IPL 2018, RCB v CSK, Match 24: CSK beat RCB by 5 wickets, thanks to Rayadu’s 82 and MS Dhoni’s 70*. Virat Kohli accepts death bowling was bad. It was MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli. Does it get any bigger than this? Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are sixth in the IPL points table and will look to climb up the ladder, whereas Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will look to grab the numero uno position, displacing Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But what makes this encounter an edge-of-the-seat clash is the presence of the two superstars of Indian cricket. IPL 2018, RCB v CSK, Match 24:
11:50 IST: Rayadu gets OUT, again a moment of commentator’s curse. But guess who walks out, it is BRAVO. It has to be MSD and Bravo who have the responsibility of taking CSK home.
11:40 IST: We are into the last phase of the match and it looks like with the experience MSD has to play in such situations, CSK have the upper hand. It is showtime, and it is MAHIWAY.
— CK (@IamCK10) April 25, 2018
— roopal_______________ (@itzme_roopal) April 25, 2018
Meanwhile, Kohli would be like…
Retweeted Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja):
— Manohara Karthik (@kar2000k) April 25, 2018
11:30 IST: MS and Rayadu still keep CSK in the game. They are fighting and that is what is making the match so interesting? The sixes are coming and that hope of a CSK win is becoming more real…
— Chota Don (@choga_don) April 25, 2018
11:15 IST: Back to back for sixes by MS Dhoni. Will MS Dhoni win it tonight for CSK? Bhai apna kuch bhi kar sakta hai. Just sit back and enjoy. It is an MSD show! Rayadu has also joined the party, it could be yellow smiling at the end, do not write them off yet?
— Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) April 25, 2018
— #WhistlePodu (@Whistleepodu) April 25, 2018
11:05 IST: MS Dhoni is in the mood it seems. He has hit two sixes. Kya pura sheher aayega dekhne? Agar aadha ghanta bat kiya toh dekhna, reminds me of that dialogue.
— RCB Boys (@Thalaaboys) April 25, 2018
22:50 IST: It is shocking to see Jadeja ahead of MS Dhoni. Yaar MSD ko khud ke upar se bharosa uth gaya hai. Jadeja disappoints and I do not blame him. Yuzvendra Chahal strikes.
The problem is not Dhoni, it’s some 3rd class fans he has got.Met an MSD fan in KFC now who said “MSD is from Tamil Nadu, he was born in Rameswaram so he plays fr CSK , they didn’t show that in movie”. I ws like “Saale yeh MSD ki nahi, Abdul Kalam ki story benchod” #RCBvCSK
— Kevyn Maroon (@KevynMaroon) April 25, 2018
22:40 IST: Raina’s wife is on the ground, but that has not brought any luck for him, he is OUT. CSK is now hoping Rayadu goes big. Billings too bites the dust, Chahal strikes. Meanwhile…
Dhoni : Its a pressure match you gotta perform.
— Boring… (@graphicalcomic) April 25, 2018
— || ______ || (@AkkiPritam) April 25, 2018
Jason Roy that day
Sam Billings Today
— Kushal Tak (@takkushal24) April 25, 2018
— vikram (@vikram140gulati) April 25, 2018
— karina kapoor__ (@karina_kapoor12) April 25, 2018
22:20 IST: Watto, so much of expectation on him, but he did not last long. Rayadu is taking it on, two back-to-back sixes. Rayadu, yeh woh nahi hai, kaun hai yeh? AM-BATTING!!!
— Anusha Sherigar __ (@anu_sherigar) April 25, 2018
Did you guys spot Anushka Sharma?
— Anushka Sharma News (@AnushkaNews) April 25, 2018
21:45 IST: Was Negi drunk, why was he running like that? In fact, I felt Sundar was jogging. Bravo is putting up a show, he is picking wickets and CSK is clawing back in the game after ABD’s destruction. It was Sundar’s six in the last over that helped RCB go past 200. It will be a great chase tonight.
Rcb is behaving like a drunk man who wants to drink any how#RCBvCSK
— Divyang Raichura (@DivyangSR) April 25, 2018
21:30 IST: If Jadeja does not get another over, RCB will struggle to get to 190. But AB de Villiers wicket will surely account for 30 runs from the final total.
— Kuptaan__ (@Kuptaan) April 25, 2018
Meanwhile, a fan gets trolled.
— Korg (@SatTheSloth) April 25, 2018
21:20 IST: It seems Lionel Messi and AB de Villiers come from a different planet. Oh no, can you believe this, Tahir picks up AB de Villiers. He was looking set for a 100, but it was not to be. But it was surprising to see the Tahir Express not take-off after the wicket.
Babyyyy!!!! Yasss Tahirrr #RCBvCSK
— Annya (@AnnyaDasGupta33) April 25, 2018
21:05 IST: To all you RCB fans, there is some good news, have you realised when Virat gets out early, RCB wins. So if that is anything to go by, RCB are winning tonight. Honestly, even if I was dating a girl, she would not have been prettier than that SIX!
— Crime Diesel (@shakesofpear) April 25, 2018
A South African hitting another South African out of the stadium with yet another South African applauding from the non-striker’s end #RCBvCSK
— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) April 25, 2018
Explain that 4 from AB De Villiers off Tahir ..What a genius. Even MSD could not predict that shot..AB! AB! AB! #RCBvCSK
— George AB Addict (@VijayIsMyLife) April 25, 2018
20:55 IST: Meanwhile, ABD is sweeping the ball really well. He also hit one out of the park, literally. Have you noticed there is a Protean connection happening, ABD, Cock and Tahir. If Narendra Modi spots him, he could be brought onboard for the #SwacchBharatAbhiyaan. Even de Cock is tired of trolls, he wants to shut them altogether. He is on song! Where are his haters now? Aaj toh lamba khichega lagta hai…
— Jilen satapathy (@Jilen187) April 25, 2018
20:40 IST: ABD is super special, he comes in and gets going from the outset. He is clearing the ground with ease. This is extremely unfair. I feel MS Dhoni was right when he said that batsmen should get more than six if the hit is that huge. ABD would be hitting 12’s.
— Cricket Fantasy (@Cricket_Fantasy) April 25, 2018
@sagarikaghose reports – Sonia Gandhi has asked authorities to comply with her order that Cauvery verdict will depend on today’s match. If RCB wins no drop of water will be given to TN, If Chennai wins all water will be pumped into TN.#CSKvRCB #RCBvCSK #Cauvery
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShakkarGupta) April 25, 2018
20:25 IST: We have just learnt that Gautam Gambhir will play for free this season for Daredevils. Meanwhile, Kohli bhai is OUT. Time to switch to the TV!
— Nikhil (@NykhilChopra) April 25, 2018
— Neeraj KP (@its_NKP) April 25, 2018
20:20 IST: The story of RCB has been, they score 200+ and then they cannot defend it. We say it is better they score 160, maybe they can defend it. Kohli and Cock are showing intent, but for how long is the question… We also saw wicketkeeper MS Dhoni run all the way to the ropes to save two runs. Waah Dhoni bhai!
— Pratik Totla (@pratiktotla29) April 25, 2018
Dhoni is a freak _ #RCBvCSK
— vamsi jayasimha k (@LoneSeeker7) April 25, 2018
— Biswajit INDIAN (@biswajit_k1991) April 25, 2018
RCB ki bhi ajeeb kahani hai.. pehle batting kare to 200 bana dete hai aur fir defend nhi kar paate… pehle bowling kare to saamne wale ke 200 karwa dete hai… baad me chase nhi hote… ____ #RCBvCSK
— _____ ______ __ _____ (@Dhuri_Wala) April 25, 2018
#RCB fans’ defence for #CSK fans prohibited from bringing yellow flags/scarves: “No flags allowed @ Chinnaswamy for years”. So clearly all those things that their fans are waving at the ground RIGHT NOW, captured on live TV are NOT flags right? Heights of insecurity__ #RCBvCSK pic.twitter.com/sUz3EFryjM
— Lakshmanan R (@lakshman273) April 25, 2018
20:05 IST: They are not cricketers, they look like Gladiators taking to the field. The crowd seems divided, we can see it’s a yellove and red that are the colours at the stadium. Virat Kohli and Quinton de Cock open amidst a lot of expectations. Yeh kya hai…
— faisal sidd (@yeshk2011sidd) April 25, 2018
— Vibin ^ _^ (@vibin_f) April 25, 2018
19:50 IST: Did you see the bromance at the toss? Is this the most high-profile match in IPL 2018 till now? Well going by trends that is what it looks like. Mahirat time!!! Also doesn’t this picture show that the Cauvery Row is over?
— _CSK________ (@RaiViveka) April 25, 2018
When warm current meets the cold current
— urstrulyKajal__ (@BanarasiBasanti) April 25, 2018
— Subhramaniyan (@subhramaniyan29) April 25, 2018
19:35 IST: CSK win the toss and opt to field. Karn Sharma and Faf go out for Harbhajan and Tahir. Vohra makes way for Negi and de Grandhomme comes in for Woakes. This is the Cauvery Classic!
— Sriram C.B (@SriramCB) April 25, 2018
While MS Dhoni boasts an average of 61.8 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Raina has scored only 156 runs on that ground in nine innings. MS Dhoni could be the key man for CSK as he has an enviable record at the venue.
RCB have not had the season they were expecting and hence the onus will be on Virat Kohli to get his boys to fire in unison. Well, whether that happens or not remains to be seen.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock(WK), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain/WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, K.M. Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.