Here is what the captains said:
“Good to see the mix of yellow and red. Looking forward to the game. CSK have played some good cricket. We need to keep playing the kind of cricket we played in the last game. We have two changes as well. Pawan Negi replaces Manan Vohra, Colin de Grandhomme is playing in place of Chris Woakes.”
“We will bowl first. It looks from the top, but when you rub the hand, it’s slightly wet. It’s a tough ground to defend. We have got equal amount of support. It’s rare, when you come to Bangalore, you don’t get this kind of support. It’s good, generally it’s a good crowd in Bangalore. I never felt it’s about a personal rivarly. Couple of changes. Karn and Faf make way for Harbhajan and Imran Tahir.”
The upcoming game will see two teams led by two of the biggest stars in the world taking on each other. Resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on high-flying Chennai Super Kings.
They will be squaring off for the time since 2015. Prior to that, Super Kings had the bragging rights of the contest. The Chennai-based outfit enjoys a 12-7 head-to-head advantage in 20 meetings and are unbeaten in the last four encounters between the two. And the gulf between the two sides can only increase if Royal Challengers fail to shed inconsistency in the upcoming game.
The Virat Kohli-led side is languishing at the sixth position after winning two of their opening 5 games. On the other hand, Super Kings are second with 4 wins in 5 games. While the presence of big names makes a fine background for the contest, if Royal Challengers do not come up with a complete performance against the high-flying Super Kings, the game can well turn out into a no contest.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Quinton de Kock(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir