Kohli's 90* leads Royal Challengers' demolition of Super Kings
The flaws in Dhoni's team were laid bare as they crumbled in chase of 170
10:07pm And that is all from tonight's coverage. Thanks for joining and we'll see you tomorrow for the next set of double-headers!
Kohli: It was one of our more complete performances. Wanted to bat first but got into a bit of a trick siituation there. We spoke at the time out that around 150 would be great. To gain some momentum now was very important because we have back-to-back games. When you don't get too far ahead of the game, it rewards you [with respect to making 169 after playing for 150]. If you're in at the death overs and you have a score and you're hitting it well, you can capitalise well. That was something for us to learn tonight. I was putting too much pressure on myself [in the early matches]. When you start burdening yourself too much, you don't contribute as a player and your team needs that as well. That super over really opened my thinking up, where I had to perform or we would lose. Morris didn't get an opportunity but there was still Morris to come and Gurkeerat to come. I think it was a complete performance and the intensity was right there, from the first over when we entered the field. It's a good start and when you get momentum at this stage of the tournament it can separate you from the bottom of the table or going up.
Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match.
Washington Sundar: Glad to be given this role. I'm very happy bowling in the powerplay, that too against a team like CSK. So far it's been going good and everything's working to the plan. Hopefully it works going deep into the tournament as well. I think especially in the powerplay you've got to have a lot of heart to bowl well. Morris was brilliant in his first game, Isuru, Chahal bowling well to get Mahi bhai's wicket. Everyone bowled well.
MS Dhoni: I think the last four overs when we were bowling, we just needed to close it nicely. Batting has been a bit of a worry and today also it was evident. We need to do something about it. I think we are better off playing the other way round, playing the bigger shots even if you get out. That is something we can do in the coming games. I think it also depends on how you've performed so far in the tournament and our batting has lacked a bit of power from the sixth over onwards. Individuals can get tentative no matter how much confidence you give them. I feel that's where we've not adapted or come up with plans against the bowlers who bowl from the 6th to the 14th over. I always told the players to focus more on the process - when you start thinking about results of the previous game, you put a burden. With the bowling we've shown we can restrict the opposition. We're either leaking at the start or in the last four. There are too many holes in the ship. I think overall you have to look at the combination, how many spinners, the fast bowlers. There's always one spot you can play around. We started with five bowlers, now we have six. But our main worry remains the batting department. In the coming games we'll try to be more expressive. You rather get out in the 16th or 17th over.
Babu Len: "I said in previous match as well, if no youngsters injected into the team, CSK would lose bad. Being a hardcore CSK fan, it's a blessing in disguise. Hope team management rethink their strategy when selecting players"
shivam: "Just feeling sad watching CSK this time around. Feeling disappointed as a fan, as someone who loves MSD. This is not d way I want to remember him."
Kedar: "Ouch!!! CSK now needs to win at least 5 out of remaining 7 games, and with some margin to qualify for last 4. Tough task looking at how new captaincy trends beat them. "
Shashank Parne: "The whole chase never once looked it as they had any intent to win. The only one who showed promise is jagadeeshan. His feet is moving well and meddling it good. I hope he will get more chances and other youngsters for CSK."
9:45pm A 37-run win. Huge for RCB. Historically, they don't beat CSK this comprehensively, it's just never happened. But this is clinical tonight. They were looking like they'd have to settle for about 145 at best after 16 overs in their batting innings, but Kohli and Dube turned that to 169. On a difficult, two-paced surface, those extra runs proved enough to stymie CSK's unchanged strategy in chase. The way it unfolded, 150 might have been steep too. It is not exactly halfway in the tournament for them, and they have chased seven times, and continue to fail in similar ways. Things are slipping away. RCB's bowlers showed up and how. Three wickets on franchise debut for Morris, and yet another crucial spell at the top of the innings from Sundar. Saini employed through the middle today and was instrumental in pushing the scoring rate up. And then Chahal, despite a difficult evening, managed to get Dhoni off his last ball. Everything fell into place nicely for them. They climb to fourth place, and are now four points ahead of CSK with a game in hand.
Chris: "All of CSK's weaknesses have been opened up big time in this edition. Too old, lack pace with the bowling, lack impetuous with the batting, lack energy in the field. Unfortunately age has caught up. Raina is a huge miss as well, with bat and ball. I think they may even finish bottom this year " --- Morris is back and around the wicket.
Sankalp Verma: "There should be an internal structure in teams that if a batsman remain not out with 100 strike rate in a chase, and the team loses, he should be penalised. Or maybe I'm just frustrated with the way CSK is approaching this year."
Ramchander Sesh: "Can't understand what Rayudu's game plan is either - this is just a woefully predictable performance from CSK."