IPL 2018 CSK vs RCB Match Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore get De Villiers prompting for Chennai Super Kings struggle

IPL 2018 CSK vs RCB , Royal Challengers Bangalore 10 days ago, Chennai Super Kings’ momentum has suffered a bit. They have lost two of their previous three matches including the one against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday night. While they are still very much on course to qualify for the playoffs, there are some issues that need addressing. As they prepare to welcome Virat Kohli’s RCB for the return leg at the MCA Stadium, they will be hoping to find the form that made them a dominant force early in the piece.

Royal Challengers Bangalore  side boosted by the return of AB de Villiers from a viral fever after missing their last two matches. The South African will replace compatriot Quinton de Kock, who is unavailable for the game having returned to South Africa to attend a wedding. “AB is back fit. With Quinton being unavailable, it’s an easy decision for us to make regarding who AB comes in for,” RCB coach Daniel Vettori said on Friday.

In de Kock’s absence, Parthiv Patel – one of the first to take strike during the nets on Friday apart from taking part in wicketkeeping drills – is likely to don the gloves. De Villiers’ return makes the job that much harder for the CSK bowlers, who have been under the cosh in the last few matches. Although they fell a few runs short of par total batting first against KKR, the ease with which Dinesh Karthik & Co. chased down 178, aided by some sloppy fielding, must be a cause of concern for the CSK think-tank.

Team News:

Chennai Super Kings: The Kings are likely to stick with the same XI for this big clash.

Probable Playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lungisani Ngidi, KM Asif

Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers is back and declared fit for this game.

QDK has flown back to home for a wedding and their coach stated that ABD will be the replacement for him. So, that leaves out a keeping void in the XI so Parthiv has to replace Vohra because ABD can’t keep owing to his back issues.

Probable Playing XI:   Parthiv Patel/Manan Vohra, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

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