Two of the most successful franchises have had an extremely poor start to the season and both Chennai and Mumbai have to start winning games if they are to have any chance of making it through the playoffs. Match number 22 will see Chennai Super Kings (CSK locking horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Royal Challengers Bangalore will try to keep their momentum going after defeating Mumbai Indians in their previous encounter, putting them in fourth place in the points standings. Chennai Super Kings, on the other side, suffered their fourth consecutive defeat and are yet to win a match this season. They are currently at the bottom of the table, and unless they choose to leave it too late, this will be a do-or-die game for them. This looks to be a fantastic game.
CSK vs RCB – Match Details
Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Date &Time: April 12th at 7:30 PM IST and Local Time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
This pitch at DY Patil has aided quick bowlers and has been quite sporty in the past, and today might be no different. There is a thick layer of energetic grass, so there will be plenty of pace and bounce.
However, this might be a two-edged sword. Batting first might not be such a bad idea after all. But The last two games played at this ground saw scores being chased down easily.
Chennai Super Kings
Moeen Ali scored a useful 48 off 35 balls in the last game against SRH, but he was unable to capitalise on the potential to score large. Since his return to CSK’s playing XI, the all-rounder has been in excellent form. However, he will want more help from the others in order to reverse the tide in his favour. With the openers failing to make an impact so far, the left-hander has a big role to play for CSK at number three.
Royal Challenger Bangalore
Anuj Rawat delivered a player of the match performance in the previous match and will be one to watch out for in today’s match.
Chennai Super Kings: Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar.
Royal Challenger Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), David Willey/Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel/Siddharth Kaul, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj.