Bangalore: The team Chennai Super Kings will see the match 24 in Vivo IPL 2018 as an opportunity to return to the top of the standings when they take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
This match will see the IPL’s top two run-getters pitted against each other; CSK’s Suresh Raina tops the list at the moment, while the RCB captain Virat Kohli trails him by 9 runs. Raina comes into this match with the confidence of an unbeaten half-century behind him, though the 54 not out against SRH wasn’t his most fluent innings. Kohli is RCB’s top run-getter this season and will hope to get among the runs yet again.
The Virat Kohli-captained RCB have won two out of their five matches and would be eager to maintain momentum after the win against Delhi Daredevils at home last week.
Good news for the hosts is that AB de Villiers is in devastating form, which he exhibited in the last match when he enthralled his fans with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power his team to a convincing win over Daredevils. He produced vintage innings and single-handedly chased down the 175-run target with two overs to spare to bring RCB’s campaign back on track.
The pair of Kohli and de Villiers has scored 2,361 runs in the IPL, next only to Chris Gayle-Kohli who have amassed 2,787 runs. Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner combine are placed third with 2357 runs.
CSK have 4 wins in 5 matches, including a four-run win over SRH in their most recent outing. RCB languish in the bottom half of the table with just two wins from five matches. However, in their most recent outing, RCB defeated the Delhi Daredevils riding on AB de Villiers’ brilliance.
CSK have found a combination which works and their players have delivered at crucial times, clinching those match-defining moments. They have taken the game deep and have prevailed in 3 last-over finishes.
Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu have taken turns to fire in the last couple of matches; Rayudu made a 37-ball 79 the last time he batted, while Watson has played two good innings – including the century against the Rajasthan Royals. Suresh Raina (118 runs so far), who is an important member in CSK’s batting line-up, will be expected to score big runs again. Also keen to perform will be Dhoni (139) and Dwayne Bravo (104).
The quicks will be expected to do their bit and set it up for the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi (RCB) and Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh (CSK) to do their bit;the surface at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is expected to play slow and low, and therefore one can expect plenty of work for the spinners.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 20, RCB won – 7, CSK won – 12, No Result – 1
At the M Chinnaswamy stadium: Matches – 7, RCB won – 3, CSK won – 3, No Result – 1
RCB: Virat Kohli(captain), Quinton de Kock(wicket-keeper), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.
The match starts at 8 PM IST.