IPL 2018, RCB v CSK, Match 24: CSK Beat RCB By 5 Wickets. Take A Bow MS Dhoni!

IPL 2018, CSK vs RCB: How on earth does MSD keep popping the ball over the boundary. CSK win another tight encounter

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.

Meanwhile, Kohli would be like…

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…

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?

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.

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.

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…


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!!!

Did you guys spot Anushka Sharma?

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.

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.

Meanwhile, a fan gets trolled.

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.

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!

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…

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.

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!

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!

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…

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?

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!

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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.

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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.