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As it happened: RCB beat CSK by 24 runs

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12:29 am

After 8 overs, CSK 82-6. And that's that. RCB get a big win and Virat Kohli led the way with a stunning fifty. Now, they need to hope that the Sunrisers struggle tomorrow because if the team from Hyderabad win, it's game over. RCB won by 24 runs.

12:29 am

After 7 overs, CSK 68-4. Chennai Super Kings require another 39 runs with 6 wickets and 6 balls remaining. It's pretty much over.

12:23 am

After 6.1 overs, CSK 56-4. Vijay was into the shot a little too early and got a leading edge. Gayle took the catch.

12:21 am

After 6 overs, CSK 56-3. 19 runs off the RP Singh over -- Vijay really got stuck into some of the deliveries. But CSK still need 51 runs to win off 12 balls

12:10 am

After 4 overs, CSK 29-3. 10 runs off the over but Vinay Kumar got Bravo off the last ball and it was a dot ball too.

12:04 am

After 3 overs, CSK 19-2. Just two fours in the CSK innings so far -- and one of them came off the first ball. After this, CSK will have a hard time trying to win this.

11:57 pm

After 1.4 overs, CSK 11-2. Raina goes for the big shot off the first ball, doesn't connect well and is caught. Two in two for Zak.

11:55 pm

After 1.3 overs, CSK 11-1. Hussey walking back, good catch by the keeper. Zak gets the big wicket.

11:48 pm

After 1 over, CSK 8-0. Decent start for CSK but they know they have a lot of big hitting ahead of them if they want to beat RCB here.

11:39 pm

After 8 overs, RCB 106-2. Kohli ended up with 56 off 29 balls. Brilliant knock by him. They have done all they could have.

11:33 pm

After 7 overs, RCB 90-2. The over started off well for CSK, Mohit got AB. But Henriques and RCB had the final laught with three fours off the last three balls.

11:30 pm

After 6.1 overs, RCB 76-2. Slower ball from Mohit Sharma, throws de Villiers' timing off. He holes out to Jadeja at long-off.

11:28 pm

After 6 overs, RCB 76-1. Ten runs off the last over. Kohli an AB de Villiers in the middle now. RCB will want to get as close to 100 as possible.

11:25 pm

After 5.2 overs, RCB 67-1. Gayle smashed it but found Hussey and Mr Cricket didn't make a mistake. The big Jamaican was just starting to get going. He made 28 off 13 balls.

11:21 pm

After 5 overs, RCB 66-0. Three balls into the over, Holder had given away just two runs. Then Gayle got stuck into him and slammed three consecutive sixes. Each hit was bigger than the last one.

11:15 pm

After 4 overs, RCB 46-0. Once again Virat ends the over with a six. Stunning shot, it was full and he picked his spot. Just wide off long-off and flat. Kohli has 33 off 17 balls. Gayle hasn't even got started.

11:12 pm

After 3 overs, RCB 33-0. Some stunning shots from Kohli in the last over but none better than the six he smashed off the last ball. He picked the carrom ball and hit it straight down the ground. Kohli has 21 off 12 balls.

11:09 pm

After 2 overs, RCB 17-0. An edge that went for a six and few other big shots. Morris bowled with good pace there.

11:03 pm

After 1 over, RCB 6-0. Kohli took first strike an scored 5 runs off the first four balls. Ashwin was getting the ball to turn pretty big.

11:00 pm

Gayle and Kohli to open the innings. Ashwin to bowl the first over.

10:41 pm

Chennai have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Morris back in the CSK team, Albie is injured. RP Singh and Saurabh Tiwary are back in the RCB team.

Toss at 10:40 pm
The toss will take place at 10:40. Play will start at 11 pm. 8 overs a side. Powerplay for the first two overs.

... it stops again
The Super Soppers are in action now. The rain has stopped and it looks like we might at least have a rain-curtailed game. Fingers crossed for now.

Another inspection at 10:30 pm to decide the start time.

... it starts again
Ground staff rushes to put the covers back on.

And now it stops!
The umpires will have a pitch inspection in a few minutes and we'll probably get a better idea of when the game might start.

And it starting again!
It's starting again. Sidhu says it is a passing shower that has decided to stay. It's been raining for around 3 hours now. No toss yet.

And it stops!
It has stopped raining here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Super Soppers are frantically at work (7.34pm) says Mohandas Memon via twitter. How many over will they manage to get in?

Rains
We've heard that Bangalore is experiencing heavy rain. Let's see if the game will start at all. It's a big game for RCB. The Sunrisers are already on 18 points and if anything, RCB needed to win this to come back on level. RCB have just 16 points and have falled away badly in recent games.

Dhoni and Kohli will have to wait for the rain to stop. BCCI

Dhoni and Kohli will have to wait for the rain to stop. BCCI

Pre-game
Aware that Royal Challengers Bangalore have a top-order which can destroy any attack on their day, Chennai Super Kings are aiming to polish off their top three batsmen early when they lock horns in an IPL match on Saturday.

"We have our work cut out. If it is a high-scoring game, and if any of their top three get away. It's always been a case in Bangalore, hopefully if we could get the top-order wickets early on then we could control the runs and the game," CSK coach Stephen Fleming said.

Fleming, who captained New Zealand for a record 80 matches, said the team got to be smart as a bowling unit against Gayle.

"There are two or three bowlers we use. Ashwin has had some success against Chris Morris got him out the first time up in the last game in Chennai. The other bowlers too need to be disciplined. Chris can launch into any bowler, he has been very smart in the opening overs and then he starts his attack with bowlers three, four, five being targeted," he said.

Fleming, the highest run-getter for New Zealand who scored 7,172 runs, said CSK have been lucky to get Gayle out on a number of occasions.

"We just got to make sure we are in the right areas and hopefully it will be our day. He is being remarkably consistent, he has been dynamic, his consistency especially on this ground has to be admired," he said.

- PTI