Defending champions CSK will take on RCB in the opening counter of the IPL 2019 season. The match will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium on 23rd March. Both the teams will look to make a great start to their campaign by winning the first game. The game can also be seen as the clash between the two most popular cricketers in India: MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Let us have a look at the CSK v RCB Preview
Venue – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date & Time – 23 March 8PM (Indian Time) & 2.30 PM (GMT)
Pitch condition – Good batting wicket
Broadcaster – StarSports in India
Chennai Super Kings Team News
Dhoni led CSK have retained the core of their team, the only addition to their team has been in the form of Mohit Sharma and Ruturaj Gaikwad. With the experience of Raina, Bravo, Watson, Jadeja and Dhoni, CSK are expected to do well. However, they wont find it easy on the opening game taking on Virat Kohli led RCB.
Ambati Rayadu and Kedhar Jadhav will add depth and experience to the batting line-up. Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh will be expected to play a key role. Lungi Ngidi is injured and ruled out of IPL 2019.
CSK Predicted Lineup
Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma
MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Kedar Jadhav, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar,
Lungi Ngidi, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News
Virat Kohli led RCB will be itching to win the IPL this season after continously failing to do so in the previous seasons. Their season will depend a lot on their bowler’s performance with Tim Southee and Yuzvendra Chahal leading the bowling attack.
Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile will not be available in the earlier few matches owing to commitments with the national side. However, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali and Shimron Hetmyer are available for selection.
RCB Predicted Lineup
Virat Kohli(c), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Dream 11 Preview
CSK vs RCB Dream 11 Team
Team 1 – MS Dhoni , S Raina, A Rayadu, V Kohli , AB de Villiers, R Jadeja, M Ali, I Tahir, M Sharma, Y Chahal & T Southee
Team 2 – P Patel, F du Plessis, S Watson, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, R Jadeja, DJ Bravo, S Dube, I Tahir, Y Chahal, T Southee
Captain and Vice Captain Choices
AB de Villiers
Remember you can change your team after the toss, so make required changes if needed.