Indian Premier League, 70th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings at Bengaluru, May 18, 2013
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 24 runs
18 May 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Kohli and Gayle are opening the innings. Ashwin to bowl the first over

10.40pm MS Dhoni has won the toss. CSK are bowling as expected. "This whole game will be death bowling," says Dhoni.

"A washout would have been heartbreaking," says Virat Kohli. "I am glad we are having an eight-over game at least."

Morris is in for Morkel for CSK. RCB have brought in RP Singh and Saurabh Tiwary for the Karhtiks, Murali and Arun

10.33pm Toss to happen at 10.40. We are on for the 11pm start. Eight overs a side. Three bowlers can bowl a maximum of two overs each. Powerplay will be two overs. No information on the strategic timeout

Uwaisul Karnain: "8 overs game means Badrinath might miss out his first game for CSK. But I seriously doubt whether Dhoni's going to do that"

10.20pm Rod Tucker says we should get a game in. They will inspect the remaining damp patches at 10.30pm. We are looking at an 11pm start. If we do, we are looking at eight overs a side

Vishal Tuniki: "@Sid, Not even a single ball, just toss is sufficient for zero refund !!"

10.10pm Murali and McDonald have been spotting inspecting the pitch. Players are warming up. Need I say most of the players warming up are from RCB? Actually all of them are from RCB

About 17 overs have been lost

10.05pm The covers are coming off and the umpires are walking out for an inspection. The crowd has stayed behind. They better. Because even if one ball is bowled, they will get no refund

9.30pm Rain has stopped. Super Soppers on the field. We have lost about seven overs by now

9.15pm It's still raining

8.45pm It is raining again

8.35pm Rain has stopped again at Chinnaswamy Stadium again

8.10pm The covers are back on. Drizzle is on again. The heaven are teasing the Chinnaswamy groundsmen

8.05pm The rain has stopped again. The covers are coming off. The latest the match can start by is 11.40pm

7.55pm More rain has arrived at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The ground inspection was scheduled for 8.10pm, but it might be delayed now. Remember we won't lose any overs if we start by 9pm. At the moment, the covers are back on

7.45pm Hello. As you all already know, it has been raining in Bangalore, but I bring good news for the Royal Challengers Bangalore fans. It has stopped raining for the moment, which means we are hopeful of getting a game tonight. The start will be delayed, though. Remember RCB will be knocked out if they take any fewer than two points from this game. Even if they win, they have to hope Sunrisers lose their last game


Ashwin to Kohli, no run, gets some turn first up, beats his inside edge as Kohli looks to work this to leg


Ashwin to Kohli, FOUR, long hop. Slightly wide. Enough time for Kohli to go back and punch this through cover for four


Ashwin to Kohli, no run, flighted wide outside off. Kohli drives this half-volley, but can't beat extra cover


Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, swept in front of square but can't beat deep midwicket

Here is Gayle. Mid-off goes back to long-off


Ashwin to Gayle, no run, nice little offbreak. This has dipped on him, Gayle tries to defend, and is beaten on the outside edge

A slip and a gully in an eight-over game


Ashwin to Gayle, 1 run, full again, but flatter, goes off the inside half of the bat for one

End of over 1 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • CH Gayle 1 (2b)
    • V Kohli 5 (4b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-6-0

dhruv: "In 8 over match teams should have gone with extra bowler even if you consider 6 batsmen each gets 8 ball average and dont think 7th bastsman would be needed"

Chris Morris to bowl now


Morris to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for one


Morris to Kohli, 1 run, full, into the pads, but he has got just the one because he has found deep backward square leg


Morris to Gayle, 1 wide, short, wide, extra bounce. Gayle tries to upper-cut it, but doesn't reach it. Called wide


Morris to Gayle, SIX, mis-hit for six. Gayle throws his arms at a length ball outside off, and sends this off the outside half of the toe end over point. Lands on the rope on the full


Morris to Gayle, 1 leg bye, bouncer, shoulder high, into the body, Gayle is late into the hook. Will take a leg-bye off the helmet


Morris to Kohli, no run, short of a length, angling in, punched to midwicket


Morris to Kohli, 1 leg bye, seam movement back in, which beats Kohli's big drive. They will get a leg-bye

Powerplay over

End of over 2 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • V Kohli 6 (7b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 8 (5b 1x6)
    • CH Morris 1-0-9-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-6-0

Ashwin to Kohli, no run, carrom ball. Kohli is looking to play to leg, but this turns from leg to off, and he ends up defending


Ashwin to Kohli, FOUR, slightly short this time, and Kohli goes deep into the crease to place this between deep square and deep midwicket. A flick-pull


Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this to deep cover

kartik grover: "17 for none at the end of the power play. Is this the lowest this season?"


Ashwin to Gayle, 1 leg bye, quick, cramps him up, concedes just the leg-bye


Ashwin to Kohli, FOUR, down the wicket, not quite to the pitch of the ball, but he has placed this loft very nicely over straight midwicket. Goes wide of long-on


Ashwin to Kohli, SIX, he has picked the carrom ball and gone with the turn. Charges at him again, has made room too, and goes inside-out well over long-off

End of over 3 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 33/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • V Kohli 21 (12b 3x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 8 (6b 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-21-0
    • CH Morris 1-0-9-0

Dhoni is bowling out Morris too. Wants the wickets, I suppose?


Morris to Gayle, 1 run, length ball, on off, goes off the inside edge for one


Morris to Kohli, FOUR, this is a length ball, Kohli has opened the front leg and smashed this back over the umpire's head. Seems in some form

We still have a slip


Morris to Kohli, 2 runs, slogged away, it goes off the inside half of the bat for two

A very straight mid-on in place


Morris to Kohli, no run, good bouncer. Head high. Kohli is beaten on the cut. he want a wide call, but doesn't get it. Rightly so


Morris to Kohli, no run, slower ball this time. Kohli is backing away to go inside-out, but is beaten by the pace

That very straight mid-on is still in place


Morris to Kohli, SIX, and Kohli goes inside-out again. This is a half-volley and he sends it flying over mid-off for a flat six

End of over 4 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/0 (RR: 11.50)

    • V Kohli 33 (17b 4x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 9 (7b 1x6)
    • CH Morris 2-0-22-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-21-0

Jason Holder to bowl now


Holder to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, on off, Gayle hands over the strike to Kohli with a single dabbed away past point

Rishav Saraf: "Liked the attitude of Kohli. Walked in to open and lead by example in a 8 over reduced match."


Holder to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball, slogged away to deep midwicket for one


Holder to Gayle, no run, bouncer, chest high, Gayle gets a bottom edge on the bat. Goes to Dhoni on the bounce


Holder to Gayle, SIX, slower short ball, but it doesn't quite stick into the surface. Cannon fodder for Gayle who opens up the front leg and pulls it over deep midwicket


Holder to Gayle, SIX, flicked away for six. On a length, on the pads, and he has nonchalantly sent this over deep midwicket. Almost into the second tier. Crowd going crazy


Holder to Gayle, SIX, make it three. Jamaican laying into the Bajan. Attempted bouncer but not much sting behind it, and Gayle has deposited this in the same general area as the previous two

End of over 5 (20 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/0 (RR: 13.20)

    • CH Gayle 28 (12b 4x6)
    • V Kohli 34 (18b 4x4 2x6)
    • JO Holder 1-0-20-0
    • CH Morris 2-0-22-0

Dwayne Bravo into the attack. Round the wicket. Four men on the off-side ring


Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, dropped. Length ball, angling away, toe-ended on the drive. Dhoni's feet have hardly moved, and he doesn't reach the ball well. Easy chance


Bravo to Gayle, OUT, Hussey doesn't drop. This was short of a length and wide, and Gayle smashed this in front of square. It's going at the rate of knots, but Hussey is good enough at extra cover

CH Gayle c Hussey b Bravo 28 (23m 13b 0x4 4x6) SR: 215.38

AB de Villiers is the new batsman. Bravo stays round the wicket with four men on the off-side ring


Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers moves across, then comes back into his original position, and he drives a length ball between extra cover and cover

Yahya: "Even in an 8 over game, Gayle takes 4 overs to settle down. #Consistency"

Another man on the off-side boundary


Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, slower ball wide outside off, de Villiers is early into his slog sweep, and toe-ends this towards third man


Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, sees Kohli charging, digs in a bouncer, Kohli swings eyes closed, gets a top edge, which goes fine of third man


Bravo to Kohli, no run, down the wicket again, this time drives a shortish delivery straight to cover-point

End of over 6 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/1 (RR: 12.66)

    • V Kohli 39 (21b 5x4 2x6)
    • AB de Villiers 5 (2b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-1
    • JO Holder 1-0-20-0

Mohit Sharma to bowl now. I guess Bravo will bowl the last


Sharma to de Villiers, OUT, starts off with a slower ball off the back of the hand. De Villiers has set himself up for midwicket hit, picks the slower ball, tries to adjust the shot but there is just too long to wait. Ends up holing out to long-off

AB de Villiers c Jadeja b Sharma 5 (4m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Henriques is the new man in, but Kohli has the strike


Sharma to Kohli, no run, yorker outside off, beats his drive

Kalyan: "It is strange to see Dhoni underbowling his best bowler (Mohit Shrama)."


Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball again, he drives with an open face, over cover-point. Gets a single


Sharma to Henriques, 1 wide, full and wide, beats Henriques' drive, but it is called wide


Sharma to Henriques, FOUR, full toss, hit wide of long-off, and speeds up further off the practice pitches near the boundary. Jadeja, running from long-off, can't get to it


Sharma to Henriques, FOUR, he has picked the slower ball up this time, which ends up being a half-volley on off, and he has driven this over extra cover for four


Sharma to Henriques, FOUR, he goes full and wide, with his field, but Henriques ends up slicing his drive square of third man for four

End of over 7 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 90/2 (RR: 12.85)

    • MC Henriques 12 (3b 3x4)
    • V Kohli 40 (23b 5x4 2x6)
    • MM Sharma 1-0-14-1
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-1

Bravo continues round the wicket


Bravo to Kohli, no run, bowls quick, shortish, angled across. Beats Kohli, who is charging at him


Bravo to Kohli, no run, and again. That angle is working. Kohli looks to open up the leg-side field this time, but is beaten by a short delivery angling across


Bravo to Kohli, SIX, Kohli makes the adjustment. He has been beaten twice going across the line so he waits for this to angle away, gets under it, and drives it over mid-off for a flat six

Mid-off goes back to long-off


Bravo to Kohli, no run, and Bravo beats him again. He is going across him, bowling short. Kohli tries to drive. Hang on, there is a sound as the ball passes the bat. Bravo appeals, Dhoni doesn't. Not given


Bravo to Kohli, SIX, and this time Bravo bowls full. Not a yorker. Just full. Easy to get under it. Kohli sends it flying over deep midwicket. That's fifty for Kohli


Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, another length ball, and this time Kohli hasn't got all of it, but enough to send it wide of long-on for four

So CSK need 107 to knock RCB out. Remember Kohli was dropped by Dhoni when he was 34. We will be back soon

End of over 8 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 106/2

    • V Kohli 56 (29b 6x4 4x6)
    • MC Henriques 12 (3b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-26-1
    • MM Sharma 1-0-14-1





  • RHB


  • RHB