Royal Challengers Bangalore face a depleted Chennai Super Kings who now have lost eight matches this year in Dubai. This is the first of the two games on a Super Sunday. Both teams come into this game with contrasting fortunes. While CSK are on a losing spree and have lost their last one against Mumbai Indians, RCB beat KKR in a dominating matter. RCB has looked a very different team this year. They have played well on all three departments of their game and find themselves at the third place in the points table. More about the CSK vs RCB match report in detail below.
RCB have looked one of the best teams this year, which is why they are placed at the top three in the points table. Mohammed Siraj wrecked through the KKR batting his class in the tournament. RCB’s attacking approach in the game was their biggest takeaway as they are looking a dominant force in the tournament. Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal have done most of the scoring with the bat. With the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal with 15wickets have led RCB’s challenge. He has found support from various players along the way. Navdeep Saini, Isuru Udana and most recently Siraj has been producing good spells for Bangalore.
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- Round 2
In terms of the composition of the two sides, RCB are way ahead than CSK and also firing. That they beat CSK in their previous match, which is something they can draw confidence from.
CSK, on the other hand, have problems mounting upon them after yet another loss. They have now lost eight games this season as their campaign is turning from bad to worse. They had a batting collapse against MI in Sharjah, which is considered the best for batting among the three grounds.
The CSK management have ran out of ideas to turn their fortunes around. After every game, they are finding new ways to come up with reasons for their loss. After their dismal season this year, it is very expected that CSK will revamp their side next year and look for players who will help them make a turnaround.
Head to Head
Among the 26 matches played previously, CSK have won 16 games, while RCB 9. However, in the first meeting between the two teams in the first leg, RCB beat CSK by 37 runs as CSK failed to chase down 170 in Dubai.
Pitch & Weather Conditions
This being an afternoon game, there will be no dew affecting the game CSK has failed with the bat both batting first and second. While RCB has produced the goods either way. Toss will be crucial given that both captains, prefer chasing more than batting first. It will be interesting to see what the captains decided at the toss.
RCB after their thumping win over KKR in their previous game, would not like to change anything about the way they have been playing. No changes expected there. Meanwhile, in the remaining games, as MS Dhoni said, CSK will be looking to give chance to the youngsters and see how they perform.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore
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