Royal Challengers Bangalore
After getting humiliated in their opening match of the UAE leg, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping to do much better this time. The problem is that they now face perennial contenders and one of the hardest teams in IPL in the form of CSK.
They’d also need a much better showing from their superstar batting trio of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell – all three of whom combined for 15 runs in the last game, against Kolkata, as their side got bundled out for just 92.
The push must come from up top from Kohli in particular. If the relinquishment of captaincy was to lift the RCB captain’s performance, it did not – at least not in the last game where he scored five off four deliveries.
Fortunately, they have such an assortment of batting talent that if anyone can bounce back after that horror showing, it’s them.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings got the win in their last game but they were far from in control of the match. A win over defending champions Mumbai Indians must have tasted sweet but it wasn’t without its scares.
Batting first, CSK were 24-4 at one point, and had it not been for Ruturaj Gaikwad’s heroic and unbeaten 88, CSK would have been in even deeper trouble and probably even lost.
CSK are getting a boost. Their English pacer Sam Curran has completed his mandatory six-day quarantine and is now available for selection.