CSK will have the home support at JSCA stadium as the team is led by local boy MS Dhoni. On the other hand, RCB will look to continue their good run of form and will look to get past CSK hurdle to enter into the IPL finals.

But just going by past record, CSK will definitely start as favourites against RCB. On both the occasions the two teams met earlier in this edition of IPL, CSK prevailed over RCB.

Dhoni's men defeated RCB by 27 and 24 runs, respectively in the league stages of the tournament. However, it won't be easy for CSK to get past in-form RCB in absence of star opener Brendon McCullum.

Menawhile, RCB will bank on big-hitters like Chris Gayle, Kohli, AB de Villiers who make the core of Bangalore's batting line-up. RCB's batting strength can be gauged from the fact that even though Gayle and Kohli failed in their Eliminator match, still they managed to score 180 against Rajasthan Royals.

De Villiers (66) and Mandeep (54) came to their side's rescue by smashing quickfire half-centuries.

In bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal is RCB's lone warrior in the spin attack. The young leggie has shown his potential with the ball, picking up 21 wickets so far, third highest in the wicket-takers list. Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal for RCB by peaking some early wickets.


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IPL Qualifier 2: RCB, CSK battle it out for Final berth

 

Ranchi: It will be a battle of captains as a formidable Chennai Super Kings led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni take on confident Royal Challengers Bangalore under an aggressive Virat Kohli in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League, here on Friday.

 

CSK will have the home support at JSCA stadium as the team is led by local boy MS Dhoni. On the other hand, RCB will look to continue their good run of form and will look to get past CSK hurdle to enter inti the IPL finals.

But just going by past record, CSK will definitely start as favourites against RCB.

On both the occasions the two teams met earlier in this edition of IPL, CSK prevailed over RCB. Dhoni's men defeated RCB by 27 and 24 runs, respectively in the league stages of the tournament.

However, it won't be easy for CSK to get past in-form RCB in absence of star opener Brendon McCullum.

Menawhile, RCB will bank on big-hitters like Chris Gayle, Kohli, AB de Villiers who make the core of Bangalore's batting line-up.

RCB's batting strength can be gauged from the fact that even though Gayle and Kohli failed in their Eliminator match, still they managed to score 180 against Rajasthan Royals.

De Villiers (66) and Mandeep (54) came to their side's rescue by smashing quickfire half-centuries.

In bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal is RCB's lone warrior in the spin attack. The young leggie has shown his potential with the ball, picking up 21 wickets so far, third highest in the wicket-takers list. Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal for RCB by peaking some early wickets for his team.