After having suffered a chastening 59-run defeat against the Delhi Capitals, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] will be desperate to shrug off the blip and return back to winning ways when they square off against the Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Saturday.
Here’s a look at the possible playing XI that the Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] may field against CSK-
Barring a half-century against the Mumbai Indians, Australian white-ball skipper, Aaron Finch, has once again failed fo light up the IPL.
In 5 games thus far, Finch has managed 122 runs in 5 innings at an average of 24.40 and a strike-rate of 117.30.
Finch struggled against both pace and spin in the last match against the Capital, something he and RCB will hope isn’t the case against CSK.
The rookie opener endured a rare failure in the last game after he holed out to Ravichandran Ashwin at deep-midwicket.
Padikkal- 178 runs in 5 games with 3 50s- has been instrumental in giving RCB whirlwind starts in the powerplay, something he’ll hope to provide in the upcoming game against CSK.
Virat Kohli [C]
After a poor start to the tournament, the RCB skipper Virat Kohli seems to have somewhat regained his form with back-to-back 40+ scores against RR and DC.
But Kohli still hasn’t looked at his fluent best thus far. Will we see his absolute best against CSK?
AB de Villiers [WK]
Like Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers endured a rare failure in the last game against the Capitals
AB has thus far scored 155 runs at an average of 51.66 and at a strike-rate of 176.13 in the five games that he has played, and he has already racked two match-winning contributions.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope that the champion batsman shrugs off the blip from the last game and resume normal service against CSK.
Shivam Dube has chipped in with the ball at crucial moments in the IPL thus far. Dube has picked up 4 wickets in the seven overs that he has bowled this season at an average of 13 and an economy of 7.42, which makes it baffling that why Kohli hasn’t used enough of him during the middle-overs.
As far as his batting is concerned, apart from a cameo against MI, Dube has underwhelmed, having managed just 57 runs in 4 innings at an average of 19.
Virat Kohli mentioned in the post-match presentation after the defeat against the Capitals that Chris Morris was very close to making his first appearance in the playing 11.
But since then, there is no update regarding the South African’s availability. If Morris isn’t available then Moeen Ali will retain his place in the 11.
Ali did not have the best of starts to his 2020 IPL campaign as he gave away 21 runs for one wicket in his 2 overs before managing a 13-ball 11 with the bat.
Washington Sundar has been brilliant with the ball ever since Kohli started using him in the powerplay.
He might have claimed just one wicket in 5 games but the control that he has given to Kohli courtesy his miserly economy rate of 4.80 has paved way for others to take wickets.
With the bat too, Sundar scored a decent 11-ball 17 in the last game.
Isuru Udana may have been expensive (economy rate- 10.5) but he has regularly chipped-in with wickets- 5 in 3 games at an average of 25.20.
He will once again be the primed with the responsibility of taking wickets at the death.
Navdeep Saini has been brilliant for RCB thus far barring, of course, the last fixture where he was taken to the cleaners by the Capitals batsmen, especially Marcus Stoinis.
Saini gave away 48 runs in his 3 overs, something he’ll be hoping to rectify against the Super Kings.
Yuzvendra Chahal has been the leader of the RCB bowling unit thus far but just like Saini, the right-arm leg-spinner had a tough outing in the last game against the Capitals.
Chahal is a vital cog for RCB in the middle-overs and the Virat-led team-management will hope that the leg-spinner shrug off the blip and return to his wicket-taking ways.
The fast bowler had a decent first outing of his 2020 campaign as he registered figures of 2-34 in 4 overs. The right-hander will be hoping for an even better outing when he takes the field against CSK.