Confident RCB invite the Lions into their Den
Today the Royal Challengers Bangalore will host the Chennai Super Kings in “their Den” at M Chinnaswami Stadium, Bangalore. RCB will be brimming with confidence after their 3 wins and especially after the RR game, which was the first ever match which RCB have ever won without Gayle firing, and this continues the jinx that RCB have never lost a game with Gayle, Dilshan, Vettori, and de Villiers playng together. With Dilshan finally returning to form after a not-so-good test series vs England with a 58-ball 76, his highest ever IPL score. Him and the aggressive AB de Villiers (59* in just 23 balls) took them to 189, despite the fact that Gayle had beet trapped lbw by left arm spinner Brad Hogg on 4. Virat Kohli will want to find some form as his run figures read 8,6,57,22,16,4, and 16 respectively. CSK also are coming in from a confident win over RR which was powered by Faf du Plessis, who is 2nd on the Orange Cap standings. Meanwhile, RCB’s Gayle and AB de Villiers are 4th and 5th on that list respectively. So CSK, who were missing all-rounder Albie Morkel, have done very well with Nuwan Kulasekara. In fact, Kulasekara might be the interesting point to watch out for as he bowls to Tillakaratne Dilshan. Dilshan faced only 1 ball against CSK in the RCB colours, and he will want to change that and might target Kulasekara just like he targeted Lasith Malinga in the CLT20 Final. On the other hand, if Morkel returns, he may be targeted by his in-form South African captain, AB de Villiers. On the other hand, however, de Villiers has been dissmised by Morkel in 2 out of his 4 outings vs CSK (the other 2 by Shadab Jakati). One player RCB will want to be careful about is Francios du Plessis. The South African came in the side to open in the absence of Micheal Hussey, but now I think Hussey will play only in his (du Plessis’) absence. Batting at the top of the order, the RCB men will want to get rid of him early. There again they can look for tactics from du Plessis’ captain, de Villiers. As for RCB, having Dilshan at the top of the order will be useful in case Chennai try to use off -spinner R.Ashwin to open the bowling to take out Gayle. Also Dilshan can counter the left arm pace of Doug Bollinger. In the bowling department, left arm spinner KP Appana has been good with the ball, as has been right arm fast bowler Harshan Patel. They will want to run through the first few overs with someone like Tillakaratne Dilshan, who can run through overs economically as to make sure that Virat Kohli dosen’t have to bowl the 19th over again. As for CSK, they will want to get rid of Gayle early, as he can tear apart bowling attacks towards the end of the game. they will also want to get rid of AB de Villiers before the 15th over.