Royal Challengers Bangalore: The biggest underachievers of IPL history, the RCB have started the current campaign with a bang, winning all four of their matches so far and storming to the top of the IPL points table.
Of their all four victories, the latest one was their most impressive as the opening pairing of Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal got their side a 10-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals. Padikkal managed to outshine his captain Kohli, who proved how much of a team man he is by surrendering strike time and again in favour of his 20-year-old partner. Padikkal was middling the ball beautifully and Kohli let him take full advantage of it.
A slight cause of concern for RCB will be their bowling unit that allowed Rajasthan to go from 18-3 to 177-9 instead of capitalizing on their superb start.
Chennai Super Kings: If RCB are in form, CSK are also just as red hot and riding a three-match winning streak compared to their opponents’ four. Their only defeat came in their opening fixture against Delhi Capitals and since then the MS Dhoni-led side has trounced Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
In the win over KKR, their top order combined to perform brilliantly, each of the top four contributing in double figures but the main man obviously being Faf du Plessis, whose unbeaten 95 off 60 fell agonizingly short of a century but gave CSK a mammoth 220 runs.
Like RCB in their last game, CSK, too, had a brilliant start with the ball, reducing KKR to 31-5 but then the trio of Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins went berserk as it rained sixes in Mumbai. Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur caught the worst of the beatings but KKR still fell 18 runs short, albeit not without giving CSK a real scare.