Harshal Patel (3/35) and Glenn Maxwell (2/22) helped Royal Challengers Bangalore defend 173/8 against Chennai Super Kings. Get RCB vs CSK highlights here.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Chennai Super Kings by 13 runs at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Wednesday night. The side successfully defended 173/8 against MS Dhoni-led CSK to put an end to their three-match losing streak in IPL 2022. The win also helps them advance to the fourth spot in the points table. While Mahipal Lomror's 42 off 27 helped RCB set a fighting total, contributions of Harshal Patel (3/35), Glenn Maxwell (2/22) and Josh Hazlewood (1/19) took the side home. Devon Conway's 56 off 37 failed to win the game for CSK as RCB controlled the game in the slog overs. A loss to CSK means their playoff chances are all but over. (Scorecard | IPL Points Table | IPL Schedule)
“I think in the first over, the slower balls I tried to bowl it into the wicket but it kind of floated onto the bat. I have been trying to improve my sequencing. I am glad I was able to come back… One thing is need to be aware of the conditions and then what the batter is trying to do. Then you should know what kind of balls you can execute. Till the time you have clarity when you are at the top of the mark, you should be fine.”
Faf du Plessis (RCB): “We definitely needed that. We put up a decent total. We are moving in the right direction. We have been very good in the bowling department. I thought 165 was a par score on that and anything above that was a bonus.”
MS Dhoni (CSK): “We did well to restrict them to 170-odd runs. I felt in the later half it (the surface) could be better and we had to get off to a good start, everything was up to the mark and what let us down was the batsmanship.” READ MORE
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the match by 13 runs. They finally put an end to their three-match losing streak and take the fourth spot in the table with 12 points to their credit from 11 games.
19.2 - Harshal Patel gets the wicket of Dwaine Pretorius (13 off 8). CSK need an improbable 25 off 4.
18.1 - This might be the game for RCB. Josh Hazlewood gets the wicket of MS Dhoni. It was a length ball but Dhoni failed to get on top of the bounce and hit it directly into the hands of deep mid-wicket fielder Rajat Patidar.
Eight runs came off the over and a wicket. Josh Hazlewood finishes his quota of four overs with figures of 1/19. CSK need 31 in 6.
CSK 143/7 (19)
17.2 - Moeen Ali hit a SIX at square leg on the previous ball, but Harshal Patel finally traps him. It was a slower ball outside off and Moeen (34 off 27) played it into the hands of Mohammed Siraj at covers.
Eight runs came off the over and a wicket. CSK need 39 in 12.
CSK 135/6 (18)
Only five runs came off Josh Hazlewood's third over and this makes things further tough for CSK. They need to score over 15 runs per over. MS Dhoni is only one ball old at the crease, so responsibility lies on Moeen Ali's shoulders.
CSK 127/5 (17)
Another failure for Ravindra Jadeja. He falls on 3 off 5. Harshal Patel was mixing his pace really well in the over and eventually managed to trap Jadeja off the last ball. MS Dhoni comes in next. CSK need 52 in 24.
CSK 122/5 (16)
14.1 - Wanindu Hasaranga strikes on the first ball of his third over. It's a big wicket for RCB as he traps Devon Conway (56 off 37). Conway tried to sweep Hasaranga but hit the ball directly into the hands of deep square leg fielder Shahbaz Ahmed.
Nine runs came off the over as Moeen Ali hit a SIX over long-on on the last ball. CSK need 56 in 30.
CSK 118/4 (15)
Seven runs came off Glenn Maxwell's final over. He ends his quota of four overs with figures of 2/22.
CSK 109/3 (14)
12.5 - A single and Devon Conway races to his second consecutive IPL fifty. He gets there in 33 balls. This has been an innings of grit and composure under pressure. He kept losing partners from the other end, but kept scoring at a good strike rate.
10 runs came off Harshal Patel's first over.
CSK 102/3 (13)
Devon Conway dances down the track and hits Wanindu Hasaranga for a SIX over deep mid-wicket. He is taking his chances and luckily for CSK, he has been successful so far. Chennai need 89 more in 54.
CSK 85/3 (11)
Ambati Rayudu has been cleaned up by Glenn Maxwell. He was looking extremely good at the crease, was hitting every ball from the middle of his bat, but he will have to depart now. Maxwell gets his second wicket.
CSK 75/3 (9.4)
A shot ball from Shahbaz Ahmed and Ambati Rayudu pulls it for a SIX over deep mid-wicket. This will give some relief to CSK. They need 102 more off 66. This is completely their game by the time Rayudu and Devon Conway are there at the middle.
CSK 72/2 (9)
The ball is chasing Suyash Prabhudessai today. This time Robin Uthappa hits a Glenn Maxwell delivery into the hands of Suyash at backward point. CSK are in trouble.
CSK 59/2 (7.2)
6.4 - Shahbaz Ahmed has trapped Ruturaj Gaikwad. That's an excellent catch from substitute fielder Suyash Prabhudessai at long-on.
CSK 54/1 (6.4)
Two SIXES came in the over of Wanindu Hasaranga. The ploy of giving him the most important over of first powerplay didn't work for Faf du Plessis as both Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad hit a SIX each in the over that too without losing their wickets.
CSK 51/0 (6)
Another expensive over from Mohammed Siraj. 12 came off it. He has leaked 22 runs off his two overs today. On the other hand, CSK will look to capitalize on their good start in the last over of the powerplay as the required run rate gets over nine. Wanindu Hasaranga has the ball in hand.
CSK 37/0 (5)
Josh Hazlewood is an example of how good basics can help you do great things. He is so simple with his running, action and speed but the pitching and bounce of his deliveries make him a superb bowler. It's another economical over from him as he concedes only three off it.
CSK 25/0 (4)
Two FOURS came in Mohammed Siraj's first over. While the first one came as a punishment for offering width to Ruturaj Gaikad, the second one was a beautiful stright drive from Devon Conway.
CSK 22/0 (3)
Only three runs came off Josh Hazlewood's first over. He got some swing in it and both the CSK openers decided to give him the respect he needed.
CSK 12/0 (2)
Ruturaj Gaikwad has the strike, Devon Conway is at the non-striker's end. Shahbaz Ahmed has the ball in hand. Get set... go!
Good awareness from Conway in the first over. He played according to the field and got two FOURS in the first over.
CSK 9/0 (1)
Two SIXES came in the last over bowled by Dwaine Pretorius. Dinesh Karthik hit both of them before refusing to take a single and see Harshal Patel getting run out at the non-striker's end.
RCB 173/8 (20)
18.1 - Mahipal Lomror has hit a full toss directly into the hands of Ruturaj Gaikwad at long-on. He departs after a beautiful knock of 42 off 27 balls.
18.2 - Maheesh Theekshana strikes again! Wanindu Hasaranga is his new victim.
18.6 - Third wicket of the over for Theekshana. This is a big turnaround from him. He conceded only two runs and took three wickets in the over. Brilliant bowling!
RCB 157/7 (19)
17.3 - Ravindra Jadeja has hurt himself while trying to take a catch of Mahipal Lomror at cover. He ran from the deep and almost took the catch before the ball popped out of his palms and he fell in a bad position... Physio is checking Jadeja...
Only 14 runs have come off the last two overs. CSK won't mind a run rate of seven per over. On the other hand, RCB need at least 170 on the board to make a match out of this.
RCB 137/4 (17)
Just when it seemed RCB were accelerating, CSK have struck back. Dwaiyne Pretorius has trapped Rajat Patidar. And look who takes a brilliant catch running forward to complete the wicket, it's Mukesh Choudhary.
Eight runs came off the over and a wicket.
RCB 131/4 (16)
Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost the plot since the wicket of Faf du Plessis. However, they still have eight overs to go and even a target of over 160 can be a fighting total because the surface has good help for spinners.
RCB 95/3 (12)
9.5 - Virat Kohli has been bowled by Moeen Ali. It was an off-spin pitched way outside off stump, but got amazing turn from the surface and entered the gap between Kohli's bat and pad as the former RCB skipper tried to work the ball on the leg side.
RCB 79/3 (9.5)
That's a big wicket for CSK. Glenn Maxwell departs on run-a-ball 3. Miscommunication in running costs him his wicket.
RCB have lost two crucial wickets in the span of just 11 balls. They will look to rebuild their innings for a while. It's a good time for CSK to bowl some economical overs and if possible get a wicket after putting pressure on them.
RCB 76/2 (9)
Faf du Plessis departs on 38 off 22. Moeen Ali gets his wicket. It was a tad short but Faf failed to connect his bat to it properly on the rise and hit it into the hands of deep mid-wicket fielder Ravindra Jadeja.
RCB 62/1 (7.2)
Faf du Plessis is batting on 32 not out off only 14 balls. He is playing a blinder. The South African has been lucky on a couple of occasions and he is making it count.
RCB 51/0 (5)
Too much of width from Simarjeet Singh and Virat Kohli takes the offer with both his hands. It goes for a SIX over cover. 13 runs came off the over.
RCB 33/0 (4)
Faf du Plessis also escaped one close call. He had almost chopped the ball on his stumps but his inside edge rather found a way to race to the boundary. Both RCB openers are riding their luck, otherwise CSK would have got the first breakthrough so far.
RCB 20/0 (3)
An outside edge from Virat Kohli's bat flew for a FOUR from the vacant third slip region. A lucky instance for Kohli at the start of his innings, something that had become quite common since he started opening in IPL 2022.
RCB 14/0 (2)
Mukesh Choudhary will bowl the first over. Virat Kohli has the strike, Faf du Plessis is at the other end. Here we go!
A hint of swing for Mukesh in the first over. He bowled tight lines barring one delivery that got hit for a FOUR by Kohli.
RCB 6/0 (1)
Chennai Super Kings have replaced Mitchell Santner with Moeen Ali, while Royal Challengers Bangalore are unchanged.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorius, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (w), Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
MS Dhoni has won the toss and opted to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Under-fire Ravindra Jadeja relinquished CSK captaincy to focus more on his game. He got a limited opportunity (0/15 in three overs) in his first game as non-captain this season, however, it will be interesting to see how he contributes for the team with his performance going forward.
Both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway will be the cynosure of all eyes when they start the CSK innings today. The 182-run stand between the CSK openers that came in the win over SRH in the previous game is the highest for the side for any wicket in IPL. CSK would be needing a similar start from the duo.
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