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Match 42 of Pepsi IPL 2014 will see the Chennai Super Kings clashing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
CSK, with eight wins under their belt, already have a foot in the Playoffs and they will now shift their focus to be among the top two teams at the end of the league phase. In their most recent outing, they outclassed the Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad.
Virat Kohli’s boys started the tournament with a bang, winning their first two matches, but have since slipped to sixth position in the table and are barely in the race for the Playoffs. They have four wins from 10 matches and are tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad on eight points, but ranked lower due to their inferior net run-rate. Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers exploded at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and helped RCB overcome the Delhi Daredevils before their four-day break. The batting line-up and the bowling attack have fired at different stages in the competition and the team will need both units to fire in unison if they are to progress beyond the league stage.
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 4 pm IST
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi The Protagonists
Chennai Super Kings owe a lot of their success so far this season to their openers – Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum. Smith, who is placed second behind Glenn Maxwell in the Orange Cap standings, has been a picture of consistency. His only failure was in the match against Kings XI Punjab when he picked up a boundary before holing out to the point fielder. The 31-year-old has illustrated that he isn’t a one-gear player; while he hasn’t been afraid to play the big shots, he has also shown that he has the temperament to sail through difficult situations and then cash in.
Mohit Sharma has been impressive with the ball right through the season. But with pitches starting to aid the spinners, the focus will shift to the likes of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Samuel Badree.
The focus will also be on Chris Gayle every time he walks out to bat – given his exploits with the bat in previous seasons. But on the basis of recent form, all eyes will be on Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers, who contributed 101 runs from 46 balls in RCB’s previous outing. It has been a while since Virat Kohli played a useful hand; given how passionate he is about the game and how hard he works on his batting, it might not be too long before he gets back among the runs. A look back into the past might just be the tonic that will get him going. Kohli has scored more runs against the two-time champions than any other team; in his last five outings against CSK, Kohli has scored 50 or more on four occasions.
Notes from previous match
Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals: CSK’s championship-winning attitude came to the fore during this game. After Ankit Sharma and Shane Watson helped RR to a blazing start, CSK pounced on their opponents once they found the opening. From 60 for no loss in 7.4 overs, to restrict RR to 148 in their 20 overs only speaks how well CSK pulled things back. Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils: Impact runs from Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers were among the many positives for RCB. However, they will be worried about how their biggest match-winner, Chris Gayle, has been a pale shadow of the destructive batsman he is known to be. The one area that RCB will want to work on is to find an able fifth bowler. Against DD, they had to call on Yuvraj Singh to bowl four overs.
Chennai Super Kings have an 8-6 win-loss record against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
8.13 – The average run-rate in previous matches between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chris Gayle has scored 34 runs off 33 balls bowled by Chennai Super Kings’ R Ashwin in the IPL. The CSK off-spinner has dismissed him three times so far – more than any other bowler.
In the UAE leg of Pepsi IPL 2014, CSK’s seamers accounted for 21 of 32 wickets picked up by their bowlers. Since the tournament has returned to India, the CSK spinners have raised their game, accounting for 15 of the 29 wickets taken by the Men in Yellow.
The Chennai Super Kings next feature in the first match at the magnificent Eden Gardens this season when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 20. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s next stop will be Hyderabad where they are scheduled to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 20.