IPL 2019: Match1 CSK vs RCB Preview & Analysis
Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) is all set to begin with a box office encounter between the chennai super kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 23, 2019.
Before the both teams met on the ground after a few hours let us discuss the strengths and weakness of each teams. As all we know these two teams have strongest batting lineup in their squads bowling will be the key for these two if they want to win the opening match of the IPL 2019.
Chennai Super Kings:
The defending champions will enter the ground as one of the hot favorites in IPL under the leadership of MS dhoni for the second time after 2 year ban.
Chennai Super Kings had upper hand when these two teams met last 6 times. RCB last win over chennai is in 2014 at chepauk
The one and only weak point for the home team will be the pace bowling department with Lungi Ngidi got injured which has been a major setback for the team and the in form david willy is set to join the team after few days Shardul Thakur and Mohit Sharma has to take the responsibility on their shoulders and had to deliver for the team.
As the stadium is spin friendly CSK had quality spin bowling resources in the form of Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner and Harbhajan singh along with legge karan sharma They also have another no 1 bowler in the name of tahir who will join the squad in the later days.
Coming to the batting it will be the strongest ever with the opening combo of Watson and Rayudu with one down Raina and then in Ms Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Bravo. Faf Du plessis is expected to join the squad on friday which will boost the batting line up.
Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu are looking to fix their places in the World Cup squad.
Expected playing IX:Shane Watson,Ambati Rayudu,MS Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina,Kedar Jadhav,Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh,Dwayne Bravo,Shardul Thakur,Deepak Chahar,Mohit Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
With the home team is looking well balanced with all resources RCB had to thrive hard to beat the defending champions, RCB had concern on the availability of foreign players at crucial stages as young Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key for RCB as he has been over the past seasons and will need the rest of the bowling attack to step up.
Coming to the batting department kohli will be kohli anytime and then there is AB de villiers on the other hand who can change the the match in a few overs by his batting, this year RCB had added the west indian hard hitted shimron hetmyer to their squad which will be the key factor for the team. Allround responsibilities will be taken up by colin de grandhomme and marcus stoinis who will join later to the squad because of national duty in fast bowling and tim southee will be key for the team along with indian pace options umesh yadav and siraj.
Expected playing IX:Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Yuzuvendra Chahal, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Washigton Sundar, tim southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj.
Below are the squads of both the teams:
RCB squad: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh.
CSK squad: MS Dhoni (captain & 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, David Willey, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk).