In the 35th match of the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will meet old rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday (September 24) in Sharjah. It will be the first game of the season at the venue. The pressure will entirely be on the Virat Kohli-led team as they suffered a heavy defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders and need a quick turnaround to safeguard their position in the top four, even though there is no immediate danger for them to come down.
On the other hand, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, CSK also had to go through some tough passage against Mumbai Indians (MI) before registering a 20-run winner thanks to Ruturaj Gaikwad’s timely fifty and the bowlers’ spotless effort. Chennai right now sits second on the IPL 2021 points table with 12 points, two behind leaders Delhi Capitals (DC).
The CSK will be eager to grab a couple of points and join Delhi atop an inch closer to a playoff berth. In the RCB vs CSK clash, earlier this season in India CSK had registered a huge win by 69 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
RCB may tinker its bowling line-up as small boundaries may allow the CSK’s big-hitters to accelerated the run-flow in the middle overs. There is a chance that Sachin Baby can be replaced by Shahbaz Ahmed.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Wanindu Hasaranga/ Dushmantha Chameera, Sachin Baby/ Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
CSK will not tinker with the winning combination and keep them intact barring any late injuries. However, The injury condition of Ambati Rayudu will be one as he suffered a bruised arm in the match against MI. He could be rested to fully recover giving a chance to Robin Uthappa who has been kept on standby.
Probable XI: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu/Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni (Captain & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
Fantasy XI suggestion 1:
AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Glenn Maxwell (vc), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Fantasy XI suggestion 2:
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (C), Glenn Maxwell, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Wanindu Hasaranga, DJ Bravo (VC), R Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Yyzvendra Chahal