IPL 2019, Sunday 8 pm: CSK Aim to Seal Play-Off Berth Against RCB
CSK won against RCB in their first match of the season. 
CSK won against RCB in their first match of the season. (Photo: BCCI/IPL)

IPL 2019, Sunday 8 pm: CSK Aim to Seal Play-Off Berth Against RCB

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  • 1) Royal Challengers Bangalore play Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, 21 April, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
  • 2) RCB won their previous game against Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • 3) CSK are leading the table with 14 points and need just one more win to seal a play-off berth.

Chennai Super Kings will be expected to shrug off a rare loss and effectively seal a play-off berth when they play against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Sunday, 22 April.

Defending champions CSK, who lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous game for only their second loss this season, will get to 16 points with a win at the Chinnaswamy and it should be enough to guarantee a place in the top-four.

MS Dhoni missed the game against SRH due to a stiff back but will probably be fit for the game on Sunday.

"Probably he will play in the next game against RCB," stand-in skipper Suresh Raina had said after the loss to SRH.

Following the tournament opener between CSK and RCB in Chennai, both teams have had contrasting campaigns. While CSK have lived up to their reputation again, RCB continue to under-perform.

No doubt, RCB will be fired up after the win against KKR at Kolkata on Friday night when they finally managed to defend despite a brutal assault from Andre Russell and Nitish Rana. It was only their second win in nine games in the season so far and through it, they have kept themselves mathematically alive in the tournament.

RCB could also take a cue from a similar situation in 2016 when they had lost five of their first seven games, but ended up in the play-offs after winning six of their last seven matches.

In the absence of the indisposed AB de Villiers on Friday, Virat Kohli took it all upon himself to post a big total and in the process scored his first century of the season. With AB expected to be back for the next match, RCB will be aiming to please their loyal fans with a victory at last on their home ground.

Despite the arrival of Dale Steyn, their bowling remains a worry as was evident at Eden Gardens where Russell and Rana almost pulled off the impossible when KKR needed 113 off the last six overs. The hosts fell short by just 10 runs as Moeen Ali saved the day for RCB with the ball, defending 24 in the final over – after a crucial stint with the bat earlier as well.

On the the other hand, CSK will fancy themselves against RCB and back themselves to sail into the play-offs. Dhoni, who has scored 230 runs in eight games including two half-centuries, will hold the key once again.

Also crucial will be CSK’s star bowler this season, 40-year-old Imran Tahir, who has taken 13 wickets. The South African import has executed his skipper's plans brilliantly and will be expected to keep up his fine form to restrict Kohli and co.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (captain), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee.

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn.

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