IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore – Preview, Prediction, Probable Playing XIs and Value Bets.
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Sunday, April 25th, 2021
12:00 SA Time
The 19th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place between the two top teams of the 2021 edition, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Wankhede Stadium. The rivalry between these two teams is dominated by CSK with 16 wins out of 26 against RCB. However, RCB are unbeaten in IPL 2021 so far and will be favourites going into this game.
Chennai Super Kings, after losing their first game of the league, have bounced back remarkably and have won three matches on the trot. CSK’s batting has looked very formidable in the league so far with their improves intent or run-scoring. They have batted first three times and have put up scores over 180 in all three. 220-3 against KKR being their highest. Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has found the form after a hattrick of low scores while Faf du Plessis has continued his good form with 60-ball-95 against KKR. Seamer Deepak Chahar finding his mojo and picking up wickets with the new ball is a great boost for CSK. However their bowling will be put under the test against a destructive batting unit of RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have continued their dream IPL run, winning four matches out of four. RCB are currently sitting at the top of the table with 8 points and a healthy net run-rate. They have been the best batting unit in the league so far with Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers sharing the middle order duties. Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal have found the form against RR, where they put on an unbroken 181-run stand in 16.3 overs in which Padikkal scored a sublime 101* off 52 deliveries. RCB’s bowling has looked good with Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson doing a fine job while Harshal Patel continues to pick wickets in the death overs for fun. However, they will face a bigger test against Chennai Super Kings on a flat Wankhede pitch.
Injury and Availability News
CSK’s replacement player Jason Behrendorff will not be available for the match due to the mandatory quarantine period. Daniel Sams of Royal Challengers Bangalore has recovered and is available for selection.t Riders will have all their players available for the game.
Probable Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings
Jos Buttler, Anuj Rawat, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Andrew Tye, Chetan Sakariya
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pitch and Conditions
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has provided great entertainment with a series of high scoring games this season. The venue has very batting-friendly tracks. The average first innings score at the venue in IPL 2021 is 180.
Key Players to Watch Out For
Faf du Plessis: The South African batter has been a vital part of CSK for the last couple of years. Faf du Plessis was CSK’s top run-scorer in IPL 2020 with 449 runs at an average of 40.8 and a strike rate of 140.8. He has been in a terrific touch this season too with 164 runs at an average of 82 and a strike rate of 145. He’s also coming fresh off a 60-ball-95 in the last game.
Ravindra Jadeja: The Indian all-rounder has improved his game significantly in the last few years. Ravindra Jadeja had his best IPL season in 2020, where he scored 232 runs at an average of 46.4 and a strike rate of 171.9. It was the first time in his career that Jadeja had struck at over 150 strike rate in a season. This year he has scored 40 runs at a strike rate of 160. Add to that, his fielding has been exceptional.
Devdutt Padikkal: The southpaw from RCB has elevated his game to a new level. Devdutt Padikkal displayed his improved striking abilities and scored a sensational hundred against Rajasthan Royals. Padikkal had a very good debut season for RCB in IPL 2020 with 473 runs to his name. This season he has scored 137 runs at a 147.3 strike rate. He’s in great touch and will be looking to maximize the purple patch.
AB de Villiers: There are no words to describe this maestro of the cricket world. AB de Villiers has been RCB’s biggest asset in the history of IPL. de Villiers has already shown his class in this edition with two spectacular knocks, 27-ball-48 against MI and 34-ball-76 against KKR. The batting legend is 26 runs away from the 5k run mark in IPL. de Villiers has maintained an average of 40+ and a strike rate of 150+ in the league’s history.
What Bets To Take
Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis to be CSK’s top batsman at 3.50.
Deepak Chahar to be CSK’s top bowler at 3.50.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli to be RCB’s top batsman at 3.20.
Harshal Patel to be RCB’s top bowler at 3.50.