Prior to the game between defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the captains of both teams MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli presented their autographed jerseys to the President of Maldives, His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The two skippers also went on to present the Maldives President with an autographed bat.
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The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will look to do the double over Royal Challengers Bangalore. CSK has been the most dominant side so far in this competition with seven wins in nine games while RCB will look to rediscover their rhythm heading into the business end of the tournament. CSK will look to overcome their six-wicket loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday while Bangalore will be confident after their thrilling 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and decided to bowl first.
It was not the start that Royal Challengers Bangalore wanted as they lost their captain Virat Kohli early. Kohli who had scored a match-winning ton in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders was dismissed for nine in the third over after he was caught behind by his opposite number MS Dhoni off Deepak Chahar. Parthiv Patel then added 47 runs with AB de Villiers. Just when the former South African captain was looking in good touch his ex-South African team-mate Faf du Plessis took a good catch at the boundary which ended his stay in the middle. Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel once again played a vital knock for RCB. The southpaw played a spectacular cameo of a 37-ball 53 at a strike rate of 143.24 which included two boundaries and four maximums.
At the time of publishing this story, RCB were 126/5 after 16.3 overs.