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)

Back. Who all will two overs for RCB? Zaheer, Rampaul and Unadkat? There are also Vinay and RP and Henriques. Same openers for CSK: Hussey and Vijay

Rampaul has the first over


Rampaul to Hussey, FOUR, four runs first ball. Is there anything Hussey can't do? Short, waist high, and Hussey is ready to pull first ball over midwicket


Rampaul to Hussey, 1 run, The bail doesn't come off. This one seams back in from short of a length, cramps him up, takes the inside edge, kisses the leg stump, which moves but doesn't let go off the bail


Rampaul to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball, runs off the inside half of Vijay's bat for one


Rampaul to Hussey, no run, short, not too wide, beats Hussey on the cut


Rampaul to Hussey, 1 run, short again, but this one moves back in, and Hussey can't play the cut. Gets just the single to short third man


Rampaul to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length, flicked away wide of midwicket for one

End of over 1 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 8/0 (100 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 14.28)

    • M Vijay 2 (2b)
    • MEK Hussey 6 (4b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-8-0

Zaheer Khan to bowl


Khan to Vijay, 2 runs, short of a length, Vijay drives, mis-hits uppishly but wide of mid-off


Khan to Vijay, 1 run, on a length, middle and leg, pushed to mid-on for one


Khan to Hussey, OUT, Hussey gone. A more difficult catch than the one Dhoni dropped. Lokesh Rahul takes it. Hussey wants to cut, the ball is not short enough, and the edge goes to Rahul's left and is climbing too. He takes it with two hands

MEK Hussey c †Rahul b Khan 6 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

kk: "Life can be strange.. If RCB wins today, Kohli will have to wait for a favor from Gambhir's men."

Rains is the new man in


Khan to Raina, OUT, knuckle-ball slower ball? Raina gone first ball. Actually doesn't look like a slower ball. On a length, just outside off, Raina wants to loft first ball. Is early into the shot, and skies it. Vinay takes it running back from mid-off

SK Raina c Vinay Kumar b Khan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Vijay to face the hat-trick ball. Bravo, the new man in, is at the non-striker's


Khan to Vijay, no run, nearly a run-out. Driven straight to mid-off, and Vijay sends him back. He was gone had RP Singh hit


Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, angling away, defended to cover-point

End of over 2 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 11/2 (97 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 16.16)

    • M Vijay 5 (6b)
    • DJ Bravo 0 (0b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-3-2
    • R Rampaul 1-0-8-0

Bravo to face Unadkat


Unadkat to Bravo, no run, short of a length, angling away, beats Bravo just pushes at it


Unadkat to Bravo, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

There is a wide slip in place


Unadkat to Bravo, no run, Bravo defends at a good ball. This one swings back in from outside off. Beaten on the inside edge


Unadkat to Bravo, 1 run, worked away into the leg side for one


Unadkat to Vijay, 1 run, slogged away to long-on


Unadkat to Bravo, 1 run, slower ball, Bravo tries to whip it to leg, gets a thick edge to third man for one


Unadkat to Vijay, FOUR, finally Vijay gets a good shot - in the context of this non-cricket - in. Short of a length, on the pads, plays the pick-up over square leg

End of over 3 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 19/2 (89 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.33, RRR: 17.80)

    • M Vijay 10 (8b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2 (4b)
    • JD Unadkat 1-0-8-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-3-2

Vinay Kumar to bowl now. Still a slip in


Vinay Kumar to Bravo, 2 runs, throws his arms at a wide length ball, gets a thick edge over point for two


Vinay Kumar to Bravo, no run, looks to slog one from wide outside off. Beaten


Vinay Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, pushed straight to point, Vijay has to rush back. Bravo sees the throw is wide, and starts running for the overthrow even before it has crossed the stumps


Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, flicked away to deep square leg


Vinay Kumar to Bravo, SIX, bouncer. head high, but Bravo goes after it, and has somehow pulled this over deep midwicket for six. Their first six. Has come through a top edge


Vinay Kumar to Bravo, OUT, another edge, another result. This is short again but wide outside off, and Bravo toe-ends it to third man for an easy catch

DJ Bravo c Tiwary b Vinay Kumar 11 (11m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 122.22

End of over 4 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 29/3 (79 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.25, RRR: 19.75)

    • M Vijay 11 (9b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-10-1
    • JD Unadkat 1-0-8-0

Dhoni is the new batsman in. Unadkat to bowl out


Unadkat to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length, into the hips, worked away for one


Unadkat to Vijay, no run, Vijay tries the slog, and is nowhere in the vicinity of the ball. Hit in the body


Unadkat to Vijay, FOUR, stylishly picked away off the hip to send it over square leg for four

Slip still in place


Unadkat to Vijay, 2 runs, flicked away off the pad, fine of long leg for two

Fine leg up now


Unadkat to Vijay, no run, slogs, gets an inside edge straight to short fine leg


Unadkat to Vijay, 1 run, backs away to slog this shortish ball to deep midwicket

End of over 5 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 37/3 (71 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.40, RRR: 23.66)

    • M Vijay 18 (14b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 1 (1b)
    • JD Unadkat 2-0-16-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-10-1

RP to bowl now. CSK's last hope?


Singh to Vijay, SIX, short, into the body, effortlessly pull-flicked over deep midwicket for a six. Not a big hit, but big enough to clear the rope


Singh to Vijay, 1 run, short, into the body, misses out as he hit this straight to long leg

stanyzone: "I can see a smile on Gambhir's face... a wicked one"


Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length, punched down to long-off for one


Singh to Vijay, SIX, that's not Dhoni. That's Vijay. He has just played it like Dhoni. Half-volley on off, he goes back on the back foot, and launches it over long-on


Singh to Vijay, 1 run, another slog, another mis-hit. He has inside-edged it into the box. he is down for the count


Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, short, leg-side, pulled away over square leg. Nineteen off the over. Still not enough. This total is now RP-proof

End of over 6 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 56/3 (52 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.33, RRR: 26.00)

    • MS Dhoni 6 (3b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 32 (18b 2x4 2x6)
    • RP Singh 1-0-19-0
    • JD Unadkat 2-0-16-0

Kalyan: "stanyzone: you mean to say Gambhir smiled the first time this IPL"

Rampaul comes back. Even if they hit six sixes in an over, I'll back the bowling side in the last


Rampaul to Vijay, OUT, Rampaul strikes first ball. heavy ball, Vijay is looking to work it to leg, gets a leading edge that Gayle takes at short third man

M Vijay c Gayle b Rampaul 32 (32m 19b 2x4 2x6) SR: 168.42

Rakesh: "Good. RP Singh has saved 17 runs. I was expecting 36 from his over."


Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 run, backs away, Ramps follows him, Dhoni pulls, gets a single to fine leg

Jadeja to face now


Rampaul to Jadeja, 2 runs, slower bouncer, Jadeja upper-cuts it, gets a couple to deep point

Nisha: "with so much talk about gambhir and kohli. i wud like to say that gambhir is neither a kid nor a narrow minded man. he'll play to fullest for the win."


Rampaul to Jadeja, 1 run, short of a length, defended wide of him for one


Rampaul to Dhoni, SIX, he has pulled this out of the stadium. New balls please. He has picked the length early, and sent it sailing. A purely academic hit

Nisha: "with so much talk about gambhir and kohli. i wud like to say that gambhir is neither a kid nor a narrow minded man. he'll play to fullest for the win."


Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 wide, wide down the leg side


Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss, nearly a yorker. Dhoni gets just the single

End of over 7 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 68/4 (40 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.71, RRR: 40.00)

    • MS Dhoni 14 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 3 (2b)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-20-1
    • RP Singh 1-0-19-0

RCB have won this game. Formalities remain.


Khan to Dhoni, FOUR, low full toss, goes off the inside half of the bat past short fine leg


Khan to Dhoni, SIX, flicked for six. Low full toss again. Sent way over midwicket

Round the wicket


Khan to Dhoni, no run, length ball, angling in, beats Dhoni's flick


Khan to Dhoni, OUT, bouncer, top-edged to deep square leg. This is the sixth time Dhoni has been dismissed by Zaheer in IPL

MS Dhoni c Unadkat b Khan 24 (22m 10b 2x4 2x6) SR: 240.00


Khan to Jadeja, FOUR, chipped over mid-off for four


Khan to Jadeja, OUT, four wickets for Zaheer. Pulled back hard at Zaheer who catches and sends the ball into the night sky

RA Jadeja c & b Khan 7 (11m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 175.00

That's all we have for tonight. Bye

Quotes from presentation
"It was tough target," says MS Dhoni. "Their bowlers bowled really well after Virat and Gayle gave them a lot of runs to defend. Good sporting wicket. You have to at your best in the playoffs. We want to win the first game. Our middle order has got a decent run, our bowlers have had decent outing. No reason we can't do well."

"As I said in the beginning, just pleased to go and get a game" says Virat Kohli, who is also the Man of the Match. "This puts serious pressure on Sunrisers. Obviously the crowd enjoyed it too. Thanks for your support. We told ourselves, aim for 80 and we will get 20 more. Chris and I gave us four-five balls each before hitting. The way Zak bowled it is great to have him back. I'll personally call Gautam tomorrow morning and ask him to go out and win the game for us."

RCB go on a lap of honour to thanks the Chinnaswamy crowd

RCB stay alive. It's down to Sunrisers now, who play KKR tomorrow. It's open to debate if T20 is cricket, but this certainly wasn't (don't me go deeper into it). However, the constraints for both teams were similar, so well done RCB

End of over 8 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 82/6 (26 runs required)

    • S Badrinath 0 (0b)
    • Z Khan 2-0-17-4
    • R Rampaul 2-0-20-1





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