It is an anticipated mid-table clash on the Super Saturday between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai. While the three-time champions have made an uncharacteristic appearance this year with four losses thus far, Kohli’s brigade has looked a lot better than their previous shows in the tournament.
Marked and renowned as the most consistent teams in the history of the IPL, CSK has done little to live up to the coveted tag. Dhoni’s men faltered in a simplistic chase of 167 runs in their last encounter against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and this was despite putting themselves into a position of sheer control.
MS Dhoni – who has of late been criticized vehemently for not stepping up and leading from the front – promoted himself up the order after a couple of crucial wickets dented CSK’s chase.
Unlike the expectations, MS did not manage to take his team across the line. CSK’s all-rounder Kedar Jadhav was under the scanner for his lackadaisical knock of 7 from 12 when he walked in with the team needing around 9 runs an over.
The RCB’s batting lineup had a forgettable last match as no batsmen showed intent to hunt down a 10-run-per-over chase. Aaron Finch, who was not looking at his best initially, has hit some form, whereas Devdutt Padikkal has done justice to all the expectations from him. With Virat Kohli getting amongst the runs, the top-order of the side looks as complete as any, although the middle-order is still not optimal.
With Chris Morris approaching a much-awaited appearance, RCB would hope that their middle-order woes come to an end. Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal have been consistently punching in well, although the never-ending problem of death-bowling has continued to haunt RCB.
CSK vs RCB Head to Head
Total Match Played: 25
CSK Won: 16
RCB Won: 8
Probable Playing XI:
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal