Chennai Super Kings win toss, choose to bowl first

Virat Kohli is Captain Fantastic, says AB de Villiers: Looking back at a storied partnership

Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in the Indian Premier League here tonight.

Chasing a stiff target of 206, CSK got past the finish line with two balls to spare. Dhoni added a match-winning 101 off 54 balls with Ambati Rayudu (82) for the fifth wicket.

Rayudu led the charge for Chennai, while Dhoni's blazing knock snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat.

But Dhoni played with typical class, while Rayudu anchored a sublime century stand with eight sixes and three fours. He received a reprieve on 61, when Umesh Yadav dropped a sitter at cover.

However, Rayudu and skipper Dhoni had other ideas as the duo staged a fine recovery before bringing CSK right back into the game.

This will be for the first time that the two teams face each other since May 22, 2015 as CSK were banned from the 2016 and 2017 editions due to spot-fixing.

Good news for the hosts is that AB de Villiers is in devastating form, which he exhibited in the last match when he enthralled his fans with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power his team to a convincing win over Daredevils. He is unable to get off the mark as Bravo picks up a wicket maiden. After giving away just three singles in first four balls, Mohammed Siraj was hit for a six by Dhoni and all hell broke loose as the bowler bowled three consecutive wide balls to give away 14 in the over, leaving CSK to chase 16 off last over which the visitors did comfortably.

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De Villiers (68) dominated with a simply incredible display of hitting while De Kock (53) was more than just second fiddle.

De Villiers miscued Tahir's tossed-up delivery pitched outside off-stump for Sam Billings to complete the formalities at deep cover.

Both teams made a couple of changes.

Imran Tahir then further dented RCB with a double-wicket maiden as he accounted for the unsafe de Villiers and Corey Anderson in successive deliveries to bring back CSK into the game.

Mandeep Singh (32) and Washington Sundar (14*) helped lift the Royal Challengers over 200 and what looked to be an imposing total of 205 for 8. The match will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday - with live TV coverage in the United States available on Willow TV and the Hotstar app - the match starts at 10.30 a.m. EDT.

Imran Tahir was next in line as AB de Villiers hit one of his maximums out of the Stadium which went 111 metres long to become the longest six of the tournament.

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