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IPL 2018: Match 24, RCB vs CSK- Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI

RCB would be in for a stern challenge against the Super Kings.

Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action. (Photo by IANS)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) raced to a thumping victory against the Delhi Daredevils (DD). However, they will be pitted against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their next encounter, which will be a different proposition altogether. AB de Villiers’ stupendous show with the willow saved the day for RCB and they must be brimming with confidence going into the game.

Team combination has been a major issue for Virat Kohli’s men owing to the losses they have succumbed to thus far. Ahead of their all-important encounter against the Yellow Army, RCB might resort to a few changes in the lineup. In our article, we take a look at the probable playing eleven of the Challengers against MS Dhoni’s men.

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Openers (Quinton de Kock, Manan Vohra)

Quinton de Kock and Manan Vohra are the likely openers for tomorrow’s contest. Vohra has opened only once in the tournament and has faltered, but it will be harsh on him if he’s dropped only after a single game. Though the Challengers won their erstwhile game, they would like to get their opening combination solved in the upcoming game itself.

On the other hand, Quinton de Kock has done reasonably well for them in the league. He has been got them off to decent starts on many times and would be expected to replicate the same against the Super Kings as well. Meanwhile, the task against the likes of Deepak Chahar and other won’t be a walk in the park for the South African batsman.

Middle-order (Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh)

The middle order of the Challengers looks solid as ever. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers remain to be the stalwarts in the lineup. Kohli has been in decent form and though he hasn’t quite been able to churn out the massive scores, the impact he can have with the willow can’t be undermined. de Villiers has been in red-hot form and RCB would dearly need him against the Super Kings.

The Proteas batsman picked the bones out of the bowlers of the Delhi Daredevils and played another herculean role. Previously, he played a match-winning knock against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) where he churned out an improbable victory from the jaws of defeat. Mandeep Singh has scored useful runs which have propelled their score to significant extents.

All-rounders (Corey Anderson, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes)

They have three all-rounders, which adds to their batting as well their bowling. Corey Anderson floundered against Mumbai but played well against Delhi. He gave the finishing kick to RCB with a couple of boundaries and also nipped out the wicket of Rishabh Pant. Washington Sundar has previously shown that he can contribute either way.

He hasn’t picked up too many wickets but hasn’t allowed the batsmen to take him to the cleaners. Also, he adds the much-needed depth to the batting lineup. Chris Woakes has been expensive, but RCB might give him another game, bearing in mind the quality he possesses.

Bowlers (Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal)   

The bowlers have leaked runs at stages, but have also been superlative in patches. Umesh Yadav went for runs against the Rajasthan Royals but otherwise has been outstanding. He has nipped out wickets in heaps against the Kings XI Punjab as well as the Mumbai Indians. Against an in-form CSK lineup, Umesh has to bring forth his A-game.

Mohammed Siraj replaced Kulwant Khejroliya earlier against Mumbai and hasn’t disappointed. He hasn’t picked wickets, but have ensured that the opponents don’t run away with the game. Yuzvendra Chahal started the tournament on a rusty note but has found his rhythm gradually. Chennai batsmen are in tremendous form and the bowlers will be in for a tough task at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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