There are few contests that garner so much interest as the southern derby between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. While history has been in favour of the Chennai side, they will be well aware that this may well be the biggest challenge they faced this season given the unbeaten record of Virat Kohli’s side.
RCB has won all its four matches so far and will be looking to continue the momentum. The team looks perfect on paper with a batting line up led by the likes of Kohli, Maxwell and AB de Villiers. Devdutt Padikkal’s century in the last match further strengthens the already strong batting line up. On the bowling front, purple cap holder Harshal Patel has been impressive along with fellow pacer Mohammed Siraj. While left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed has been a revelation.
Key player: AB de Villiers
is undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen of all time. The South African legend will look to continue his good run and if he gets anywhere closer to his best it will be carnage for the opposition lineup.
Probable XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Christian, Adam Zampa, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams
CSK has also emerged from initial hiccups and is in the second spot below RCB. The batting line up seems to have regained its mojo and opener Rituraj Gaikwads return to form is an added bonus. The fact that the team bats deep up to number nine give the side the freedom to bat aggressively. A style evident by the performance of the likes of Moeen Ali and Jadeja. On the bowling front as well things seem to go smoothly. While Shardul Thakur is going for runs, he still seems to strike when it matters. Chahar has been in the thick of things at the start and spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali have also struck crucial blows.
Key player: In a team filled with all-rounders one player who has impressed all is Ravindra Jadeja. He is expected to continue his brilliant form not just with the bat and ball but also as a fielder.
Probable XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Krishnappa Gowtham, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma
Timing: Match starts at 3.30 pm and the toss will take place at 3 pm.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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First Published: IST