Match 1 – Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Date & Time – Saturday, March 23rd; 08:00pm IST Venue – M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
The defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore on their home soil to kick off the much awaited VIVO Indian Premier League Season 12. The 3-time champions will be relieved to play all 7 home games in Chepauk after a gap of 3 years whereas the Virat Kohli led outfit will be eyeing on a good start which will hold them in good stead for the season ahead. Interestingly, RCB has won 63% of their season openers, whereas CSK has won only 44% of them.
MA Chidambaram stadium fondly called as ‘Den’ by the home supporters has not seen much of top level cricket in the recent past. But in the matches that have been hosted recently, there has been no shortage of action as teams have successfully chased scores of 181 and 202.
Must have picks
Virat Kohli Every fantasy player’s dream is Virat Kohli. More often than not, you don’t look beyond him when it comes to selecting your team’s best batsman. Do you even have to look at numbers for selecting Virat Kohli in your fantasy team? AB de Villiers After retiring from his national team, a re-energized AB de Villiers has been toying around the bowlers in various T20 leagues. His recent form has been magnificent as he averages around 62 and 55 in Bangladesh Premier League 2019 and Pakistan Super League 2019 respectively. Shane Watson Another player who has retired from national duties but continues to prove that there is so much of cricket left in him. After deciding to concentrate only on his batting midway during IPL 2018, he has been unstoppable with the bat. The phenomenal innings in last years IPL final is testimony to the fact that Watson can win matches all by himself. Also, he is the top run scorer in the recently concluded PSL 2019. We wouldn’t be surprised if he continues from where he finished last season.
Value for money picks
Kedar Jadhav An unfortunate injury has ruled him out of IPL 2018 after his heroics against Mumbai Indians in season opener. His recent form for India has been brilliant and he would be keen to repay CSK’s faith with some match winning knocks.
Washington Sundar The 19-year old all rounder from Tamil Nadu will be eager to play in his home venue and against his favourite IPL team. He has improved his batting recently and his all-round points is something you wouldn’t want to miss.
This highly talented all-rounder from Mumbai can be the X-factor for RCB. His big hitting abilities coupled with some accurate seam bowling can prove to be vital for his team.
The 39-year old warhorse returns from a scintillating ODI series against Sri Lanka where he was the leading wicket taker. His figures read 9 wickets in 4 matches at an astounding average of 13 and a phenomenal economy of 3.44
Suggested Playing XI
- Virat Kohli (C)
- Shane Watson (VC)
- AB de Villiers
- Ambati Rayudu
- Kedar Jadhav
- MS Dhoni (WK)
- Shivam Dube
- Washington Sundar
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Mohit Sharma
- I Tahir
David Willey David Willey has had an ordinary year with the bat when the team has sent him lower down the order. CSK are likely to send him lower down the order since their top order is flooded with superstars. His ppm drops to 21.3 from 24.5 in the last year. Moeen Ali Moeen Ali’s recent form with the bat has been really good but the same cannot be said about his bowling. At the Vitality Blast 2018, his economy rate was on the higher side (8.54)