About the Match
The tournament is in the last quarter of the league stage but the two teams Chennai Super Kings with 16 points from 10 matches and Royal Challengers Bangalore with 8 points from 10 matches are meeting for the first time at Ranchi on 18th May. The Super Kings have lost only 2 matches so far, that too to the formidable Kings XI Punjab, whereas the Royal Challengers have not been consistent in their performance losing 6 of the 10 matches. The Royal Challengers will have to win almost every match they have in hand to move forward and hence are under more pressure than the CSK, who have a solution to all the challenges they face from time to time and achieve the target.
Chennai Super Kings
The Super Kings are playing as a team and are peaking at the right moment; every player is contributing his might for the success of the team. Jadeja is shaping well as an efficient all-rounder and is a very good asset, McCullum and Smith have been giving a reasonable start when they bat and Raina, Faf du Plessis and Dhoni are able to play as per plan. Mohit Sharma, Jadeja, Badree, Pandey and Ashwin have been handling their allotted overs efficiently controlling the game in all respects; they have been able to dictate terms to the opponent irrespective of the opposition except for the Kings XI, against whom they were not able to defend even after putting on board a 200+ score. The present match in hand is also against a very good batting line-up which hasn’t been able to click as a team; with an upper hand here, Chennai looks super confident and charged up to fire again in all departments of the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Their batting inconsistency is the main reason for their losses and they are in the process of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent to find solutions. They have a determined Yuvraj, a dependable de Villiers, an efficient Parthiv Patel and a hard hitting Gayle with Virat Kohli usually leading from the front and tackling issues real time. Their bowling is not very disciplined especially Starc who has been erratic in the death overs; though the points table does not speak, they have lost many of the matches which should have been won comfortably. This issue needs to be addressed by the team and that should give solutions to come out of the misfortunes and win matches from here on. Chahal has been very good with his slower deliveries and outstanding on the field; De Villers has played well coming in the middle order adding strength to the team. Chennai Super Kings’ players keep a cool head above their shoulders and this is their biggest strength; Virat Kohli may have to re-think on his strategy to handle the opponents cleverly and how to use the bowlers, judging from the status of the match.
While Chennai is riding the wave of success and continues on its winning spree, Royal Challengers Bangalore has the desire to deliver and turn the tide in its favor. Because of the situation they are in, RCB looks confident to improve its appetite to win matches, and they might just start doing so here.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2.20 @ Bet365