RCB vs CSK: RCB of Virat Kohli takes on the MSK on Friday under the leadership of MSK in Sharjah.© IPL / Twitter
After suffering a moral loss of nine wickets Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first game since the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 this season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Virat Kohli will hope to get back on track when they take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK), led by MS Dhoni, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. RCB were bowled out for a meager 92 runs in their match against KKR, with the latter chasing the target with nine wickets and 10 overs left.
Kohli was bowled out for 5 while AB de Villiers fell for a golden duck as RCB batsmen failed to fight KKR. Both of these star batsmen will be hoping to deliver the goods against a strong CSK side.
Devdutt Padikkal will be hoping to continue his impressive campaign, while Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson will be crucial.
For CSK, a victory would take them to the at the top of the leaderboard, above Delhi Capitals at net run rate, and significantly strengthens their playoff hopes.
The team led by Dhoni defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) by 20 runs in their first game since the resumption of the season, and will want to add a few more points against RCB.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored an impressive undefeated 88-pointer against MI and will once again be the key to the team’s hope.
The people like Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis bring tremendous experience to the side, while Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja can contribute with bat and ball. Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, among others, will hope to shine with the ball.
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