IPL 7 42nd match CSK vs RCB:Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Live scores, 18 May, 2014
Match Teams:Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match Venue: Played at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:16:00 local time (10:30 GMT) (4:00 PM IST)
Toss:Chennai Super Kings, who chose to bat
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Yuvraj Singh has made up for lost time with two consecutive fifties, but big runs continue to desert Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. Both are yet to score fifties, though Gayle has played four fewer games. Given Royal Challengers' bowling weaknesses, it will come down to their batsmen to win them games and a strong top order platform is essential or else the responsibility falls on Yuvraj and AB de Villiers, again.
Super Kings have not got the best out of Mithun Manhas, who has a highest of 13 in five innings. A middle-order batsman, he has been batting at No. 7 and often comes in only towards the end of the innings. For now, it doesn't make much of a difference to the team since it is doing well. But a promotion to give him more of a chance to get runs, and keep his confidence high, might be good, looking at the long-term - he will be needed should their strong top and middle order falter at any stage.
Royal Challengers avoided the embarrassment of being trampled upon for three consecutive games at home thanks to Yuvraj Singh, whose blazing fifty gave their campaign fuel. They would have to hit peak form going forward and while the batting looks in better health, the bowling hasn't been up to the mark. In their last four games, Royal Challengers have conceded 170, 191, 198 and 187. They don't have a bowler in the same mould as Sunil Narine, who can consistently bowl four tight overs even if he fails to pick up wickets - perhaps young legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal comes closest. Royal Challengers wouldn't want to be forced into making changes to their bowling every game, certainly not at this stage, so they'll be hoping to finally hit upon the right combination on Sunday.
Super Kings haven't had to make too many changes and a relatively settled unit is partly responsible for their success. David Hussey has been included in the squad but he is likely to come in only once Brendon McCullum flies home for the birth of his baby. Super Kings made heavier weather of their chase against Royals in their last game than they would have liked, but MS Dhoni - with some help from Ravindra Jadeja - calmly saw them through, again.
Super Kings have not been bowled out even once in this tournament. Their specialist bowlers Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey have not been required to bat at all
Royal Challengers' Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up 12 wickets in ten games at an impressive economy rate of 6.48 - the best by an uncapped player so far in the tournament (minimum 5 overs)