Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Fantasy Cricket Preview


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Match 35 of VIVO IPL 2018 will be the return fixture of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings – this time the former visiting Pune.

CSK slipped down one place from the top of the VIVO IPL 2018 standings after they lost their previous match to the Kolkata Knight Riders. CSK have 6 wins and 3 losses, and a win in this match will once again take them to the top of the table and a step closer to the playoffs. In reviewing their performance in the previous match, the two-time champions would have identified the lack of discipline in bowling and their sloppy fielding as areas to improve upon.

Unlike some of the other teams in the bottom half of the table who can ill afford another loss, RCB have just a little breathing room – not that they would want to lose. RCB will take plenty of confidence from their performance in the previous match; they were able to defeat the Mumbai Indians without AB de Villiers in their ranks, and the bowlers, who had come in for plenty of stick until then, stepped up with perhaps their best-showing of the season.

AB de Villiers, who missed the last two matches because of viral fever,was seen traveling with the squad, and will most likely take the place of Quinton de Kock, who has taken leave of absence. RCB need to figure out who dons the gloves behind the stumps.


When: May 5,  04:00 PM IST


Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune


Pitch Conditions

The track tends to be a good wicket for batting. However, the spinners are known to play their part as the game progresses and can get it to grip off the surface. The covers manufactured by Griffon Hoverwork, has been praised by the Indian skipper, MS Dhoni


Venue Stats IPL

Total matches 35
Matches won batting first 18
Matches won bowling first 17
Average 1st Inns scores 159
Average 2nd Inns scores 143
Highest total recorded 211/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs DD
Lowest total recorded 73/10 (15.5 Ov) by KXIP vs RPS
Highest score chased 196/7 (20 Ov) by GL vs RPS
Lowest score defended 120/9 (20 Ov) by MI vs PWI


Head to Head

Total Matches Play 21
Won by Chennai Super Kings 13
Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore 7
No Result 1

CSK have defeated RCB in the last five matches between the two teams. In the most-recent match between these two teams – in Bengaluru on April 25, MS Dhoni scored a sensational 70 (off 34 balls) to power CSK’s successful chase of 206.


Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)

Chennai Super Kings: L W L W W

Royal Challengers Bangalore: W L L W L


Team News

Chennai Super Kings

CSK will largely remain unchanged despite the loss. But as per last match poor bowling performance they can add Imran Tahir in playing 11 in place of Faf Fu Plessis

Royal Challengers Bangalore

AB de Villiers has been declared fit after viral fever ruled him out of RCB’s previous two games. He will replace Quinton de Kock who is away for a wedding.

Parthiv Patel  can come in place of Manan Vohra



Chennai Super Kings : MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey

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



Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis / Imran Tahir, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma / Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Lungisani Ngidi, KM Asif

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Parthiv Patel/Manan Vohra, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal



Virat Kohli

AB de Villiers

Umesh Yadav

Tim Southee

Shane Watson

Ambati Raydu

MS Dhoni



Player to watch  

Parthiv Patel


Stats that matter

  • RCB have four wins in five games in Pune, and de Villiers was Man of the Match in three of those games. He has made 211 runs at a strike-rate of 177. Viral fever, begone.
  • CSK have rarely had a phenomenal bowling line-up. But they mask that problem with their spinners and Dhoni’s ability to use them. In each of their eight years, their economy rate had always hovered around 7 and strike rate around 25. In 2018, those numbers have risen to 8.49 and 34.50.
  • Before Tim Southee was brought in to the XI, RCB were conceding a six every six deliveries in the death. Now, that figure is a far more respectable 18.3.
  • Dhoni has scored 329 runs at a strike-rate of 169.6. That’s his best tally after nine matches in any season of IPL.




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