Well, it is official. Our man at the ground, Ajith, says that play has been called off. The umpires have now come out and called the game off finally. That is all from us here. Join us tomorrow for the match between Pune and Deccan. Until then, see ya.
Mohandas Menon has tweeted that the match has been called off. Both teams share a point. This is the second abandoned game in this edition of the IPL.
According to RCB Tweets: The match has been called off. @ChennaiIPL and @RCBTweets share a point each. We are awaiting for the official confirmation.
Live visuals show that there is a slight drizzle and the covers are coming back on. It does not look good. The possibility of play not happening increases.
Mohandas Menon has just tweeted this: (10.25 pm) Drizzle had stopped. Started again. Covers are back on.
Once again, our man, Ajith, pings us that the covers are coming off. There is still no news about the start of play though.
Rain is playing hide and seek now, Ajith R has informed us that just as they removed the covers, it started to drizzle again.
Weather seems to be getting a little better now, this is what Mohandas Menon has to say on twitter: (10.00 pm) Drizzle has reduced. Ground staff are out, clearing out the covers. Super soppers are also out!
A further update on the weather, it is still raining and this is what Mohandas Menon has to say on twitter: from Chinnaswamy Stadium.. the drizzle has increased (9:50 pm). Since the ground is not fully covered the outfield looks quite wet.
Our man from the stadium, Ajith R., tells us this: Steady rain at the ground, chances of play bleak.
Mohandas Menon has this to say on twitter about the current weather status: Drizzle bit heavy now. Hope all the hard work the ground staff put in does not go in vain!
Bad news, it has started to drizzle now at the Chinnaswamy stadium. The covers are coming on to cover the pitch. The rain doesn't look too heavy at the moment.
Pitch report: Looks pretty flat and doesn't have much shine on it. There are patches of grass on it and Ajay Jadeja reckons that it should be a good pitch to bat on.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): S Badrinath, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Nuwan Kulasekara, Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Mayank Agarwal, Saurabh Tiwary, Andrew McDonald, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna
AB de Villiers: It is a wonderful night, packed house here. There is a lot at stake here tonight and we just hope that we come out on top. We are going to try and keep it simple tonight. We are going to have to stick to things that we know well and concentrate on the basics. It would be nice if we could play to our strengths.
Dhoni: The stats against Bangalore just show that we are executing our plans well but it doesn't assure us victory in the future games though, so we just have to play well on the day. We want to get wins under our belt now so that we don't have to play catch-up in the tournament later. Our fielding and catching has improved. We need to execute our plans against Gayle. We need to take him out or he will take you out of the game.
Kohli: Vettori has a hamstring niggle so I am taking over and McDonald also comes in for Dan. We will try our best in this game, Chennai is a really good team and we saw that in our last clash against them. It would be good to make it 4 times in a row though. The grass isn't going to make much of a difference but I think the wicket might have some moisture on it which should help the bowlers. With McDonald coming in we have an extra batsman at number seven.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and elected to field
Virat Kohli will lead RCB as Vettori is out with a niggle.
Toss will happen at 20:30. Match will start at 21:00. No overs will be reduced.
20:06 The players are out in the middle and are practicing. The stadium is packed - it always is when CSK and RCB play each other! The pitch inspection will happen at 20:15.
Our man at the ground, Ajith has some good news for all you folks. The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. But some areas of the outfield are still wet. The umpires will have an inspection at 08:15 PM IST.
Latest update from the ground: Some pleasing news from the ground. The rain has reduced considerably and the super soppers have started the mopping up operation.
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the 34th match of the Indian T20 league between Bangalore and Chennai. Looks like the most awaited revenge match between these two sides will be affected as it has been drizzling steadily at the moment in Bangalore. Still an hour to go before the game and lets keep our fingers crossed for a full match. Stay tuned and don't go anywhere...
Preview An intense battle is on the cards as two in-form teams in start-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore and defending champions Chennai Super Kings lock horns in an important Indian Premier League encounter, here tomorrow. Both RCB and CSK have hit form after a slow start to the tournament. While RCB has registered three back-to-back wins after a few defeats, CSK will riding high on confidence following victories over Pune Warriors India and Rajasthan Royals in their last two matches. But tomorrow's match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium occupies special significance for RCB as they will be eyeing revenge following their lost to CSK in Chennai earlier this month. And the hosts, who would be desperate after the last-over loss to CSK in the away match, have the ammunition to dismantle the visitors' fort at home conditions. RCB, who lost to CSK and Rajasthan Royals in a row, have improved a lot as the tournament progressed, winning three games on the trot and would be hoping to continue their unbeaten stretch. RCB would be taking heart from the fact that they pulled off an easy win against Rajasthan Royals in their own backyard last night without much contributions from explosive Chris Gayle (4) and Virat Kohli (16). To RCB's delight, Tillakaratne Dilshan and A B de Villiers have regained their lost touch, which should sound warning bells in the opposition camps. Dilshan returned to form in style, scoring a match-winning unbeaten 76 and together with AB de Villiers, who scored a quickfire unbeaten 59 off just 23 balls, shared an unconquered 122-run fourth wicket partnership to propel RCB to 189 for three against Rajasthan last night. But Virat Kohli's dismal form will be the only concern for RCB skipper Daniel Vettori ahead of the CSK tie.
Chennai Super Kings (From): MS Dhoni(w/c), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, George Bailey, Srikkanth Anirudha, Faf du Plessis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh, Abhinav Mukund, Wriddhiman Saha, Scott Styris, Sudeep Tyagi, K Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh, Doug Bollinger
Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Daniel Vettori(c), Mayank Agarwal, KP Appanna, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers(w), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muralidharen Gautam, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Andrew McDonald, Abhimanyu Mithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Harshal Patel, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Vijay Zol, Karun Nair
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (c),
AB de Villiers (wk),
Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin,
Chennai Super Kings:
Faf du Plessis,
MS Dhoni (c) (wk),
Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh,