Indian Premier League, 2018

 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings

The Big Picture

It will be a clash between two teams that are coming off a victory in their previous game. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on the Chennai Super Kings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Where: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium

When: 25 April 2018, 8:00 PM

Pitch Conditions:

With short boundaries and high altitudes, the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium has proved to be a heaven for the batsman, especially in white-ball cricket. However, with the pitch getting relaid in 2016, the past two seasons have witnessed the track to be sluggish, making stroke-play difficult, reminiscent of the disastrous campaign RCB endured last year.

Statistics over the years:

While over the past decade, the average first innings score has ranged from 156 to 140.62 in 2017, a sharp dip as compared to the 2016 season, where average first innings total was 192. 40.2% of the matches have been won by the team batting first (35) while teams batting second have won 54% of the matches (47), four matches have ended as N/R.

Head-to-Head

Total- 21

Won by CSK- 13

Won by RCB- 7

Tie/N/R: 1

Team Preview and Probable XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Big Picture

A rampaging AB de Villiers (90 off 39 balls) took RCB to a much-needed win against the Delhi Daredevils, and they will now take on the Chennai Super Kings in a bid to get on a bit of a winning streak. But amidst the AB and Kohli magic, there are still a few holes that RCB needs to plug.

For starters, Quinton de Kock has not been able to convert his starts and in the wake of a line-up so heavily dependent on Kohli and AB, RCb would like a few more runs from him. Vohra got an opportunity in favor of Sarfaraz but failed to get going.

On the bowling front, while Umesh was again immaculate during the powerplay, RCB leaked runs at an average of 12 plus an over, with the likes of Siraj (0-35) and Anderson (0-10 in 1 over) going for plenty.

Team News:

  • Corey Anderson might pave way for Corey Anderson.
  • While a struggling de Kock might pave way for Moeen Ali.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock/Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson/ Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Sarfaraz Khan/Murugan Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Chennai Super Kings 

In the Spotlight

The Super Kings recovered from a slow start in their last game, having registered the lowest powerplay score in this year’s IPL (27), thanks to a belligerent counter-attack from Rayudu (79 off 37 balls) and Raina (54 off 43 balls) to guide the team to a powering 3-182 in 20 overs.

On the bowling front, Super Kings were without Imran Tahir due to injury. Deepak Chahar gave the team a rousing start as his 3-15 broke the back of the SRH top-order. However, the likes of Karn Sharma (1-30), Shardul Thakur (1-45) insipid bowling paved the way for SRH comeback, which eventually forced Dhoni to go with Bravo (1-37 in 3 overs), and nearly lost the match thanks to Rashid Khan’s quickfire 17 off 4 balls.

Team News

  • Karn Sharma, who was brought in favor of Harbhajan Singh chipped in with two wickets in the end and will hold on to his spot in the next game against SRH.
  • CSK legspinner Imran Tahir, who missed the previous match because of illness, said on Twitter that he was feeling well and was “all set” for the game.

Probable XI:

MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu/Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma/Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir