CSK vs RCB :Smarting from successive defeats, an under-pressure CSK will look to regain their momentum and remain in the hunt for the knockout stage when they clash with laggards RCB in an IPL 2018 encounter on Sunday.CSK, who suffered losses in the last two matches, need two wins out of the remaining three matches to seal their berth in the play-off.
The two-time champions are placed second in the table with 14 points out of 11 matches, followed by RPS and Sunrisers at 14 and 13 points.During their last meeting, RCB had handed out a 82-run defeat to RCB after bowling them out for 49 — the lowest score in IPL history — and Gautam Gambhir’s men would look to repeat the performance tomorrow.In the next two matches, KKR would be facing a resurgent Kings XI Punjab, who registered a thrilling 19-run victory against RCB last night in a low-scoring game, and a formidable Mumbai Indians, who were the first team to qualify for play-off with 16 points, in 10 matches.
RCB, on the other hand, have been the biggest disappointment of this year’s IPL. They have been bowled out four times this season and are placed at bottom of the table with five points in 12 matches.With their confidence torn to shreds after their capitulation last night against KXIP, it will be a big task for skipper Virat Kohli to instill some self-belief in the team, who would be playing for pride with an aim to finish on a winning note in their remaining matches.
With nothing at stake as the team is already out of he tournament, Kohli might be inclined to give some of the youngsters a chance.After the high of last international season, the IPL has been kind of a setback for skipper Kohli with his team letting him down pretty badly.
Unlike the previous IPLs, RCB’s batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli not firing enough.There has been stray performances but nothing collective. Kedar Jadhav has also been inconsistent after having a good outings for India this year against England and Australia.The fringe India players like Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny also have let down the popular franchise.
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The only silver lining for CSK has been the performance of their two leg-spinners spinners – Samuel Badree (9 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (13 wickets).
However their pacers have been far from impressive with Sreenath Arvind (5), Adam Milne (3) and Aniket Choudhary (4) going for a lot of runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Darren Bravo, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (WK), Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav (WK), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.
VA lot of credit needs to go to the bowling attack. The way they started, we wanted NCN and Umesh to bowl quick and that’s what they did. Not a lot of teams have the kind of pace that we have. We just want them to hit the deck as hard as they can and bowl quick and obviously the results followed. We didn’t bat well at all. We should have got 160-170. Have to pull up our socks in the batting department. If you’re looking to win the tournament, you have to bat like professional players. This is still not our A game. We thought that there was something in there for the fast bowlers. It was nipping around a bit so I thought there was no point of using spinners. Lot of credit needs to go to the bowling department. I’ve not seen a more impressive bowling attack. That was the message. Try to express yourself with the pace you’ve got. Lot of oppositions think we are a chasing side. So if you win batting first, it gives you a lot of confidence. We’ve got the bowling attack to hurt oppositions as well, so if we bat well in the first innings, we’ll be a complete side.
You have to come out steaming when you’re defending 130. I’ve played for the Scorchers before and we’ve defended similar scores. I just had a feeling that we’ll be able to defend this. I’ve had a bit of a problem with the no-balls recently. I was so pumped up, I wasn’t thinking about it. We’ve got some world-class spinners who didn’t even get a bowl today. The pitch suited us. When you start getting on a roll, it’s tough to wrestle the momentum. So we just kept going and kept going. Got goosebumps a little bit, it was that loud (the crowd). To wrestle back the winning momentum after the last game is a big thing.