RCB vs CSK IPL 2021 Preview: 24th Sept - Rusty RCB meet rejuvenated Chennai with Kohli, Dhoni in charge
If the Mumbai versus Chennai encounter to kick off things in the second phase of IPL 2021 was IPL's El Clasico, this is no less.
Chennai back to their best
The clash between the Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings and the Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore has always attracted a lot of attention. It is another matter that due to the plummeting returns of RCB, the rivalry has taken a blow.
However, Chennai werw not at their best throughout IPL 2020 and suffered a couple of body shots. With RCB looking like a much improved team in this season and Chennai Super Kings comfortably placed in the top two, this should make for another close contest.
Both teams had contrasting fortunes in their first match of the second phase of IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for just 92 with Devdutt Padikkal ending up as their top run scorer with 22 off 20 deliveries.
Their three big guns in Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers all failed to fire. As a result, the inexperienced batters found the pressure too much to deliver. There were a few questions regarding the selection of Sachin Baby who has not been able to impress in the opportunities that he has got in the past. There is a chance of Rajat Patidar replacing him in the playing XI.
No AB behind the stumps
With AB de Villiers not keeping anymore, Bangalore have had to make space for Srikar Bharat.
None of their bowlers apart from Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel to some extent could impress in Bangalore's last match. Kyle Jamieson, Wanindu Hasaranga and Yuzvendra Chahal all conceded runs at 10 RPO or more. Bangalore will have to pull their socks, else they face the threat of slipping very rapidly in the points table.
Chennai rescued by Gaikwad
Chennai could have easily suffered the same fate as Royal Challengers Bangalore. They were set up for a collapse stuttering at 24/4 after the powerplay in the last match against Mumbai Indians. Fortunately, Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad rescued them.
It was a 8-ball 23 from Dwayne Bravo which took Chennai past 150. Their bowlers, led by Deepak Chahar, then did the job..
Chennai's resilience should be a cause of worry for the Virat Kohli led Bangalore.
Predicted playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings - Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Wanindu Hasaranga, Rajat Patidar/Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
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