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M24 – RCB VS CSK
The Chennai Super Kings will see Match 24 of VIVO IPL 2018 as an opportunity to return to the top of the standings when they take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
CSK have four wins from five Matches, including a four-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their most-recent outing. RCB languish in the bottom half of the table with just two wins from five matches. However, in their most recent outing, RCB defeated the Delhi Daredevils riding on AB de Villiers’ brilliance.
CSK have found a combination which works and their players have delivered at crucial times, clinching those match-defining moments. They have taken the game deep and have prevailed in 3 last-over finishes.
In a brief format such as T20 cricket, successful teams are generally the ones who are able to set early momentum and dominate their opposition right through. RCB’s problems start at the top; the aggregate of their opening partnerships in their five matches is 72 runs. They will need their opening pair to click, and given the build of their team, they need one of their top three to go big. They also need one of their middle order or lower middle-order batsmen to make big scores, should opportunity present itself.
25 April 2018, 2000Hrs (IST)
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
This match will see the IPL’s top two run-getters pitted against each other; CSK’s Suresh Raina tops the list at the moment, while the RCB captain Virat Kohli trails him by 9 runs. Raina comes into this match with the confidence of an unbeaten half-century behind him – though the 54 not out against SRH wasn’t his most fluent innings. Kohli is RCB’s top run-getter this season and will hope to get among the runs yet again.
And then, there’s the superhumanAB de Villiers, who blitzed away the last time he walked to the crease. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu have taken turns to fire in the last couple of matches; Rayudu made a 37-ball 79 the last time he batted, while Watson has played two good innings – including the century against the Rajasthan Royals.
Umesh Yadav has had good days and bad days in the office; he has been particularly good with the new ball, but has been taken for runs when he has returned for later spells. For CSK, Deepak Chahar has been impressive with the new ball; he has provided the team with the early breakthroughs.
The quicks will be expected to do their bit and set it up for the likes of YuzvendraChahal and Pawan Negi (RCB) and Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh (CSK) to do their bit;the surface at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is expected to play slow and low, and therefore one can expect plenty of work for the spinners.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 20, Royal Challengers Bangalore won – 7, Chennai Super Kings won – 12, No Result – 1
At the M ChinnaswamyStadium: Matches – 7, Royal Challengers Bangalore won – 3, Chennai Super Kings won – 3, No Result – 1
If Virat Kohli leads the Royal Challengers Bangalore onto the field on Wednesday, it will his 100th match as captain in T20 cricket. He will be the third Indian cricketer to captain in 100 or more matches after MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir.
MS Dhoni’s record in IPL matches in Bengaluru: Innings – 8, Runs – 309, Average – 61.80, Strike Rate – 177.58.
Virat Kohli, who has scored more runs against CSK than against any other opposition, needs to score 18 more runs to complete 2000 IPL runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The Chennai Super Kings have been unbeaten in matches played on 25 April; over the years, they have played 6 IPL matches & won 5; one match against RCB in 2012 was washed out.
The Chennai Super Kings will he back to Pune for their home match against the Mumbai Indians, scheduled to be played on April 28. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be seen in action the following day, on April 29, when they play host to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
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