Sublime Dhoni, royal Rayudu power Chennai

Virat Kohli satisfied with his form with the bat believes that the home side holds the advantage. CSK, however, made light work of the target, romping home with five wickets to spare. And all above, MS Dhoni has led the team as well as ever.

There are some big names like Kohli, Abraham De Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Quinton D. Cock and Brendon McCullum in Bangalore, but none of these batsmen, except Kohli, have been performing according to their fame. But Rayudu hit two sixes in two balls off Washington Sundar and took CSK to 24/1 in three overs.

Rayudu's blitz included 8 sixes and 3 fours as he kept his head while wickets fell around him before Dhoni strode into the middle to stamp his authority. However, Rayudu and Dhoni lay in wait for the likes of Negi and Corey Anderson to come into the attack and once they were in, it was time for some fireworks.

Needing 16 runs from the last over, Bravo slammed a four and a six each, before Dhoni finished the game with his trademark shot, when he blazed a maximum at the wide-long region to push back the two-time champions back to the top spot at the table.

Earlier, South Africans AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock's struck breezy half-centuries to power RCB to a mammoth 205/8 after Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Having bowled out their two best bowlers Virat Kohli turned to Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj and Corey Anderson to complete the final seven overs.

Twitter can be an unforgiving platform and once again, it was quick to pounce on Imran Tahir's overzealous celebrations. The wickets of de Kock and de Villiers swung the momentum in favour of CSK.

Both teams made a couple of changes. One of de Villiers' sixes landed outside the stadium. In that attempt, he got out to Tahir, who also accounted for Anderson the very next ball.

The Challengers will be under pressure to do good in this game as their fans will expect another fine victory following their much-awaited win over Delhi Daredevils the other night at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain/WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, K.M. Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.

Rayudu has looked impressive this season but while he put together some good starts at the crease in the first four games, he wasn't able to take the next step and convert those into telling innings.

  • Julie Sanders