Teams on the upswing face-off | PunterPolls Prediction
Both Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore are coming off comprehensive wins from their previous games. There was a similarity in the way the wins were achieved - the bowlers kept the opposition down to less-than-daunting scores, paving the way for the top order to cut it down to size with plenty of balls remaining.
Super Kings had the easier of the two outings, winning by ten wickets against a listless Kings XI Punjab. A combined bowling effort by Super Kings restricted Kings XI to an underwhelming 138 in Mohali, before M Vijay and Michael Hussey smashed fifties to win in 17.2 overs in one of the most one-sided games of the tournament so far. Royal Challengers did well on Thursday to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 154 in Bangalore, after the visitors threatened to score in excess of 170 at one stage. The seamers prevented partnerships from developing and struck regularly towards the end on a good batting wicket. Chris Gayle played the kind of innings viewers are accustomed to - watchful in the beginning, followed by a sixes barrage - and stood firm to remain unbeaten on 85. Super Kings will need to cut through the top order quickly, to take an early advantage. Royal Challengers' Muttiah Muralitharan, though, will have to sit out this game due to the ban on Sri Lanka players in Chennai.
The two teams played out a nailbiter the last time they met in Chennai. Chasing 206, Super Kings had all but lost the game, needing 43 off the last two overs, until Albie Morkel turned the script around with some frenetic hitting. Virat Kohli bowled the most forgettable over of his career, leaking 28. Now as Royal Challengers' captain, will he trust himself with the ball again?
Two very good teams will battle tonight at Chennai. We are hearing lots of buzz that people have already started comparising between Dhoni and Kohli's T20 captaincy. Hopefully, by end of the day people will get the answer for the question.
Though its been very difficult to pick a team between two of the best teams of the tournament. Our experts believe, Chennai should win this game because of the two main reasons. Its CSK's home ground, its big in size and the wicket is not that flat as Banglore's. Another reason, cool cool Mr. Dhoni, who never ever shown pressure on his face and keep things simple as compare to enthuthiastic Kohli who used to get dis-appointed when things are not going in his favor.
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Match 16: CSK v RCB, 13 April
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (40% Votes)
- Chennai Super Kings (60% Votes)