23 Mar 2019

Match Day 1: CSK Vs RCB Preview

By cricinsane

Much like last Year, the two Heavyweights clash to kick start this version of the 2 month long bonanza. This South Indian Derby though has been one sided for the last few encounters and seems pretty dead given the match takes place in Chepauk, Cricket fans still find an uncanny way to be excited about this game. And they don’t need to go too far to find the excitement factor, A look at the captains of the teams is enough. How badly have the Chennai fans missed their players was evident from the turnout witnessed for the practice game and who could blame them. Devoid of IPL games for the past three Years, a full year of IPL is upon them and led by the hugely respected steward in MSD, these fans are ready to undo any opposition that comes in this fortress to clash with their superstars who have been giving them happy memories year after year. In the Opening encounter they face the RCB, a team has forever been contemplating the term “Balance” despite having the creamiest of top Orders ever seen in the game of Cricket. The outside world too is leaving no stone unturned to mock a skipper for his average IPL captaincy records because the man hardly gives anything to mock in the Blues when he donnes it. Going down the Memory Lane, RCB have very less to seek inspiration from when they see their record in the Chepauk Stadium. The last time they won here was when Virat hadn’t even made his International Debut, When Dhoni wasn’t even the Captain of Indian Cricket Team. Yes It’s a decade back. Ever since they have come close to beating the Dhoni led team but this CSK have something in them that RCB have been devoid for as long as they existed. They somehow find someone who puts his hands up when the situation demands and bails the team out of Jail in comparison to RCB who always have only two people to look upto for Jailbreak moments. Virat was on the receiving end of the Albie Morkel special when RCB squandered 43 off 2 overs against CSK. RP Singh despite dismissing Jadeja off the last bowl of the match when 2 were required off 1 ball started celebrating the RCB victory only to find out that he overstepped. And last Year, The Helicopters went flying and Jailbreaked a 7 ball 30 scenario only adding frustrations to the ever so animated King. After being the team to look forward to most of the times, they somehow end up giving it away in the crunch moments, something that Even Kohli is open to admit. This Year though, they have packed their squad with the best from the Indian Circuit and some asset worthy players from the international circuit. But the Problems remain the same for them. They still do not have someone to rely on apart from Virat and ABD and have no proven Death bowling options. On the other end of Spectrum are CSK, relaxed and fine tuned to have another perfect season. They look to be a squad with no flaws up until now and given how the Whistle Podu Express will back them, MSD And Co. look determined to treat the CSK Army with something special again.But You can never write off Kohli and ABD in moments like these. Despite the IPL tagglining the phrase “Game Banayega Name”, this game starts as the proper Thala Vs King stereotype. And one can hardly disagree, they are the two most loved Indian Athletes at this point in time. Will the CSK fortress be breached, Will an Angry King lead his team to motivational conquer are the questions we look to getting answers to tonight. And make no mistake, Irrespective of who the fans support, the chants of ABD, ABD are all set to echo when that man walks out to bat. At Chepauk tonight, We have a Captain Cool looking to set his helicopters up in the Night skies of Chennai, A King who barely misses out with the bat and a Mr. 360 who when gets going is an utter delight to anyone who loves the game. Irrespective of whoever wins, the Fans of Chennai and the game of Cricket will emerge victorious tonight.

What to Expect : In the heat of Chennai, the pitch is expected to play like a batting paradise especially since this is the first game in a long time. However Spinners can be really handy specially with longish boundaries and some sea breeze to help the wristies with the drift.

Dream11 Suggestions: Pack Your side with batting and all rounders. In the bowling front, Having the spinners can come in Handy.

CSK (Predicted 11) – Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu , Faf Du Plesis , Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni , Dwayne Bravo , Ravindra Jadeja , Deepak Chahar , Harbhajan Singh , Imran Tahir , Mohit Sharma

RCB(Predicted 11) – Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli , AB De Villiers , Shimron Hetmyer , Collin DeGrandhomme , Shivam Dube , Washington Sundar , Tim Southee , Umesh Yadav , Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj

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