Royal Challengers Bengaluru Qualify For Playoffs: That's It! A spectacular comeback from RCB and they have done the unthinkable. After winning only one game from the first eight, they have now won six games in a row to qualify for the final four. RCB will play the eliminator now. Unbelievable feat and win go down in the IPL history as a memorable achievement.

CSK 166/6 in 18 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Visitors Need 35 Runs in 12 Balls to Qualify For Playoffs

A big challenge infront of the experienced finishing pair of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. They need 52 runs to win in two overs which is out of reach as of now but they can still get 35 runs in the last two overs which will take them over the playoff qualification line. They will have to use their last bit of experience to get this done.

CSK 125/5 in 14 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Visitors Lose Rachin Ravindra, Shivam Dube in Quick Succession

RCB take the control of the game once again as they dismiss the dangerous Rachin Ravindra and Shivam Dube in quick succession. Ravindra was run out due to a miscommunication with Dube, who was struggling to get momentum in his batting. The tentativeness showed when Dube tried to take Green one and got holed out in the deep. RCB have the match in control and they will not want to let it go.

CSK 110/3 in 12 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Lockie Ferguson's Spell Puts Visitors Under Pressure

Lockie Ferguson gets introduced into the attack and dismisses Ajinkya Rahane in the first ball of his spell. Rahane was well set and was looking to accelerate against pace. Ferguson kept Shivam Dube quiet despite conceding some runs against Rachin Ravindra which put the visitors under pressure.

CSK 78/2 in 8 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Ajinkya Rahane-Rachin Ravindra Keep Visitors Alive With Steady Partnership

After the first two blows, CSK have not conceded any wickets to RCB. RCB has bowled well but both Ajinkya Rahane and Rachin Ravindra have batted well to stitch a steady partnership keeping CSK alive in the chase. They picked up occasional boundaries too and never allowed the asking rate to get out of control. Their job will be to keep this up for the next five overs.

CSK 19/2 in 2.2 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Daryl Mitchell Dismissed in Quick Succession

CSK suffered two massive blows early in their innings as they lost captain Ruturaj Gaikwad and then star batter Daryl Mitchell within the first three overs of the innings chasing the big target. Gaikwad got out to a half tracker from Glenn Maxwell and then Mitchell failed trying to go over mid off. RCB have rocked CSK early and will look to build on this pressure.

RCB 218/5 in 20 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Cameron Green-Glenn Maxwell's Strong Finish Power Hosts to Big Total, Visitors Need 201 to Qualify For Playoffs

RCB put up a strong total on the board provided the strong finish from Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell. After Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis gave them a solid start, Rajat Patidar carried on the momentum, and then Green, Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik played cameos to take them well over 200. It is a challenging total despite the good batting conditions but CSK has the cushion of net run rate and they need 201 runs to secure qualification.

RCB 155/2 in 16 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Cameron Green-Rajat Patidar Look to Get Strong Finish After Faf du Plessis ' Controversial Dismissal

RCB faced a little break in their scoring rate after Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis was both dismissed in a gap of few overs. Faf's dismissal was controversial and it kind of pushed RCB in backfoot. But they returned strong with Rajat Patidar and Cameron Green playing some solid shots and taking them to a sold position looking for a strong finish.

RCB 78/1 in 9.4 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Mitchell Santner Dismisses Virat Kohli

Out! Big breakthrough for CSK as they get the dangerous Virat Kohli. Mitchell Santner and Virat Kohli were having a duel of their own and after a few shots and hit and misses, Santner finally strikes as he gets Kohli mis time one into the hands of Daryl Mitchell, who takes a nice juggling catch. RCB will look to carry on the momentum.

RCB 42/0 in 6 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Spinners Get Purchase As Hosts Off to Steady Start

Since the rain break, CSK has introduced spin straightaway and the RCB openers Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli have found it challenging to get them away. A little bit of moisture swept inside the covers has made the spinners get some grip off the surface. Santner and Theekshana have found turn with pace. RCB have to be careful here.

RCB 31/0 in 3 Overs | RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Virat Kohli-Faf du Plessis Looks to Give Steady Start As Rain Stops Play

The anticipated rain has finally arrived and the covers have been brought on place. 18 balls have been bowled in the match and RCB were looking to get a good start through Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli. RCB fans will hope the rain stops soon and they get some action.

RCB vs CSK Live Score Updates of IPL 2024: Ruturaj Gaikwad Wins the Toss and Opts to Bowl First; Glenn Maxwell Replaces Will Jacks in Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Playing XI, Mitchell Santner Returns in Place of Moeen Ali For Chennai Super Kings

Toss Update: CSK won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis(c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik(w), Karn Sharma, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Siraj

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Rachin Ravindra, Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w), Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana

The IPL 2024 is likely to witness the most important match of the league stage at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru as Royal Challengers Bengaluru is set to take on Chennai Super Kings. With three spots sealed in the playoffs for IPL 2024, RCB and CSK are the only two teams who remain in contention for the final berth for the IPL 2024 playoff. CSK are in a position of advantage as they have the higher net run rate with them. If they don't lose in 18.1 overs or by more than 18 runs, even with a loss they qualify for the playoffs. Meanwhile, RCB are focused with winning momentum behind them and they want to get the job done. Here’s How CSK Can Still Qualify for IPL 2024 Playoffs Even if They Lose to RCB in Their Last League Match.

RCB have won five matches in a row and are sitting with 12 points beside their name in the IPL 2024 points table. They had only one win in first 8 games but since then they have turned things around and are now pushing for a playoff spot. The biggest positive for them is the middle order coming back to form and Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green getting runs. They will miss the services of Will Jacks in this game but they have a big match-winner in Glenn Maxwell with them who will look to pounce on this opportunity. Riyan Parag Cancels Practice Session to Watch RCB vs CSK IPL 2024 Match, Shares Screenshot of WhatsApp Chat With Coach (See Post).

CSK on the other hand, have suffered a lot of blows with injuries and players leaving for international duties. Moeen Ali, who was looking good for the last two games has left for England and they have to find a replacement once again.  What has been working for CSK is their bowling since Simarjeet Singh has been included in the bowling lineup. Tushar Deshpande has been a consistent performer although CSK will want to explore the option of Richard Gleeson in this game with game with Moeen Ali absent. Mitchell Santner can be a option for them too.

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