Result
35th match (D/N), Indian Premier League at Pune, May 5 2018
127/9
(18/20 ov, target 128)
128/4
Super Kings won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Chennai Super Kings
Match centre 
Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
Royal Challengers Bangalore127/9(20 overs)
Chennai Super Kings128/4(18 overs)
end of over 1822 runs
CSK: 128/4CRR: 7.11 
Dwayne Bravo14 (17)
MS Dhoni31 (23)
Yuzvendra Chahal3-1-29-0
Colin de Grandhomme4-0-16-1

7.17pm CSK made it harder for themselves than they would have liked, but MS Dhoni has done it again. He's batted this tournament like he hasn't batted in a while, but this game was pretty much won by Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, who ripped through the heart of RCB's batting. From 89 for 8, there was never going to be any bouncing back, barring a spectacular bowling performance. RCB bowled well, but not anywhere well enough to defend that.

"A close game of cricket. Dropped catches don't help," says Virat Kohli. "Not the ideal day for us: losing so many wickets. But that's how this game goes. We gave a really good effort in the second half. It did play slow in the first half but it played slow throughout which was surprising. Had we taken or chances, we could have made it harder for themselves. The boys showed good fight, but we lost too many wickets. We would have liked to win, but Dhoni played well and they deserved to win. We know it's a tough road ahead. We need to win probably four out of five. These situations bring the best out of us, and I feel positive about the rest of the games."

Pranav: "Does this mean that CSK are guaranteed a spot to the playoffs?" Not yet, but a win or two more should do it.

"I think it was the fast bowlers, it was not coming on nicely," says MS Dhoni. "Spinners did not have turn and there was uneven bounce as well. So I felt the spinners needed to bowl really well, and that's where Bhajji paaji and Jadeja did well. What we're slightly worried about is the bowling department - if you see the first few games, there was no individual who stepped up and said he could bowl in the death overs. Identifying our death bowler before the knockouts is the only thing we're worried about and that's why we're making a few changes. We're playing with multiple bowlers - two spinners and the rest pacers - that takes the pressure off the rest and allows Bravo to bowl at the death. He's a specialist in the death and doesn't need to always bowl four overs. There's pressure on everyone. In the nine or ten games, no one has consistently shown that they can step up and take responsibility. On surfaces such as these, Jadeja bowls very well. Virat and AB getting out early helped him. But he bowled very well, and so did we as a team."

Ravindra Jadeja is Man of the Match. "It's good to be Man of the Match in a T20 game," he says. "Very happy with my performance today. I think today was a little bit dry. I was looking to give them full deliveries and everything was working well. Finally I took important wickets. Overall I'm very happy. I've been bowling well in the nets, and I look forward to doing better in the coming games."

That's a wrap of this game. CSK a step closer to the playoffs, and RCB a step closer to the exit door. Thanks for your time and comments. Pleasure as always. Goodbye from Deiva and myself.

Nishchal Sapkot: "Jadeja making up for his performance in the last couple of games. This is why he is a high ranked player. What a performance"

Rupesh: "I feel for Chahal. He bowled his first two overs well and the third one went for 22 runs. If he could have bowled tight, match would have been more interesting. "

Santhosh L N: "Selecting the right XI players is one of the big flaw shown by RCB management and captain Kohli. They have good indian openers PP and Vohra but still persisting with foreign players or sometimes even Kohli opened the innings which is "criminal" idea. They are paying for it. Time to change management otherwise this issue goes on and on"

17.6
1
Chahal to Bravo, 1 run
Chahal tosses a legbreak outside off, Bravo reaches out and drives it to sweeper cover for a single. Bravo punches his fist, Dhoni keeps a poker face as usual. CSK go top
17.5
1
Chahal to Dhoni, 1 run
short on middle, stands tall and forces it down to long-on
17.4
6
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX runs
floated up on off, Thala Dhoni stretches out and smokes another slog-sweep over the midwicket boundary. Three sixes in four balls.
17.3
6
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX runs
Dhoni clears long-off. Free-hit ball: back of a length legbreak outside off. Dhoni stretches out and launches it for another six
17.3
1nb
Chahal to Dhoni, 1 no ball
100.9ks dart, fizzes off the pitch, beats the inside edge and hits the back pad. Might have headed past leg stump. Front-foot no-ball from Chahal. He's feeling the pressure
17.2
6
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX runs
tossed up wide outside off, Dhoni reaches out, and slog-sweeps it against the break over the midwicket fence. Clobbered into the stands
17.1
Chahal to Dhoni, no run
back of a length and skids in on middle, cramps Dhoni for room. Inside-edged to midwicket
17.1
1w
Chahal to Dhoni, 1 wide
fired wide outside off, off-side wide
end of over 176 runs
CSK: 106/4CRR: 6.23 • RRR: 7.33 • Need 22 from 18b
MS Dhoni12 (17)
Dwayne Bravo13 (16)
Colin de Grandhomme4-0-16-1
Murugan Ashwin3-0-17-1

IP: "Just wondering- no Srilankan is playing in this season's IPL apart from Akila who only got one game for MI so far, no perera, matthews, chandimal." --- Chameera was picked up by Royals, but he did not join the squad after sustaining an injury

16.6
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run
fuller and outside off, eased to sweeper cover for one

PD: "@Arun, Carrot-Missile theory is fans guess, we always see MSD talk about improving NRR even in a loss. We saw he was very unhappy with the death bowling against DD and KKR that affected their NRR."

16.5
1
de Grandhomme to Bravo, 1 run
clipped off the pads to fine leg
16.4
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run
back of a length on off, punched past the right of short cover to long-off
16.3
1lb
de Grandhomme to Bravo, 1 leg bye
back of a length on the hips, glanced behind square on the leg side
16.2
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run
very full on middle, nurdled down to long-on
16.1
1
de Grandhomme to Bravo, 1 run
pitched up and outside off, Bravo presses forward and drives with the wrists to wide long-on

Arun: "Dhoni's idea of fun. First, dangle a carrot. Then use a stinger missile to blow the carrot to kingdom come."

end of over 1611 runs
CSK: 100/4CRR: 6.25 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 28 from 24b
MS Dhoni9 (14)
Dwayne Bravo11 (13)
Murugan Ashwin3-0-17-1
Colin de Grandhomme3-0-11-1
15.6
Ashwin to Dhoni, no run
tossed up and spins away outside off, Dhoni reaches out for a drive, Parthiv takes the bails off, but Dhoni's back leg went nowhere
15.5
4
Ashwin to Dhoni, FOUR runs
back of a length and spins away outside off, Dhoni delays his punch and finds the gap to the right of sweeper cover
15.4
Ashwin to Dhoni, no run
back of a length, hint of spin, but plenty of bounce outside off, beaten
15.3
1
Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run
wide legbreak outside off, scythed away to sweeper cover. Stylish from DJ
Best performances - batsmen
PA Patel
53 runs (41)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control46%
Productive shot
flick
12 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
857391425
TG Southee
36 runs (26)
3 fours
1 sixes
Control53%
Productive shot
slog shot
8 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
411817320
Best performances - bowlers
RA Jadeja
O
4
M
0
R
18
W
3
Eco
4.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
UT Yadav
O
3
M
0
R
15
W
2
Eco
5.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
TossChennai Super Kings , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2018
Player Of The Match
Ravindra Jadeja
Season2018
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50- 19.20
Match days05 May 2018 - day/night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Nitin Menon
Yeshwant Barde
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Nitin Pandit
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath
PointsChennai Super Kings 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0