IPL 2019: RCB vs CSK. Preview & Important Stats

The first game of the IPL 12 is upon us and we all can’t wait for this carnival to get underway.

Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai. CSK are defending champions & will like having a winning start to their title defence. On the other hand, RCB failed to make it to playoffs last season and will like a win to start their campaign.


Here are a few important stats between the matches played between both of these teams.

Head to Head –

Both teams have locked horns against each other 23 times. CSK has emerged victorious 15 times, while RCB won 7 games. One match played in 2012 ended up being a no result match.

Today’s venue for the match is Chepauk Stadium, Chennai. Both teams have battled with each other 7 times at this venue. CSK has completely dominated RCB at Chepauk. They have won 6 games while RCB managed a win at this venue back in 2008.

Highest Score & Lowest Score (Team)

Highest team score between both these teams is 208/5. CSK scored these runs when they were set a target of 206 by RCB in 2012 at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Lowest team score between these teams is by RCB. They were bundled out for 87 while chasing 180 in 2009 at Port Elizabeth.

Best Batting Performance & Best Bowling Performance

Best batting performance between these 2 teams is a 95 off 52 balls by Murali Vijay in IPL 2011 final when he helped his side clinch their 2nd IPL title. For RCB, Chris Gayle holds the highest score of 75*.

Best bowling figures for a bowler in an innings between these 2 teams are 4/10 by Ashish Nehra in IPL 2015. While the 2nd best figures are 4/17 by Zaheer Khan in IPL 2013.

Most Runs

No surprises here, Virat Kohli tops the run-scoring chart

RCB skipper Virat Kohli tops the run-scoring chart with 732 runs in 21 matches at an average of 41 & he has 6 fifties to his name. He is followed by MS Dhoni who has 611 runs in 25 matches.


What CSK Needs To Do

  • CSK posses a very good batting line-up comprising of players who are immensely experienced in this format and are proven, performers. Key for CSK will be a flying start by their openers like Watson, Faf du Plessis and Rayudu who were fantastic last year. Raina had a relatively average IPL but he remains vital to CSK’s chances. Then they have MS Dhoni coming & the likes of Bravo and Jadeja to churn out some quick runs in the end.
  • RCB have a terrific top order. Even more powerful than the one CSK possess. Parthiv Patel might open the innings along with Virat Kohli. They have AB de Villiers coming at 3 & Shimron Hetmyer who’s a powerful hitter. CSK’s bowling isn’t definitely their stronger suit and they have a tough ask in front of themselves. If this 3 get going, no score will be enough.

What RCB Needs To Do

  • It is important for RCB that at least 2 of their top 4 make significant contributions. Even though they have the likes of Moeen Ali & Shivam Dube, they need a strong platform from their top order if they are to make a good score.
  • CSK have a long batting line-up. They have MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Bravo in their lower order. Due to the absence of Nathan Coulter-Nile, death bowling remains a concern for RCB bowlers. In this case, it is even more important that they make early inroads in CSK batting line-up otherwise they have a tough ask in front of them.

Probable XI

It is the first match of the tournament & hence, it is gonna be extremely hard to perfectly judge what XI teams may field.

CSK might play leg spinner, Karn Sharma, ahead of Harbhajan and Faf du Plessis might open the innings with Watson

Probable XI – Watson, du Plessis, Raina, Rayudu, Dhoni, Kedar, Bravo, Jadeja, Karn, Chahar, Mohit/Shardul.

RCB have an option of opening with Parthiv Patel & Moeen Ali but they might go with more reliable Virat Kohli. Navdeep Saini might get a nod ahead of Mohammed Siraj.

Probable XI – Parthiv, Virat, ABD, Hetmyer, Moeen, Dube, Sundar, Umesh, Saini, Chahal, Southee


Prediction

The first game of a tournament is always hard to predict about since both teams will have a different approach and are cautious at the start. CSK’s strong suit is batting while their bowling is relatively weaker. RCB possess a great batting line up & death bowling remains their concern. Hopefully, we will have a great game to start this long tournament.

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