The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are currently placed third on the points table in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, led by Virat Kohli, have won seven out of their first 10 matches and are looking in excellent rhythm.
In their previous game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), they came out trumps by eight wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. They will next be facing the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday, October 25 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
In their last meeting, the Challengers got over the line on the back of Kohli’s unbeaten 90 backed up with some excellent bowling. As far as CSK are concerned, their campaign seems to be in the tatters.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai has been a decent one for batting with nothing much for the bowlers. However, from the last few games, even the bowlers, especially the spinners, have started to get assistance from the surface.
In the last few games, teams batting second have tasted a great amount of success, and hence, chasing should be the way forward. The temperature will be around 35 degrees Celsius.
Playing Combinations for RCB vs CSK
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Narayan Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood
Probable Top Performers for RCB vs CSK
Virat Kohli– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli started the 2020 IPL on the back of a few lacklustre knocks. In three games, he managed only 16 runs and was looking completely out of sorts, but he has found back his form, much to RCB’s relief.
The veteran is pretty much aware of CSK’s bowling setup, having already played a match-winning had against them at the same venue. It remains to be seen how he does next time around.
Faf du Plessis– Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis has arguably been the standout batter for the Super Kings in the cash-rich T20 extravaganza. Even as other CSK batters haven’t been consistent, the former South African skipper has continued to step up and deliver.
Needless to say that he needs to be on top of his game in the remaining matches for the Super Kings. In 10 matches, Faf has 375 runs at an average of 46.87.
RCB vs CSK Head to Head
Played- 26 |RCB won- 9 | CSK won- 16 | N/R- 1
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 5 | RCB won- 3 | CSK won- 2 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 173 (18 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 6 | Lost- 12
Match timings – 02:00 PM local time, 03:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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