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Royal Challengers Bangalore have been known to be heavily dependent on their superstars to come good. This season, however, there has been a refreshing change with the likes of Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal and Sarfaraz Khan supporting the mega stars in the team. Today was another example of RCB’s young guns coming to their rescue as Mandeep, Harshal Patel and Sreenath Aravind sparkled for the team to help beat Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 Eliminator in Pune.

It still needed one of RCB’s big stars to guide their younger players, with AB de Villiers playing a stunning innings with the bat. The right-hander slammed 66 off 38 and together with Mandeep Singh (54* off 34) helped RCB overcome a tough start. The pair added a sizzling 113-run stand to lift their side out of trouble and help them end with a daunting total of 180/4. Defending a strong total, RCB’s bowlers put in a clinical effort as they took wickets at regular intervals to restrict the inaugural champions to 109 and win by 71 runs. RCB will now play Chennai Super Kings for a spot in the final alongside Mumbai Indians.

Sreenath Aravind, who was brought in for this game in place of Ashok Dinda, repaid his captain’s faith as he struck early to send back Shane Watson in the second over. He also had James Faulkner out caught and bowled later in the innings to end with fantastic figures of two for 20 off his four overs.

Harshal Patel, too, chipped in with the important wickets of Sanju Samson and Karun Nair as RCB maintained a tight leash on the scoring despite Ajinkya Rahane (42) looking in decent touch. Rahane was the fifth wicket down for RR, when he top-edged a slog sweep off Chahal to be out caught in the 14th over. The wicket evaporated whatever little hopes RR had of an upset win as they went on to lose their last five for 17 runs to be bowled out for a lowly 109.

Earlier, having won the toss and opting to bat first, RCB made a steady start to their innings with Chris Gayle getting into his stride early. He looked in ominous touch, scoring the first 26 off the 38 his team added in the first five overs. However, Dhawal Kulkarni got his team the prized wicket of the West Indian by bowling him for 27. Kulkarni added another important wicket to his tally as he had Virat Kohli out caught and bowled in his next over. RCB had slipped to 46/2 and looked in danger of being restricted to a low score.

ABD and Mandeep Singh, however, had other ideas. They started slowly, scoring 4 off the first 13 deliveries they played, but Mandeep cut loose soon after. Kulkarni was smacked for a six and a four, before James Faulkner went for two fours in the over. de Villiers, too, got into the act as he slammed Ankit Sharma for two sixes and a four in an over.

The onslaught continued into the death overs with overs 16 and 17 giving RCB a combined 24 runs. ABD notched up his fifty in the next over with a top-edge for a six and a clean strike over long-on for his fourth six of the innings. He was run-out in the penultimate over of the innings, but he had already added 66 off just 38 deliveries.

The wicket did little to stall RCB’s momentum as Dinesh Karthik, Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep combined to whack 21 off the last eight balls to give their side 180/4. It proved to be 71 runs too many for RR.

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Old battles are set to reignite in the first qualifier at the Wankhede Stadium © BCCI
In Indian Premier League’s (IPL) short eight-year history, no matchup attracts the same billing as a clash between perennial heavyweights Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI). Two passionate cricket metropolises, superstar cricketers and seven domestic T20 titles between them (CSK 4 – 3 MI) is a sure shot recipe for a marquee clash.A lot has changed since Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith bulldozed MI early in the season, forcing Rohit Sharma to bemoan his team’s attitude. While CSK strutted to the playoffs for the eighth successive season on the back of sheer consistency, MI scratched around, huffed and puffed before eventually rediscovering their mojo to qualify second.

A defeat in the first qualifier is not the end of the road but both sides realize the benefits of a win besides the all-important place in the final – One match lesser, extra days of rest and lesser travelling – vital in a tournament as stretched out as this one. MI versus CSK is the most evenly contested rivalry with their past 22 meetings split 11-11. In IPL 2015 too, the teams split the league fixtures, with each winning at the other’s home.

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 20:00 IST
Weather: Mostly warm with a high of 33 degree Celsius and a 10% chance of rain.

Team News:

Chennai Super Kings

CSK’s ploy of giving Michael Hussey a game before the play-offs failed to serve the purpose after the Western Australian was dismissed in the first over against KXIP. He will, however, hold on to his spot in the clash along with Dwayne Smith, who will return to the opening slot vacated by Brendon McCullum’s departure. The team will take a call between the steady Ishwar Pandey (11 wickets at 7.19 RPO) and Mohit Sharma (11 wickets at 8.43 RPO) for the medium pacer’s slot.

Probable XI: Michael Hussey, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Dwayne Bravo, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey/Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians have a quick turnaround from their final league game in Hyderabad and the physios will be working overtime to ensure none pull up sore on the morning of the clash. Thankfully for them, they play the crucial qualifier at the Wankhede stadium where they hold a 4-2 advantage over CSK in all IPL. They are unlikely to make any changes to the side that has served them well in the second half of the season.

Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Jagdeesha Suchith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Vinay Kumar, Lasith Malinga

Stats and Trivia:

Suresh Raina leads the batting chart for most number of runs in MI-CSK clashes (557 runs at 34.89 and SR of 149.33)

– CSK hold a 4-1 edge over Mumbai in IPL play-off/knockout matches between the teams

– As many as 5 players who’ve played for both teams in the rivalry will feature in this game – Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Ashish Nehra and Parthiv Patel

Quotes:

We have made it quite simple, we adapt, we improve and keep the core of the team same.

MS Dhoni on the CSK’s secret to success

I talked to the boys about how we are actually playing two tournaments, we forgot the first half and do well in the next.

Rohit Sharma on how Mumbai Indians managed to qualify despite suffering a horrible start to the season.