Chennai, Apr 11: M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is all set to host the 13th match of the fifth edition of IPL to be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.
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Both the teams have lost their previous games to Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively, as they would look to get back to winning ways as they face each other on a Chennai strip that has received a lot of criticism off late as it is relatively slow.
RCB and Chennai both faced a similar situation on Tuesday, as they lost early wickets and struggled to reach the target. Another major concern being 4 run-outs in their previous match against Delhi Daredevils, which suggests that Chennai players need to be very careful while going for runs as there were a few issues with understanding last night.
While RCB's batting line-up was exposed on Tuesday night as the Jamaican Chris Gayle got out early in the innings, while Virat Kohli also fell soon, increasing pressure on the middle order and the tail.
These issues need to be addressed well in advance as they play a crucial tie on Thursday night.
Chennai Super Kings, depend a lot on a few players like Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, while Doug Bollinger and R Ashwin are the key bowlers.
RCB also similar to Chennai, face batting woes, as the team depends a lot on Chris Gayle's fireworks early in the innings, else batting heavily depends on AB deVilliers and tailenders.
RCB's trump card for the fifth season, Muralitharan would look forward to play against his former team-mates Chennai as he played for Chennai during the first three seasons of IPL.
Vinay Kumar, Daniel Vettori and Muttaiah Muralitharan are the key bowlers for RCB. Vinay has been very impressive both with the bat and ball this season while the million dollar boy Saurabh Tiwary has become a liability for the team as he has never performed consistently which leaves a big question unanswered. Why is he still playing for RCB? Ideal move would be to drop Saurabh Tiwary and include any of the local players who are awaiting to play for RCB and make their presence felt.
The match faces a Tsunami threat, as it has been doing rounds in the city, due to a massive earthquake in Indonesia. Though the central government has informed people not to panic, there are a few doubts about the match being held at Chennai due to the alert.
Nevertheless, RCB and Chennai Super Kings face a similar situation as they have to get back to winning games. RCb having lost one match, are keen on winning the next match, while Chennai have lost 2 matches off their 3 encounters this season will also be looking forward to register a win at home after their loss against Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener at Chennai.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain), Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, George Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Nuwan Kulasekara, Yo Mahesh, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Scott Styris, Sudeep Tyagi, Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh, Murali Vijay.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (Capt.), Mayank Agarwal, KP Appanna, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muralidharen Gautam, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Andrew McDonald, Abhimanyu Mithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Karun Nair, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Harshal Patel, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Vijay Zol.