It could be nothing wanting a conflict of the titans when Virat Kohli’s on-a-roll Royal Challengers Bangalore takes on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Tremendous Kings in a top-of-the-table IPL showdown, on Sunday with two factors and momentum at stake. RCB has received all its 4 matches to this point and sits on high of the standings. CSK, then again, has hit again after shedding its opener to assert three straight wins for the second spot within the factors desk. RCB, boosted by a 10-wicket hammering of Rajasthan Royals, might be eager to proceed its profitable streak.
Nevertheless, the duty is less complicated stated than completed as CSK is driving excessive with three good outcomes of its personal. Kohli and the highly-rated Devdutt Padikkal toyed with the Rajasthan Royals bowling the opposite day and can look to put a robust basis once more for RCB towards a diversified CSK bowling assault.
RCB, which has extra usually not under-performed amid excessive expectations, has began effectively. And, Kohli will concentrate on the significance of sustaining the depth in a protracted league. The RCB batting seems to be high heavy and reliant on the performances of Kohli, South African maestro AB de Villiers and Australian maverick Glenn Maxwell.
Padikkal’s good type additionally augurs effectively for the crew. Nevertheless, the RCB batting unit will entrance as much as Deepak Chahar, who is thought for his capability to strike early. It stays to be seen if the crew has what it takes to bounce again in case there may be lose of wickets early within the innings.
The RCB bowling has completed the job to this point with Mohammed Siraj being spectacular. Nevertheless, they arrive up towards a formidable CSK which bats deep and the significance of early wickets cannot be emphasised sufficient.
Ruturaj Gaikwad emerged from three failures with a powerful knock towards Kolkata Knight Riders and varieties a robust opening partnership with Faf du Plessis. A superb begin will assist their trigger and with an in-form Moeen Ali pencilled in at No.3 and Suresh Raina to comply with, CSK has the firepower to strike late as effectively.
Skipper Dhoni is but to hit his straps however coach Stephen Fleming believes he would get higher with each outing.
Whereas Chahar has been within the thick of issues firstly, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali have additionally struck essential blows. Shardul Thakur has proved costly at instances however is a crucial cog within the CSK bowling unit.
Add to this the truth that the Wankhede stadium has seen principally high-scoring video games and the crew that holds its nerves is prone to come up trumps on a observe like this.
The match begins at 3.30 PM IST.
Chennai Tremendous Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, Okay Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Adam Zampa, Devdutt Padikkal, Kane Richardson, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, M S Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Child, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, Okay S Bharat, Finn Allen.