IPL 2019 will kickstart with a clash between old foes Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai on March 23. While CSK have won three titles, RCB are yet to win an IPL crown despite three appearances in finals.
MS Dhoni will lead CSK, while Virat Kohli will helm RCB. Both have immense respect for each other while they play for India. But in IPL, they will be rivals once again.
The two teams have contested in some thrilling, nail-biting contests in IPL. Cricwizz walks down memory lane to bring five thrilling IPL encounters between CSK and RCB.
RCB beat CSK at Durban in IPL 2009
MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat first. They opened with Murali Vijay and Mathew Hayden and posted a quick opening stand of 32 in 3.3 overs. Vijay was the first to depart as Hayden anchored the innings.
At 93/2 in 12 overs, CSK were looking for a total above 160. But then Dhoni fell for 18, and the floodgates opened. Hayden departed soon for 38-ball 60 with 5 fours and 3 sixes. CSK lost their last 8 wickets for 36 runs to be bowled out for 129.
RCB had a poor start, losing their top three for just 30 in 4.4 overs. Virat Kohli and Ross Taylor then came together to put up a match-winning stand of 56 runs in 9.4 overs. Kohli departed for 38, but Taylor kept fighting for RCB.
The Bangalore team then made heavy weather of the small chase. Taylor departed for 46 on the first ball of the 19th over to leave RCB with 5 runs to win off 5 balls with 2 wickets in hand. With 2 needed off three, R Vinay Kumar struck a four to give RCB a tense win. Taylor was named man of the match for his 46.
2011 IPL final between CSK and RCB
Chennai Super Kings were defending their title and had marched into the final in 2011 IPL. RCB too saw a big turnaround with Chris Gayle coming to the party. It was considered a clash between Gayle and CSK for a title.
CSK won the toss and chose to bat first. Their openers Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey tore apart the RCB bowling attack, putting up a stand of 159 runs in 14.5 overs. Vijay was severe on the bowling attack, hitting 95 off 52 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes. Hussey slammed 63 off 45 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes. CSK made a record score of 205/5 in IPL final then.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni opened the bowling with R Ashwin who made an immediate impression and got the dangerous Gayle to edge to keeper for a third-ball duck in the first over of the innings. RCB could not recover from the early jolt and gave up the fight. Saurabh Tiwary waged a lone battle of 34-ball 42* with 1 four and 3 sixes as RCB lost their second IPL final by 58 runs.
CSK beat RCB at Chennai in 2012 IPL
This was a thriller between the two teams. RCB won the toss and chose to bat first on a flat deck. Mayank Agarwal was in great touch, he scored 45 in an opening stand of 53 with Chris Gayle. Kohli and Gayle then build on the momentum, putting up a 109-run stand for the second wicket in 11 overs. RCB made 205/8 with Gayle 68, Kohli 57 notching up half-centuries.
CSK gave a strong reply but were never up to the required run-rate. Faf du Plessis anchored the innings with 46-ball 71. At 128/3, CSK needed 78 runs in 33 balls. Dhoni gave a fight, making a 24-ball 41 before he was dismissed in the 18th over.
With 43 runs needed off 12 balls, the match was RCB to lose. In a bizarre move, RCB skipper Daniel Vettori handed over the ball to part-timer Virat Kohli to bowl the second-last over with big hitter Albie Morkel at the crease. Morkel tore apart Kohli’s freebies and smacked his over for three sixes, and two fours and a two to take 28 runs off the over.
The equation boiled down to 15 runs off 6 balls. Morkel departed on the second ball, but Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja took CSK home. With 2 needed off 1, Jadeja got an edgy four to win the match for CSK. But not Morkel, Faf was named man of the match.
CSK beat RCB by 4 wickets in 2013 IPL
On a two-paced wicket of Chepauk, Chennai, CSK chose to field first and saw RCB post a competitive score of 165/6. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the two pillars of RCB, combined to stitch a stand of 82 runs for the third wicket. Kohli scored 58, while ABD posted 64 as RCB believed they have the match in hand.
CSK kept losing wickets at regular intervals but kept ticking at the scoreboard. They lost their openers Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey cheaply, but Suresh Rain, MS Dhoni, and S Badrinath each made a cameo of 30-plus to keep CSK in the hunt.
At 137/5, CSK lost Dhoni on the first ball off the 18th over. RCB sniffed a chance. Dwayne Bravo then fell soon to leave CSK 20 runs to win off 8 balls. Ravindra Jadeja was the lone hope for CSK.
16 runs were required off the last 6. And RP Singh bowled the most forgettable over of his career. He conceded a six and a four to Jadeja off the first two balls. But he then came back strongly to give only 4 off the next three.
With two runs needed for a win off the last ball, RP Singh bowled wide and short. Jadeja cut straight to third-man fielder and RCB and their skipper Virat Kohli erupted in joy.
But their joy was shortlived as umpire declared it a no-ball. Jadeja had ran a single to win the match for his team with a ball to spare.
Jadeja was named man of the match for his 20-ball 38* with 3 fours and 1 six. MS Dhoni later joked on social media that only ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja could have won the match in that situation.
CSK beat RCB by 3 wickets at Ranchi in 2015
CSK had a forgettable season in 2015 till things started heating up in the business end of the tournament. They were not in the race for play-offs. But some other matches ended in their favour to help them grab a play-off berth.
They advanced from Eliminator to the final which they lost to eventual champions Mumbai Indians. They chose to field first in the Qualifier 2 against RCB.
RCB stuttered to 139/8 with Chris Gayle top-scoring with 41 runs off 43 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes. It was a difficult wicket to score runs off. Nehra bagged 3/28 to express his importance to the team.
Michael Hussey brought all his experience to the fore as he anchored the chase of 140 with a knock of 56. He fell at 108 with CSK needing 32 off 21 balls.
It was meant to be an easy win then. But CSK lost three quick wickets in Pawan Negi, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni for four runs. With 1 needed off two, R Ashwin stole a single to help CSK qualify for final.