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IPL 2018, RCB vs CSK: Match preview, head-to-head, pitch report & key stats

Vaibhav Joshi
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12.07K   //    25 Apr 2018, 00:21 IST

RCB will take on the confident CSK at Bengaluru
RCB will take on the confident CSK at Bengaluru

The three-time IPL finalists, Royal Challengers Bangalore, will contest the two-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings, for the 24th match of the season. Over the years, RCB and CSK have enjoyed a great rivalry in IPL. Thus, it will be a cracker of a contest between RCB and CSK.

Both teams are coming off from a victory in their previous encounters. While Chennai Super Kings are the leader of the points table right now, RCB would have gained a lot of confidence from their win against Delhi in the last game. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Match 24 Details:

Match Date: 25 April 2018, Wednesday

Match Timing: 20:00 IST, 14:30 GMT

Match Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India

Expected Crowd Turnout: With a home encounter scheduled for RCB, the game is expected to be house-full with a probable crowd turnout of 39,800.

Weather

Rain is expected to stay away from the game as per the weather forecast. Humidity is expected to be around 52% with the temperature hovering around 30-33 degrees Celsius during the game. Thus, it is expected to be a humid evening in Bengaluru.

Pitch report

The M. Chinnaswamy track is considered to be one of the best batting surfaces. During the game against Delhi Daredevils, a tricky wicket was on offer that put the impetus on capitalizing the new ball.

Head-to-head

CSK 12 - RCB 7 - NR 1. CSK have a good edge over RCB with twelve wins in their pack as compared to nine wins for the latter.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2018 Squad:

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RCB would hope to continue their winning momentum

Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Manan Vohra, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Corey Anderson, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, and Tim Southee.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL 2018 Squad:

CSK have made a great comeback to the IPL
CSK would be hoping to continue their good run

MS Dhoni (C & WK), Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, and David Willey.


All the stats and numbers to look out ahead of the match No. 24 between RCB and CSK:

1 – Shane Watson needs one more wicket to surpass Dale Steyn on the list of IPL wickets. Scalping this one wicket, Shane Watson will become the 13th highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL.

1 – Umesh Yadav requires one more wicket to achieve the feat of 100 IPL wickets. Yadav will become the ninth Indian to reach the milestone of 100 IPL wickets.

3 – MS Dhoni needs to effect three more stumpings to surpass Robin Uthappa on the list of most IPL stumpings.

3 – Harbhajan Singh needs three more wickets to surpass Piyush Chawla on the list most wickets in the history of IPL. Scalping these three wickets, Harbhajan Singh will become the third highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL

8 – AB de Villiers needs to hit eight more fours to surpass Chris Gayle on the list most IPL fours. Hitting these fours, AB de Villiers will acquire the tenth position on the list of most IPL fours.

10 – Virat Kohli vs Suresh Raina: Virat Kohli is just nine runs behind Suresh Raina to become the all-time highest run-getter in the history of IPL.


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