Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face off in the 35th match of the IPL 2021 in Sharjah. CSK sits at the second spot in the points table, while RCB is on the third spot.
CSK defeated MI in a tightly fought encounter in the second leg of the IPL 2021, while RCB was decimated by KKR in their opening match of the UAE leg of IPL 2021. RCB’s net run rate took a huge hit after they were bowled out for 92 by KKR and lost the match with 10 overs to spare.
The last time CSK and RCB faced off was in Mumbai during the first half of the IPL 2021 and then CSK had beaten RCB quite convincingly, thanks to a Ravindra Jadeja show.
With this encounter being an important one for both the team, Team COC presents the Predicted XIs for the RCB v CSK match in Sharjah.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
RCB team was given a huge setback as they lost to KKR in one of the worst drubbings in the IPL 2021. Their net run rate took a hit as well as they lost the match with 10 overs to spare and now have to not only keep winning to stay in contention for the playoffs but take care of the NRR section.
Their biggest concern has been the team combination with Virat Kohli’s bat not doing its job and the fact that the management has to manage AB de Villiers’ back issues, giving the keeping duties to KS Bharat in the process.
RCB batting didn’t do much against KKR spinners and they will face two very good spinners in Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja against CSK. Jadeja had scored the runs and took wickets in their last encounter in Mumbai and will be looking to repeat his performance.
For Virat Kohli, it would be getting his troops together and making sure they do their job to their fullest abilities. RCB might also make some changes to their XI, like bringing in Shahbaz Ahmed for Sachin Baby, as Ahmed showed good batting abilities in the past and is a very good spinner as well.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) got out of jail against MI in their first encounter of the second leg of the IPL 2021. This was due to the amazing batting of Ruturaj Gaikwad and tremendous bowling performances from Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar.
MS Dhoni will have the luxury of choosing Sam Curran in the XI as well, but with Bravo doing well with both the bat and the ball against MI, it might seem that CSK goes with the same XI that won against Rohit Sharma and co.
RCB COC Predicted Playing XI:
Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat (WK), AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
CSK COC Predicted Playing XI:
Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar