Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

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IPL fever is back in town as the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings begin their title defence against the underachievers, Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday. The 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to start from 23 March and the teams are ready to battle it out for the trophy. For the opening match, the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the team led by former India captain MS Dhoni in the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

While Dhoni has helped his team win three trophies – one after a comeback from the two-year suspension – Kohli has not yet won a trophy with the Royal. With a number of new faces being recruited, the Kohli-led RCB enter yet another season with a sense of renewed hope amongst growing frustration. They couldn’t have asked for a more daunting task to start their tournament than an away fixture in Chepauk against the most successful team in IPL history.

Nevertheless, with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, RCB pack a punch and would love to get one over Captain Cool and his men, who look solid as ever with minimal changes in the off-season.

Both teams look to start their respective seasons with a solid win, paving the way for an enthralling start to this year’s IPL, come March 23.

Squads to choose from:

Chennai Super Kings:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni(C), Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Kedhar Jadhav, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Billings, David Willey, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Monu Kumar, KM Asif, Murali Vijay, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

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

Match Details:

The first game of the IPL between CSK and RCB will be hosted by the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The match starts at 8:00 PM local time (2:30 PM GMT).

The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar)

Weather Conditions:

Chennai is known to be humid and it will take a toll on the players. The temperatures will hover in the early 30s during the match and there is no possibility of rain at all.

Last five completed T20 matches:

CSK – W, W, W, L, W

RCB – L, W, W, W, L

Pitch Condition/Report:

Average 1st innings score: 174.5 (Last four night T20 matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1

Probable Playing XI:

Chennai Super Kings (CSK):

Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Sam Billings, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Imran Tahir.

Bench: Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif.

Note: Faf du Plessis can be best utilised at the top of the order. But with Dhoni likely to bat at four, Rayudu can’t be moved down the order to accommodate Du Plessis.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):

Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee/Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.

Bench: Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Heinrich Klaasen, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya.

Note: Moeen Ali opening the innings will help RCB in adding an extra batsman or all-rounder. Also, Moeen Ali can attack in the power-play and score quick runs.

Team News:

There is no news about Mitchell Santner joining the CSK as of now.

New Zealand players Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme are expected to join the RCB camp only ahead of the game.

Power Picks:

Shane Watson in PSL 2019: 430 runs at an average of 43 from 12 innings with four fifties.

He was the only player with 400+ runs in the PSL this season.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: Virat Kohli, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali.

Vice Captain Options: Shimron Hetmyer, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dwayne Bravo.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:

Keeper – MS Dhoni

Batsmen – Virat Kohli (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson (VC)

All-Rounders – Dwayne Bravo, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar

Bowlers – Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Parthiv Patel

Batsmen – Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu (C), Virat Kohli (VC), AB de Villiers

All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shivam Dube

Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Mohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal.

IPL 2019 CSK vs RCB Toss Prediction – Who Will Win Match Bhavishyavani

CSK vs RCB is the first IPL t20 Match. Cricket & IPL fans are curious to know who will win toss between CSK vs RCB as Toss plays an important role in the game. So, here will discuss the CSK vs RCB toss prediction.

Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (CSK vs RCB) match is going to be the first opening match of IPL t20 2019. Both teams would have strategies but the toss will decide which strategy should be implemented and how. So let’s have a brief on important of toss and CSK vs RCB match toss prediction.

CSK vs RCB Toss Prediction – Who Will Win The Toss?

Now, here we will talk about the toss prediction of CSK vs RCB match and who will win the toss. Whether it is Dhoni or Kohli, who will spin the coin, the matter is MS will win the toss or Kohli will win the toss.

If we look at the previous IPL, MS Dhoni (captain of Chennai Super Kings CSK) has a good rate of winning the toss, especially with RCB. And MS prefers to ball first.

If Kohli (captain of Royal Challengers Banglore RCB) wins the toss, he could choose Bat first because of the Batsman point of view. And according to our research winning the toss and choosing bat first be advantageous if the match is at home ground.

We have observed that the percentage of choosing Ball first (bat second) who wins the toss is above 80% from the past 3 years. From this, it is clear and we know which team has more chances to win the toss in the first match (CSK vs RCB).

Who Will Win the Match Toss CSK or RCB? – Toss Prediction

Now, Questions is still there, who will win the first T20 IPL 2019 CSK vs RCB Toss 2019? and we have predicted who will win the toss and furthermore who will win the match (prediction). You can comment below to know more.

The probability or we can say IPL 2019 CSK vs RCB toss prediction we will announce just before the toss after some sort of analysis. Stay tuned with us to know more updates of IPL T20 Match and Toss prediction.

Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Match Preview

A batsman’s paradise in Chennai, the pitch will be a little slow later on in the night, giving an edge to the spinners. Whichever team wins the toss will be keen to bat first and put a huge total on the board. The team battings second will face a lot of pressure and is an uphill task considering the conditions. RCB and CSK are strong batting units and rely mostly on their batting. We expect a lot of runs in this fixture as CSK and RCB go all guns blazing.

Predicted playing XI for Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2019: Team news

Chennai Super Kings has managed to retain almost everyone from their championship winning squad and still looks every bit dangerous as they head into the new season. Mohit Sharma who was one of the two buys this season could feature in the absence of Lungi Ngidi. CSK’s key man on Saturday will be another Proteas player in Imran Tahir who could make good use of the conditions.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are coming into the match with a strong side. While they don’t have Marcus Stoinis in the team due to his international commitments, Tim Southee could feature in the team and could make a difference early on in his spell. RCB are a batting dominated team with big-hitters like AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Shimron Hetmyer featuring in the match.

Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore prediction: Who will win RCB vs CSK T20 match?

The opening game of the Vivo IPL 2019 promises to be a run fest with two strong batting teams playing on Saturday. CSK has the momentum but RCB has the big names. Our money is on RCB though to draw first blood as these big names will not have any pressure on their head.

CSK vs RCB IPL 2019: How to watch Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Live?

The Vivo IPL 2019 opener – RCB vs CSK live will be aired on the Star Network in India. The channel is available on all leading cable and DTH operators. You can also stream the IPL 2019 matches live on Hotstar. To get a premium subscription of Hotstar, you will have to register and pay an amount of ₹199 for a month.


Date Time League Season Match Day
March 23, 2019 8:00 pm IPL 2019 2019 March 23, Saturday


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