RCB vs CSK will be the forty-fourth match of the Indian T20 League as the two-month-long tournament fast approaches closure on its league stages. Despite being a battle between one of the title contenders and an already-eliminated side, RCB vs CSK still has all the elements to become an absolute thriller.
Three-time title winners Chennai have enjoyed a comprehensive advantage over Bangalore in head-to-head, winning 15 of the 25 encounters and losing nine. The MS Dhoni-led side has won three of their last five face-offs as well and will know that they have every ability to beat Virat Kohli’s men.
AB DE VILLIERS vs MS Dhoni
Though Bangalore have been going through a phase where almost every player in the squad has been chipping in just enough, a large probability of their outcome has always depended on AB de Villiers. Especially this season in UAE, where the batting-friendly pitches have been a paradise for the South African hard-hitter. Averaging 57, De Villiers has scored 285 runs at a strike rate of 190. While his batting prowess was not needed against Kolkata, De Villiers’ unbeaten 55 was crucial to Bangalore’s win against Rajasthan.
While Chennai’s last match, where they were restricted to just 114, might give the impression that absolutely nothing is going their way, MS Dhoni wouldn’t want to bow out without leaving a mark on the tournament this edition. Despite not being in the best of forms, Dhoni can be the biggest weapon a team could have for simply being present on the field. His pyrotechnics behind the stumps, sharp game reading skills and affinity to anchor his team’s batting often, make Dhoni a brilliant man to bet on for a high player performance score.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
With Bangalore’s bowlers spitting fire, both pacers and spinners, the batsmen have been undergoing a comfortable phase where they just need to steer matches home. And young Devdutt Padikkal has found his going easy as a consequence. Apart from his brilliant contributions on the field, the opener has remained unfazed with Aaron Finch’s inconsistency.
Whether it be Pat Cummins, Kieron Pollard, or Marcus Stoinis, Indian T20 League in UAE has been a paradise for all-rounders. Chris Morris has been the same for Bangalore, who has been the fulcrum to their dominance against any opponent. The otherwise utility player has nine wickets in five matches and is enjoying a strike rate of 312.50 with the bat.
With everything going his way in the tournament after years, Virat Kohli is leading his team the only way he can – with the bat. With two fifties already to his name, Kohli has now garnered 365 runs in 10 matches with an average of 60.83. Though he has shed his aggressive self while wielding his willow, it has helped his side see off games easily as the points table reflects.
Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, N. Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (captain and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur/KM Asif, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood/Lungi Ngidi
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