Royal Challengers Bengaluru snatched the final playoff spot from Chennai Super Kings after beating them by 27 runs.

RCB extended their winning streak to six games, with Faf du Plessis’ inspired performance ensuring his side will finish fourth.

They had to contend with a 40-minute rain break after three overs before registering their joint-lowest powerplay of the season (42-0).

Virat Kohli was caught for 47, however, Du Plessis reached 54 off 39 balls to set RCB on their way to a target of 218-5, with the help of an unbeaten 38 from Cameron Green.

The Super Kings knew they only had to reach 201 to qualify for the playoffs and got off to a good start as Rachin Ravindra knocked 61 from 37 balls.

However, Du Plessis caught both Ajinkya Rahane and Mitchell Santner, while Yash Dayal (2-42) outsmarted MS Dhoni with a clever bowl in the final over to ensure there was no big finish for the Super Kings, who only managed 191-7.

Data Debrief: RCB go big

Kohli is currently the top-scorer in the ongoing IPL season with 708 runs - 125 more than CSK's Ruturaj Gaikwad; if he ends up winning the Orange Cap this season, he'll become the first Indian and third batter after David Warner (x3) and Chris Gayle (x2) to win multiple Orange Caps.

Dinesh Karthik has scored 18 sixes at the death (17 to 20) in the IPL this year. Only Tristan Stubbs has more runs that Karthik in the last four overs this season.