Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SK Raina
62(48) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %41%
  • Productive Shot
  • steered
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 0 2 0 2 0 4
CH Gayle
46(50) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %55%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 4 0 0 6 7 1 1

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O4.0
M1
R16
W2
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
VR Aaron
O3.0
M0
R29
W2
Eco9.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

So there we have it, the IPL restarts with Royal Challengers securing a prized victory. They have a few more to rack up to stay in the tournament, but as far as the Super Kings are concerned, it is only a dent. They seem all set for the playoffs with quite a few matches in the kitty. This is Alagappan Muthu, scurrying away for an early dinner. Thank you for your company and comments. Switch over to the other game, where Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are in a battle for survival

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match "Probably one of the most difficult wickets that I played on. Surprised, I thought I was going to get one of these interesting awards and Abu was going to get Man of the Match. I got some of the balls away. I looked foolish a couple of times and took it to the end. I was disappointed to get out at the time, but Yuvi did it for us in the end"

7.15 pm "They've gone already. Great win for us, especially after the wicket played in the second innings," says Virat Kohli. "Today was a great example of the character in the side. You have Gayle hitting out there, then AB and Yuvi in such for, you back your team. It was about rotating stirke as much as possible and hitting with the turn and not trying something fancy. Because with the old ball, it wasn't turning as much so you can stay on the back foot and work it away. No message, Yuvi told me he wanted Nechim to get a single, but he just stepped out and slammed the ball for six. That's the belief players have now"

"Tight game, really difficult wicket to play on and I managed to get some runs off the dropped catch," says AB de Villiers. "It's the kind of wicket where you win the game and still have areas to work on. Huge boost for us. Pushed too hard, aiming 160 and it's really difficult to get the ball through. Bowlers did an amazing job in the last few overs"

"Knew the pitch would slow down further, the spinners did maintain the pressure and that's one of the reasons why the game went close," says MS Dhoni. [Is a pattern developing, with such close losses so close to the playoffs] "Not really, the best thing about stats is we can have a pattern and it changes. It's something the commentators can talk about and they have to talk about something. At the end of the day, catches win matches and you don't drop big players. Its not the first time we've made that mistake. Not really, it maybe your home venue but the team that wins plays better cricket. They bowled very well, especially in the last four overs. We lost five to 10 runs and if not more."

Tejas: "I don't know why Hussey was even picked for this match. Faf was perfect for this sort of pitch. It's not Hussey's fault. You expect him to be rusty not having played for so long. And Dhoni really should have gone for Mohit and Badree instead of those two Hussey overs. Overall, a very poor game for CSK.. "

7.10 pm It was always going to be competitive with Super Kings' army of slow bowlers. Ashwin used the pitch magnificently well, but he had very little support. RCB hung in there. Kohli looked to have gained a little form, Gayle still looked out of touch. Yuvraj wasn't happy having to cope with the spin on this until David Hussey, plucked from the comm box and playing his first match of the season, was trusted with the last over

19.5
4
Hussey to Ahmed, FOUR runs, dances down the track first ball and smites it to the long-on boundary. That's the game for Royal Challengers and they stay alive in the IPL. Kohli and Gayle are trapped in a bear hug with each other

1 off 2 needed and outs walks Nechim

19.4
W
Hussey to Rana, OUT, flighted outside off, Rana has pummeled it into the hands of short midwicket! He had nailed that, but Baz leaps up to his right and plucked a blinder
19.3
1
Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fast and flat on off stump, Yuvi slices it to short third man. Scores are tied, Dhoni asks his field to come up
19.2
2
Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, bowls a flat one outside off and Yuvi belts it for a couple to deep midwicket
19.1
6
Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, SIX runs, in the slot and Yuvi has launched it over wide long-on. He murders spin and this is only part-time spin

Long conference by the bowler's end. And after everything it's David Hussey to bowl. Badree was there, Mohit was there, but Dhoni has made his decision. Around the wicket

END OF OVER:
19 | 4 Runs | RCB: 129/4

  • Yuvraj Singh4 (6b)
  • S Rana1 (1b)
  • RA Jadeja4-0-31-1
  • DJ Hussey2-0-25-1
18.6
1
Jadeja to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, finds the block hole and Yuvi retains strike with a push to long-off

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SK Raina
62(48) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %41%
  • Productive Shot
  • steered
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 0 2 0 2 0 4
CH Gayle
46(50) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %55%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 4 0 0 6 7 1 1

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O4.0
M1
R16
W2
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
VR Aaron
O3.0
M0
R29
W2
Eco9.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

smart stats

4

Number of times times that Ashwin has dismissed Gayle in 7 IPL innings. Gayle has only scored 43 runs against him at a strike rate of 91.

Hilly road

1

Number of times spinners have bowled all six Powerplay overs in the IPL – CSK spinners bowled 5 overs today.

Stuck in the bog

17

Number of runs scored by RCB in the Powerplay - the third lowest in all IPL.

smart stats

2

Number of times that CSK have managed to defend a sub-140 score in the IPL (in 13 attempts).

missing flourish

0

Number of boundaries scored by CSK in the last 4 overs of the innings - this has happened 4 times this season (min 20 balls played).

Leggie Development

6.48

Chahal's economy rate in this IPL - the best for any leg spinner.

First 10 overs

55

Chennai Super Kings' slowest start this season

Bogey team

17.50

Dwayne Smith's average against RCB - his lowest against any team

Consistent

1

Number of batsmen to have scored five fifties in this IPL - Dwayne Smith.

Indian Premier League

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MI14104020.0000.784
RPS1495018.0000.174
SRH1485017.0000.588
KKR1486016.0000.646
KXIP1477014.000-0.013
DD1468012.000-0.508
GL1441008.000-0.400
RCB1431007.000-1.301