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MS Dhoni wins toss, Chennai to bowl first against Kohli's men

26 April 2018, 12:12 | Nina Perez

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have played together at Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have played together at Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni displayed his batting prowess yet again as he helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets in a high-scoring thriller at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday.

Chennai won the toss and elected to field. So, it makes them favorites for today's encounter.

Both De Kock and De Villiers were removed shortly thereafter, putting the breaks to what looked like an assault that could get them to a score beyond 200. Unlike RCB which relies mostly on the world's two most talented batsmen - Virat Kohli and AB de Villers, CSK has an array of match-winners with the bat.

Just when the visitors were inching closer towards the target, a brilliant throw by Umesh Yadav from short third man area saw the end of Rayudu, who was trying to gather couple of runs. If that happens, Parthiv Patel will be seen donning the gloves for the first team this season, as McCullum hasn't kept wickets in a quite a long time. A number of their batsmen are in impressive form.




The match will take place at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. "May be I was too desperate to turn things around and that can backfire".

RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are battling for the title of all-time highest run-getter in the history of the league. He rotated the strike well with both Kohli and de Villiers as well, thus not letting the CSK bowlers settle in. "And that's why we value experience, because we think that gives us the best chance".

Since his debut in 2008, Kohli has gone on to become one of the biggest names in world cricket, and is already being referred to as one of the greatest limited overs cricketers in the history of the game. Chennai supporters unfortunately missed their team playing at home because of the protest over Cauvery water issue which resulted in Chennai's home matches being shifted to Pune. On the other hand, CSK is still in the top 4 with four wins from five matches.

In the bowling department, pacer Chris Woakes has been impressive with eight wickets from four games while Umesh Yadav has also provided the much needed breakthrough whenever his side needed.

The live match of IPL 2018 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings will be broadcasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD in English Commentary.



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