Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings are all set to face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 25th match of the Indian Premier League. The fixture will take place at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
It will be a contest between Indian national cricket team's former and current skipper - MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
The bowlers from both sides have to be aware of the opposition skippers. Both Dhoni (793) and Kohli (747) are leading run-getters against RCB and CSK respectively in the IPL.
Chennai, however, holds the advantage as the Dhoni-led side has won seven of the last eight fixtures against Kohli's Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(C), AB de Villiers(Wk), Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Pavan Deshpande, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(C & Wk), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Murali Vijay, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, Piyush Chawla
Starting XI Prediction:
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C & Wk), Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (Wk), Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Dream11 Picks:
Shane Watson, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (C & Wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Isuru Udana, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(C & Wk), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(C), AB de Villiers(Wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
The game begins!
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch are at the crease. Padikkal is on strike. Deepak Chahar will open the attack for CSK!
Score after 5 overs: RCB (25-1)
A slow start for Bangalore. The Kohli-led side has also lost Finch early on, leaving Padikkal and the skipper at the crease.
Score after 10 overs: RCB (65-1)
Kohli and Padikkal have brought some life to the game. However, the pair needs more boundaries if they want to set a respectable target.
Score after 15 overs: RCB (95-4)
Things are not looking good for Bangalore. AB de Villiers was dismissed at duck. Kohli and Shivam Dube are at the crease. At this rate, a respectable target does not look likely for Bangalore.
Score after 20 overs: RCB (169-4), CSK needs 170 to win!
Kohli (90* off 52 balls), played the required captain innings for Bangalore as he led his side to a respectable target which now Chennai.
Dhoni's side will now have to overpower Bangalore's bowling prowess to successfully complete the chase. And with a batting line-up consisting the likes of in-form Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni among others, this should not be a difficult task for the Yellow army!
The chase begins!
Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Chris Morris will open the attack for RCB!
Score after 5 overs: CSK (21-1)
Chennai is also having a slow start. They have already lost one of their star players - Faf du Plessis. If Bangalore bowlers do their magic, it will not take time for things to get dicey for Dhoni and Co.
Score after 15 overs: CSK (96-3)
Things are not looking good for CSK. A mere target, but we already saw how things ended for Punjab in their game against Kolkata earlier today.
The game is headed in that direction.