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IPL 2017: Top 4 player encounters to look for in the RCB vs RPS match

A look at the key head-to-head battles which could influence the Sunday clash.

Top 5 / Top 10 16 Apr 2017, 11:17 IST
MS Dhoni
Dhoni has been struggling to make an impact in this season

An array of stars will lineup at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday for the match between Royal Challengers (RCB) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). The former have had the wood for the latter with two victories in as many games during last year’s edition. However, past history may not count for much in this format and the stage is set for an interesting tussle.

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With both teams languishing in the lower half of the points table at the early stages of this season, the game will be crucial in their bid for the two points on offer. Let us take a look at the four important head-to-head battles which could influence the contest.

#4 – Yuzvendra Chahal vs MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni’s scores in this season thus far read – 12*, 5, 11 and 5. Struggling to time the ball and find the gaps, the veteran’s woeful form has aggravated Pune’s issues in the batting department. On the other hand, Yuzvendra Chahal has been quite steady despite not taking a bucket load of wickets. His economy rate stands at a miserly 6.96.

It will be fascinating to witness the tussle between these two players who are at contrasting stages of their respective careers. During last season’s game, Dhoni picked up three singles from four deliveries off Chahal. While the veteran wicket-keeper batsman is usually solid against leg-spinners, his opponent is someone whose accuracy and flight pose a different type of threat.

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