HEAD-TO-HEAD All-time meetings: Royal Challengers Bangalore W7, Chennai Super Kings W13, No Result 1
THE TEAM NEWS
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Captain: Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore got back to winning ways with a comfortable win over the lowly Delhi Daredevils. After being set 174 for victory, RCB led by a brilliant innings from AB de Villiers (90* from 39) chased down the total with two overs and six wickets to spare.
CSK produced another great win last time out with a hard fought victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad as after a slow start, CSK were able to bounce back and post a healthy 182. Although it was close, some amazing fielding in the last over saw Chennai victorious by a narrow four runs.
Shane Watson has wound back the clock for this edition of the IPL, as not only has he scored 184 runs including the highest individual score, he has also chipped in with the ball for 6 wickets so Chennai will be hoping the Aussie veteran can keep his form up for the rest of the tournament.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Captain: MS Dhoni
Whilst Virat Kolhi (2nd) and AB de Villiers (7th) sit high in the rankings for runs scored, the issue that RCB has is that they cannot get more than one top order batsmen to fire in the same innings and if they want to challenge for the trophy this season, RCB desperately need to see some consistency among the batting order.
Brendon McCullum still sits on the sidelines and with replacements such as Sarfaraz Khan and Manan Vohra failing in the last two matches, it may be worth bringing McCullum back in the side as his record speaks for itself and if he gets going, his presence is daunting for any opposition.
Chennai could go in to this match against RCB unchanged after their win against Sunrisers Hyderabad as their batsmen have been solid and the bowling unit while at times expensive, have been overall impressive.
Although they are back to winning ways, Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to convince the competition that they are a finals contender. Things started brightly with a win over the Kings XI, but they then lost consecutive matches to Rajasthan and Mumbai. With their most recent win over bottom-placed Delhi, RCB are in desperate need of a big scalp to get their tournament back on track or risk being left behind. Chennai on the other hand are going along nicely having dropped just the one match to the Chris Gayle-inspired Kings XI. The form of Chennai simply cannot be ignored and whilst Bangalore have the talent on their list, they are yet to show it. Expect Chennai to widen the gap between the top and middle of the table with another win.