Date & Time: Sunday, April 21, 20:00 IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India
It looks like finally the Royal Challengers Bangalore have sorted out their powerplay bowling thanks to the return of Dale Steyn. They are set to host Chennai Super Kings, who missed their ‘Thala’ Dhoni dearly in the last game. Table toppers Chennai Super Kings are just a win away from qualifying for the knockouts whereas Royal Challengers Bangalore have to win every single game that they are to play, so that they stand a chance to qualify.
Both the teams will be eager to know the availability of their key players such as AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo, which will influence the selection of other players. Akshdeep Nath, who failed to impress in the chances he got might make way for Shivam Dubey or Washington Sundar.
187 and 205 were the scores posted by teams batting 1st in 8pm games here at this venue. CSK’s head coach Stephen Fleming also expects a high scoring game. Rain might have a say as per the weather forecasts.
After struggling to score runs in the first half of the season, Ambati Rayudu looks like he has found his mojo back with a half century against Rajasthan Royals. He averages 43 at this venue with the bat and scored a memorable 82 last year where a 100 run partnership with Dhoni propelled his side to a victory. Also, he has a very strong record against the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack.
Virat Kohli is coming into this game after a phenomenal hundred against the Kolkata Knight Riders and considered the win was a revenge for last year’s loss. RCB suffered a terrible loss against CSK in the season opener and Virat Kohli will be eager to avenge that loss. His last 4 scores against CSK in IPL are 12, 18, 8 and 6. He is due for a another big score at his favorite M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
4-1-6-1 were his bowling figures last time when these 2 sides met in IPL and this holds the record for joint best economical spell in IPL history. He has picked up 13 wickets so far in this edition of IPL and if RCB had held on to their catches, he would be closer to the top wicket taker. Additionally, he bowled 34 deliveries to Shane Watson and has conceded only 24 runs while picking up his wicket thrice. From 2018, Shane Watson is yet to score a single run off him, even after facing 13 balls.
Imran Tahir has been the best bowler for CSK in this season so far, much like how Yuzvendra Chahal has been to RCB. Imran Tahir has picked up 15 wickets in 9 matches and has been the go-to man for MS Dhoni. He has picked up 9 wickets in 6 matches against RCB in IPL and has dismissed AB de Villiers twice even though he has scored 59 runs from 31 balls recently in T20s.