Highlights, IPL 2019, Chennai vs Bangalore Match 1: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings kicked off their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign on a rousing note by thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. After wrapping up the visitors on a paltry total of 70 runs, the sixth lowest total in the IPL history, the hosts took 17.5 overs to overhaul the target on a slow Chepauk wicket. Chasing a low total seemed a child’s play for Chennai, however, the Bangalore bowlers also utilised the favourable conditions to create little panic in hosts’ dugout. Like Bangalore, Chennai was also off to a poor start as Yuzvendra Chahal sent back opener Shane Watson who failed to open his account. Incoming batsman Suresh Raina (19) and opener Ambati Rayudu slowly and steadily lifted their side towards the target before Moeen Ali applied brakes on the former’s innings. The duo were involved in a 32-run stand for the second wicket. Meanwhile, Raina also became the first player in the IPL history to reach the 5,000-run mark. As soon as he reached individual score of 15, Raina achieved the rare feat. (SCORECARD)

HIGHLIGHTS, CHENNAI vs BANGALORE MATCH 1 in CHENNAI

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23.03 IST: Chennai Super Kings (71/3 in 17.4 overs) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (70-all out) by 7 wickets at Chepauk. Rayudu 28, Raina 19

22.59 IST: A maiden from Mohammed Siraj! On a length on middle and leg, Jadeja pushes it towards mid-wicket for a dot ball.

22.53 IST: Strategic break – The Chennai batsmen are in no hurry and doing this comfortably. Just another 3 runs required for them to get on the points table. Has been a dismal night for Bangalore and continues to be so.

22.45 IST: OUT! What has happened there? The stumps are in disarray! Rayudu was coming down the track and Siraj spots it early. He bowls it short and aims it at the body of the batsman. Rayudu is cramped for room and looks to pull it away still but the ball goes off the inside edge and onto the stumps. Too late in the game for Bangalore though. CSK 59/3 in 14.3 overs, need 12 runs to win vs RCB (70-all out)

22.35 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot from Rayudu. Short of a good length delivery on off, Rayudu plays a cover drive with precision. It goes through the gap between covers and extra cover. Ambati plays it with great technique, great footwork and perfect placement. Chennai 51/2 in 12 overs vs Bangalore (70-all out)

22.30 IST: FOUR! Crisp! A back of a length delivery on off, Jadhav pulls it uppishly and one bounce four at the vacant mid-wicket region. CSK 47/2 in 11 overs, need 24 runs to win vs RCB (70-all out)

22.23 IST: OUT! Moeen Ali removes Suresh Raina for 20. Tossed up delivery on middle, Raina charges down the track and looks to clear the fielder at long on. He does not time it well and it goes straight to Shivam Dubey there. CSK 40/2 in 9.3 overs vs RCB (70-all out)

22.21 IST: FOUR! Beautiful shot! No power just pure timing and placement. Moeen bowls this at 91 case. Raina waits for it and then punches it through covers for a boundary.

22.20 IST: Strategic Break – Chennai cruising along here. The target is a very small one and there is no scoring pressure. They lost Shane Watson early but Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina have steadied the ship. Only wickets will do for Bangalore and they need to get them very quickly and in heaps.

22.18 IST: Back of a length delivery, Raina flicks it to fine leg and takes a single. A cheer from the crowd as this single brings 5000 runs in Indian T20 league for Raina

22.12 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries from Raina’s blade, he’s taking the pressure off from the hosts. This time Raina stays in his crease. Tossed up on off, Raina gets on one knee and sweeps it between mid-wicket and long on for another boundary. Chennai 32/1 in 7.4 overs vs Bangalore (70-all out)

22.07 IST: FOUR! Full-length delivery on middle, Rayudu gets his front foot out of the line and whacks it over the bowler’s head. He does not time it well but it is struck well enough to cross the rope after a couple of bounce. CSK 22/1 in 6.3 overs vs RCB (70-all out)

21.57 IST: In the air…but dropped. Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Rayudu looks to break the shackles and attempts a slog sweep. He gets no timing on it and the ball goes towards backward square leg. Umesh Yadav comes running in from the deep and puts in a dive. He gets both his hand to the ball but it [pops out. A single is taken.

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21.51 IST: OUT! Yuzvendra Chahal gets the big fish, Shane Watson departs for a duck. Bowled! Flighted delivery on middle and off. Watson looks to sweep it but misses and the ball goes onto crash the off stump. Bangalore needed early wicket and they have got it. Chennai 8/1 in 2.1 overs vs Bangalore

21.43 IST: Maiden over bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal! Short and wide outside off, cut straight to the point fielder. Terrific start from the leggie. CSK 0/0 in 1 over, need 71 runs to win vs RCB (70-all out)

21.40 IST: We are back for the chase. Out walk the opening pair of Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu for Chennai. Yuzvendra Chahal to start the proceedings for Bangalore.

21.30 IST:

21.27 IST: Lowest totals for RCB in IPL–

49 v KKR, Kolkata, 2017
70 v RR, Abu Dhabi, 2014
70 v CSK, Chennai, 2019*
82 v KKR, Bengaluru, 2008

21.23 IST:

21.20 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 70-all out vs Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk. Tahir 3/9, Harbhajan 3/20, Jadeja 2/15 

21.17 IST: OUT! Jadeja snares Umesh Yadav for 1. Trademark Jadeja wicket. The ball spins slightly, just enough to beat the outside edge and disturb Umesh’s furniture. A flat out-turner that pitched on middle and Umesh was playing for the angle. He had prodded forward to block, the ball though had other ideas. Bangalore 70/9 in 16.5 overs vs Chennai

21.07 IST: OUT! Imran Tahir removes Y Chahal for 4. It was the googly from Tahir and Chahal dragged that from outside off with his sweep shot. No timing behind it and he holes out at deep mid-wicket. Harbhajan gobbles it up above his head and has his arms aloft. RCB 59/8 in 14 overs vs CSK

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20.56 IST: Tahir gets his second, Navdeep Saini departs for 2. The South African veteran persuades Dhoni to go for the review! Legal ball. It was the googly and Saini was pressing forward for the push. Is the impact outside off? Before that, was there an inside edge? Yes, confirmed by UltraEdge. The ball brushed the pad and carried to first slip. A review for lbw, given out caught! Got to give credit to Tahir here. Bangalore 53/7 in 11.2 overs vs Chennai

20.51 IST: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja removes Colin de Grandhomme for 4. Bangalore are falling apart here. De Grandhomme always finds it difficult to bat against spin early in the innings and the difficulty goes up in these sorts of pitches. Jadeja gave a bit of flight on this occasion and Grandhomme was half-forward for a tentative push. He gets a faint outside edge and Dhoni makes no mistakes. RCB 51/6 in 10.3 overs vs CSK

20.45 IST: OUT! Imran Tahir gets the better of debutant Shiam Dube for 2. It was a normal leggie wide on off, Dube plays a nothing shot. He wanted to steer it wide of slips, ends up playing too fine and hands a simple catch to Watson at slip. Half of the team is back in the hut now.

20.37 IST: Shimron Hetmyer run-out for a duck. It’s going all too fast for RCB, they’re in a total mess in the Lion’s den. Hetmyer taps it to the off-side and charges for a single, there was no response from Parthiv at the non-striker’s end and Hetmyer was stranded in the middle. Raina at cover comes quickly and hurls the ball to Dhoni who knocks off the bails. RCB 39/4 in 8 overs vs CSK

20.35 IST:

20.33 IST: Harbhajan snares AB de Villiers for 9. De Villiers attempts a slog sweep again, it stops in the wicket and his timing was in a mess. This time the ball went squarer and Jadeja was the fielder at deep mid-wicket, he gets in a good position and takes a fine catch. RCB in serious trouble. Bangalore 38/3 in 7.2 overs vs Chennai

20.23 IST: OUT! Harbhajan removes Moeen Ali for 9. This is a very soft dismissal. Harbhajan gives this one a lot of flight, it sticks in the wicket, comes slowly and bounces extra off the deck. Moeen as on the back-foot, he wanted to work it to the on-side. He closes the face of the blade early, it hits his leading edge and pops up in the air. Bhajji takes a sitter of sitters. RCB 28/1 in 5.2 overs vs CSK

20.17 IST: SIX! First maximum of the 2019 IPL! It was a fuller length delivery on the stumps from Bhajji, Moeen Ali goes down on his knees and nails the slog sweep over deep mid-wicket for a six. Bangalore 22/1 in 4 overs vs Chennai

20.15 IST: OUT! Harbhajan removes Virat Kohli for 6. This is a huge moment in the match. Kohli has departed in single digits. It was a shorter delivery from Bhajji, Kohli rocks back and takes out the pull shot. He hits it straight to the Jadeja at deep mid-wicket and Jaddu is safe as a house. RCB 16/1 in 3.3 overs vs CSK

20.04 IST: FOUR! Dhoni won’t be happy with this effort. It was touch fuller of good length and there was just enough room, Parthiv throws his bat at it and creams the drive to mid-off. Shardul Thakur there misfields and it goes for a boundary to long-off. RCB 5/0 in 1 over vs CSK

19.57 IST: Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel make their way to the middle followed by the CSK players who are in a customary huddle. Few words of wisdom from the skipper MS. The iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium is ready. We are moments away from the first ball of the 12th season. Virat will take the strike and Deepak Chahar has ball in hand.

19.41 IST: Look who’s back in action!

19.35 IST:

19.30 IST: Virat Kohli quips, “We want to be a team that find ways to win cricket games. Even in Stoinis and Coulter-Nile’s absence we have a balanced team. There was lot of dew in the last few days. We would have bowled too. I will open the innings today with Parthiv Patel. Our four foreign players are ABD, Hetmyer, Moeen Ali and CDG. Either ABD or Moeen will bat at three, depending on the situation of the match”.

19.28 IST: Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (C), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

19.25 IST: MS Dhoni says, “I think it was one of the great comebacks last year. We had our challenges and we overcame them to win the trophy. We will be roaring for sure but basics are very important. We have to start from scratch this year. We will bowl first. We are not sure about the wicket. It looks slightly on the slower side. It is the first game of the tournament so we are not sure of the target to set. We are playing with three foreign players and they are: Watson, Bravo and Tahir.”

19.23 IST: TOSS – MS Dhoni wins toss as Chennai opt to field vs Kohli’s Bangalore in Match 1 of IPL 2019 at Chepauk.

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19.10 IST:

18.56 IST: Defending Champions Chennai Super Kings are all set for their title defence against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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18.45 IST: IPL 2019 opening ceremony funds of Rs 20 crore donated to CRPF & Armed Forces

18.35 IST: MS Dhoni and Co, arrived at the Chepauk stadium for the opening clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

18.30 IST: Hello and welcome to our live cricket blog of the season-opening match of the cash-rich Indian Premier League between two heavyweights – Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Brief Match Preview, Chennai vs Bangalore Match 1: They made ‘Dad’s Army’ sound cool last year and defending champions Chennai Super Kings’ battle-hardened veterans are ready to prove that age is just a number when they take on Virat Kohli’s perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore in Saturday’s opening IPL encounter on Saturday. For Virat Kohli, it couldn’t be a bigger statement if his young side could start off with a bang at Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘spiritual home’, a task which will be easier said than done.

CSK’s core team is the oldest in the tournament — 37-year-olds Dhoni and Shane Watson, 35-year-old Dwayne Bravo, 34-year-old Faf du Plessis, 33-year-olds Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav, soon-to-be 32 Suresh Raina, Then they have two spinners with truckloads of experience — 39-year-old Imran Tahir and 38-year-old Harbhajan Singh, who have ability to change the complexion of a game with one-off over. (Read Full Match Preview)