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IPL 2019 | Match 1: Chennai vs. Bangalore

Chennai vs-Bangalore

The Defending Champions Chennai Super Kings begin their title defense against Royal Challengers Bangalore.  Virat Kohli’s team will enter the tournament with the hope to end their title drought. On the other hand, MS Dhoni’s side team will look to become the first team with four IPL trophies. Here is the preview of the IPL 2019 opening encounter.

Match: Super Kings vs. Royal Challengers

Date: March 23, 2019

Day: Saturday

Venue: Chepauk Stadium, Chennai

Chennai Super Kings

Imran Tahir & Faf du Plessis will be unavailable for the first match of the league due to an international assignment.

Moreover, Shane Watson & Ambati Rayudu could be seen opening batsmen. The side’s middle order looks formidable with the likes of Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav & Suresh Raina. However, the team is looking forward to the crucial breakthrough of Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir & Shardul Thakur. The success rate of CSK is 66.67% while playing at home ground, something they take strength from.

Likely Playing Eleven

Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C), Sam Billings, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Royal Challengers Bangalore keep disappointing its fans even though they have filled the Chinnaswamy Stadium to its capacity each year. Much of the side’s batting lies on the skipper Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers. Also, Parthiv Patel shouldered equal responsibility.  Besides the newcomers, Shivam Dube & Shimron Hetmyer are both big hitter.

Likely Playing Eleven

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


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