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IPL 2019: 1st Match, Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match Preview; Weather, Prediction, Playing XI, Stats 

IPL 2019: 1st Match, Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match Preview; Weather, Prediction, Playing XI, Stats
The game is more about aggression and calmness. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Come this super Saturday (March 23), it’s going to be a curtain-raiser for the mega cricketing carnival in India – Chennai is the battleground for an epic and enticing encounter. Well, the beginning of IPL 2019 is all about the clash between the two heavyweights of the T20 league; Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Here, Sportzwiki will set focus on the match preview, prediction, stats and the playing XI of both the teams. This year, Indian Premier League (IPL) has a lot on an offer.

Aggression or Calmness?

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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli what it means to lead their respective teams. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

With IPL being a breeding ground for the pool of talents, it is a challenge beyond favourites. From Bengaluru to Chennai, it’s the battle of nerves to look at.

The show from all-rounders and bowlers would set the tone for both the teams while going deep into the competition.

The most successful and popular domestic professional competition IPL has served as a massive platform for the youngsters who rose to the occasion against all overwhelming odds.

And, in between, it’s the contest of two astute thinkers — MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

With fans eager to back their respective teams, at the same time, the players are wrestling it out in nets–to set the stadium alight in the evening showpiece.

CSK Relying on Core to Capitalise:

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Super Kings’ batters – a resolution to defend the IPL title. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

To talk about CSK’s campaign for this year, the Yellow force eye for a perfect beginning while taking on the RCB that finished sixth on IPL 2018 points table.

With CSK not having much on an offer with the bowling, however, they’ve seniors in the form of Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and Suresh Raina to shoulder the responsibility.

Also, in the all-rounder department, Ravindra Jadeja has been a force to reckon with. England recruit David Willey is known for giving a tough time to the batsmen. He’s there to tonk the ball hard as per the requirement.

What we could expect other than New Zealand pick Mitchell Santner, Kedar Jadhav could be a trump card with his unusual action.

However, batting reliant unit has to balance their side to choke RCB. Interestingly, Super Kings have a supreme record to their name against Kohli-led side.

RCB has the same tale; Kohli, AB de Villiers’ consistency matter:

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RCB need support from bowlers apart from AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

In a bid to shed light on some essential elements of the RCB batting, Kohli has the onus on his shoulders–to carry forward the momentum, early on.

Besides, on plugging in loopholes, RCB has returned by making some amends, this time around.

Again, AB de Villiers inclusion has an impact and his contribution at the top will set plinth for the lower-order batting line-up.

Date & Venue: March 23 (Saturday), Chepauk Stadium, Chennai

IPL 2019 – 1st Match, CSK Playing XI vs RCB in Chennai:

Playing XI Role
Shane Watson All-Rounder
Ambati Rayudu Batsman
Faf du Plessis Batsman
Suresh Raina Batsman
MS Dhoni (C/Wk) Batsman
Dwayne Bravo All-Rounder
Ravindra Jadeja All-Rounder
Kedar Jadhav All-Rounder
David Willey All-Rounder
Harbhajan Singh Bowler
Mohit Sharma Bowler

IPL 2019 – 1st Match, RCB Playing XI vs CSK in Chennai:

Playing XI Role
Parthiv Patel Wicketkeeper/Batsman
Virat Kohli (C) Batsman
AB de Villiers Batsman
Shimron Hetymer Batsman
Moeen Ali All-Rounder
Washington Sundar All-Rounder
Yuzvendra Chahal Bowler
Pawan Negi All-Rounder
Umesh Yadav Bowler
Tim Southee Bowler
Mohammad Siraj Bowler

Detailed Head-to-head – CSK vs RCB –

Stats Matches CSK won RCB won Tied/No Result
In overall 23 15 7 0/1
In IPL 22 14 7 0/1
At MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai) 7 6 1 0/0
In the last 10 matches 10 7 2 0/1
In March 2 1 1 0/0
On Saturday 7 5 2 0/0


  • On May 18, 2014, RCB has got better of CSK. Thereon, Super Kings went on to win six games on a trot against Kohli’s team.
  • In the first edition of IPL, RCB has won a solitary game against CSK at Chepauk on 21 May.
  • Raina is the leading run-getter in the IPL. He is 15 shy to scale 5,000 IPL runs.
  • Kohli is 52 runs to achieve 5000-run mark in IPL. Concurrently, he has accumulated 4,948 runs in 163 matches.
  • CSK has set the highest total of 208 for five against RCB on April 12, 2012.
  • RCB registered the highest total of 205 for eight on two occasions against RCB.

Pitch Condition:

While taking Twenty20 Chepauk surface into the consideration, it’s going to be full of runs. The bowlers have to fight it out in a bid to be on the top. Also, spinners have often sprung the surprise by deceiving the batsmen at the behest.

Overall, the Chepauk surface will offer assistance to batsmen from the start.

Weather Condition:

IIndeeed, it is good news for the fans. They will witness a 40-over match. The temperature would hover around 36-degree Celsius during a day and 25 in the night. Considering the temperature on the higher side, even though a short burst it’s going to sap the energy of players.

With different game altogether the foreign recruit have somewhat acclimatised to such conditions in the recent past.

The winds will blow at 22kph which somewhat will provide respite to the players during a clash of the Titans.

With better visibility, the humidity would be around 70 per cent which could benefit the team batting second at the Chepauk.

Match Prediction:

Chennai certainly has an advantage by going their playing XI.

However, RCB has a pool of talented players who are capable of spoiling any body’s party during the T20 extravaganza.

We expect it to be a closely-fought encounter with Super Kings prevailing in the end while looking at their strength and stats.

The team winning the toss would like to field first. We could put forth the prediction of the team batting first to score 170-plus on this particular track.

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