After a dreadful start to the season, defending champions Chennai Super Kings are already in danger of running out of rope. This is a must-win match as a result, but it will not be easy for CSK up against a well-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore side who have made a fine start to IPL 2022. Who will come out on top in Navi Mumbai? Read on for our full Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore preview and prediction:
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview and Prediction
IPL So Far
It was always likely to be a tricky season for CSK as the IPL mega-auction prevented them from building on their title-winning team last season, with the change in captaincy also not helping their cause. But few in Chennai would have expected such a poor start. Not only have they lost all four games that they have played so far, they have been convincingly beaten in all four. Only in their second match, against Lucknow Super Giants, did they deliver even a semblance of a performance.
Things have gone rather better so far for Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB opened their campaign with a narrow defeat against Punjab Kings, but they have bounced back from that disappointment in impressive style to win three on the bounce. And against potentially stern opposition, with two of their three wins coming against early-season pacesetters Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, and the third at the expense of Mumbai Indians.
At some point soon, CSK may need to start make changes. But expect them to stick with the opening combination of Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad, with Moeen Ali at number three and Ambati Rayudu at four. Shivam Dube will bat five, with struggling captain Ravindra Jadeja at six and his predecessor MS Dhoni at seven. Dwayne Bravo will bat at eight, with Dwaine Pretorius at nine and Chris Jordan at ten. Mukesh Choudhary will complete the Chennai XI.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, meanwhile, can stick with a winning team. Faf du Plessis will open with Anuj Rawat, with Virat Kohli at three and Glenn Maxwell at four. Dinesh Karthik, in superb form, Shahbaz Ahmed and David Willey will complete the middle order. All-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga will be the last recognised batter at eight, with Siddharth Kaul, Mohammad Siraj and Akash Deep completing the RCB side. Harshal Patel has left the IPL bubble after a family bereavement.
The talent is certainly there for Chennai Super Kings, but they are not clicking. Adjusting to the captaincy has been difficult for Jadeja, with his cause perhaps not helped by the outsized presence of MS Dhoni, though the veteran keeper-batsman can also surely offer valuable advice. RCB, by contrast, are thriving under the captaincy of du Plessis. They also, for all CSK’s quality, have the better side. Expect that to be reflected in the outcome here.
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