IPL 2019: 3 reasons why RCB can beat CSK in the opening game

  • IPL 2019 will begin with a clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.
Modified 17 Mar 2019, 23:11 IST

2. Shimron Hetmyer can be a game-changer

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer

Shimron Hetmyer has emerged as one of the most promising batsmen in the last few years. His talent is evident from the fact that ICC named him among the top five breakout stars of 2018.

Hetmyer gave a glimpse of his talent to the Indian crowd in the ODI series against India in India.

The 22-year-old from Guyana came into the auction at a base price of just 50 lakh. There was an intense war between Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and RCB, as they all bid aggressively to get their man. RCB finally managed to sign him after bidding a huge 4.2 crore.

The left-handed batsman has a strike rate of 110 in ODIs, which shows his attacking nature. He has the ability to move the innings forward in the middle order, which might be the deciding factor in the match.

3. Chahal could be effective in Chepauk

Yuzvendra Chahal has formed a deadly duo with Kuldeep Yadav in the Indian team. Very few batsmen around the world can claim to be comfortable when they face the wrist spin of Chahal; it is very difficult to pick him, and he becomes even more dangerous when pitches favour him.

The Chepauk pitch always has something for spinners, which might bring Chahal into the game. The 28-year-old leg spinner has the ability to run through batting lineups on pitches that are suited to slow bowling.

Chahal has matured a lot with age, which means that he understands his game more than he did in the past. This game intelligence helps in reading the batsman's mind, which makes it difficult to score runs off him.

If Chahal can pick a few wickets in the middle overs, it will make it really difficult for the CSK batsmen to put up a good score on the board.

Published 17 Mar 2019, 23:11 IST
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