IPL 2013: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Live IPL Score
‘Fortress Chepauk’ is all set for another clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, two sides who are more than familiar with each other after meeting 13 times (the most against any opposition for both) over the years.
Both sides come into their ‘Super Saturday’ clash following convincing wins and the focus will be on building momentum in these early stages of the tournament.
RCB have won their last two games and will be looking to maintain that run while CSK, keen to shed their slow starters tag after losing their opening game, bounced back with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab.
South African all-rounder Chris Morris’ inclusion in the last game seemed to have brought back the balance to the CSK side.
Morris fitted right into countryman Albie Morkel’s role in CSK’s tried-and-tested formula and coach Stephen Fleming indicated that the senior player might have to wait for a while before he is back in the XI.
M Vijay and Michael Hussey have been one of the most consistent opening pairs over the years and they showed that again on Wednesday. The 10-wicket-win however meant that the middle-order is yet to be tested after the poor show against Mumbai Indians.
For RCB, all eyes will be on Chris Gayle. The big Jamaican’s brute force at the top has been central to his side’s success and how CSK deal with him will be interesting to watch. Dhoni may ask R Ashwin to open the bowling, a ploy that has worked in the past against Gayle and could work again.
The visitors’ ‘big 3’ with the bat — Gayle, skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers — are all in good form and will pose the biggest threats to CSK’s relatively new bowling line-up. Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques too, seems, to be fitting into the RCB line-up pretty well.
RCB, however, will be without Sri Lankans Tillakaratne Dilshan and former CSK player and world’s most successful spinner Muthiah Muralitharan due to the political turmoil in the state. Former skipper and left-arm-spinner Daniel Vettori could find himself in the first XI.