After registering the second victory of their season, Royal Challengers Bangalore is set to host Chennai Super Kings in another exciting battle. RCB made a sensational comeback in their previous encounter against KKR, while the visitors will be determined to get back to winning ways having lost their last outing. Both the sides will square off for the second time in this season after the inaugural match of this tournament. Chennai Super Kings thrashed the hosts by seven wickets in the opening game.

Royal Challengers Bangalore has one of the most balanced team on paper in this season, but unfortunately, the results have not gone their way. At this stage, Kohli & Co have to win all the remaining games if they want to stay alive in this tournament. With seven defeats and a couple of triumphs in their nine outings, RCB is languishing at the bottom of the points table with just four league points. Virat Kohli made a bold move in the previous game to omit AB de Villiers from the starting lineup, but the plan worked and eventually, RCB won that game by 10 runs.

Meanwhile, Chennai Super King’s winning spree came to a halt when the Sunrisers hammered them by six wickets. Having lost only their second game in this season, MS Dhoni will be looking to bounce back heading into the 39th fixture of the Indian Premier League. CSK has been the most consistent franchise in the IPL history, and this time as well they have the potential to go all the way in this tournament. Currently, the visitors are comfortably sitting at the top of the ladder with seven wins in their 9 league games.

 

MATCH DETAILS

 

Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

Head-to-Head Record

 

Total Played: 24

RCB Won- 07

CSK Won- 16

No Result- 01

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Average 1st Inns scores – 170

Average 2nd Inns scores – 150

Highest total recorded – 263/5 (20 Ov) by RCB vs PWI

Lowest total recorded – 82/10 (15.1 Ov) by RCB vs KKR

Highest score chased – 207/5 (19.4 Ov) by CSK vs RCB

Lowest score defended – 106/2 (8 Ov) by RCB vs CSK 

 

Team News

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • AB de Villiers will return to the playing XI in place of Heinrich Klaasen.
  • Md Siraj, who has been in poor form, might be replaced by Umesh Yadav for this match.

Chennai Super Kings

  • The visitors will look to strengthen their batting lineup in this fixture.
  • Sam Billings might feature in the starting lineup to replace Santner.

 

Squads

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Tim Southee, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Kulwant Khejroliya, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas Barman

Chennai Super Kings

Mahendra Singh Dhoni(C), Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Kedhar Jadhav, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Billings, David Willey, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Monu Kumar, KM Asif, Murali Vijay, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn

 

Key Players

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Virat Kohli
  • AB de Villiers
  • Yuzi Chahal

Chennai Super Kings

  • Shane Watson
  • MS Dhoni
  • Imran Tahir

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Navdeep Saini, Moeen Ali, Umesh Yadav, Akshdeep Nath, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Tim Southee/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube, Parthiv Patel, Marcus Stoinis.

 Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner/ Sam Billings, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir