January 26, 2022


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The top two teams on the points table take on each other in match number 19 of the Indian T20 League 2021. Yes. It is the southern derby. It is MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli. It is Bangalore vs Chennai. Bangalore are the only team that
is yet to lose a game this season while Chennai, after a big defeat in their first game, have made a remarkable comeback to register three back-to-back wins. Bangalore thumped Rajasthan as Padikkal and Kohli put on a showv
with the bat while chasing a target of 178. Padikkal got to his first Indian
20 League ton while Kohli was
spectacular in his innings. Their bowlers are doing a fine job too. The likes of Siraj, Harshal and Jamieson are doing a great job. Chahal’s form is a bit of worry for Bangalore but the leggie hasn’t bowled too badly. They would look to repeat their performance from the last game and get the better of Chennai.

Talking of Chennai, the MS Dhoni-led side has turned things around amazingly well after their defeat in the first game against Delhi. In their last encounter against Kolkata, after their openers put
on a big stand, Chennai posted a big score on the board. Their bowlers had the opposition in deep waters but
in the middle overs, Russell and Cummins gave them a bit of scare as they let things loose a touch. However, they held their nerves and managed to get over the line. Gaikwad’s return to form is good news for Chennai. Their bowling led by Chahar is doing a fine job as well. So, two teams in superb form will battle it out at the Wankhede. An exciting clash is on the cards.

When: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, April 25, 2021, 3:30 PM IST.

Where: Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.

What to expect: The last league game at Wankhede also happens to be the first 3:30 PM start there. In the first
eight games at the venue, teams batting second have won five times. But that trend could go out of the window due to the change in match timings. This is likely to end up being a good toss to lose’.
Team-wise, RCB have featured in one afternoon game (in Chennai) where they batted first and smashed 204/4 in a 38-run win over KKR. Sunday’s game will be CSK’s first 3:30 PM fixture.

Head to head: CSK have won 16, RCB 9, of the 26 matches played between the two sides.

Probable 11s :

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali,
Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Shahbaz
Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Sams/Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.