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Chennai Super Kings will be looking to bounce back from the defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad when they travel to Bangalore to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chennai Super Kings have all but booked a place in the playoffs by winning seven of their opening nine games. A win against Royal Challengers Bangalore will very much seal their progress ahead of the group stage.
Super Kings will definitely enter the game as favourites but they should guard against complacency as the momentum is with Royal Challengers. While Super Kings lost their last game, the Royal Challengers enter the contest after thrashing Kolkata Knight Riders in their own backyard earlier this week.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 21, 2019
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and decided to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Here is what the captains said:
“It is not a bad thing. We have won the last game convincingly. Lost the toss there as well. We would have loved to bowl as well. Dew is going to be a factor. The team that plays good cricket will win the game. That is exactly what we did in the last game. It is good that we had just a day’s gap. You can talk as much as you like but the individual need to correct themselves. IPL is a level below international cricket. The people need to know what went wrong. The responsibilities have been given and it is how they respond. The key moment was when we crossed the line and got the two points and that is something we have to focus on. AB is back and fit, Umesh Yadav replaces Siraj.”
“We will bowl first. Difficult wicket to defend and also the dew factor. It is already a bit wet. The dew will intensify as the game progresses. They are quite a few areas as I have said in the past. The last game was not up to the mark. In the league phase you can have games like that. The important thing is to see the mistakes, the batting department can do slightly better and put more runs on the board. Bravo comes in, so Sam and Karn miss this game.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI):
Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI):
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir