RCB vs CSK: Head-to-head, Playing XI and other interesting stats
It's a titanic clash at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru as RCB take on high-flying Chennai Super Kings in match number 24 of 2018 Indian Premier League. Both teams won their last encounters and would like to continue this momentum. Blended with superstars in their ranks, it is a promising battle. Here is our pre-match report.
Head to head: CSK enjoy the ride against RCB
MS Dhoni will be confident given that CSK have enjoyed a superb run against RCB in their head-to-head encounters. The two teams have met 20 times in the IPL and CSK have won 12 matches in total whereas RCB have come out on top seven times. One game had no result. At Chinnaswamy, they have met seven times and the head-to-head record reads 3-3.
RCB need to bowl well
If RCB need to win today, Kohli's bowlers must perform. They have gone with five bowlers in the games they have played and against a well knit CSK, the hosts need to step up. Umesh Yadav will hold the key.
What about batsmen?
What bodes well for both the teams is the artillery they have in batting. RCB need the sheer touch of Virat Kohli and the brilliance of AB de Villiers to have a say. But that said, the others have to come out strong. CSK's senior batsmen and all-rounders have all contributed well. They would try to make the lives of RCB's bowlers difficult.
Probable Playing XI - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Manan Vohra, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Probable Playing XI - Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, and Shardul Thakur.