CSK vs RCB IPL 2021 Preview: Dhoni's Chennai look to maintain impressive record against Kohli's Bangalore
Chennai Super Kings have won 17 matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore as opposed to RCB's 9.
RCB on upswing
Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore are at different places in terms of their IPL journey. After dominating the league for several years, Chennai hit rock-bottom the last year but have found steam once again.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, having not won an IPL title ever, are on an upswing over the last couple of years. This time particularly, the team has been playing the best brand of cricket that they have over the last few years.
RCB have won each of their first four matches, with all of them - apart from the last ball win against Mumbai Indians - being comprehensive. This reflects in their net run rate as well.
Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj - the effective duo
In their last match, Royal Challengers Bangalore did not break a sweat in registering a 10-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals. Mohammed Siraj was their leading bowler and took three wickets from his four overs while conceding just 27 runs.
Purple cap holder Harshal Patel was expensive but came back strongly at the death to pick up three wickets.
DDP is back!
In reply, the opening combination of Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal chased down the 178-run total with ease.
Padikkal remained unbeaten with a well-compiled century, played at a strike rate of 194 while Virat Kohli made 72 off 47 deliveries.
Death bowling woes sorted
The form of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers is also a great sign for RCB. It has been even more significant for them that they have been able to curb the run flow at the death and pick up wickets as well - something they would have given an arm for, over the last few seasons.
Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj have come to their own. Kyle Jamieson and Yuzvendra Chahal are also doing well. In fact, Bangalore have been so good that the likes of Kane Richardson and Dan Christian have proven surplus.
CSK look settled
Chennai Super Kings also won their last match quite comfortably despite a sensational fightback from Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai now have several in-form batsmen, namely Rituraj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran.
Coming in place of Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi impressed in his first match of IPL 2021 with 3 scalps. Deepak Chahar has been right on the money in the last couple of matches and just like RCB, CSK do not have a lot to worry about.
Before looking at one of the best online betting exchange cricket betting odds from FairPlay.club, check out the latest predictions below
Who will win the toss? CSK
Who will win? CSK
Who will score most runs? Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Suresh Raina (CSK)
Who will take most wickets? Mohammed Siraj (RCB), Lungi Ngidi (CSK)
Most Sixes? Moeen Ali (CSK), Dan Christian (RCB)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
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