These two sides have been decent so far, not putting a foot wrong in their bid to challenge for the title. While Royal Challengers Bangalore are still in with a shout at IPL glory, CSK should rather focus on staying clear of the bottom of the standings.
In truth, Faf Du Plesis, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu were superb with the bat, setting the pace for the rest of the team to follow. The trio’s brilliance propelled CSK to 90-1 towards the close of 10 overs. However, the middle order failed to take initiative, scoring a measly 67 runs, and losing 4 wickets.
Their bowling unit were in inspired form, putting heads together to cut-down the opposition’s score to 167-all throughout the 20 overs. While Dwayne Bravo took it upon himself to register 3 wickets, the likes of Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma and Sam Curran managed 2 wickets each.
Virat Kohli and Aaron Flinch also came good in that fixture. If they continue their stupendous run of form in upcoming games, these two are likely to dominate opposing bowlers. Worryingly, RCB’s bowling unit have been conceding too many runs in the death overs.
The tactic to allow Washington Sundar to open RCB’s bowling has looked pretty good, given the player has scored runs at less than 6 RPO. Navdeep Saini and Isuru Udana went for far too many runs on the last matchday. Also, Yuzi Chahal has been disappointing and will need to find form soon enough.
Also, many of the team players are past their golden years, and cannot keep up with the intensity of today’s game. Inconsistent RCB will be looking to exploit CSK’s faults here, relying on their superior batting to score big runs to clinch victory.
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