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|AB de Villiers||68||30||2||8||226.67|
|Colin de Grandhomme||11||7||1||0||157.14|
|Quinton de Kock||53||37||1||4||143.24|
It will be a clash of the titans as the current and the former Indian captain take on each other in 24th IPL game of the season on 25th April at Bengaluru. Chennai Super Kings have thrived under the leadership of MS Dhoni, winning four games out of five, whereas it hasn't been as sweet for Virat Kohli. Royal Challengers Bangalore are in an interesting position of having won two out of their five games. A loss here will make situation extremely tricky for them and they'd then have to forge a run similar to that of Mumbai Indians' in 2015. CSK, on the other hand, are sitting pretty at the second spot in the points table and a win here will take them to the top spot and a lot closer to qualification to the playoffs.
Despite their brilliant win against Delhi Daredevils, Virat Kohli will be extremely cross with the way their bowlers performed in the death overs. At halfway stage into the Delhi innings, they had the visitors on the mat, but a superb batting display by Iyer and Pant which was generously helped by some ordinary bowling by RCB bowlers left them to chase a relatively steep total of 175.
RCB conceded 71 runs off their last five overs as Daredevils scored a total of 174 after being reduced to 58/2 in 10 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav were the picks of the bowlers with the figures of 3-0-22-2 and 4-0-27-1 respectively. Umesh Yadav's weakness to deliver in the powerplay overs forced Kohli to bowl him out inside the first 10 overs which we might see happen again in this fixture.
So far in the tournament, RCB's opening partnerships have had a fate similar to their death bowling - Nothing more than ordinary. Manan Vohra opened the innings with Quinton de Kock, but the talented Indian batsman failed to capitalize on the chance and threw his wicket away. Quinton de Kock was involved in a bad mix-up with Kohli where he had to sacrifice his wicket.
RCB were staring at yet another defeat after having two of their players back inside the hut even before the powerplay got over. Taking no time to settle, AB de Villiers smashed Shabaaz Nadeem over the ropes and announced his arrival in style. ABD single-handedly took RCB to victory with a knock of 90 runs in just 39 deliveries. In between, Virat Kohli was dismissed in the 11th over by the virtue of an astounding Trent Boult grab near the square leg boundary, but that didn't have any impact whatsoever on ABD's approach and the chase was close with many deliveries to spare.
Quinton de Kock, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, M Singh, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, M Siraj, YS Chahal.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni showed glimpses of his past self as he smashed the bowlers across the boundary ropes without really taking any time to settle in. Early in the innings, CSK were found struggling with Watson and du Plessis back in the hut and Suresh Raina struggling to time the ball. Ambati Rayadu walked in and started middling the ball right from the word go which brought the momentum back into their innings.
When the two openers were dismissed, Chennai Super Kings were struggling at 32 for 2 in the eighth over and their run rate badly needed to be picked up. Ambati Rayadu walked in and immediately looked in ominous touch which allowed Suresh Raina to take his time before taking off. At one time, Raina was batting with the strike rate of under 70 which later shot to around 130, thanks to some excellent death batting by Raina.
Although Raina played a sensible knock to take Super Kings to a position of safety, it was Rayadu's knock that took the game away from Hyderabad. Rayadu smashed 79 runs off just 37 deliveries which arguably is the best knock of his career. MS Dhoni finished the innings in style as he smashes 25 of 12 deliveries.
Chasing such a tall total was never going to be easy and Deepak Chahar made it even more so by picking up Pandey, Ricky Bhui, and Deepak Hooda inside the first six overs. SRH then had to play catch-up Cricket and although they lost the game by a minute margin, they were always a tad behind in the chase. Dwayne Bravo bowled superbly in the death overs and choked the flow of runs, thanks to his yorkers and slower ones and combination of both.
These are still early days in the tournament and Watson, Billings, MSD, Bravo, Raina, and Rayadu - all have contributed to their success so far and if they continue to deliver like they've done in the first few games - CSK will cruise to the playoffs, yet again.
SR Watson, Ambati Rayudu, SK Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Teams have always preferred to chase at Chinnaswamy Stadium and the trend in this IPL, too, has been the same. Win the toss and field first will be the order of the day for captains.
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It has rained considerably in Bangalore over the past couple of days, but it is unlikely to be the case on match day. Small boundaries and altitude give value for shots to the batsmen and dew might be a factor during the night. Chinnaswamy Stadium is known for its batting-friendly conditions and it won't be any different on Wednesday.
Both the teams have had contrasting IPL campaigns so far. While the Super Kings have found a new hero every time, the Challengers have relied heavily on Kohli and de Villiers. AB de Villiers was at his best in their previous match which should have imbibed a lot of self-confidence in the team. Chennai Super Kings are in a rampaging mood at the moment and have done superbly at this venue. Royal Challengers have struggled with the death bowling in this season and for the abovementioned reasons, the Super Kings are more likely to prevail in this all-important clash.
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