Chennai, March 23, Saturday at 08:00 PM IST
So, it’s time for the biggest cricket festival in India as the twelfth edition of Indian Premier League kickstarts tonight. The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will be hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight at their home ground – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai for the tournament opener.
Chennai Super Kings who stunned everyone after lifting the trophy in their comeback season – 2018 would be looking to start from where they left off. They came after a hiatus of two years and clinched the 2018 title to tell everyone that they are back. The biggest strength of CSK is their skipper- MS Dhoni, who has been in the fine form since the start of this year while Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis are the other heavyweights in the rank.
On the other side, Royal Challengers Bangalore have always been one of the favourites to win the title due to their on-paper strength. The presence of India skipper Virat Kohli and Mr 360 AB de Villiers in the middle order is more than anything a franchise can ask for. But they haven’t tasted the success despite making it to three semi-finals. While they have signed a few new T20 giants this time, it will be interesting to watch how far this team can go.
Till then, the only thing which is guaranteed is a cracking start. There couldn’t have been any better fixture than CSK vs RCB to start the much awaited IPL 2019 season. And, the wait ends at 08:00 PM IST.
Total – 22
Chennai Super Kings- 14
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 07
Read: CSK vs RCB key players
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
CSK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – MS Dhoni (C)
Batsmen – Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounder – Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers -Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur
RCB Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Parthiv Patel
Batsmen – Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer
All-rounder – Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar
Bowlers – Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee
Chennai Super Kings –
Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, N Jagadeesan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Monu Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore-
AB de Villiers, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Virat Kohli(c), Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Marcus Stoinis, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Prayas Barman, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Chennai Super Kings –
Big Hitters – Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina & MS Dhoni
All-rounders in the rank – Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav & DJ Bravo
Pace attack – Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur & David Willey***
Deepak Chahar had a wonderful season in the last edition
Royal Challengers Bangalore –
Big Hitters – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers & Shimron Hetmyer
All-rounders in the rank – Sivam Dubey, Washington Sundar & Moen Ali
Spin abilities – Yuzvendra Chahal
Pace attack – Umesh Yadav, M Siraj & Tim Southee
Umesh Yadav was the best bowler for powerplays in the last edition
***The final update will be provided at the time of toss. Don’t forget to check!
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