About the Match
On 18th May 2013, a lot of questions would be answered regarding the points table when Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. Royal Challengers are in spot of bother as Sunrisers Hyderabad have managed to pull off quite a stunning victory over Rajasthan Royals in the game on preceding day. A win for them is the necessary condition to stay in the competition but it’s not the sufficient condition. Chennai on the other hand will be gearing up for their first qualifier game and might decide to give rest to some of their key players. Nonetheless, it is expected to be a cracker of a game.
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings have been excellent in this season so far. They’ve played like a unit and the results clearly reflect through the points table. Mike Hussey is second in the race to the orange cap and would be looking to outscore Chris Gayle in the coming game. Murali Vijay seems to be getting back in form and so is Albie Morkel. They have well balanced bowling attack and along with attacking batting. Chennai Super Kings would be looking to win this one before going in to the important playoff phase.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Who would have expected the team full of stars like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to be struggling for a place in the final four? Now they are there and it’s a ‘do or die’ game for them. A win would keep them alive, won’t guarantee them a place in the playoffs. RCB hasn’t played as badly as the points table suggests. Barring a couple of games, they’ve always been on the receiving end of the luck. They’ve lost many close games, one of which went to the super over. Their bowling looks a little weak, but with batting of the class they have, it can always be excused. RCB has excellent batting and no target is big enough for them to achieve, even if only of their batsmen fire.
It is a tough ask for Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings would like to finish at the top of the table whereas RCB would love to keep their hopes alive. Can CSK keep their form and go on win their last game of league stage too? It’s definitely on the cards, but considering the fact that they might rest some of their players and the home advantage for RCB, RCB has the upper hand. Royal Challengers Bangalore is a good side with many match winning players at their disposal. With Kohli, de Villiers and Gayle in prime form, it would be very hard to beat RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore , 2.00 @ William Hill