Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2021 where Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 19 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
CSK 68/0 after 8 overs: Du Plessis adds another boundary to his credit as Washington Sundar with a misfield has released the little pressure that Harshal Patel created.
CSK 70/0 after 7 overs: Ruturaj exhibiting a rang of strokes as time he lofts Chahal straight ovver the sightscreen and that was pure timing. Floated delivery and Ruturaj just swings his bat through the line. Chennai going strong and once again it’s the opening stand that has laid a solid platform.
CSK 51/0 after 6 overs: Fifty up for Chennai and Ruturaj ends the Powerplay with a classox cover drive and both the openers are oozing in confidence. CSK off to a strong start as Navdeep Saini starts in an expensive fashion giving 14 as Bangalore aims to break the stand.
CSK 37/0 after 5 overs: Spin into the attack and it’s Yuzvendra Chahal but there is no stopping Ruturaj as he punches the leg-spinner through the cover-point region and this has been a superb start by Chennai.
CSK 31/0 after 4 overs: Du Plessis once again gets down the track and lofts Jamieson well over mid-on for a boundary and then pulls out a fierce cut as the bowler goes short and wide. CSK up and running after opting to bat first.
CSK 21/0 after 3 overs: Excellent from Du Plessis as he gets down the pitch and lofts Siraj for a maximum over long-on and then Ruturaj steps out deliberately drills Siraj uppishly over the mid-off and the ball evades the tall Jamieson at mid-off.
CSK 10/0 after 2 overs: Kyle Jamieson starts well as he gives just four runs from his opening over. Ruturaj is off the mark but manages to survive as he checks his shot at the last minute and the ball flies towards mid-off and bounces just in front of Virat Kohli.
CSK 6/0 after 1 over: Faf du Plessis is away in some style as he leans into an overpitched delivery from Siraj and drives it through the wide of covers for a boundary. Siraj comes back well as he bowls a yorker that Du Plessis keeps away and then gets one to beat Ruturaj’s defence to end the over.
Right then the two umpires make their way to the middle and out come the Chennai openers. Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad stroll out and out sprint the RCB outfit, led by Virat Kohli. We are all set for the first afternoon game at the Wankhede and it will be Ruturaj facing Mohammed Siraj, who is ready to steam in. Here we go!
Toss: Chennai Super Kings wins toss, opts to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore
CSK Playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK/C), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
RCB Playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Head-to-head: (26 matches: CSK 17| RCB 9)
The duel of the swords and the clang as the metals make contact will signify the intensity of the combat in this top-table IPL clash at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Chennai Super Kings will have to find a way past the three musketeers – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell – in its quest to breach Royal Challengers Bangalore’s fortress.
RCB is on a dream run. It has four wins in four games. And the second-placed CSK has been victorious in three out of four. Sparks are bound to fly in the day game.
The surface at Wankhede has some pace and the ball does come on to the bat.
RCB is not about the Big Three alone. Young opener Devdutt Padikkal notched up a spectacular hundred against Rajasthan Royals.
There will be some seam movement and CSK’s lively Deepak Chahar will be a distinct threat. And Lungi Ngidi bowled with pace and venom against KKR.
Ravindra Jadeja is turning the ball across the bat’s face and can hurt line-ups.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Adam Zampa, Devdutt Padikkal, Kane Richardson, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, M S Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, K S Bharat, Finn Allen.