CSK vs RCB: One of the biggest clashes in the Indian Premier League takes place when these two teams meet each other. The next encounter in the TATA IPL 2022 will see two of the powerhouses in IPL history facing off against each other in a must-win game. The defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings, will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match will begin at 7:30 at the MCA Stadium.
RCB have lost their last three matches on the trot and are eager to get a win. On the other hand, CSK are coming off two wins in their last three matches and are looking good. So, with two big teams, the encounter will be a blockbuster. So, let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
CSK vs RCB: Match Preview and Prediction
Chennai Super Kings
The defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, are coming into their groove. CSK is coming off a win in their last match over SRH. The batting department, led by Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway, was exceptional. Both openers played stunning knocks and helped their teams get over the 200-run mark. Now, after the captaincy shift to MS Dhoni, the team is looking stronger than ever. Even Ravindra Jadeja looks totally different.
Interestingly, irrespective of form, CSK can beat RCB on any given day. According to the records, RCB has a more difficult time when facing CSK. So, with MSD back in command and players contributing, the Yellow Army are behaving like defending champions. The team will be the same as the playing XI.
Probably XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner/Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana
Royal Challengers Bangalore
It appears that RCB is choking it once more. They started the season with five wins from seven matches, but they are now doubtful for the next round. Faf du Plessis and his team have lost their last three matches badly, and that is due to batting failure. None of the big names has done anything and as a result their IPL campaign is looking in doubt now.
Three consecutive defeats are enough for a wake-up call because they will not do anything now, so it will be the end of the tournament for them as the competition is getting tougher. Virat Kohli showed some form with a half-century, but none of Du Plessis, Maxwell, or Karthik played a big innings. There might be a few changes expected in the batting order.
Probably XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
CSK vs RCB Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at the Maharashtra Cricket Association is good for pace bowling as it offers swing and bounce at the start. As a result, the pacers from both teams will enjoy bowling on this track. Batsmen can use the bounce to good effect. The average score here is 170. However, the last match between CSK and SRH was a high-scoring match. But dew might come into play in the second innings, and it will always be a challenge for the bowlers to hold the grip. Bowling first will be ideal on this pitch. The team winning the toss will go to the field first. However, five of the eight matches played here have been won by batting first and three by batting second.
Both teams have met a total of 29 times in the history of the IPL. But CSK has a complete domination over RCB in terms of wins. So far, Chennai Super Kings have won 19 matches, as compared to RCB’s 9 wins, and one match ended with no result. Even in the last five outings, CSK has won all four matches.
IPL 2022: CSK vs RCB: Players to watch out for
Faf Du Plessis hasn’t scored anything in the last three losses for RCB. But now he will have to take the responsibility if he wants his team to do well. However, he didn’t do much in the last match both teams played, but he is expected to do well this time. The RCB skipper has scored 278 runs this season, including two half-centuries.
Josh Hazlewood is doing some great things for RCB this season. He joined late, but he has become the leader of the pace attack. The Australian pacer has picked 10 wickets in six matches at an average and economy rate of 17.20 and 7.64 respectively.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has recently shown some form. He was also the “Man of the Match” against SRH in the last match. The CSK opener scored a blistering 99 and helped his team get over the 200-run mark. He has scored 237 runs so far at an average and strike rate of 26.33 and 136.20.
Mukesh Choudhary will be our pick from CSK. The left-arm pacer has shown good form in his first IPL season. He is coming off a four-wicket haul in the last match. Mukesh has already picked up 11 wickets in 8 matches at a bowling average of 24.45.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Dinesh Karthik (RCB)
Batsmen: Devon Conway (CSK), Virat Kohli (RCB), Faf du Plessis (RCB), Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK), Ambati Rayudu (CSK)
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell (RCB), D Pretorius (CSK)
Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood (RCB), Wanindu Hasaranga (RCB), M Theekshana (CSK)
Tips: Faf Du Plessis will be the captain of the team. Ruturaj Gaikwad will be the vice-captain. In the history of the IPL, CSK has had complete dominance over RCB. So we will back the Chennai Super Kings to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.