Crazy chasing CSK to feel the force of RCB
Two teams full of experience that are desperate to get back to winning ways face of in the second of Saturday’s double header as the Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. CSK need to get their act together, especially when chasing, whilst RCB need to get their act together with the ball. It is a game that could be very important come the end of the group stage.
Old blokes lose stuff
It was just a few days ago that many members of the cricketing community were waxing lyrical about their marvellous run chase agaisnt Kings XI Punjab, which saw them win by 10 wickets. But it was very much back down to earth with a bang for CSK against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, as they managed to lose by 10 runs, when it looked easier to win than be beaten.
MS Dhoni’s men needed just 78 runs from the final 10 overs with 9 wickets in hand as they entered the final phase against KKR. But as what has seemed like a trend so far this year, they allowed the required run rate to get to 13 with three overs left and once Sam Curran went in the 18th over, it was game over. It leaves so many questions to be answered about the game management of CSK to constantly allow this to keep happening. Dhoni himself seems to be a large part of the problem, where before he would start slowly before exploding and finishing the job, he is struggling to get going and keeps finding himself getting out with a strike rate of below 100.
Get back on a roll with the ball
Coming in to this year’s IPL, many people doubted the ability of the inexperienced RCB bowling attack, but at times this year they have really shone. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case last time out as RCB suffered a 59 run defeat to the Delhi Capitals. Barring the spin twins of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, the bowlers have struggled to provide any vast periods of control, especially the seamers with the new ball.
But captain Kohli does have options. He brought in Moeen Ali last time out who brings in bags of experience, and Virat said that Chris Morris is close to being back in the side. The South African is yet to feature so far for RCB this year, so he will be chomping at the bit, if he gets the chance on Saturday.
A match where both of the team are in patchy form is always an interesting battle, but in this one I am struggling to see CSK getting a result. RCB’s young bowling attack will be desperate to right the wrongs of last time out, and I am sure that they will be able to do just that.
I am backing the Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat the Chennai Super Kings at 1.85 LeoVegas.