Match Preview – RCB vs CSK 68th Match, IPL

Match Details

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) (7th; 6V, 7D) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) (4th; 7W, 6L)
Bengaluru, 7:30 p.m. IST (2 p.m. GMT)

Overview – RCB vs CSK, the match of the season?

Is the hype around this meeting justified?

Over the years, the results have been rather one-sided in favor of CSK. RCB have won just once in their last five meetings and only 31% of all IPL matches against them.

So maybe not.

But this time, the stakes are high: it is a virtual quarter-final. RCB are in great form, with five consecutive victories; CSK has had its ups and downs. Scenario-wise, it is easier for CSK to get out of it. Just win or hope the match goes on in the rain – which is not unlikely, given the weather in Bangalore. RCB, however, need to win and win by some margin – assuming a score of 200, they need to win by 18 runs or chase down the target with around 11 balls to spare – to get into the top four.

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There are also sentimental reasons for this hype. Is this the last time we will see an MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli encounter on the field? Will this be Dhoni’s last match for CSK? (No one knows, not even CSK batting coach Mike Hussey.)

Dhoni and Kohli may grab the headlines, but some subplots mean so much more. The two most powerful hitters of this season will face each other: Shivam Dube, who rocked CSK in the first half, and Rajat Patidar, who turned things around for RCB in the second half. It will also be the battle of Indian quicks, who have played a key role in their teams’ victories in recent matches. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium may be a batting-friendly surface, but it might all depend on which pace unit performs better on that day.

In terms of venue, RCB won their recent two matches at the Chinnaswamy after being relentlessly criticized by their opponents earlier in the season. CSK, however, have won only two of their six away matches. For CSK to get an edge at Chinnaswamy, their batters need to come together.

Form Guide

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Previous meeting

It was the season opener in Chepauk. Mustafizur Rahman ran through RCB’s top order, but a late lift from Anuj Rawat and Dinesh Karthik took them to 173 for 6. In response, CSK chased down the target with eight balls remaining, with Dube and Ravindra Jadeja posting stand undefeated by 66 points. . In many ways, this result set the tone for the first half of the season for both teams. But everything has changed since then.

Team News and Impact Player Strategy

Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB will likely bring back Glenn Maxwell for the match in place of Will Jacks, who left for England. Patidar versus Yash Dayal or Swapnil Singh will likely be the impact swap again.

Probable RCB XII: 1 Virat Kohli, 2 Faf du Plessis (captain), 3 Glenn Maxwell, 4 Rajat Patidar, 5 Mahipal Lomror, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Dinesh Karthik (week), 8 Yash Dayal, 9 Karn Sharma, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Lockie Ferguson 12 Swapnil Singh

Super Kings of Chennai
Moeen Ali is gone, so Mitchell Santner is likely to get a place in the XI. Ruturaj Gaikwad is also back opening with Rachin Ravindra. In the last match, Daryl Mitchell was replaced during the chase to place Sameer Rizvi at No.7. Given Rahane’s poor form and with Moeen out, will they consider starting with Rizvi and having Mitchell at No.3?

CSK likely XII: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain), 2 Rachin Ravindra, 3 Daryl Mitchell, 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Ravindra Jadeja, 6 Sameer Rizvi, 7 MS Dhoni (week), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Tushar Deshpande , 12 Simarjeet Singh

In the spotlight – Faf du Plessis and Shivam Dube

Faf du Plessis has yet to make a big impact with the bat. He has three fifties, but has struggled for consistency overall, having scored just 367 runs at 28.23 in 13 matches. He’s only averaging 27 on the power play this year, compared to 120 last year, when he had a good time. Although he didn’t score big, he batted 205 in RCB’s last seven games, compared to 140 in the first six games. RCB will be hoping for a big score from their captain in the crucial match to go along with another big hand from orange cap holder Virat Kohli.

Shivam Dube‘s superb run in the first half of the season earned him a place in India’s T20 World Cup squad. But since then, his form has declined. After ducks in consecutive matches against Punjab Kings, he scored 21 and 18 in the next two matches. He dismantled the spinners when everything was going well. In three of the last four matches, he has tried to attack the spinners.

Location and conditions

It was cloudy all day Friday in Bengaluru and there is a 78% chance of rain on Saturday, with forecasts predicting thunderstorms with showers in the evening. The average first inning score at the venue this season is 193. The day before the game, there was no turf on center field, which will be used for this game, so expect it to be more fast.

Statistics that matter

  • Kohli has improved his powerplay, going from 131-62 on average in the first six matches to 193-98.50 in the last seven.
  • RCB are Dhoni’s favorite opposition – he has scored 413 runs at an average of 82.6 against them at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the most against any team for him in the IPL.
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad averages 71 this season, which is the best for an opening match of IPL 2024


“He is a bowler who has bowled the fastest in our group. Every team will like a bowler like Simar because he bowls with a lot of pace and he is very aggressive in nature. Even against our own batsmen in the nets, sometimes I I’m scared with the way he’s playing. Very happy to see the work he’s done to finally get the opportunity to play and he’s playing well.
Bowling coach at CSK Dwayne Bravo on Simarjeet Singh

Sruthi Ravindranath is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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