Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings (RCB vs CSK)
Date:October 25, 2020
Venue: Dubai Cricket Stadium – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
RCB are well on course to seal a spot in the top-four. They have 14 points after 10 games, and need another win from their remaining 4 games to seal a berth in the play-offs. The team had been hampered by the lack of proper death bowlers in the last few seasons, but the entry of Chris Morris has changed their fortunes around.
CSK, on the other hand, have gone from bad to worse. Their batting lacks sting, and they were unable to cross 130 in their last two games. They were reeling at 3 or 4 in their match against Mumbai Indians last time around, and will need a clinical performance to cause an upset. They have 6 points thus far and currently occupy the last spot on the points table.
CSK does not have the best bench strength either, which has proved to be their nemesis this season.
The weather in Dubai will hover around the 38-degree mark during the day, but the evening will see a clear evening. As it is a day game, the heat will further make the players sweat.
The track is slowing down with each game, and this was on display in the game against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad as well. Punjab managed just 126 in their 20 overs, with spinners getting considerable help. A target of 160 is par.
The teams that will win the toss might opt to bat first as the wicket will slow down as the game progresses. As it is a day game, there is hardly any dew expected, which should further prompt the team winning the toss to bat first.
RCB Expected XI and Team News
The RCB team are on a roll, and are unlikely to make any changes to their XI. They will want to seal their playoffs berth, before they think of making any changes to give their bench a chance.
AB de Villiers: The South African is in great form and has played some important knocks for his side. He has scores of 73* in 33 and 55* in 22 balls in his last few knocks, and will want to continue his form.
Virat Kohli: The RCB skipper had scored an unbeaten 90 when the two teams had last met. He has blown hot and cold this season, with his strike rate often creating news, but he is too good a player to ignore.
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers(wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sunder, Chris Morris, Navdeep Saini, , Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
CSK Expected XI and Team News
CSK have tried out almost every player in their camp, but that has not helped their poor run. They made 3 changes in the last game, and despite the huge loss against Mumbai Indians, we expect them to go in with the same side.
Faf du Plessis: The CSK batsman has been the lone warrior for CSK this year. He is their most consistent player with four fifties and will want to give his side another solid start.
Imran Tahir: The South African has not played many games this season, but will want to leave his mark. He was the Purple Cap holder last season, and will find the wicket here to his liking.
Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shane Watson Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c&wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif
Head to head record of RCB vs CSK:
Chennai have a huge advantage over RCB in the history of the IPL, winning 16 games against them thus far out of 26 matches. RCB have 9 wins, with one No Result. However, RCB defeated CSK when the two teams had met earlier this season.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for RCB vs CSK:
WK: AB de Villiers has been the key player for RCB this season, attacking the bowlers in the death overs. He has a number of important match-winning knocks under his belt and will be a threat yet again.
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis is the leading run-scorer for CSK this year and has four fifties to his name. He has been opening the innings and will want to play a good knock here. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devdutt Padikkal are two talented young guns, and will want to leave their impression. Virat Kohli had smashed an unbeaten 90 against CSK when the two teams had met in IPL 2020, and will want to play another crucial knock.
All-rounders: Sam Curran scored a fine 50 in the last game against Mumbai Indians, after his team had slumped to 3 or 4. He also has 10 wickets to his name. Chris Morris has been vital at the death for RCB and has 9 wickets from just 5 games.
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar has been impressive with the new ball, and has made life tough for the rivals with his swinging deliveries. Karn Sharma can be a game-changer in the middle overs, while Yuzvendra Chahal has been leading the spin department for RCB. Isuru Udana has experience and will be the key with the new ball.
Captain and VC: Virat Kohli and Chris Morris
Match Prediction for RCB vs CSK:
On paper, RCB are heads and shoulders above CSK, and have a huge advantage. However, CSK have nothing to lose, which makes them a dangerous prospect. We expect them to cuase an upset.
Chennai Super Kings are backed to win.
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