About the Match
Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had only 10 points on board from 12 matches had the last chance to bid for the next level but lost the crucial tie against Kolkata Knight Riders
by a whopping margin of 30 runs and thus bowing out of the tournament; they play Chennai on 24th May at Bangalore but the match is already rendered meaningless to them. Chennai Super Kings with 16 points from 13 matches are already through to the next stage and this game is only a formality to both the teams as far as the league is concerned but the result can play a role to decide the standing of the qualifying teams in the playoff combinations. In the last match they played against each other, which was at Ranchi, the Bangalore team had won and they will surely try to keep their spirits high to cheer the home crowd.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore, preferring to chase a target with an eye on winning the game and also to improve the NRR, asked the Knight Riders to bat first in their last match after winning the toss. The solid Robin Utthappa opened the innings with Gambhir but with Gambhir’s dismissal in the 1st over RCB was in a good mood to demolish the opponent. However, with Utthappa scoring 83 off 51 balls and Shakib scoring 60 off 38 balls adding 121 runs for the 3rd wicket, the fate of the match was almost decided. RCB had a target of 196, which they could not achieve in spite of good efforts from Kohli and Takawale; the electric fielding of KKR did not allow the RCB batsmen any elbow space to dictate terms. Ultimately, they lost the match by 30 runs and thus failed to qualify for the playoff stage. This match against CSK is only a formality for them but they will definitely give their best before leaving the playfield.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings had their previous match against Sunrisers on 22nd at Ranchi; with good opening partnership between Smith and du Plessis, they made 33 for the 1st wicket. Smith made quick 47 from 28 balls, and as Rana fell early, D. Hussey and Dhoni joined in the middle and with the help of some fierce long and hard hitting, Hussey made 50 off 33 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes and Dhoni made 57 off 41 balls, hitting the last over for 26 runs. Defending a total of 186 runs set by the batsmen, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled well with good line and length and K V Sharma claimed 2 wickets; however, they could not tackle openers Warner and Dhawan, who were in full command of the proceedings. 3 more wickets fell after Warner and it was the job of Shikhar Dhawan to take the team through with 3 balls to spare. Chennai will be eager to bounce back from this loss and go to the next level with a positive mind.
While both teams have suffered losses recently and will try to score a win here, this match has no bearing on Bangalore’s fortunes as they are already out of the competition. Chennai is through to the next stage but the result here can decide their competition in the playoffs; though RCB has lost the campaign this season, they are likely to fight till the end and win this contest.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2.00 @ Bet365