Moeen Ali CSK: Virat Kohli is looking to get one over his mentor and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings play at the Wankhede Stadium in game-1 of the IPL 2021 double-header on Sunday afternoon (IST). It’s not only the Dhoni vs Kohli factor that makes his game an intriguing matchup but the current shape of the table is an interesting reason as well that makes this match a mouthwatering clash.
Dhoni and Kohli both may share a great camaraderie in real life, but expect them to devise every plan and come up with a dirty trick or two to cause each other’s fall in this match. Tactics revolve around the team combination and both captains have flirted with their teams for this game.
CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first, citing the heat as the main factor for this decision. The former World Cup-winning captain also revealed two changes in CSK playing 11 with Moeen Ali and Lungi Ndidi both making way for Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir.
CSK confirmed changes:
IN: Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir
Out: Moeen Ali and Lungi Ndidi
Dhoni revealed Moeen Ali is out due to match fitness, while Lungi Ndidi was overlooked due to tactical reasons.
This is a top-of-the-table clash and has all the ingredients to make this an IPL classic. RCB are sitting at the top with a 100% record, the only team to boast an impeccable record in IPL 2021, while CSK are second and arrive here on a three-game winning run.
This is how CSK and RCB have lined up for this game:
CSK Playing 11 | Chennai Super Kings Playing 11
Faf du Plessis
MS Dhoni (w/c)
RCB Playing 11 | Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing 11
Virat Kohli (C)
AB De Villiers
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