CSK vs RCB Match Preview – Fantasy Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Pitch Report, Probable Playing XI

CSK vs RCB (Image source: Twitter)
CSK vs RCB (Image source: Twitter)

After so many one sided and few last ball thrillers we now move towards the match number 35 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 between Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings & Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Chennai has been on their dream run, they have won 6 out of total 8 matches they played while RCB has managed to win 5 out of 8 matches. CSK is in good momentum after beating Mumbai Indians in the 2nd phase opener while RCB will learn from their past mistakes in the match against KKR, which they lost badly.

Last time when RCB and CSK faced each other, the yellow army won the match by a huge margin of 69 runs. RCB will be looking forward to taking the revenge of the previous encounter.

CSK is currently ranked no.2 on the points table while RCB is at no.3 in the points table.

Match Details – RCB vs CSK 

Date – 24 September 2021

Time – 7.30 PM IST

Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Pitch & Weather Report 

Sharjah Cricket Stadium is said to be the ‘Graveyard for Bowlers’ as it provides dead pitch. It’s combo of flat pitch plus short boundaries makes this ground the heaven for batsmen, where even 200 plus totals is not safe to defend.

The weather is typical middle east weather, in daytime it’s around 40 degree celsius and at night it drops by a few degrees.

Team News 

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Everyone is fit and fine in the team. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar said Kohli is spending extra time in nets and he has got his rhythm back.

Chennai Super Kings – English all rounder Sam Curran who was not available for the 1st match due to quarantine, is now available for selection. Ambati Rayudu is fit. Deepak Chahar had cramps and he is also fine now.

Head-to-Head Record

Both Bangalore and Chennai have faced each other a total of 28 times in IPL out of which CSK has an upper hand, winning 18 matches while RCB has won total 9 matches and 1 match had no result.

Predicted 11s of both teams 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The playing 11 of RCB is likely to be the same. Devdutt to open with skipper Kohli, and the duo of Maxwell and De Villiers in the middle order. We might see Azharuddeen coming in for KS Bharat.

Playing 11 – Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohd Azharuddeen (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB De Villiers, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohd Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Chennai Super Kings

Sam Curran is making a comeback in the team after completing the mandatory quarantine. This is the only change which is likely to happen in place of Josh hazlewood. CSK CEO confirmed that both Ambati Rayudu and Deepak Chahar are fit to play

Playing 11 – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, DJ Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

Top 3 Fantasy Picks 

AB De Villiers – He has been the backbone of RCB in the last few years. He has won the most man of the match awards (5) in the IPL since 2020. In this season he has scored 207 runs in 7 innings with a great strike rate of 163.

Ruturaj Gaikwad Gaikwad has been a promising talent for CSK, he has scored runs consistently for CSK since 2020. He has also equalled the man of the match tally of ABD since 2020. Also, in the previous match he was the man of the match against Mumbai Indians.

Virat Kohli – The skipper has always loved to score a lot of runs against CSK. He has scored 895 runs vs CSK in IPL which is most by any batsman. He also scored a 50 against CSK in IPL 2020 in UAE.

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