The in-form team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will now face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) this Sunday (25th April) afternoon during the 19th match of the IPL 2021.
RCB are the only team in the IPL 2021 who haven’t suffered a defeat in this tournament as they have won all their first four matches of this tournament. They have already beat Mumbai Indians (MI), SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).
IPL 2021, Match 19: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (CSK vs RCB) – RCB Predicted Playing XI
Virat Kohli (C)
Captain Virat Kohli is currently in good form. In the first two matches of the IPL 2021, Kohli scored the identical 33 off 29 balls in the tough batting pitches. Though he scored 5 runs at Chennai in the third game, he scored a match-winning 72 not out off 47 balls in the last game at Wankhede Stadium.
After recovering from COVID-19, opener Devdutt Padikkal scored 11 and 25 runs respectively at Chennai. But in the last game against Rajasthan Royals, when they were chasing the 178 runs target, Padikkal scored 101 not out off 52 balls.
AB de Villiers (wk)
South African cricketer AB de Villiers is currently in good form with the bat. After playing the most important knock in the first match of the IPL 2021 by scoring 48 runs, he scored one run in the next game but then he scored another match-winning 76 not out off 34 balls.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell is currently the leading run-scorer for RCB in this IPL 2021 as he has scored 176 runs in three innings with the help of two half-centuries and all these runs he scored at Chennai. His scores in the first three matches of this season were 39, 59 and 78 runs respectively.
All-rounder Daniel Sams can play a strong role for RCB at Mumbai. In the IPL 2020, where he made his IPL debut, he played three matches for Delhi Capitals but didn’t shine. But he once again performed well in the BBL 2020/21 where he impressed as an all-rounder. While he is a good striker with the bat, the left-arm pacer can be useful with the ball in hand too.
In the first four matches of the IPL 2021, off-spinner Washington Sundar has got limited opportunities where he has taken three wickets. RCB team management has strong faith in him but they haven’t clarified his role in the team yet.
The left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed turned the game against SRH after picking up three wickets in his second over of that match which ultimately helped RCB to beat their opponents. Though he played the next two matches, he hasn’t delivered a ball yet since that dream game-changing over.
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson has picked up 6 wickets in four games of the IPL 2021. During the match against KKR, while the opposition had to chase a big total, Jamieson picked up three crucial wickets (3/41) to end the chance of the opponents.
Harshal Patel is enjoying the IPL 2021 as he is dominating the death overs in style. He has taken 12 wickets after playing four matches in this IPL 2021. Apart from claiming a five-wicket haul (5/27) against the defending champions Mumbai Indians in this season opener, his bowling figures in other games were 2/25, 2/17 and 3/47. He has become a strong name for RCB.
While Harshal Patel is impressive in the death overs, Mohammed Siraj is enjoying the new balls. In the IPL 2021, Siraj has got 5 wickets in four matches, and most importantly, his economy rate in this tournament is 6.06.
While spinners are struggling at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai), RCB can rest the struggling leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the upcoming match and add the right-arm fast bowler Navdeep Saini. However, Saini has to prove his consistency in this IPL 2021.