RCB vs CSK 68th Match IPL 2024 Highlights 5-18-2024

Watch cricket video highlights between Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Chennai Super Kings. Indian Premier League 2024 sixty eighth match, played at Bengaluru.

Virat Kohli appeared almost emotional. Faf du Plessis’s happiness was uncontrollable. Following the match, MS Dhoni was nowhere to be found. All of it encapsulated Bengaluru’s wild night as Royal Challengers Bengaluru eliminated Chennai Super Kings from the IPL 2024 by winning their sixth straight game. RCB has experienced this scenario several times; they must win their last league game in order to advance to the knockout stages. When they played there the previous year, they scored a respectable total that included a century from Kohli, but Shubman Gill’s ton eclipsed it all and eliminated them. They were in the same predicament again on Saturday.

They requested RCB to bat first. They scored 218 and needed to defeat CSK by a minimum of eighteen runs. They benefited from brilliant starts by du Plessis and Kohli, as well as brief appearances by Cameron Green and Rajat Patidar. CSK was practically touching us. With Ravindra Jadeja, the batsman who smashed a four and a six to give CSK their sixth title last year, on strike, they needed 10 off the final two balls to qualify. However, Yash Dayal prevented Jadeja and CSK by bowling two balls of an off-pace length. This came after MS Dhoni hit the opening ball of the last over for a big six and was caught at deep square leg with a slower ball off the back of his hand. At that point, CSK’s hopes began to fade, and RCB never gave them back.

This season, Kohli has transformed himself unlike anybody else. With 37 runs scored this season, he leads not only the group of run scorers (708), but also the group of six-hitters. A couple of length balls were given by Tushar Deshpande, who properly placed them into the stands. When rain stopped the RCB’s onslaught at 31 for 0 in three overs, Du Plessis also got one off Shardul Thakur.

Maheesh Theekshana and Mitchell Santner had each bowled seven wickets in the two overs since the restart, suggesting that the 40-minute break appeared to have altered the course of events. Together with their 42 for 3 versus CSK in the season opening, RCB’s powerplay finish of 42 for none was their lowest score to date. With sixes off Santner and Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli attempted to break the chains, but he holed out to wide long-on. However, after being on 29 off 28 at one stage, Du Plessis struck two sixes and a four of a Jadeja over to reach a 35-ball fifty.

It’s no secret that Patidar is a formidable spinner; he demonstrated this by hitting a huge long-off blow off Theekshana, the most economical bowler for CSK. He enjoys playing quick bowlers more, though. And that aspect became evident when he easily struck Simarjeet Singh for a four and a six in back-to-back balls. Along with Green, who unleashed his power game, he maintained his unrelenting strokeplay against Deshpande and Thakur to turbocharge RCB’s advancement.

Green gave Simarjeet a hard smack before slamming Theekshana to the floor. As RCB reached 200 for the sixth time this season—becoming the third side to do so in an IPL season—he then hit Thakur for back-to-back sixes. What was the outcome? CSK gave up the most runs in the phase this season with 63 at the end (overs 17 to 20). When balls of off-pace length were dug in, the dew prevented them from gripping the ball and taking use of the pitch’s help.

Following the first ball that was hit by Glenn Maxwell, who was called back in place of Will Jacks, Ruturaj Gaikwad was caught at short fine leg. Daryl Mitchell then miscued to wide mid-off for Dayal. Rachin Ravindra spearheaded CSK’s push in the powerplay, with Ajinkya Rahane providing some support. Rahane took aim at Dayal, hitting him for two well-timed fours and a six. Along with Ravindra, whose strategy appeared to be very straightforward—slice the length balls square through off—he contributed 66 off 41 for the third wicket.

similar to how he did, defeating Maxwell in the opening over. The short ones of decent length would either be hurled through midwicket or ramped over short third, but he would utilize even the smallest width, like Mohammed Siraj gave in the fourth over, to bash it past point. He reached his half-century off of 31 balls and appeared to be the game-winning strike until he was run out due to a mix-up with Shivam Dube.

Dew was a constant in the center there, so RCB was hesitant to bowl spin. This made it easier for Ravindra Jadeja, who took over when Ravindra was fired, to settle in right away. He started rolling with an off drive against Green and went on to hit sixes off of Dayal, Siraj, and Lockie Ferguson. Even with a lot of things tempered, it was insufficient to carry the side through.

In retrospect, it appears like the two teams were separated by the middle overs. RCB was led by Patidar and Green during that era. RCB was scoring boundaries at their discretion throughout that phase. It was the period that prepared them for a grandiose comeback at bat. In overs 7 to 16, RCB amassed 113 runs while losing just two wickets. However, CSK was unable to fully capitalize on the phase, managing to collect just 80 points. In addition, they were without any momentum after losing four wickets in the phase—one in each of the 12th, 13th, and 14th innings.

That was all the genius of du Plessis. Mitchell Santner seemed to clear mid-off when he blasted a lofted off shot off Siraj. But, du Plessis made a quick move to his right and judiciously timed his leap to pull off a stunning one-handed shot. As a result, in just 13 balls, CSK surged from 115 for 3 to 129 for 6. Dhoni decided to step out to bat as soon as could this season because of that. And if there is a fairytale ending at all, even his 25 off 13 was insufficient.

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