IPL 2019, Match 1, CSK vs RCB: Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
The RCB haven't won a game in Chennai since 2008.
Updated - Apr 7, 2019 2:05 pm
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are all set to play the opening match of this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The game will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, CSK’s fortress, however, it’s definitely not a happy hunting ground for Virat Kohli and Co. The Challengers last won at the venue way back in the inaugural season of 2008.
Moreover, they have lost six matches in a row against the Super Kings and their last victory came back in 2014 in Ranchi. The fortunes of both teams have also been contrasting. Even as CSK has won three championships, RCB are yet to get their hands on the coveted trophy and have been the under-achievers in the IPL despite boasting of some of the most prominent names in the cricketing world.
Pitch and Conditions
The temperatures won’t be on the higher side with the same hovering around the 29-degree mark. Nevertheless, the humidity level is expected to take a toll on the wickets. Nevertheless, the pitch is speculated to be a good one for batting, though the spinners may come into play in the second half.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK will open with Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson with the experienced Suresh Raina at number three. MS Dhoni will bat at four. Sam Billings and Kedar Jadhav are the other batsmen. Deepak Chahar, coming lower down the order, adds depth to the batting. Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja are the all-rounders. Tahir and Mohit are the specialist bowlers. Watson and Jadhav can also roll their arms over.
Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Sam Billings, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Mohit Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel are the opening batsmen. The middle-order is a power-packed one with the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Shimron Hetmyer, who may make his IPL debut tomorrow. Shivam Dube, after an impressive domestic season, may get a game as well. Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Tim Southee are the fast bowlers. Chahal will shoulder the spin department with Moeen and Sundar.
Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Probable Top Performers
Ambati Rayudu- Chennai Super Kings | Virat Kohli– Royal Challengers Bangalore
TV– Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi
Live Streaming– Hotstar, Yupp TV
Match Timings: 20:00 IST
The prediction for the Super Kings to win the opening match.