Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings are locking horns in the 35th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Sharjah. The match saw a sandstorm before it started and got delayed by 45 minutes from the scheduled start.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are face-to-face in this mouthwatering clash of Southern Derby. MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first while naming an unchanged XI. Kohli, though, brought Navdeep Saini and Tim David in place of Sachin Baby and Kyle Jamieson.
Virat Kohli started the match with a couple of boundaries on the first two balls bowled by Deepak Chahar. Sharjah’s ground is known for big scores and RCB know they need to post a big score on the board to defend against a star-studded Chennai batting order.
Meanwhile, Kohli played a sensational shot against Shardul Thakur in the fourth over of the innings. He smashes a no-look six over the long-on boundary and the ball crossed the Sharjah stadium and landed outside it.
See the video here;
Virat Kohli out of the Park Six. pic.twitter.com/qJ0obK69xu
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Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal gave a blistering start to RCB as the duo looted 55 runs inside the powerplay. Both played with intent and scored boundaries at will and forced CSK bowlers to change their lines and lengths constantly.
RCB Playing XI: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Tim David, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.
CSK Playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood