Chennai Super Kings will face off against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 35th match of the Indian Premier League. Both teams want to ensure that they qualify for the playoffs. It will be a must-win game for either side, as they look to finish on top. A loss could mean that either team could drop out of the comfort zone that they are in right now. A cricket prediction in this game could be really tough.
Chennai Super Kings:
After a stunning win against Mumbai Indians playing a great cricket match, Chennai Super Kings will come much more confident against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. A win can take them top of the IPL points table. However, the much the yellow army must’ve enjoyed the win in their first match of the UAE leg, Mumbai’s pacers did trouble their top order with swing. The team had to recover from being down 24/4. But that does not take any credit away from bowlers. MS Dhoni’s rotation and some real good bowling helped them choke one of the best batting lineups in the league.
The previous encounter between CSK and RCB saw the former rack up 191/4 after 20 overs. Jadeja smashed a record-equaling 37 runs in the final over delivered by Harshal Patel (5 sixes, 1 four). The allrounder then dismissed both Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers.
CSK eventually restricted RCB to 122/9.
CSK squad: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Hari Nishanth, Dwayne Bravo, Bhagath Varma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur, Jason Behrendorff
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a heavy defeat in the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in their first game of the UAE leg. They have now lost five consecutive games in the Middle East. Against KKR, neither the Bangalore batsmen not their bowlers clicked. After getting all out for 92, they let the opponents chase the target in 10 overs.
Under the spotlight will be Virat Kohli. The skipper, in his last season wearing the arm band, will look to score big and get his team back to winning ways.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Christian, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Azharuddeen, George Garton, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Akash Deep
Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have faced each other 27 times in the IPL. Chennai have won 17 matches while Rajasthan have won on 9 occasions.
While Chennai Super Kings did find their ground in the first game, the fragility of their top order will be one big concern. On the other hand, in Padikkal, Kohli, ABD and Maxwell, Bangalore have a solid batting at top. Chennai will comes as favourites but Bangalore are expected to give them a tough fight.
Date and Time:
September 24, 2021 (Friday), 7:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah