Bengaluru: The stage is all set for south Indian derby as Royal Challengers Bangalore host Chennai Super Kings, when both the teams clash at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. Virat Kohli will be up against MS Dhoni as both the team resume their rivalry after two years.
Both the teams have had contrasting fortunes so far in the tournament., The Virat Kohli-led RCB are currently languishing in sixth position with 4 points from 5 games, while MS Dhoni-led CSK are currently in second position with 8 points from 5 games.
Good news for the hosts is that AB de Villiers is in devastating form, which he exhibited in the last match when he enthralled his fans with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power his team to a convincing win over Daredevils.
For CSK, Watson has been in great nick as he smashed 106 runs in 57 balls against Royals and is among the top run-getters and wicket-takers for his team.
Also, Ambati Rayudu would like to continue with his good performance as he has been the highest individual run-getter (201) for his side in five matches with 79 being the best knock.
Suresh Raina (118 runs so far), who is an important member in CSK’s batting line-up, will be expected to score big runs again. Also keen to perform will be Dhoni (139) and Dwayne Bravo (104).
Against a power-packed CSK batting, RCB must tighten-up their bowling having conceded 200 plus runs twice at home.
The spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, who have taken 5 and 4 wickets each, respectively, would be itching to put up a better show on Wednesday, given the well-documented fact that CSK are struggling against spin this season. They have lost 10 wickets to them and only managed to score at 7.70 runs per over.
RCB all-rounder Chris Woakes has been outstanding so far, picking up 8 wickets. Umesh Yadav also been equally good with eight wickets in his kitty.
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