-striker is run out by a direct hit from Parthiv Patel. Dhoni is denied a single despite a superb 84 off 48 balls.

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Man of the match: Parthiv Patel for his knock 53.

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