IPL T20 Fantasy Tips: CSK vs RCB Preview

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IPL - CSK vs RCB

The wait is over and the biggest cricket carnival is here. The Indian Premier League season 12 is upon us and will start from Saturday. First up will be the defending Champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Both the team captains – MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli command huge following all over India. A lot of their clashes over the years have been close encounters, and there couldn’t have been a better season opener.

CSK Preview

Three-time winners CSK are one of the most successful IPL franchises. Led by the uber-cool Dhoni, the side has some of the most experienced names in T20 cricket. Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis make CSK a formidable name.

With Ravindra Jadeja adding to the all-round skills of the side, CSK will look to start on a positive note. Home fans turn up in huge numbers for CSK games and that will be a big decisive factor in the match.

RCB Preview

Yet to win an IPL title, RCB are at the opposite spectrum of success compared to CSK. Three unsuccessful final attempts remain their best performance and captain Kohli will be hopeful of success this season.

Mr. 360 AB de Villiers is expected to play the season opener after missing out the Karachi leg of the PSL due to an injury. Shimron Hetmyer’s presence in the middle-order is expected to add aggression to RCB’s middle-order. Bowling will be about Tim Southee, Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Shane Watson has had an excellent 12 months of T20 cricket, finishing in the top-ten batsmen of Big Bash and as the highest run-scorer in the PSL (430 runs in 12 innings). His form makes him a good fantasy pick.

Virat Kohli has 732 runs and 12 30-plus scores against CSK in the IPL – both the most by any batsman. The Indian captain is a key component of RCB’s batting and should be a good pick for your fantasy side.

MS Dhoni is not far behind with 710 runs against RCB, the most for any batsman against the Bangalore side in the IPL. With Dhoni expected to come at number four, he is expected to points to your fantasy team.

Predicted XIs

CSK: 1 Shane Watson 2 Faf du Plessis 3 Suresh Raina 4 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 5 Ambati Rayudu 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Dwayne Bravo 9 Deepak Chahar 10 David Willey 11 Harbhajan Singh

RCB: 1 Parthiv Patel (WK) 2 Moeen Ali 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 AB de Villiers 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Shivam Dube 7 Washington Sundar 8 Tim Southee 9 Umesh Yadav 10 Mohammad Siraj 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

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