Royal Challengers Bangalore (C) remains the only unbeaten team in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, led by Virat Kohli, has won four games in a row and are sitting pretty on top of the table with a net run rate of 1.009.
After the 10-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals (RR), RCB would be high on confidence ahead of their next game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The game will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, April 25, and RCB would be looking for their fifth win in a row.
The Super Kings, on the other hand, have the best net run rate of 1.142 among the participating teams and last beat the Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK) by 18 runs after posting 220 runs. Their fourth win on the trot would take them to the top of the points table.
Match – Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 19th match
Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time – 3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium has been a batsman’s paradise. Bowlers don’t have much room for error and another high-scoring game seems to be on the cards. Teams should opt to field first after winning the toss.
The temperature will be around 33 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the low-60s. There will be a fair bit of cloud cover, but with no chances of a downpour.
Avg first innings score: 180 (8 matches in IPL 2021 at the Wankhede)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 3, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C and WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Bench: Robin Uthappa, Imran Tahir, KM Asif, Bhagath Verma, C Hari Nishanth, Narayan Jagadeesan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Behrendorff
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed/Mohammad Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj/Kane Richardson
Bench: Suyash Prabhudessai, Sachin Baby, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Dan Christian, Daniel Sams, Mohammad Azharuddeen/Shahbaz Ahmed, Finn Allen, KS Bharat, Kane Richardson, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa
Played – 27 | Chennai Super Kings – 17 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 9 |N/R – 1
At neutral venues
Played – 10 | Chennai Super Kings – 6 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 4 |N/R – 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Virat Kohli– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli has more than impressive numbers against the Super Kings. In 26 matches, the 32-year-old has notched 887 runs at an average and strike rate of 42.24 and 127.26 with a top score of an unbeaten 90.
In the ongoing edition of the tournament, the Delhi-born has scored 143 runs at an average and strike rate of 47.66 and 128.82. In the last game, the right-hander got an unbeaten 72.
Probable best bowler of the match
Deepak Chahar– Chennai Super Kings
Deepak Chahar has bowled his heart out, especially in the powerplay. In the previous game against the Knight Riders, the fast bowler picked up four wickets in the first six overs.
The speedster is currently the leading wicket-taker for CSK in the tournament with eight wickets from four games at an economy rate of 7.33. Against the Challengers, Chahar has picked up five wickets from 19 overs at an economy rate of 6.37.
Today’s match prediction: Chennai Super Kings to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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