It is time for the top-of-the-table clash as leaders Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on challengers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Match 19 of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, in the first of two games on Sunday (April 25).
Having lost the previous two tosses, CSK skipper MS Dhoni’s luck with the coin changed as he put RCB in to bat first on a pitch which is again touted to not live up to Mumbai’s reputation for throwing up high-scoring encounters.
CSK, who are on a three-match winning run, have made two changes to the line-up which got the better of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 18 runs on Wednesday.
Moeen Ali injured his hand in the last game and has hence made way for Dwayne Bravo, while pacer Lungi Ngidi missed out after just one game, replaced by leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
The three-time IPL champions have a three-pronged seam attack and two spinners in Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja. Their four overseas picks are Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir.
RCB have also made changes to the side which thrashed the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 10 wickets on Thursday. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed has made way for express pacer Navdeep Saini, and all-rounder Daniel Christian replaces seamer Kane Richardson.
In addition to having the services of quite a few handy all-rounders, the Virat Kohli-led side boasts a long bowling attack comprising four frontline seamers and two spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar.
Their four overseas players are Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian and Kyle Jamieson.
CSK vs RCB – Today Match Playing 11
CSK playing 11: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
CSK squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Krishnappa Gowtham, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma
RCB playing 11: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
RCB squad: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Christian, Adam Zampa, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams
CSK vs RCB – Today IPL Match Umpire
On-field umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Virender Sharma
3rd umpire: Anil Kumar Chaudhary
Match referee: Shakti Singh