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MS Dhoni OUT! Live Score Chennai Super Kings 140/7 after 19.5 Overs: Harshal Patel comes in for the last over. MS Dhoni takes a couple of runs risking his wicket to try and finish the match. Another couple of runs but there could be a run out. The video replay shows that MS Dhoni is safe. MS Dhoni gets the outside edge and he has been caught behind. Dhoni c D Karthik b Harshal Patel 26(29) [4s-1]. R Ashwin comes in and gets a single to finish the game as CSK win the match by 3 wickets.

Pawan Negi and Dwayne Bravo OUT! Live Score Chennai Super Kings 135/6 after 19 Overs: CSK needs just 13 runs from 12 balls to win now. Mitchell Starc comes in for the penultimate over of the match. Dhoni comes down the pitch and slams the ball to the fence for a 4. CSK needs 5 runs from 8 balls. A direct hit and Pawan Negi could be out here. The video replay shows that Pawan Negi has to go back with 5 more runs required for CSK to win. Negi run out (Sarfaraz Khan) 12(6) [6s-1]. Mitchell Starc gets a wicket off of his last ball from his allowed limit of 4 overs. Dwayne Bravo b Starc 0(1)

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 127/4 after 18 Overs: CSK needs 27 runs to win from 18 balls at the start of the over. Harshal Patel gets the ball to bowl the 18th over. Pawan Negi swings the bat and he gets a massive 6. A risky shot but it’s in the gap and Negi takes a quick couple of runs with Dhoni. CSK needs 16 runs to win from 14 balls.

Michael Hussey OUT! Live Score Chennai Super Kings 113/4 after 17 Overs: David Wiese comes in for the 17th over and gets the wicket of Michael Hussey. M Hussey c Harshal Patel b Wiese 56(46) [4s-3 6s-2]. Michael Hussey is replaced by Pawan Negi. CSK needs 30 runs to win from 20 balls. Dinesh Karthik looks very distracted today as he drops another catch and of MS Dhoni’s wicket would have been taken. Even if there was no contact on the bat, the three runs could have been avoided.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 106/3 after 16 Overs: Michael Hussey starts the over with a 6 and it’s the first of the innings. Yuzvendra Chahal will be keen on taking a wicket here to give RCB the edge on CSK who are under pressure. A smashed shot for a 6 brings up the 50 for Michael Hussey and the 100 runs for CSK. The over ends with 15 runs coming from it.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 91/3 after 15 Overs: Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack for the 15th over. This is Starc’s third over. A good over so far with five singles from it. The over gives 6 runs to CSK.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 85/3 after 14 Overs: Yuzvendra Chahal comes back after the last strategic timeout of the match. CSK needs 55 from 46 balls to win.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 82/3 after 13 Overs: Sreenath Aravind comes back into the attack. The over ends with 10 runs from it. Time for a Strategic Timeout.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 72/3 after 12 Overs: David Wiese comes back for the 12th over.  The over ends with 8 runs from it.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 64/3 after 11 Overs: Harshal Patel comes back into the attack. Just 1 runs from the first four deliveries of the over by Patel. The over gives away just 2 runs.

Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina OUT! Live Score Chennai Super Kings 62/3 after 10 Overs: Mitchell Starc pulls the ball back and surprises the commentators despite looking like a definite 4. Yuzvendra Chahal knocks down the leg stump of Faf du Plessis as RCB get the much needed second wicket. du Plessis b Chahal 21(22) [4s-2]. Suresh Raina comes in to replace du Plessis and gets caught out for naught as RCB can breathe a little easier now but they have a long way to go if they want to win this match. MS Dhoni comes into the middle to replace Suresh Raina.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 58/1 after 9 Overs: David Wiese comes into the attack for the 9th over. AB de Villiers was lightning quick and had his throw been on target, RCB would have been celebrating the fall of another wicket. Faf du Plessis premeditates the shot and gets a 4 followed by another 4. Time for a Strategic Timeout.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 47/1 after 8 Overs: Confusion and a poor throw could have given RCB a second breakthrough. Yuzvendra Chahal bowls wide but the batsman swings wildly and gets a single for it. The over ends with 6 runs coming from it.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 41/1 after 7 Overs: David Wiese comes into the attack for the 7th over and starts off with a wide ball. Faf du Plessis calls for two but Yuzvendra Chahal has a good arm so his throw restricts the scoring to a single. An outside edge and Dinesh Karthik fails to collect it so the batsmen can take a single. A wide and 4 singles from the over so far.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 34/1 after 6 Overs: The last over of the powerplay is bowled by Aravind. An excellent effort in the field by David Wiese stops a boundary but three runs are taken. The over gives away 6 runs.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 28/1 after 5 Overs: Harshal Patel comes into the attack for the 5th over. A pull from Hussey and it goes for a 4. A slower ball to follow it up and Patel gives away a single.

Dwayne Smith OUT! Live Score Chennai Super Kings 23/1 after 4 Overs: Aravind strikes right away for RCB as Dwayne Smith loses their first wicket. Dwayne Smith c Starc b Aravind 17(12) [4s-3]. A catch is dropped at the slips position by Chris Gayle and another catch is dropped by Harshal Patel.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 21/0 after 3 Overs: Mitchell Starc comes into the attack for the third over. The first half of the over goes for 5 runs. An outside edge and it’s short so it falls short of the wicket keeper and goes between the first slip for a 4.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 10/0 after 2 Overs: Sreenath Aravind comes into the attack. The over ends with 7 runs coming from it.

Live Score Chennai Super Kings 3/0 after 1 Over: Mitchell Starc opens the bowling attack for RCB. Dwayne Smith and Michael Hussey open the batting for CSK. A good start with just a single from the first half of the over. The over ends with 3 runs from it.

*****Innings Break*****

Harshal Patel OUT! Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 139/8 after 20 Overs: The last over is bowled by Dwayne Bravo. An attempt at playing the reverse hit off of the slower ball goes wrong and Sarfaraz Khan picks up a single. A wide ball and there could be a wicket as Dhoni runs Harshal Patel out. Harshal Patel run out (Dhoni) 2(2). Sarfaraz Khan tries to go over the fielder but misjudges the slower ball and gets caught out.

David Wiese OUT! Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 131/6 after 19 Overs: David Wiese falls this time as he chips the ball in the air and Dwayne Bravo completes the catch. Wiese c Dwayne Bravo b Mohit Sharma 12(7) [6s-1]. The fifth ball is flicked away by Sarfaraz Khan and he gets a 4 for it. The over gets RCB 7 runs.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 124/5 after 18 Overs: Dwayne Bravo comes in for the 18th over. David Wiese goes big and slams a huge 6 that goes 88 metres away. Bravo gives 9 runs from the first half of the over and follows it up with a slower ball to get a much needed dot ball. Faf du Plessis misjudges the catch and drops it.

Dinesh Karthik OUT! Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 113/5 after 17 Overs: Dinesh Karthik starts with a boundary down the ground to destroy Ashish Nehra’s ego. A full toss and Nehra has the last laugh as Karthik is caught out by Mohit Sharma. D Karthik c Mohit Sharma b Nehra 28(26) [4s-4]. David Wiese comes into the middle to replace Dinesh Karthik. A quick single almost became a couple of runs with an overthrow but CSK is fielding well tonight to deny the extra run. A deft touch by Khan and he gets a single for it.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 103/4 after 16 Overs: Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack and gets slammed for a 4 thanks to sloppy work at the ropes. Sarfaraz Khan goes down the ground and it’s another 4 as a last minute blitz seems to be viable for RCB. A couple of runs and RCB get 100 runs in the 16th over. A good over for RCB that gives them 13 runs from the Jadeja over.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 90/4 after 15 Overs: Pawan Negi comes into the attack for the 15th over. A good quick couple of runs by the RCB batsmen to start the over. An impressive over by Negi gives away just 4 runs from it.

Chris Gayle OUT! Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 86/4 after 14 Overs: Chris Gayle powers a shot away for a 6 followed by another which goes away for 92 metres. Chris Gayle tries to go big again but he chips it in the air and gets caught out for 41 runs. Gayle c and b Raina 41(43) [4s-2 6s-3].

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 67/3 after 13 Overs: Dwayne Bravo, the Purple Cap holder with 23 wickets comes in to bowl the 13th over. A brilliant over with just 2 runs from it. Time for a Strategic Timeout.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 65/3 after 12 Overs: Suresh Raina returns to the attack for the 12th over and gets slapped away for a 4. Dinesh Karthik is firing as a couple of 4s are hit. The over gives RCB 13 runs.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 52/3 after 11 Overs: Mohit Sharma comes in for the 11th over as RCB is still struggling. The over gives RCB 6 runs.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/3 after 10 Overs: Suresh Raina is brought into the attack for the 10th over and RCB is looking in serious trouble. The over ends in a breezy way with just 5 runs given away.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 41/3 after 9 Overs: Mohit Sharma comes into the attack for the last over before the Strategic Timeout. An excellent start with just 1 runs from the first half of the over. The over ends with just 3 runs coming from it.

Mandeep Singh OUT! Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/3 after 8 Overs: The third wicket for RCB falls as Mandeep Singh is dismissed after scoring just 4 runs. Mandeep c M Hussey b Ashwin 4(7). R Ashwin picks up his first wicket of the match. Dinesh Karthik gets off the mark with a good shot to get a couple of runs.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 36/2 after 7 Overs: RCB need to pick up the pace with just 29 runs scored in their powerplay. Mohit Sharma is brought into the attack for the 7th over. Gayle’s scoring has gone way down with just 13 runs from 21 deliveries faced.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 29/2 after 6 Overs: R Ashwin returns for the 6th over of the innings. Another good over for CSK with just a single run coming from the first half of the over. [Watch: Virat Kohli falls in crucial Qualifier 2 against CSK]

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers OUT! Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/2 after 5 Overs: Virat Kohli is out from the first ball of the 5th over. Ashish Nehra gets the major breakthrough for CSK. Just two runs from the over and two wickets from it.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 23/0 after 4 Overs: The fourth over is bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin. An amazing over with just 2 runs coming from it.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 21/0 after 3 Overs: Ashish Nehra comes back for the third over.  An excellent bowling attack with no runs scored off the the first half of the over. The fourth delivery is smacked away by the RCB skipper to get a 4 followed by a flat 6 down the ground that goes 83 metres away. Kohli and Gayle need to put up a good partnership for RCB tonight.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 after 2 Overs: R Ashwin comes in for the second over. A better over giving away just 5 runs from it.

Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/0 after 1 Over: Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli open the batting for RCB in this crucial match against CSK. Ashish Nehra comes into start and the first over goes for 6 runs with a massive 6 by Gayle.

Toss Report: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli are out for the toss of a very crucial game for both teams. CSK win the toss and opt to bowl first. Here’s the team composition for the teams playing tonight.

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese, Harshal Patel, Mitchell Starc, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Chennai Super Kings go up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second Qualifier of the IPL 2015 and the winner will go up against Mumbai Indians in the finals. The Qualifier 2 clash here on Friday between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will not only be a battle between two heavyweight Indian Premier League (IPL) teams but also of high-profile skipper duo of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

Kohli succeeded Dhoni as the Indian Test captain after the latter’s exit following the third Test match of the Australia series last year. India lost the four-match series 0-2. The two skippers employ a vastly different mode of leadership which adds an intriguing sub-plot to the contest. While Kohli’s brash, aggressive, meeting fire-with-fire persona — and flaunting his high-profile relationship with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma — often lands him in trouble on-and-off the field, Dhoni is the embodiment of calmness, earning global praise for captaining in a composed manner. Their each move will be as keenly followed as the outcome of the match.

CSK will approach the match at the JSCA International Stadium, the first one at the ground this season, psychologically in a better position after beating RCB in both the group stage matches. The winner of the match will meet Mumbai Indians in the final in Kolkata on May 24. Mumbai beat Chennai in Qualifier 1 by 25 runs on Tuesday. Two-time champions CSK’s proven record of winning crunch matches also holds them in good stead. But Friday’s match is a one-off game with the current form of the vast array of star players of both teams crucial in determining the end result.

The loss against Mumbai was demoralising but Chennai must shake off the disappointment as they are getting another chance at biting the cherry. Meanwhile, RCB are in hot form, beating Rajasthan Royals comprehensively by 71 runs in the Eliminator in Pune on Wednesday night. Their ‘holy trinity’ of blasters Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have given a good account of themselves in the competition. Besides, Punjab batter Mandeep Singh has provided good support, chipping in with crucial runs at important junctures.

They will again look to posting a strong total and then successfully defending it through a combined bowling effort of pacers, led by Aussie Mitchell Starc and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. CSK need to find a solution to the departure of their batting mainstay, Kiwi Brendon McCullum, who has left the team after the group phase to fulfil his national commitments.

His departure, was amply evident in the Eliminator where they failed to chase down a 188-run target. They are, though, not short of batting firepower with Faf du Plesis, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo all having the skill and experience to come good in a knockout match. But it’s their tendency to give away runs when under pressure that Dhoni will be more concerned about. Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra has been steady, but he has been a lone fighter without the necessary backing from the rest of the bowlers. (With inputs from Agencies)