While Virat Kohli-led side is yet to taste a defeat in this edition, its record against MS Dhoni and his band hasn’t been as good. The RCB has won just 9 off 26 games against the Yellow Brigade. However, in the last two seasons, they have won two out of four encounters which would also give them a lot of confidence.
RCB, boosted by a 10-wicket hammering of Rajasthan Royals, will be keen to continue its winning streak. However, the task is easier said than done as CSK is riding high with three good results of its own.
Kohli and the highly-rated Devdutt Padikkal toyed with the Rajasthan Royals bowling and will look to lay a strong foundation again for RCB against a varied CSK bowling attack. Kohli and the rest of the batting unit will front up to Deepak Chahar, who is known for his ability to strike early.
The RCB bowling has done the job so far with Mohammed Siraj being impressive. However, they come up against a formidable CSK which bats deep.
After three failures, CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad slammed an impressive fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders and along with Faf du Plessis, he forms a strong opening partnership. A good start will help their cause and with an in-form Moeen Ali at No.3 and Suresh Raina to follow, CSK has the firepower to strike late as well.
Here are the live updates from the match between RCB and CSK:
It’s all over! RCB have been restricted to 122/9 in stipulated 20 overs in the run chase. Clinical show by Super Kings as they hammer RCB by 69 runs and climb at the top of the standings.
SIX!! Mohammed Siraj pulls Bravo and gets a maximum over cow corner.
2 runs from that over bowled by Shardul. RCB – 111/9 in 19 overs.
Not Out! Another good use of DRS from RCB, this time it was Siraj and he has survived by over turning the caught behind decision against him.
RCB – 109/9 in 18 overs
Just 1 run from that Shardul Thakur over. RCB – 105/9 in 17 overs.
Wicket! Direct-hit from Imran Tahir and Kyle Jamieson (16) is way short of the crease.
RCB – 103/9 in 16 overs.
SIX!!! Jamieson hits Bravo over long-on Mitchell Santner catches it but his foot had touched the rope.
Dwayne Bravo has been brought in the attack.
Shardul Thakur concedes just a single from his over as RCB reach 95/8 in 15 overs.
Wicket and a single came from that over bowled by Tahir. RCB reach 94/8 in 14 overs.
Wicket! Sensational catch by Suresh Raina at slip and Imran Tahir gets the wicket of Navdeep Saini (2). RCB – 94/8 in 13.1 overs.
So far CSK were looking a far improved team after last year’s disaster. Today, they’ve started looking like title contenders.
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 25, 2021
Just 4 runs conceded by Jadeja from his final over as he finishes with 4-1-13-3.
RCB – 93/7 in 13 overs.
Wicket! Imran Tahir clean bowls Harshal Patel (0) as the batsman tries to sweep him. RCB – 89/7 in 12 overs.
Not Out! Good use of DRS by Harshal Patel as he denies Jadeja his wicket. The ultra-edge showed there was no contact between bat and ball before Dhoni pouched it. Umpire has to overturn his decision.
WICKET! RAVINDRA JADEJA is on FIREEE… He’s clean bowled ABD for 4. RCB – 83/6 in 10.1 overs.
Run Out!! There’s no stopping Ravindra Jadeja, he’s everywhere. He’s run out Dan Christian (1) with his direct-hit. RCB – 83/5 in 9.4 overs.
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja can do nothing wrong today as he clean bowls Glenn Maxwell (22) with a beauty.
RCB – 79/4 in 8.5 overs.
RCB reach 73/1 after 8 overs. RCB pin hopes with their in-form batsmen.
Imran Tahir has been brought in the attack by Dhoni in the 8th over.
Just 3 runs and the wicket of Sundar from Jadeja. RCB reach 68/3 in 7 overs.
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja strikes in his very first over as Washington Sundar (7) tries to sweep him for a maximum. Ruturaj Gaikwad takes a good catch in the deep.
RCB – 65/3 in 6.2 overs.
11 came from the final over of the powerplay for RCB. RCB – 65/2 in 6 overs.
Four! Glenn Maxwell gets off the mark with a boundary off Sam Curran as he cuts him towards off-side.
Wicket! Devdutt Padikkal (34) flicks Shardul Thakur and Suresh Raina takes a simple catch at mid-wicket. Raina was brought for the very same shot by Dhoni. RCB – 54/2 after 5 overs.
Fifty up for RCB in 4.2 overs.
Four! Shardul Thakur is brought in the attack and he starts with a freebie and Sundar gets a boundary towards fine-leg.
Kohli’s wicket and just a single from that over bowled by Sam Curran. RCB – 45/1 after 4 overs.
Washington Sundar has been promoted to #3 by RCB.
Big Wicket! Virat Kohli (8) nicks Sam Curran MS Dhoni takes a simple catch behind the stumps.
RCB – 44/1 after 3.1 overs.
16 runs leaked by Deepak Chahar and RCB reach 44/0 after 3 overs. This is has been quite a start for them in run chase.
4,4,4! Back-to-back boundaries from Devdutt Padikkal off Deepak Chahar. The opener has started where he left in the previous game.
RCB chased down 177 without losing a wicket in the previous, CSK must remember
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 25, 2021
18 runs came from Sam Curran’s opening over and RCB reach 28/0 after 2 overs. This has been an aggressive start for RCB in the big run chase.
SIX!! Devdutt Padikkal flicks Sam Curran as the bowler bowls at his pads and gets the punishment.
Good start for RCB as Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal score 10 from the opening over bowled by Deepak Chahar.
RCB – 10/0 after 1st over.
4! Virat Kohli and RCB get off the mark in style as he gets a boundary off Deepak Chahar.
Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal open innings for RCB as they chase 192. Deepak Chahar starts with the new ball for CSK.
Batsmen hitting 5 sixes in an over in IPL:
Gayle vs Rahul Sharma
Tewatia vs Cottrell
Jadeja vs Harshal
The last over from Harshal Patel – 6 6 N6 6 2 6 4 = 37.
Ravindra Jadeja becomes just the 7th batsman in T20 history to score 36 runs from a single over. He joins the list alongside Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Ross Whiteley, Kieron Pollard, Hazratullah Zazai, and Leo Carter. #IPL2021 #CSKvRCB
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 25, 2021
Four!! 37 runs came from that over from Harshal Patel and all the runs came from Jadeja’s bat. CSK have posted 191/4 in 20 overs. What a finish!!
Most runs by a batsman in an over in IPL:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 25, 2021
SIX & FIFTY!!! Ravindra Jadeja hammers the fourth maximum in a row and also slammed his half-century off just 25 deliveries.
SIX, SIX, SIX!!! Harshal Patel has been hammered for three back-to-back maximums by Jadeja. The third one was a no-ball as well.
CSK reach 154/4 in 19 overs. At one stage they were poised for a 180-plus finish but RCB bowlers have kept things tight.
Four! Top-edge from Jadeja on the short-pitched delivery from Siraj.
Just 5 came from that over bowled by Harshal and the wicket of Rayudu. He has conceded just 14 from his 3 overs so far.
Wicket! Ambati Rayudu (14) tries to slog sweep Harshal Patel but fails to get the power and Dan Christian takes another fine catch. CSK – 142/4 in 17.3 overs.
Sensational over that from Siraj as he gave just 6 off it. CSK reach 140/3 in 17 overs. This has been a brilliant comeback from the RCB as they have kept things tight for CSK.
2! Another quick double for Jadeja off Siraj but Rayudu is looking in some discomfort after completing it.
2,0,0! Superb bowling from Siraj as he concedes just 2 runs from his first three deliveries.
SIXXX!! Rayudu goes big this time and dispatches Jamieson over long-on for a maximum. 17 runs came from that over.
CSK – 134/3 in 16 overs
Four! Another boundary for Jadeja as he flicks the slower one from Jamieson towards the square leg boundary.
Four! Half-volley from Jamieson and Jadeja gets a boundary over mid-off.
Four! Misfield from Padikkal in the deep and it costs RCB three extra runs as the ball goes out of the boundary. CSK – 117/3 after 15 overs, they need to score quickly now.
Dropped! Ravindra Jadeja slog sweeps Washington Sundar and the ball goes straight into the hands of Dan Christian in the deep but he puts it down.
Superb over from Harshal as he picks up TWO big wickets and concedes just a single and shifted the momentum in his team’s favour. CSK – 111/3 after 14 overs.
Wicket!!! Harshal strikes off consecutive deliveries and this time it’s set Faf du Plessis who’s been caught at long-on by Christian. Harshal – the purple cap holder – is on a Hat-trick.
CSK – 111/3 in 13.5 overs.
Wicket! Off-cutter from Harshal Patel and Suresh Raina (24) heaves it but there wasn’t much power in it. Devdutt Padikkal takes a splendid catch in the deep. CSK – 111/2 in 13.4 overs.
Fifty! Back-to-back half-century for Faf du Plessis and 18th overall in IPL. This one came off just 40 deliveries.
SIX!!! Suresh Raina flicks the short-pitched ball from Saini and the ball sails over the square-leg boundary for a maximum.
CSK – 110/1 after 13 overs.
Four! Another boundary from Faf du Plessis and with that came 100 for CSK in the 13th over.
1,0,0,6,0,0! Tidy first over from Sundar despite getting hit for a maximum as he ends up conceding just 7 off it.
CSK – 97/1 after 12 overs.
SIX!!! Suresh Raina steps out and dispatches Washington Sundar over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
Washington Sundar has been introduced by skipper Kohli in the 12th over.
A boundary for Suresh Raina on the fifth ball of the over from Dan Christian helped CSK to 90/1 after 11 overs.
200 SIXES!!! MR IPL SURESH RAINA ACHIEVES ANOTHER MILESTONE IN IPL!!
Lucky! Suresh Raina would have been a goner had Yuzvendra Chahal collected the throw from ABD towards the non-striker’s end.
Wicket! Yuzvendra Chahal gets the breakthrough for RCB as Ruturaj Gaikwad (33) tries to sweep him for a big one but fails. Jamieson takes a good catch in the deep.
CSK – 74/1 in 9.1 overs.
Tidy over from Dan Christian, just 6 came from it and CSK reach 74/0 after 9 overs. RCB are in desperate need of a wicket at this stage.
Dan Christian has been introduced in the attack by Kohli as RCB eye a wicket.
8 runs came from Harshal Patel’s first over and #CSK reach 68/0 after 8 overs. This has been a fine start from the CSK openers.
Four! Du Plessis cuts it hard towards cover and a misfielding from Washington costs RCB, three extra runs as the ball touches the boundary.
Harshal Patel has been brought in the attack by Kohli in the 8th over.
SIX!! Gaikwad ends a tidy over from Chahal with a SIX straight over his head. Glorious shot this. CSK – 60/0 after 7 overs.
Chahal to continue for RCB in the 7th over. He’s got some turn in the first over and the contest between him and CSK openers is going to be interesting.
Four!! Fifty comes up for CSK with another glorious cover drive from Ruturaj Gaikwad’s bat. 14 runs came from that over as CSK reach 51/0 after 6 overs.
Four! Gaikwad hits another brilliant shot off Saini and gets a boundary towards cover.
Since the start of last season, there have been 33 players to score 300+ IPL runs.
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 25, 2021
Navdeep Saini is brought in the attack. He’s bowling his first over of IPL 2021.
Chahal comes back strongly to concede just 6 from his first over despite getting hit for a boundary early on. CSK 37/0 after 5 overs.
Four!! Brilliant shot from Gaikwad as he creates the room against the short ball from Chahal and guides it towards cover.
10 runs came from that over bowled by Jamieson as CSK reach 31/0 after 4 overs. Steady start for Faf du Plessis and Gaikwad. Yuzvendra Chahal has been brought in the attack by Kohli.
Run rate in IPL matches at the Wankhede Stadium for:
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 25, 2021
Four! Faf du Plessis slaps Jamieson and the ball sails towards off-side for a boundary.
Four!! Faf du Plessis hits Jamieson for a boundary as he plays another chip shot over mid-on.
11 came from the third over for CSK as they reach 21/0.
Four!! Ruturaj Gaikwad walks down the ground and hits Siraj over mid-off for a boundary.
SIX! Overpitched by Mohammed Siraj on the first ball of his second over and Faf du Plessis just chips it over long-on for a maximum.
Just 4 came from the second over. CSK – 10/0 after 2.
Kyle Jamieson is brought into the attack by Kohli for the second over.
Good comeback by Siraj after getting hit for a boundary on the second delivery as he concedes just 6 runs from it. CSK – 6/0 after 1st over.
Four!!! Faf du Plessis gets off the mark in style as he plays a brilliant cover drive off Siraj. First boundary for CSK.
#Dhoni has the most runs by any batsman vs RCB – 823
#Kohli has the most runs by any batsman vs CSK – 897
Top-2 teams in the points table clashing at Wankhede.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis are in the middle to open CSK’s innings. Mohammed Siraj starts with the new ball for RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
A couple of changes for RCB! Shahbaz Ahmed and Kane Richardson make way for Navdeep Saini and Daniel Christian in the Playing XI.
MS Dhoni: We will bat first. Heat is a factor and the wicket may slow down. It’s not about keeping anyone happy, we have tinkered with our batting order a bit. Yes, you’ll always complain if you have got enough batting or not. Most we can do is give everyone exposure but nobody is guaranteed of it. It’s a day game, so it’s not something we’re used to as we mostly play evening games. Spinners may come more into play. You have to be critical of your length.
Two changes for CSK! Moeen Ali and Lungi Ngidi miss out Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir are in the Playing XI.
Toss: MS Dhoni wins toss and elects to bat first against RCB.
Pitch Report: This looks a little bit different from the wickets that we have seen at Wankhede. This looks a little more abrasive, less moisture and there might be some grip at the start of the innings. Batting might be challenging to start with.
Glenn Maxwell (RCB): Right from the start I have had a clear role in the team. It has just been nice that I have been able to get off to a start and suppose continue to keep my form throughout for the first few games. So, if I can continue to play like that we can keep winning a few more games. Just suppose I need to give myself some time. I don’t think it changes much as to how I look into an innings. Still about giving myself a chance. It is a quick scoring and a quick outfield. Hopefully if I do get a chance, I will try to cash in. They have had a fair bit of success in the Powerplay with their swinging it and picking up early wickets. Hopefully, we can negate that and go a long way in winning the game. It is about starting every game afresh. We go into each game with fresh ideas and fresh plans. We are making sure we are hungry going into every game. That is a great attribute. We have been able to adjust to conditions quickly.
Will MSD Magic work today?
— myKhel.com (@mykhelcom) April 25, 2021
Kohli’s bat has roared against CSK and the team would be hoping their skipper does it again for them today.
Captain Kohli has wielded the long handle to great effect against our opponents for the day 😎
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 25, 2021
Hello and welcome to the live updates from the most sought after match of the tournament as Virat Kohli takes on his ‘captain’ MS Dhoni’s CSK. RCB would be eager to make it five straight wins in a row and consolidate their spot for the playoffs further. A spirited CSK are also coming back from three back-to-back wins and would be aiming to break RCB’s winning momentum today.
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