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IPL 2022 RCB vs CSK, 49th Match Preview: With Dhoni back as skipper, CSK look to revive campaign against off-colour Bangalore

With Dhoni back as skipper, CSK look to revive campaign against off-colour Bangalore
With Dhoni back as skipper, CSK look to revive campaign against off-colour Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost all their last three matches in IPL 2022.

Thala regains control of the ship

The last couple of days have been straight out of a Hollywood flick for Chennai Super Kings, with Ravindra Jadeja handing over the captaincy to the original CSK protagonist -- the man, the myth, the legend MS Dhoni who was magnanimous enough to accept it.

Granted that it does lend itself to a little bit of dramatic exaggeration, Chennai Super Kings suddenly flicked the switch under Dhoni's captaincy.

Conway, Gaikwad star

Devon Conway was back in the yellow colours soon after his marriage and formed a perfect partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad. Gaikwad will consider himself a little unfortunate, having been dismissed for 99 off 57 balls, just one short of a century.

It was the Ruturaj of IPL 2021 on display in the way he batted in CSK's last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, hitting 6 boundaries and 6 sixes while going effortlessly at a strike rate of 173.68.

Even Umran Malik who has troubled most batters in this season did not appear to have enough pace to rattle the talented opener.

CSK's bowling not extraordinary, but serviceable

Mukesh Choudhary is gradually coming into his own and trying to fill the big shoes of Deepak Chahar who has been ruled out of the entire season.

Maheesh Theekshana has cemented his spot in the XI and Ravindra Jadeja, too, bowled quite economically after giving up captaincy.

Simarjeet Singh, who was brought into the side in place of Dwayne Bravo to accommodate Devon Conway, was a bit expensive and gave away 24 runs from his 2 overs. But, the CSK bowling attack was serviceable overall.

Under Dhoni, there still appears to be a chance for Chennai, no matter how thin it may be, to revive their campaign.

RCB need to break sequence of losses

Chennai will face Royal Challengers Bangalore who have lost all their last three matches of IPL 2022 but are still part of the top half of the leaderboard.

It was a relief that Virat Kohli got back among the runs in RCB's last match against Gujarat, making his first half century of IPL 2022 albeit a bit too slowly.

If the former captain can get his touch back, and if his partnership with Faf du Plessis clicks at the top of the order, RCB might start to look completely different.

Predicted Playing XIs

Chennai Super Kings - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary

Royal Challengers Bangalore - Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj

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