The biggest carnival of franchise cricket is here. It’s that time of the year when the ardent cricket fans all around the globe are ready to get awestruck and mesmerized with this cricket extravaganza.
The first match of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League will take place between the defending champions Chennai Super Kings and the Indian skipper led Royal Challengers Bangalore. This would be the 23rd meeting between these two sides where CSK the three-time champions have had the upper hand winning 14 of those encounters, while Royal Challengers Bangalore have been victorious on 7 occasions.
The preparations of this high voltage clash among both camps have been magnificent already and both teams are ready to spitfire. However, the defending champions have been stuck with a major blow as their star pacer Proteas Lungi Ngidi won’t be available for the season due to a side strain, and no replacement has been named for him thus far. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, have no injury concerns as of now but some of their international recruits won’t be available for the first 3 to 4 contests for RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Ab de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Akshdeep Nath, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Yuzvendra Chahal, M Siraj/Washington Sundar.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis/Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh/Mitchell Santner.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Washington Sundar, Heinrich Klaasen, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Devdutt Padikkal, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel(w), Himmat Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Milind Kumar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Pawan Negi, Marcus Stoinis, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Barman, Navdeep Saini.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni(c), Shane Watson, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Kedhar Jadhav, Mohit Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Ravindra Jadeja, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, Sam Billings, David Willey, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell Santner, Harbhajan Singh, Shradul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
#1. Team comprising mainly the weaker of the two i.e. RCB
If we look on paper, both teams possess formidable strength but going by the history of the two sides, CSK have the upper hand over RCB. Here, we are providing you teams which will favor more of RCB strength considering if their players have a good day in the office.
#2. CSK veterans making an impact
The CSK set up is filled with many veterans in their squad. All are proven match winners and if the same happens tonight they will be unstoppable.
#2. Bowlers day out
Here’s a squad which will emphasize more on the bowling strength of both sides.