Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 12 April 2013 - 09:39pm IST
Preview : Match 16 – CSK vs RCB
Fireworks in the offing
Match 16 of the Pepsi IPL 2013 is a battle between the two southern giants, two-time champions Chennai Super Kings locking horns with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After losing their opening fixture of the season to the Mumbai Indians, the Chennai Super Kings got their first points on the table through a stunning 10-wicket win over the Kings XI Punjab. Royal Challengers Bangalore meanwhile are sitting pretty with three wins from their first four matches – their only defeat coming in the Super Over against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
While the Royal Challengers Bangalore will want to win this contest and keep their place at the top of the table, the hosts will – as they have done so often in the past – want to make the best of playing at home.
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 8 p.m
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Expect a lot of fireworks in this match, for it features some of the most powerful strikers of the cricket ball. If hosts CSK have Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni in their line-up, RCB have the fearsome duo of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli.
On the bowling front, keep an eye on the spin duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and R Ashwin. With the pitch at Chennai more than likely to aid spin bowlers, the four overs of the two off-spinners could decisively swing the balance of the match.
The Chennai Super Kings have a clear edge when it comes to their matches against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Not only have CSK won 7 of their 12 matches against RCB (one of which was abandoned by poor weather), they’ve also won four of their five home matches.
Last season, CSK won a high-scoring thriller at home off the very last ball, while the match in Bengaluru had to be abandoned after the toss after rains set in and rendered the ground unplayable.
This match will feature the top two six-hitters in the IPL. RCB’s Chris Gayle tops the list with 143 sixes, while CSK’s Suresh Raina comes a distant second with 97 sixes.
No bowler has dismissed RCB’s Chris Gayle more often than CSK’s R Ashwin. The CSK off-spinner has dismissed the Jamaican on three occasions for scores of 0, 7 & 8.
The Chennai Super Kings will stay put at home after this fixture. Their next match is against Pune Warriors India on April 15. RCB meanwhile head back home to host the Delhi Daredevils on April 16.