Fireworks at IPL 2022: MS Dhoni’s Super Kings takes on Faf’s Royal Challengers!

With MS Dhoni back leading the Chennai Super Kings, let’s have a look at how the Yellows will fare against their former star Faf du Plessis led Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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The Chennai Super Kings’ bowling is brittle compared to the rest of the competition. The struggling batting line-up of Royal Challengers Bengaluru puts the two heavyweights on an equal footing as they face off in a critical mid-table IPL clash here on Wednesday.

In cricket, a match-up between two strong and equally performing teams promises an exciting contest, but when two sides with specific weak links are pitted against each other, the battle becomes even more exciting.

Test it out. Only six half-centuries have been recorded in RCB’s ten games thus far, with two of them belonging to skipper Faf du Plessis, a testament to the team’s subpar batting performance in the tournament.

There hasn’t been a single bowler (pacers and spinners) who has bowled at an economy rate of fewer than 7.50 runs per over in the nine games that CSK has played so far. Mahesh Theeksana (7.54) has the best economy rate, while Dwayne Bravo (14 wickets) and Mukesh Choudhary (11 wickets) have poor economy rates of 8.73 and 9.82 runs per over average, respectively.

The match is also becoming more attractive because Virat Kohli has finally found some form, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in the saddle and will do everything in his power to bring India’s best batter down.

●   Pitch Report 

So far, the pitch at the MCA stadium has aided both batters and bowlers. Some decent scores have been recorded in previous matches, but new ball bowlers also made an impact on the game. The captain who wins the toss will prefer to field first and chase the target later. Because it is an evening game, dew may be an issue.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore will be coming off a three-match losing streak when they face Chennai. They were defeated by six wickets in their previous game against the Gujarat Titans (GT). RCB’s Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar both hit fifties, but GT easily chased down the 171-run target.

When Chennai and Bangalore met in the first half of IPL 2022, CSK’s Shivam Dube (95* off 46 balls) and Robin Uthappa (88 off 50 balls) led the way to a 23-run victory. CSK batted first and scored 216 for four, while RCB managed only 193 for nine. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore have 10 points from as many games with 5 wins and 5 losses and is ranked fifth, while CSK is ranked ninth with 6 points after winning 3 and losing 6 games in the IPL 2022 points table.

CSK’s top wicket-taker is Dwayne Bravo, who has 14 scalps after eight games, while their top scorer is Shivam Dube, who has 247 runs at an average of 35.29. When announcing CSK’s changes at the toss, skipper MS Dhoni stated that Dwayne Bravo is “not fit” for the game against Hyderabad, but only mentioned that Shivam Dube “also moves out.” Pacers Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne have already been ruled out of the IPL 2022 due to injuries. 

●   Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs CSK

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood

Chennai Super Kings

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner/Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Mahesh Theekshana

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