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Toss Winner - Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to bowl first
Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets
RCB’s battle to get top order to deliver against Chennai
Chennai Super Kings to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To BatBet Now
We are into the 35th game of the Indian Premier League 2021 and this game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings would be an interesting one. RCB resumed their campaign on a poor note suffering a crashing defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders while on the other hand CSK won convincingly against Mumbai Indians which would boost their confidence.
Chennai Super Kings have enjoyed a good record against the Royal Challengers Bangalore with eight wins in their last ten games. They also come here after defeating the defending champions and look in the right frame of mind. It will be interesting to see if RCB is able to put their loss behind and take a step closer to a berth in the playoffs.
Virat Kohli’s side resumed the tournament in the worst possible manner. Having started the game as outright favorites the side went down against the Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets after being bowled out for mere 92 runs. The side would face a big challenge against the Chennai Super Kings and Kohli would want his players to put the loss behind and stand up to the task here.
It was a complete failure of the top order in their previous game and the side would need a good show from Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal. In the middle order they have good strength and need AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat to do well in the game. They need to get Wanidu Hasaranga, Sachi Baby and Kyle Jamieson to do the big hitting towards the end.
Jamieson was expensive in the last game and the side would expect a good show from him and Mohammad Siraj with the new ball. Yuzvendra Chahal will need to play a very important role here in the middle overs along with Harshal Patel and Wanidu Hasaranga after their poor outing in the last game. Their bowling attack is looking weak, and they will face a tough challenge against CSK’s batting depth.
Top Batsman – Virat Kohli
Top Bowler – Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Wanidu Hasaranga, Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammed Siraj, KS Bharat, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikal, Timothy David, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Harshal Patel, NA Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Wanidu Hasaranga
It was the perfect win that MS Dhoni would have liked but the skipper would be happy with the 20-run win against the Mumbai Indians. The win has taken them to the top of the points table and Dhoni would like to retain that with a win here. Their batting looks in poor shape and this is something that the CSK skipper would like to work on in this game.
Rituraj Gaikwad played a match-winning knock in the last game, and he would like to provide a good start with Faf du Plessis. In the middle order Moeen Ali, Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu failed in the last game, and they must deliver the goods here. Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur add depth to this line-up and make it formidable.
Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazelwood will look for early wickets against the struggling batting line-up that RCB have at the moment. Moeen Ali and Bravo bowled well in the last game, and this would add to their confidence. With Thakur and Jadeja in the mix, they have the attack to trouble RCB.
Top Batsman – Faf du Plessis
Top Bowler – Deepak Chahar
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Dwayne Bravo, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Josh Hazlewood
It will be a hot and humid evening at Sharjah on September 24, and we expect to see a batting friendly wicket where fast bowlers would have a tough time. They will have to mix their line well to grab wickets. The side that bats first here need to put 200 runs on the board to feel comfortable on this surface.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium is a high scoring and batting paradise with a flat surface, fast outfield, and shorter size of the boundaries. The pitch is good to bat on and allows batsmen to play on the up. Fast bowlers have found it difficult to bowl on this surface while the spinners do well with the track offering turn.
This ground has seen most games go in favor of sides batting first. The flat track and the fast outfield have allowed batsmen to score runs easily and chasing scores can be a challenge as the ball starts to turn. The side winning the toss here is likely to opt for batting first in the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore come into this game with their confidence low. It was the worst performance by the side in this edition of the tournament and they must get their batsmen to deliver to win here. Chennai Super Kings on the other hand are sitting comfortably at the top of the points table and have had a good record against RCB and this would put them ahead in this game.
Chennai Super Kings to win
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