|Match Date: 23rd March, Saturday|
|Match Timing: 8:00 pm|
|Expected Crowd Turnout: 32,000|
|Match Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
The highly anticipated 12th edition of Indian Premier League will be underway from Saturday with a massive contest between the defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Men in Yellow will be in good touch of form going into the first match whereas RCB will be on the lookout to rewrite the history books. In the auctions, CSK retained almost their entire squad that won them the title last year, making only some finishing touches to the team. RCB, on the other hand, traded in a few players to turn their fortunes around.
Here’s a complete analysis of Saturday’s high wire IPL opener between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore:
The thrilling opener of the Vivo IPL 2019 is expected to be a run fest with two very strong batting teams going against each other on Saturday.
Chennai Super Kings, on one hand, have the momentum and the confidence of winning the match. They have a formidable starting XI which is high on experience. The batting combination of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, and Ambati Rayudu can chase down any total. Playing on the home turf, CSK thus will be a tough nut to crack.
RCB, on the other hand, have a relatively young team at helm. In this edition’s IPL auctions, they bid big on talented youngsters like Shivam Dube, Devdutt Padikkal, teenage leg-spinner Prayas Barman, Delhi Himmat Singh, and Akshdeep Nath. Going by the depth, it feels like Bangalore don’t have the same depth that CSK possess. Their only experienced batsman include Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen and Moeen Ali. It may thus be a difficult first encounter for RCB, especially since the match is away at Chidambaram stadium.
We, thus, put our money on Chennai Super Kings to make the cut in the season opener and start the campaign in style.
Foreign Players Expected to Feature
CSK: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir
RCB: AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali
The MA Chidambaram stadium is counted amongst one of the most high-scoring pitches in the country. The pitch may get a little slow later in the evening, giving the spinners an extra edge. It goes without saying that the team that wins the toss will be looking forward to bat first and put a competitive total in favourable conditions. The team that bats second will have be under pressure to perform in the changing conditions. With both CSK and RCB relying heavily on their strong batting lineups to win matches, this fixture at MA Chidambaram stadium will be a runs galore.
Watch: MS Dhoni gets stunning welcome from fans at CSK
Stadium Records – What History Says about MA Chidambaram?
Due to the Cauvery water dispute, only one match was played in the MA Chidambaram stadium in the 2018 edition of IPL. Nonetheless, the solitary match that was played there was one of the most entertaining contests of the year. Riding in Andre Russell’s timely 88*, KKR scored a massive 205 runs in the first innings. However, CSK then chased down the total in 19.5 overs and won the match by 5 wickets.
Head to Head Record (CSK vs RCB)
CSK 14-7 RCB. Chennai are also unbeaten at home against Bangalore since 2008.
In what can be a major blow for CSK’s title defence, pacer Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out for the rest of the IPL season with an injury.
CSK vs RCB Playing 11
CSK Playing 11
MS Dhoni (C), Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Mohit Sharma/ Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja
RCB playing 11
Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Yuzuvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Washigton Sundar, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
How Should Your Dream11 team look like?
Considering that the pitch is a batting-friendly surface, it would be ideal to choose around 4-5 batsman in the your Dream11 team. Moreover, you can also choose the maximum number of all-rounders (3) in your squad. In bowlers, it would be wise to choose spinners considering the pitch may turn later in the game.
Choosing MS Dhoni in your Dream11 team would be a smart choice considering the veteran batsman’s form at Chepauk. MSD has scored the second-highest runs at the MA Chidambaram stadium – 1,238 runs- at an average of 36.41. His strike-rate of 135.89 is also the best among batsmen with over 1,000 runs at Chepauk. You can also bet your money on Suresh Raina, the highest run-scorer at the stadium – and IPL.
When to watch the CSK vs RCB IPL match?
The IPL match between CSK and RCB will commence from 8 pm on Saturday, 23rd March.
Where to watch the CSK vs RCB IPL match?
The IPL match between CSK and RCB will broadcasted live on the Star Sports network- Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 for English Commentary and Star Gold for Hindi Commentary. It will also be streamed live on Hotstar.