It will a perfect Sunday for all the IPL fans as Virat Kohli’s side and MS Dhoni’s men will face off against each other at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will be squaring off the second time this season after the match in Chennai was emphatically won by the yellow army by seven wickets. This clash will be held on April 21 at 8:00 PM IST after the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad is over in Hyderabad. That match will start at 4:00 PM IST.
Chennai Super Kings has been performing really well this season as they still leading the points table with seven wins from their nine matches. They faced a loss in the previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad but they have almost secured a play-off spot for themselves.
Royal Challengers Bangalore on another hand has been struggling to get wins. They did win their previous match in Kolkata against KKR but they still need to win each of their matches to even have a chance to qualify for the playoffs. They have won only two out of their nine matches so far.
RCB vs CSK Squads
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, MS Dhoni(c), Dwayne Bravo, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Scott Kuggeleijn, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
RCB vs CSK Team News:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers missed the previous match due to slight injury but he is expected to return to the side for this fixture. He hasn’t been cleared a fitness test. Akshdeep Nath hasn’t really delivered for the RCB which might force them to replace him with Shivam Dube or Washington Sundar.
Predicted 11: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers/Heinrich Klaasen, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath/Shivam Dube/Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj
Chennai Super Kings: Captain MS Dhoni didn’t feature in the previous match while Dwayne Bravo has been in the sidelines for some time now due to an injury. Both the players could return for this match but their selection would be taken into account only on the matchday. Harbhajan Singh could come back in the side for this match.
Predicted 11: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni/Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo/Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
RCB vs CSK Pitch Report
As expected for Bengaluru, it should offer a true surface with some bounce on it. The ball will come to the bat comfortably and should make run-scoring easy for the batsmen. Dew could also play a factor in the second innings.
Parthiv Patel has been offering runs at the top order for the RCB in this season while his counterpart for this match isn’t fixed yet.
Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis are key batsmen hold key to the batting for the CSK. Virat Kohli scored a century in the previous match and marked on the fact that he is back in form after some mediocre performances. He should be your captain as he has scored 378 runs in this year’s IPL.
Ravindra Jadeja averages 65 with the bat and has picked up seven wickets in this season of the IPL. Moeen Ali has been in some great form as he has scored two back to back fifties while also contributing sufficiently with the ball. Marcus Stoinis is another solid all-rounder with RCB has.
Yuzvendra Chahal has 13 wickets in this year’s IPL and has been bowling well for the RCB. Dale Steyn has played only one match but he had an impact in that match with two wickets.
Imran Tahir is a perfect choice for vice-captain as he has taken 15 wickets in this tournament so far and is among the leading wicket-takers. Deepak Chahar has been impressive as well with 11 wickets this season.