It is a battle of polar opposites as a resurgent RCB take on a mightily struggling CSK in what is now turning out to be a must-win game for the defending champions. With nothing seeming to work for the Super Kings, coupled with the fact that RCB has found a brand new gear of form at just the right time can potentially spell further disaster for the Yellow Brigade. Both teams did great in the IPL 2021 tournament but will want to win this match.
They cannot afford any more mistakes and will have to win at least 8 of their last 10 games, highlighting the herculean task ahead of the Super Kings. The Royal Challengers will surely fancy their chances against a side that has always had the advantage over them in the years gone by. The teams look good with the cricket bat but will want to ensure a good all-round performance for the win.
Chennai Super Kings
The Super Kings find themselves slipping in the quicksand that they just can’t seem to get out of. They have been ordinary in almost all departments, bar a few performers. The core of this team that has always risen to the occasion in the past few years has been chronically underperforming in almost all the situations, the performance of Ruturaj Gaikwad, in particular, an area of major concern. The bowlers have also been guilty of putting in some poor performances, with no single bowler able to stop the flow of runs in key situations. The Chennai Super Kings will have to make changes and fast, or else they will have their title slip from their grasp sooner rather than later.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers will be approaching this game in a very positive mind-set. After beating the Mumbai Indians rather comfortably, they find themselves 4th on the points table, albeit only on Net Run Rate. They have been very calm, and under the leadership of Du Plessis, have been competitive in almost every aspect. With Hasaranga spearheading the bowling, along with able support from Akash Deep, coupled with the newfound emergence of Anuj Rawat as an opener has seen them become a formidable proposition, not to mention the arrival of Glenn Maxwell as well as the imminent return of Josh Hazlewood from his injury. Things are indeed looking very rosy for the men in red.
Another team who Chennai enjoys a superior Head-to-Head record against, the Super Kings have dominated the Challengers, winning 19 of the 29 matches played between the two, with RCB winning 9 and one being a no-result.
Based on the form, and the issues of Chennai in terms of personnel as well as form, RCB are the absolute favorites to win this game
Date and Time
12th April 2022 (Tuesday) at 7:30 pm.
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai