Chennai Super Kings bowled out Royal Challengers Bangalore for a paltry 70 in the opening encounter of the Indian Premier League in Chennai on Saturday.
Parthiv Patel was the top-scorer with 29 while Harbhajan Singh (3/20) and Imran Tahir (3/9) bowled brilliantly. Ravindra Jadeja also got two wickets.
Chennai Super Kings opted to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening encounter of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League in Chennai on Saturday.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli indicated that he will be opening the innings while AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali and debutant Shimron Hetmyer will comprise the overseas list.
CSK are playing three foreigners in Imran Tahir, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo.
Chennai Super Kings (playing XI): Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Royal Challengers Bangalore (playing XI) Virat Kohli (capt), Parthiv Patel (wk), Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini
The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will begin their campaign of the 2019 Indian Premier League season against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai on Saturday.
CSK will be led by ever ‘cool’ M.S. Dhoni and RCB will be by the ‘vibrant and passionate’ Virat Kohli.
They remind you of two battle-scarred gunslingers in the Wild West. One, steely, quiet, and with eyes on target. The other more chirpy, emotional but fiercely focussed.
BCCI donates ₹20 crore to Armed forces
The BCCI on Saturday contributed ₹20 crore, the budget earmarked for the IPL opening ceremony, to the funds of the Armed forces and CRPF.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA), running the BCCI, had decided to cancel the glitzy opening ceremony in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
“It was unanimously decided that a sum of ₹11 crore be contributed to the Indian Army, ₹7 crore to the CRPF and ₹1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively,” a BCCI release said.
CoA Chairman, Mr. Vinod Rai said, “As a federation, we felt it was best not to hold a regular IPL opening ceremony. Instead, we decided to contribute the amount towards a cause that is so important and close to everyone’s heart.”
The showdown between the icy Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the often volatile Virat Kohli at Chepauk on Saturday will be a high voltage launch to IPL-12.
It is getting warmer in these parts. The cricketing temperatures are already high in the city in anticipation of the face-off between the two match-winners of contrasting age-groups.
In the Indian limited over set-ups, Kohli is the skipper and Dhoni his most trusted lieutenant. When the tension builds, Dhoni chips in with his inputs.