MATCH CENTRE: Scorecard, Commentary
The hosts, CSK, lost two matches on the trot but are still table toppers. The visitors, RCB, had a poor start but have slowly gained in confidence. After demolishing KKR at home, they are eager to change their fortunes in a city which hasn’t been kind to them.
When CSK walk out on the MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch on Monday, the first six overs will be the key. As coach Stephen Fleming put it after CSK lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday night,
“We were completely outplayed. We lost the game then, as we’ve done it to other teams (in the tournament)"
Going by statistics, MS Dhoni’s boys look better. They have defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore four times at home.
However, in their last meeting in this edition, the India Test captain’s half-century went in vain, thanks to Ashish Nehra’s 4/10.They lost by 27 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
A clash between Dhoni and Virat is always explosive. While RCB have won four of the eight matches, it has been Virat’s energy and intensity that has been praised.
The in-your-face player though doesn’t hold back. Remember his clashes on the recent Australia tour?
It will be interesting to see how Kohli handles the pressure. RCB have won only once at Chepauk, and close losses in 2012 and 2013 will be on their mind. In 2012, they failed to defend 205 while a year later Ravindra Jadeja’s inspiring knock and a last ball no-ball from RP Singh gave the hosts a win.
It will also be a clash of the mighty openers, Brendon McCullum versus Chris Gayle. This IPL has seen foreign batsmen provide the thrust at the top, with David Warner leading the way.
RCB though have risen with the arrival of paceman Mitchell Starc and will hope he produces a special delivery like he did to dismiss McCullum in the World Cup final.