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IPL 2020 Match 25 Preview: CSK vs RCB - Dhoni and Kohli aim to extract best out of imperfect teams

Kohli and AB have a chat
Kohli and AB have a chat
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At their best, Chennai Super Kings were known to clinch matches in which they were not at their best. However, with CSK not having a great season this year, the opposite is happening.

LIVE - Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 25th Match

They are letting matches slip away which they should win. Case in point their last IPL fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders. CSK bossed the game for the first 30 overs and should have aced the chase with a couple of overs to spare. But they lost their way in the last quarter of the match and suffered a 10-run defeat.

Chennai bowling settling down

The Chennai bowling is beginning to look a bit more settled with Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo as their medium pace bowling all-round options. The Indian pair of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur is back this season. While Chahar bowls well at the top, Thakur has been keeping things tight towards the end of the innings.

Chennai brought in leg spinner Karn Sharma in place of veteran Piyush Chawla and he did a fine job for them finishing with figures of 4-0-25-2.

Onus on Watson and du Plessis

With the bat as well, the opening pair of Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis is beginning to get into the work. The likes of Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Sam Curran make for a good middle-order.

Kedar Jadhav has disappointed in the tournament and could manage only seven runs off 12 deliveries in the last game. There is a case to bench him, but knowing Dhoni, Jadhav might get a longer rope. That is one change which can be made - other than that Chennai, in their typical style, are expected to go in with the same playing XI.

RCB look to bring campaign back on track

Royal Challengers Bangalore come into this game on the back of a 59-run pasting against Delhi Capitals. Bangalore were going quite well with three victories and one loss from four matches but a big defeat against Delhi Capitals has spoiled their figures.

 Chris Morris set to play

Chris Morris, their big signing in the auctions, is set to make the playing XI after recovering from his side strain. Morris will bowl at the death and will also play the finisher's role for Bangalore. He is expected to provide balance to the side. Morris will come in place of Moeen Ali who did not have a great match against Delhi.

Saini and Chahal RCB's key bowlers

Virat Kohli's form is a good sign for Bangalore and with all three of Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers also making good contributions, they will expect to put enough runs on the board for their bowlers to defend.

Their boiling will comprise Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana and Chris Morris.



Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:



Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj



Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma



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