IPL 2019: CSK beat RCB at home ground in low-scoring match
It was a huge disappointment for RCB fans on Day 1 after the team was bowled out for 70 runs by the CSK.
Chennai: In the first match of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019), Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets on Saturday (March 23) in Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Though CSK lost Shane Watson early while chasing a below-par score of 71 runs, the RCB side never looked to be in control of the game as Ambati Rayudu (28 off 42 runs), and Suresh Raina (19 off 21 balls) put 32 runs for the second wicket to strengthen their team position.
Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir bagged three wickets each as CSK limited RCB to 70 runs after opting to bowl.
Dwayne Bravo, during his first over of the season, claimed the final wicket as the star-studded batting-line-up of the RCB crumbled in 17.1 overs.
RCB's opening batsman, Parthiv Patel scored 29 runs and was the highest scorer for the RCB.
RCB's captain, Virat Kohli failed to impress his fans at the opening after he was dismissed for six runs.
CSK limited nine batsmen to single-digit scores. The Dhoni-led side made a triumphant return to their home ground.
CSK returned to the grounds in 2017 after facing a two-year ban and was also forced to play all matches in Pune except one in their home ground, as protests over the Cauvery water dispute compelled the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift matches that were scheduled to be played in Chennai.