Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
RCB LOOK TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RUSTY CSK
RCB will win the match!
|Kolkata Knight Riders||5||3||2||0||0||6||0.02|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||5||3||2||0||0||6||-1.355|
|Chennai Super Kings||6||2||4||0||0||4||-0.37|
|Kings XI Punjab||6||1||5||0||0||2||-0.431|
Royal Challengers Bangalore take on CSK in the much awaited South Indian Derby albeit in the shores of UAE. RCB is having a mixed tournament so far with 3 wins and 3 losses so far. They have won close contests but their margin of losses is a big worry and might haunt their NRR in latter parts of the tournament. CSK on the other hand are going through a tough phase and are looking very rusty at the moment. They were handicapped by the absence of a couple of senior players in the last moment and are struggling the pace the innings with their aging middle order.
CSK failed to chase down 160+ score for the second time this season. Faf Du Plessis (17 runs), Ambati Rayudu (30 runs), and Shane Watson (50 runs) looked good with the bat and took the team to 90-1 at the end of 10 overs. Their middle-order crumbled and they scored only 67 runs in last 10 overs and lost 4 wickets.
CSK bowling unit put on a team effort to reduce the opposition to 167-all out in the 20 overs. Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, and Karn Sharma picked up 2 wickets each while Dwayne Bravo took 3 wickets in the last over. Deepak Chahar was expensive as he went for 47 runs in his 4 overs.
Top players to bet on:
Shane Watson – Watson overcame his rough patch with two back-to-back fifties ion last 2 matches. His aggressive batting will be a big plus for CSK going ahead in this match.
Shardul Thakur – Thakur has been executi9ng his knuckleballs brilliantly in the last 2 matches. He picked up the crucial wickets of Andre Russell and Shubman Gill in the last match against KKR.
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), N Jagadeesan/Rituraj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma
Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Narayan Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni
RCB`s batting faltered badly last match as they scored just 137/9 in 20 overs. AB DE Villiers (155 runs) and Devdutt Padikkal (178 runs) has been their prolific run scorers this season. Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch have come up with good scorers in recent matches and will look to dominate the bowlers in this match.
Their bowling unit has been leaking way too many runs in the death overs. Washington Sundar`s move to open the bowling has paid rich dividends as he has given runs at less than 6 RPO. Mohammed Siraj bowled well to take a couple of wickets last night. Navdeep Saini and Isuru Udana have been going for too many runs in the last two matches. Yuzi Chahal had a bad day in the last match.
Top players to bet on:
Virat Kohli – Kohli has scores of 74 & 43 in the last two matches after a silent start to the tournament. He is looking to regain his ominous touch and will look to make a big score to help his post a good total on board.
Washington Sundar – Sundar has bowling figures of 1/12, 0/20, & 0/20 in the last 3 matches despite bowling predominantly in the power play. He will look to strangle the CSK`s top order in this match too.
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikal, Aaron Finch, Washington Sundar, NA Saini, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Virat Kohli, GR Singh Mann, Shivam Dube
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||30||0 mm.||0.76 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|03h||29||0 mm.||2.04 k/h||From: S||0%|
|06h||32||0 mm.||2.09 k/h||From: W||0%|
|09h||33||0 mm.||5.6 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|12h||32||0 mm.||6.66 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||31||0 mm.||4.83 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|18h||30||0 mm.||4.75 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||30||0 mm.||4.64 k/h||From: NW||0%|
We expect hot and humid climate on the match day and we expect dew factor to come in the second innings. The pitch might slow down as the match progresses.
Dubai has been a good pitch to bat on and batsmen are scoring 180+ runs on average in the first innings. Batsmen can take advantage of the conditions if they can settle in. We can expect scores in the range of 180-200 runs in this pitch.
Teams batting first have won 8 out of the 9 matches so far and both teams will look to bat first at this venue. CSK team are not looking their normal self this season with a lot of catch drops in the field, lack of intent with the bat in the middle order. They are looking very rusty and the age of the players in the playing XI does not help it either. RCB has been up and down this year with a rollercoaster ride. They depend heavily on their batting attack to score big runs and need to improve on the bowling front in this match. We expect RCB to take advantage of CSK`s weakness and win this match.
CSK team are not looking their normal self this season with a lot of catch drops in the field, lack of intent with the bat in the middle order. They are looking very rusty and the age of the players in the playing XI does not help it either. RCB has been up and down this year with a rollercoaster ride. They depend heavily on their batting attack to score big runs and need to improve on the bowling front in this match. We expect RCB to take advantage of CSK`s weakness and win this match.
RCB will win the match!