Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2021, 19th match
- Faf du Plessis and Deepak Chahar put in excellent performances for Chennai in the previous game.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a comprehensive win over Rajasthan Royals
- Glenn Maxwell and Harshal Patel have been standout players for RCB this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to retain their top spot in the league when they take on Chennai Super Kings in the 19th of 2021 Indian Premier League at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore have kick-started their IPL campaign on a perfect note. With comfortable victories in the first four matches of the competition, Captain Virat Kohli will be hoping that the side can execute their skills to perfection in this encounter.
Chennai Super Kings delivered another excellent performance with the bat to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in a game played on Wednesday. With this result, Chennai has managed to win three matches on the bounce in the competition. Captain MS Dhoni will be hoping that the side can bring their A-game to the table against in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Teams' strengths & weaknesses
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni-led unit will be high on confidence after registering an impressive 18-run win against Kolkata in their previous match, courtesy Deepak Chahar’s brilliant spell and Faf du Plessis blistering 95 runs.
For his high-octane clash, the team will be depending on the likes of openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaekwad to produce the goods from the top, whereas the All-rounder duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali will be expected to provide fireworks in the later stages of the innings.
In the previous game, Faf du Plessis was the standout performer for the side with the bat. He looked in exceptional form with the bat and smashed 95 not out off 60 balls with the help of nine boundaries and four sixes. He stitched crucial partnerships with Ruturaj Gaekwad, Moeen Ali, and Captain MS Dhoni to see Chennai post a mammoth 220 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Middle-order consisting of Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, and Ambati Rayudu will have to put in decent scores for the side against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and Lungi Ngidi to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
Pacer Deepak Chahar has topped the bowling charts for the side so far in the competition with 8 wickets at an average of 13.75. In the previous game, Deepak Chahar put in an exceptional performance and claimed his second four-wicket haul in this year’s competition.
Playing his first game, Lungi Ngidi put in a clinical bowling performance and claimed 3 for 28 in his four overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The franchise is well aware of the conditions at MA. Chidambaram Stadium and will go with the same XI that featured in the previous game.
In the batting department, the focus will be on the likes of Captain Virat Kohli, veteran middle-order batsman AB De Villiers and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to do the bulk of the scoring.
In the previous game, opener Devdutt Padikkal ended his run drought with a fabulous century against Rajasthan Royals. He smashed 101 not out off 52 balls with the help of eleven fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Virat Kohli, who found form with the bat and scored unbeaten 72 runs off 47 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes.
The team management that opener can continue their excellent form and get the side off to a flying start in the initial Powerplay overs.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the pace trio of Kane Richardson, Mohammed Siraj, and Harshal Patel to create crucial breakthroughs in the middle-overs of the innings.
In the previous game, pacer Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 3 for 27 in his four overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar are prominent spin bowling options for RCB for this all-important clash.
Considering the traditional pitch at Mumbai, the surface has been proven to be a batting paradise this season. The bowlers will have to put the ball in the right areas to get breakthroughs. With perfect weather conditions expected for the game, expect a high scoring contest between the teams.
Players to watch out for
Glenn Maxwell has shown phenomenal form with the bat this season and was instrumental in helping RCB win their previous two matches. The team management will be hoping that Maxwell can continue his rich vein of form in the next couple of matches.
Given their head-to-head record in the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings have dominated the proceedings with 16 victories to their name. On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore have managed to come out on top on nine occasions.
In their previous four meetings between the two teams, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have managed to win two games apiece.
Based on performances delivered this season, there is little to choose between the two teams.
Chennai Super Kings will have to improve their bowling in the death overs to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore’s star-studded batting lineup.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli and co. will be looking to go in with an attacking mindset and win their fifth game on the bounce on Sunday.
Expect Royal Challengers Bangalore to edge out Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring game.