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IPL 2019, RCB Vs CSK Preview: Bangalore Determined To Fend Off Defending Champions Chennai

Royal Challengers Bangalore will be riding high on confidence after their 10-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders and will intend to carry their winning form when they take on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side. Chennai Super Kings will be looking to get back to winning ways and seal their play-off berth

IPL 2019, RCB Vs CSK Preview: Bangalore Determined To Fend Off Defending Champions Chennai
Virat Kohli's side will have to be on top of their game in order to defeat MS Dhoni and Co. | Courtesy: PTI
IPL 2019, RCB Vs CSK Preview: Bangalore Determined To Fend Off Defending Champions Chennai
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2019-04-20T14:44:22+05:30

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be eager to put their loss against SunRisers Hyderabad behind and look for a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in M. Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bengaluru on Sunday.

Defending champions CSK, who lost to SRH in the previous game for only their second loss this season, will get to 16 points with a win at the Chinnaswamy and it should be enough to guarantee a place in the top-four.

Their leader M S Dhoni missed the game against SRH due to a stiff back but will probably be fit for the game on Sunday.

"Probably he will play in the next game against RCB," stand-in skipper Suresh Raina had said after the loss to SRH.

Following the tournament opener between CSK and RCB in Chennai, both teams have had contrasting campaigns. While CSK have lived up to their reputation again, RCB continue to under-perform.

No doubt, RCB will be fired up after the win against KKR at Kolkata on Friday night when they finally managed to defend despite a brutal assault from Andre Russell and Nitish Rana. It was only their second win in nine games in the season so far but still kept them mathematically alive in the tournament.

RCB could also take a cue from a similar situation in 2016 when they had lost five of their first seven games, but ended up in the playoffs after winning six of their last seven matches.

In the absence of indisposed AB de Villiers on Friday, Virat Kohli took it all upon himself to post a big total and in the process scored his first century of the season. With AB expected to be back, RCB will be aiming to please their loyal fans with a victory at last on their home ground.

Despite the arrival of Dale Steyn, their bowling remains a worry as it was evident at the Eden Gardens where Russell and Rana almost pulled off the impossible after KKR needed 113 off the last six overs. The hosts just fell short by 10 runs as Moeen Ali saved the day for RCB with both bat and ball, having defended 24 in the final over.

On the other hand, CSK will fancy themselves against RCB and sail into the play-offs. Dhoni, who has scored 230 runs in eight games including two half-centuries, will hold the key once again.

The star bowler for CSK this season has been 40-year-old Imran Tahir, who has taken 13 wickets. The South African import has executed his skipper's plans brilliantly.

When and how to watch:
Date: April 21  (Sunday), 2019 
Time: 8 PM IST
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Tv guide: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar

Probable XI: 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), AB de Villiers,  Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Dale Steyn, Marcus Stoinis,  Navdeep Saini,  Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh,  Deepak Chahar.

Squads:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn.

(With PTI inputs)

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