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CSK vs RCB Preview: The context

In this article, we will look at the CSK vs RCB Preview, the probable 11, the match prediction and the head to head.

In the 25th match of IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings(CSK) take on the Royals from the south(RCB). It is Chennai who need a win desperately in this South Indian derby, having won just two games from their 5 games while RCB has 3 wins from as many games.

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Both the teams are coming into this match having lost their last game. While RCB were beaten comprehensively by the Capitals, CSK have only themsleves to blame in their 10 runs loss against KKR.

Middle order muddle

Our CSK vs RCB match preview has Faf Du Plessis as one of the key players. He has been in staggering form in IPL 2020.

CSK coach Stephen Fleming stressed the need for one of their batters to bat through the innings in the post match press conference. That could very well dictate CSK’s game plan in this match against RCB. In general Faf Du Plessis has played the anchor role holding one end together and every one batting around him.

Faf Du Plessis has been in sublime form in this IPL season.
HYDERABAD, INDIA – MAY 12: Faf Du Plessis of the Chennai Super Kings bats during the Indian Premier League Final match between the the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Hyderabad, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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The bowling department and the top order for CSK looks settled for now, it is their middle order which poses some serious questions. It would be interesting to see how CSK utilizes the West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who, after his return from injury, has seen CSK lose two games without him getting a chance to bat.

Finding consistency

Royal Challengers despite the 3 wins have some thinking to do as well. While their bowling has been much more reliable this season, it is their batting which has let them down. The inconsistent batting returns is evident from the two heavy defeats so far which has seen them lose by 97 & 59 runs.

Chris Morris will likely be back for RCB.
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Chris Morris of the Thunder bowls during the Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on January 24, 2020 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Chris Morris is almost certain to feature in the playing 11 at the expense of Moeen Ali. His inclusion will provide a much needed boost to their lower order in addition to his skills bowling with the new ball and at the death. With a bowling attack which now boasts of Saini, Chahal, Morris, Udana and the in-form Sundar, RCB would hope to coumpond CSK’s batting woes.

Chris Morris had a good Big Bash League 2020, where he was the second-highest wicket taker with 22 wickets in the tournament. He had a bowling average of 19.36 and an economy rate of 8.01. RCB will hope that he can solve their death-bowling woes.

Head to head: 15-8 in favour of CSK

Last five: 4-1 CSK

CSK vs RCB Preview: Possible XI’s

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VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA – MAY 10: Ravindra Jadeja of the Chennai Super Kings celebrates taking the wicket of Colin Munro of the Delhi Capitals during the Indian Premier League IPL Qualifier Final match between the Delhi Capitals and the Chennai Super Kings at ACA-VDCA Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Visakhapatnam, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

CSK: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (C)(WK), Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

RCB: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

From the press conference

We’ve got a lot of batsmen so the balance is good with six bowlers. Bravo is batting at No. 8 and we are struggling to use him so we don’t think an extra batsman is going to help, Sam Curran was also very good. Our challenge is that our two allrounders are going very well, Watson and Faf are doing well, so it’s very hard to fit in an international bowler in that group. We are relying heaving on our Indian bowlers. We’ve got a pretty good balance.

Stephen Fleming (CSK head coach)

Stat attack

• Faf Du Plessis needs 62 runs more to 2000 runs for CSK

• Rayudu is 7 runs away from completing 1000 runs for CSK

CSK vs RCB Preview: Prediction

Given their lack of momentum and inconsistency, it is tricky to pick one clear favourite in this clash. Unless CSK’s top three delivers again it’s just difficult to even imagine a CSK win at the moment.

RCB to edge out CSK and bag the 2 points.

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