The second qualifier promises to be a mouth-watering contest as both CSK and RCB will play out of their skin to secure their place in the all-important summit clash on Sunday. After posting a formidable 180 for four, RCB packed up Royals for just 109 runs. In big-hitting Chris Gayle, Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik among others, RCB have a strong batting line-up.
The match will be a battle of leadership skills between India's limited overs and Test skippers as the tactics of Dhoni and Kohli will be put to test. 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.
CSK's morale got a beating in the first qualifier where they lost by 25 runs to Mumbai Indians but the former champions hardly have any time to ponder on that loss and need to get their acts together quickly if they wish to enter the final of the Twenty20 tournament for a record sixth time.
But it would be easier said than done for CSK to upstage RCB and the Dhoni-led side would need a collective effort from its batting department to give itself any chance.
Their highest run scorer Brendon McCullum's departure seems to have hit the team badly as CSK's success this season mostly relied on a good start from the flamboyant Kiwi batsman.
McCullum left for national duty after the league stage and CSK felt his absence right away in the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians. Chasing a formidable 187-run target in the first qualifier, CSK fell short by 25 as they were bowled out for 162
The bowling department, too, needs to pull up its socks after having been taken to task by Mumbai batsmen the other day.
Left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin live up to their reputations but they didn't get support from other colleagues like Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma and Bravo.
A batting heavy RCB, on the other hand, would be high on confidence after the thumping win over Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator on Wednesday. RCB thrashed Royals by 71 runs in a one-sided affair to set up a clash against CSK in the second qualifier.
On the bowling front too, RCB has impressed all and sundry last night. Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal up front and he has been supported well by Sreenath Aravind, Harshal Patel and David Wiese.
Yuzvendra Chahal is RCB's lone warrior in the spin department and the young leggie has shown his potential with the ball, picking up 21 wickets so far, third highest in the wicket-takers list.
The second qualifier promises to be a mouth-watering contest as both CSK and RCB will play out of their skin to secure their place in the all-important summit clash on Sunday.
After posting a formidable 180 for four, RCB packed up Royals for just 109 runs. In big-hitting Chris Gayle, Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik among others, RCB have a strong batting line-up.