In the 39th match of Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The contest, on paper, looks like a lopsided affair; however, given how the RCB team has bounced back from their losing woes, the team led by Virat Kohli would be eyeing to stay relevant in this IPL, with a win over their arch-rival, Chennai. The last time the teams met were in the IPL 12 season opener, where MS Dhoni-led Chennai franchise had humbled RCB on their home turf. It was a one-sided game which the CSK won comfortably by 7 wickets. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Live Cricket Score 39th T20 Match.
RCB and CSK have a long-standing rivalry between them. This year, the teams are on the opposite ends of the points table. The former will play to stay relevant in the league; whereas, the latter will be eyeing to cement their playoffs’ spot. As the clock ticks away for the second game tonight, we bring you a list of five key players to watch out for in RCB vs CSK, 39th IPL 2019 match.
Virat Kohli (RCB)
The RCB skipper has now scored 378 runs in nine matches and is on the 4th spot of the most run-scoring batsman in the league. However, RCB would need a little more than Virat Kohli’s batting skills, needless to say, his leadership skills, to trump CSK’s men tonight. With the match scheduled to be played at his home turf, Kohli would be hoping to make the most of his good form.
MS Dhoni (CSK)
The ‘Captain Cool’ has blown hot-and-cold this season. However, with CSK performing collectively, the road has been smooth for MS Dhoni and his troops. Despite struggling through a rough patch, Dhoni has managed to be the highest run-scorer for his team. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has been a happy hunting ground for Dhoni, and it’ll be exciting for the fans to see if he plays a vintage ‘Mahi’ knock at the venue. RCB vs CSK, IPL 2019 Match 39 Preview: Chennai Super Kings Aim to Oust Royal Challengers Bangalore.
AB de Villiers (RCB)
Mr 360 hasn’t been the force that he once used to be. Nonetheless, the veteran has scored 307 runs in 8 matches he has played so far. Not to forget AB de Villiers has scored those runs at an impressive strike rate of 154.27 and a healthy average of 51.16. The RCB will need a special innings from ABD tonight, and it is well-known how well he has performed when the odds are stacked against him. Will de Villiers rain 4s and 6s in Bengaluru tonight?
Imran Tahir (CSK)
The best spinner in the tournament so far, Imran Tahir has turned out to be a more-than-a-valuable asset for CSK this year. With 15 wickets in 9 matches he has played so far, Tahir’s tally is only second to Kagiso Rabada. For CSK to win tonight, it will be delighting to see how Tahir fares against RCB’s explosive batting lineup, especially against his former teammate, AB de Villiers.
Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB)
One of the few things that have gone right for RCB this season is Yuzvendra Chahal’s spin bowling. The young wrist-spinner has claimed 13 wickets in 9 matches he has played in this season. Like Tahir, Chahal’s main challenge tonight will be to take on the mighty CSK’s batting lineup, especially his national teammates MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav among others. RCB vs CSK Head-to-Head Record: Ahead of IPL 2019 Clash, Here Are Match Results of Last 5 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Encounters!.
The hosts, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), are on the bottom spot of 2019 IPL Points Table. With only 2 wins in 9 matches, the team needs to win all of their remaining matches to stay in contention. As for CSK, they only need a win in their remaining five games to cement their spot in the playoffs. With 7 wins and 14 points, Chennai side is atop of the league standings.
The first match turned out to be a dud, given how the pitch performed. It will be an exciting night for the fans to see Virat Kohli vs MS Dhoni 2.0 tonight. Stay tuned with LatestLY for all the latest updates about Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.