IPL 2021 RCB vs CSK: Dhoni won T20 today in 2007. Will the duel with Kohli continue the victory?
On September 24, 2007, Team India scripted a new era in the history of cricket. Exactly 14 years back on this day, India — led by a relatively inexperienced but confident captain MS Dhoni — won the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup.
The Men in Blue defeated arch rivals Pakistan by five runs to lift the maiden T20 crown in front of a frenzied crowd at the Wanderers, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dhoni went on to add the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy to his famous trophy cabinet, becoming the only captain to complete the ICC title hat-trick.
Let's go back to the hottest match scene right now. The famous Southern Derby of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is upon us as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Sharjah on September 24.
Although RCB and CSK were level on points at the start of the second phase, the two teams' fortunes have sped away in completely different directions. While the Men in Yellow pulled off an incredible comeback win over the Mumbai Indians, Virat Kohli's men were annihilated by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
CSK are currently placed second in the IPL 2021 points table and could leapfrog the high-flying Delhi Capitals with a win. Meanwhile, RCB are one rung below in third and could keep themselves firmly in contention for a top-two spot if they manage to beat their eternal rivals.
It won't be easy for RCB, though. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, they were completely outplayed by the three-time champions.
Ravindra Jadeja's late blitz and magical spell saw CSK coast to a thumping 69-run win. RCB have to banish the demons of two painful defeats - to KKR and CSK - if they are to find some momentum in the second phase of IPL 2021.
RCB in search of a decisive win while CSK aim to effectively seal qualification.
The Bengaluru vs Chennai contest has been one of the most anticipated ones in the IPL historically, but the Dhoni-led franchise has traditionally had the edge over Kohli & Co.
The biggest problem with RCB is that they just don't turn up on some days. When they lose, they lose horribly. Their net run rate of -0.706 is the worst in the competition, although they're placed third with five wins in eight games.
Both RCB and CSK have been doing pretty well in this IPL 2021 but RCB had a major slump in their previous game against KKR as they lost that game by a heavy margin. Last time when these two teams met in IPL 2021, Ravindra Jadeja's all-round effort ensured CSK defeated RCB in a very convincing manner and again CSK would start as favourites in this game looking at the current form of both sides.
A high scoring contest could be expected as the game is happening in Sharjah and hard-hitters like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell are expected to do well for RCB while CSK's batting depth looks very solid with Deepak Chahar playing as number 10 batter for them.
Predicted XIs Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB will be tempted to strengthen their middle-order by bringing Tim David in. However, they should have some extra bowling options in the team on such a good batting surface. They could drop Sachin Baby for Shahbaz Ahmed or Navdeep Saini.
XIs: Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (WK), Glenn Maxwell , AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini/Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Predicted XIs Chennai Super Kings:
Apart from Ambati Rayudu's fitness, CSK has no reason to change their winning combination. While Sam Curran should be available for selection once more, MS Dhoni could stick with Josh Hazlewood and DJ Bravo. Imran Tahir could make the cut as a surprise option to combat the threat of AB De Villiers.
XIs: MS Dhoni (C and WK), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran/Josh Hazlewood, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar