since Chennai Super Kings made a remarkable return to the Indian Premier League
by winning the title, here we are, back in their den, to kickstart season
number 12 of this iconic competition.
domestic competition in this sport grabs eyeballs as much as the IPL does. This
time, the tournament is seeing an early start as well. Kids are happy as well
coz their board exams are completed, Yeahhhh.
complaining? I don’t think so. This is afterall, the biggest carnival in the
cricketing calendar every year.
It is the
clash of the two biggest stars in Indian cricket at the moment. Virat Kohli vs MS
Dhoni one more time.
defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore.
had the edge over RCB most of the time, enjoying a superior head-to-head
change tonight? You bet.
will be on Kohli and AB de Villiers once again and this time, they have added
Shimron Hetmyer to the mix.If the pitch assist spin then it is going to be a
cakewalk for dhoni’s army.
remember, they were already called as the dad’s army last year and now, they
have returned one year older. Can they replicate their feats? We will get a
fair idea tonight. Welcome to the blog for the tournament opener.
Toss – CSK opt to bowl
sure about the wicket so it’s no surprise that he wants to bowl first. CSK are
playing only three overseas players. That’s no surprise considering the south
african paw Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the tournament. They don’t have
Faf du Plessis as well so expect Ambati Rayudu to open the innings today. RCB
on the other hand have picked Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer and
Colin de Grandhomme as their four overseas players.
Super Kings (Playing
XI): Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav,
Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh,
Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, AB de
Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav,
Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini
Kohli and Parthiv Patel comes to crease.
wicket! He was getting frustrated! The pitch is already on the slower side and
Kohli is gone. He takes on Harbhajan’s short delivery but the pull shot falls
straight into the hands of Jaddu at deep midwicket. Moeen Ali is in at number
pitch is turning already and no wonder RCB are in trouble! Bhajji is having a
fantastic day. This one has stopped on the batsmen and also turned a bit. Moeen
tried to place it on the leg but could only get a leading edge back to bowler.
AB is the new man in. He has to bat deep. RCB have made 33 in the powerplay.
got to be kidding me! AB de Villiers is much better than this. He first gets a
top edge which Imran Tahir spills but then off the very next delivery, AB
throws it away by attempting a lame pull. Considering the state of the game,
you wouldn’t expect AB to play such a stroke. RCB are in deep deep
trouble!hetmyer come in to bat.
Oh my god
exactly is happening here?
choking at the Chepauk. Hetmyer would have been run out already without facing
a ball but he got through that moment. And then he makes another wrong
judgement by attempting a quick single hitting the ball straight to Raina.
take a single when ball is straight to raina or jaddu unless of course you’re
denies the single but Hetmyer is almost halfway down the track already and has
to depart.This is unbelievable cricket!
gets the man!
balls and Imran Tahir strikes! The debutant Shivam Dube fails to read the
googly and edges it to Watson at slip. RCB are sinking! 49/5 at the halfway
AB and Moeen can fail on this surface, then you cannot expect more from someone
like Colin de Grandhomme whose strength isn’t spin. Jadeja bowls it quick and
still manages to turn to get an outside edge off de Grandhomme’s bat. RCB are
a day keeps the batsman away !!!!!!
It is a
piece of cake for someone like Imran Tahir. All he has to do is pitch it on the
right areas. He bowls another googly this time and Saini gets an inside onto
the pad which is then caught by Watson at slip. Tahir thinks the batsman should
be given out lbw. Dhoni challenges the umpire’s decision and it is overturned.
RCB lose number 7 now.
googly and another wicket! Chahal actually connects this well but the fielder
is stationed at deep midwicket. He hits it straight to Harbhajan, who has had a
great game so far. 8 down for 59.
Patel has been waging a lone battle at one end and now CSK want to get rid of
him. Jadeja raps him on the pad but the umpire says not out. Dhoni goes for the
review and the umpire was right with his call. The ball was going over the
66 for 8 after 15 overs. Can Parthiv do something extraordinary here and take
them to 100?
played for the turn but Jaddu didn’t get any and it went straight through to
knock the stumps. RCB are 70/9
bundles out for 70
comes into the attack, bowls a slower delivery and Parthiv pulls it straight to
the fielder. It’s all over. RCB are all out for 70.
bowled to their strengths, RCB batted poorly but how about the pitch? This is
certainly not the pitch we wanted to see on the opening day of the tournament.
What do you guys think?
watson and ambati rayudu comes to the crease.
struggling tonight. He was on 0 off 10 in the final last year and went onto
score a century but tonight, Watson is dismissed for a duck. Chahal is happy.
He goes through the defence.
starts with a bang
been calm until now weathering the early storm on this tricky surface but Raina
has decided to take on Moeen now. He has hammered him for successive boundaries
to make sure there is no pressure on the batting side in the second half of the
is cheering! Suresh Raina becomes the first batsman in IPL history to get to
5000 runs. What a performer he has been in this competition right from the very
run scorer of the IPL:
wants to finish this but couldn’t clear the man at the boundary. Moeen Ali gets
a wicket. Kedar Jadhav is the new man in. CSK need 31 to win.
steps down the track to Siraj but fails to judge the bounce here. He wants to
leave the ball but it hits the stumps anyway. The crowd erupts expecting Dhoni
to come out but its Jadeja.
the most boring match ever to kickstart an IPL campaign.
must be very happy with their performance.
have hell lot work to do if they have to be on a winning side.
Singh was called on to bowl the second over of the match. The off-spinner
bowled the right pace and leaving it to do its bit off the surface.
coming in trickles, a frustrated Virat Kohli attempted to break the momentum,
only managing to hit a flighted Harbhajan Singh delivery as far as Jadeja at
deep midwicket. In his third over, the off-spinner bowled slower through the
air and accepted a return catch that came off the leading edge of Moeen Ali’s
bat – the batsman guilty of working against the spin on this occasion. In his
final over, Harbhajan accounted for the wicket of AB de Villiers – caught on
the midwicket boundary.
38-year old – who did not concede a boundary in his entire spell – had bowled
out in the eighth over, returning impressive figures of 4-0-20-3.
innings was only the second time in the IPL that the spinners had picked up 8
wickets in an innings; the only other occasion was when the CSK spinners took
eight wickets against the Deccan Chargers in 2012.
the 209 deliveries bowled in the match were dot deliveries .
win in Chennai is their 7th consecutive win over RCB.
Super Kings: 71-3 in 17.4 overs (Ambati Rayudu 28) defeated Royal Challengers
Bangalore: 70 all out in 17.1 overs (Parthiv Patel 29, Harbhajan Singh 3-20,
Imran Tahir 3-9) by 7 wickets.
Harbhajan Singh, for his match-winning spell of