Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 39, IPL 2019
21 April 2019, 8 PM IST
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India
The strip at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium has often played host to high-scoring thrillers, and is expected to yet again assist run-scoring in the match tomorrow. With Bengaluru experiencing heavy showers in the late evenings this week, the team chasing might have to deal with Duckworth-Lewis calculations.
The Royal Challengers come into this game on the back of a morale-boosting win against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and will be gunning to pick up their first win at home this season. However, they will be up against an in-form CSK setup that is sitting pretty at the top of the table with seven wins from nine games.
After decimating the Royal Challengers in the opening game of the season, CSK will enjoy the psychological upper hand in this clash. But with Kohli’s men regaining some momentum, an exciting contest could be on the cards.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: W L W L L (decent form)
Chennai Super Kings: L W W W W (good form)
Matches Played: 24
Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore: 7 (29.16%)
Won by Chennai Super Kings: 16 (66.66%)
No result: 1 (4.166%)
Previous Match’s Playing XI and Probable Changes
Royal Challengers BangaloreParthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal Probable changes: None.
Chennai Super KingsShane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina (c), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir. Changes: MS Dhoni in for Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma in for Karn Sharma.
My dream XI
MS Dhoni will return to the CSK setup after having missed the previous game against the Sunrisers, and will certainly add the missing strength to the batting lineup. Having promoted himself up the order on a couple of occasions this season, Dhoni averages 76.67 in six innings and will play a crucial part in the slog overs.
Suresh Raina’s efficiency in the IPL is certainly one of the biggest assets for the Super Kings. The southpaw is yet to strike it rich this season, with just 207 runs in nine games, but considering his good success rate against RCB, he could be in for a big score.
Faf du Plessis has made the most of the chances given to him this season and has 173 runs from five games at a commendable average of 43.25. A stroke-maker at the top of the order, Du Plessis will yet again be depended on for a positive start against the Challengers.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli finally came into his own this IPL as he smashed his way to a 58-ball 100 against KKR, and will hold the aces for the hosts. With AB de Villiers’ availability still cloudy, the onus will be on Kohli to yet again lead the batting unit.
Ravindra Jadeja’s ability to unsettle the batsmen with his variations in pace and length has reaped rewards this season, as the left-arm spinner has picked seven wickets from nine games at an economy of just 6.34. Capable of tonking the ball a long way too, Jadeja’s all-round show could well pose a problem or two for RCB.
Marcus Stoinis’s addition to the team has proved to be a good one as the burly Australian has slotted into the role of a finisher and added some valuable runs to the total. Stoinis has struck the ball at a rate of 141.67 this season and will be tasked with finding the boundaries in the death overs against CSK.
One of the Royal Challengers’ star players this season has undoubtedly been Moeen Ali, whose all-round perofrmance has taken his team out of troubled waters on numerous occasions. Coming in on the back of a terrific 28-ball 66 against KKR, Ali will be looking to make the most of the short boundaries at the Chinnaswamy stadium and also apply the brakes with his crafty off-spin when the need arises.
Imran Tahir’s box of tricks has been the standout for the Super Kings this season, as the wrist spinner has run away with important scalps that have turned matches on their head. With 15 wickets from nine games, Tahir’s impeccable line and length will yet again test the RCB batsmen.
Deepak Chahar has enjoyed yet another good season with CSK and has made the most of the seaming conditions early on. The pacer has 11 wickets to his credit and could pose a problem or two early on with his ability to swing the ball both ways.
Dale Steyn’s addition to the playing XI made a massive difference for RCB as the ace pacer picked up two important wickets against KKR. With the adrenaline high on his return to Bengaluru after a long gap of nine years, Steyn will be raring to go and make a mark against CSK.
Yuzvendra Chahal has yet again proved to be the X-factor in the RCB bowling attack and has spun his way to 13 wickets from nine games. However, the wrist spinner was taken to the cleaners by KKR, and will look to turn his fortunes around at a ground where he has enjoyed plenty of success.
Captain and vice-captain: Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali
Player to watch out for: Virat Kohli
For a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, Virat Kohli struck rich form as he notched up a mesmerizing century against KKR. With momentum on his side, Kohli will undoubtedly be charged up for the encounter at home against CSK, and can be expected to produce yet another top knock.