Captain Kohli fined for slow over-rate in CSK tie

Virat Kohli

The team Royal Challengers Bangalore is led by Virat Kohli and the team Chennai Super Kings is led by MS Dhoni. The opener was then joined by Dhoni, who made his intentions clear after smashing a massive six over deep midwicket on the vey second ball he faced.

With 23 needed from the last over, Dhoni hammered three sixes and one four with the final one coming off the last ball.

Former Mumbai Indians batsman Ambati Rayudu, who is opening the innings, is in terrific form, with scores of 80 plus on his last two matches, while his partner Shane Watson smashed an incredible century against Rajasthan Royals.

Chennai has now won five matches, with one loss to have 10 points in their kitty after six matches. Twice, a coincidence. But now, Super Kings seem to have turned this into an art form, if tightrope walks atop skyscrapers can be called that.

Super Kings batsman Ambati Rayudu led his team with 82 runs off 53 balls and took the coveted "orange cap" off Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson as the competition's leading run-scorer.

After the game, Rayudu, who was just as stunned as the viewers were, said, "Unbelievable!" "There are many things we can look at".

CSK received another jolt soon as leggie Yuzvendra Chahal struck to dismiss Sam Billings (9) in the seventh over, leaving Chennai reeling at 59/3. But when MSD hit him for a six over point, his nerves got the better of him.

Before that, Pawan Negi was blasted for 19 runs with Dhoni using his strong bottom hand and power to hit two sixes, while Rayudu also got himself one maximum.

Dhoni hit New Zealander Anderson over long on for six to claim the brilliant victory.

Dhoni, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, said it was a hard chase.

But happy with the win, Dhoni added: "Overall, it went according to the script, not according to how we would have thought, but it went well".

From 87-1 at the halfway stage to a gradual collapse despite some strong comeback, RCB will hope to defend this total when CSK come out to bat in the run chase. Dwayne Bravo was named the man of the match for his outstanding batting performance of 68 runs off 30 balls, which single-handedly took the match away from Mumbai.

However, Dwayne Bravo brought some relief to the CSK camp when he had de Kock superbly caught and bowled with a slower ball. After them, Mandeep Singh played a handy cameo of 32 (17) before Washington Sundar (13 off 4) finished the innings at 205-8.

At this year's auction, they snapped up the entire Kolkata Knight Riders 2017 attack - Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme and Nathan Coulter-Nile - that bowled them out for 49.



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