IPL 2020 Match 44 Preview: RCB vs CSK - With little to lose, Dhoni-led Chennai to hand opportunities to bench
Chennai Super Kings will try to utilise their remaining three matches to give opportunities to youngsters and earmark their future personnel as the IPL goes into the next auction cycle.
CSK all but out of IPL 2020
Although Chennai technically still have a chance of somehow sneaking into the playoffs, in the realm of common sense, their IPL campaign is over. The team is likely to finish with the wooden spoon as they have managed to win just three out of their 11 matches.
New players fail to grab opportunities
Their 10-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians in their last match was as bad as it gets. As MS Dhoni had suggested, there were opportunities for three players in the last game with Ruturaj Gaikwad opening the batting alongside Faf du Plessis.
Shane Watson was benched and Sam Curran was dropped to number 7. N Jagadeesan was given a go at number 4. Unfortunately for Chennai, both the youngsters managed no more than a duck.
Imran Tahir was also handed an opportunity but he couldn't have an impact either, scoring 13 runs off 10 deliveries and then conceding 22 runs of his three overs without picking up a wicket.
Santner, Asif and Kishore can get a game
Till the time they had not lost to Mumbai, CSK still had a semblance of hope which is why the team did not make drastic changes, but now, with nothing to lose, CSK will not hesitate in trying out most of the players on the bench.
Chances are likely for Mitchell Santner, who can come into the side in place of Ravindra Jadeja. To make up for an extra overseas player, Sam Curran can be rested to give quick bowler KM Asif a chance. One of Deepak Chahar or Shardul Thakur is likely to play with finger spinner R Sai Kishore expected to make his IPL debut. CSK can also drop Hazlewood who conceded runs at 8.50 RPO in the last match and play both Chahar and Thakur.
Good going for Bangalore
2020 is a really unique year. It is generally Royal Challengers Bangalore who are languishing near the bottom of the points table while Chennai Super Kings are well placed. This time it is the other way around with Virat Kohl's RCB slotted at the third spot in the points table with 14 points.
RCB to be unchanged
RCB are looking settled with AB de Villiers having taken over the responsibility of donning the wicket keeping gloves. The inclusion of Chris Morris has provided great balance to Bangalore. With Mohammad Siraj changing the face of the game in last encounter, RCB are not expected to make any changes to their playing XI.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja/Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran/KM Asif, Deepak Chahar/Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, R Sai Kishore
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