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Indian T20 League 2020 Preview: Know Your CSK vs RCB Numbers

MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli, the battle we’ve been waiting for since the start of the Indian T20 League 2020! For match number 25, we move to Dubai for CSK vs RCB. Dubai so far has seen some great cricket in the tournament and the pitch has been getting better for batting as the matches are going ahead at the venue.

This rivalry hailing from southern parts of India has been dominated by Team Chennai over years. Apart from the previous match between the two, CSK have managed to win four out of five matches. At Dubai, both teams have managed to win just a solitary match and will be looking to turn this stat around. Here’s a look at all that we can expect from CSK vs RCB.

 

KEY BATTLES

Shane Watson vs Aaron Finch

The battle of the Aussie openers can have a detrimental effect on the result of this match. Both the players are responsible for getting their respective teams off the block quickly and set the innings up for the rest of the explosive batsmen to come out and smash the opposing team bowlers.

Shane Watson has finally found some form and is coming into this match on the back of two consecutive half-centuries. He’s currently CSK’s second-highest run-getter of the competition and he’ll add onto this total.

Aaron Finch has had scores of 29, 20, 52, 8 and 13. In all these instances he has failed to convert a start which is unlike the Australian white-ball captain. Knowing Finch, he’d like the prospects of batting against that CSK bowling line-up and a fifty shouldn’t be that far off for him.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Dwayne Bravo

We saw the best of DJ Bravo in CSK’s last match against KKR where he picked up three wickets and by doing so he picked his 150th wicket of the tournament. CSK missed a trick by not batting him in that run-chase and shouldn’t make that mistake again in the coming matches.

 

AB de Villiers

Mr 360 has had a mixed tournament so far when it comes to his form but we’ve shown glimpses of his brilliance in a few innings. We all know the capabilities of him and he can smash the bowlers from the first ball he plays. Even if he comes into the middle post the 12-13th over he can still score a half-century.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

CSK: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK) (C), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar

RCB: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

 

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