IPL 2021 season sees the match number 35 being played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees the match number 35 being played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Third-placed RCB face a crunch task after losing their opening encounter in IPL 2021 second phase. They were hammered by KKR, who sealed victory by nine wickets in Abu Dhabi on Monday. On the other hand, second-placed CSK defeated Mumbai Indians in their first match in the IPL 2021 second phase. CSK have the chance to go past DC in the points table on the basis of a healthier NRR.

RCB had an off day against KKR, and were outplayed in all three departments. They need to learn from the match and present a better tale. The onus lies on senior batsmen Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell to score the bulk of runs against an experienced CSK bowling unit. Devdutt Padikkal needs to provide a good start. RCB’s bowling has the potential to create issues for CSK and that will be the target.

Going into this match, CSK will be riding high on confidence. They turned things around against MI after being in a spot of bother. The fighting spirit and ability to pull off a win from a losing situation highlights the strengths of CSK. With Deepak Chahar in good form in the powerplay overs, RCB need to be wary. Dwayne Bravo’s presence is huge for CSK. Ruturaj Gaikwad is their man in form with the bat.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through. 

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). 

Here’s the preview

RCB suffered a collapse with the bat against KKR and the bowlers didn’t have anything to defend. RCB will aim to come hard at CSK and step up. They played a good brand of cricket in the first phase back in India and that’s the type of performance the side will need. Bowling wise, RCB look well balanced, however, their batting can lack the punch. It’s a big game for Kohli to lead his side from the front and play a match-winning knock. However, he should look to bat till the end and be RCB’s anchorman. Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel hold importance with the ball for the RCB outfit. What RCB also need is to better the NRR.

CSK won’t be bothered too much with the lack of power in their middle-order. Ruturaj and Faf will be expected to give the side a good start upfront and the experienced batters need to continue building momentum. What bodes well for CSK is their strength in finishing. Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo are excellent in this department. With Sam Curran expected to be available, it remains to be seen whether he is brought in. Chahar is their prime asset with the ball and he will be supported by Shardul Thakur and Josh Hazlewood.

Probable playing XIs: RCB vs CSK

RCB probable playing XI: 

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Kyle Jamieson, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

CSK probable playing XI:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran/Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: AB de Villiers (wk), Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Kyle Jamieson, Shardul Thakur

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: AB de Villiers (wk), Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Wanindu Hasaranga

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Kyle Jamieson, Shardul Thakur

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

In batting, the likes of Ruturaj and Padikkal fit both the teams. Both these players have given a good account of themselves since coming to the IPL in 2020. They are talented openers and can play with maturity against good bowling attacks.

Jadeja is the main all-rounder who needs to be picked. He is a proper three-dimensional player. Jadeja is valuable with the bat in the lower middle-order and his fielding skills are the best. With the ball, he will be targeting wickets.

In the bowling department, Harshal and Chahar are two important picks. Both pacers can set the tone for their sides. Chahar can be productive upfront with the new ball. Harshal can be effective at the death for RCB.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

AB de Villiers: The big-hitting former Proteas star can be an ideal choice as captain of the side. He has 207 runs under his belt from eight games this season. Expect him to bounce back from the duck he managed against KKR. His shot-making abilities can be influential.

Ravindra Jadeja:  The all-rounder is a genuine captaincy material given what he brings as a player. His left-arm spin, ability to hit the big shots as a finisher, and being so lively on the field makes him a proper three dimensional player.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Ruturaj and Padikkal are genuine options. Both these batsmen have shown plenty of character and their application at the crease deserve to be lauded. They can be valuable picks for their runs.

Other choices: Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch is known for big scores, also having a shorter boundary. Bowlers need to be spot on with their offerings or else erring in the same can produce runs. The weather is set to be hot and humid. 

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

CSK beat RCB in a one-sided affair earlier in IPL 2021. CSK scored 191/4 before RCB were restricted to 122/9.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 27 occasions. CSK have won 17, RCB have won nine. One match didn’t have a result.

Match prediction

CSK have the edge over RCB. They have done well this season on a consistent basis. Expect a CSK win.

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