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IPL 2018 RCB vs CSK: 5 player battles to look forward to 

S Samaddar
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3.31K   //    25 Apr 2018, 16:08 IST

ICC World Twenty20 India 2016:  South Africa v England

At the beginning of the tournament, there were plenty of predictions on how Chennai Super Kings’ "army of veterans" was going to struggle. However, the team has performed brilliantly and now find themselves at 2nd place, having won 4 out of 5 games they have played.

On the other hand, the much vaunted Royal Challengers Bangalore started off slowly and had won only once in their first 4 games, before they prevailed over the hapless Delhi Daredevils in their previous game. That being said, they would certainly want to put one over their biggest rivals in tonight’s home game at Bengaluru. Both teams are filled with stars and the game will ultimately get decided by how they fare in some of their personal duels. Here is a look at 5 of those that most fans will look forward to.


#5 Quinton de Kock v Deepak Chahar

The South African wicketkeeper-batsman seemed to be the ideal replacement for Chris Gayle but Quinton de Kock has not been able to give RCB the sort of starts that they were expecting from him. He is averaging 22.40 and striking at 131.76 and his highest score has only been 45 so far. However, against the CSK he would come up against a bowling attack against home big scores have been made and it is perhaps the ideal opportunity for De Kock to get back into prime hitting form.

The bowler who will be tasked with the job of keeping him quiet or better still take his wicket is CSK’s Deepak Chahar. The right-arm medium pace bowler has been one of the best performers for the CSK bowling attack and while he has picked up 6 wickets, it is his performance in the Powerplays that makes him so important. He has an economy rate of 7.50 in the Powerplays and would like to keep De Kock quiet during that period. This is one duel that could set the tone for the RCB batting effort. 

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