Injury-hit, The Chennai Super Kings are up against a resurgent opponent

Ian Bishop is impressed with rookie Vyshak's variations at ESPNcricinfo

The Royal Challengers Bangalore anticipate that Maxwell will be crucial in their matchup with the left-handed-dominant Chennai Super Kings lineup. 

The Royal Challengers Bangalore would like to keep winning at home at ESPNcricinfo Cricketnews

In the big picture, CSK is devastated by illnesses and injuries.

When the clock drew closer to midnight earlier this week, coach Stephen Fleming playfully asked reporters if we had an extra half hour when asked about updates on the injuries on the Chennai Super Kings’ side. Fleming found humor in the situation, but now that the Chennai Super Kings will be playing four of their upcoming six games away from home, he must put together a fast-bowling team.

Having only recently recovered from COVID-19, Matheesha Pathirana Deepak Chahar, Sisanda Magala, Simarjeet Singh, and Ben Stokes are all injured. Pathirana was not rushed back into action for Super Kings’ home match against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Still, they may be forced to do so at the Chinnaswamy Stadium even though Dwaine Pretorius offers another alternative.

Despite their own IPL injury woes, Royal Challengers Bangalore appear in better condition than the Chennai Super Kings, particularly in the bowling department. Vijaykumar Vyshak, a local player, moved from being a net bowler to the XI quickly, and Harshal Patel has also found some form. Mohamed Siraj has shone in the powerplay. Glenn Maxwell has only bowled one over this season, but he is set to play a more significant part with the ball when the Chennai Super Kings lineup features a lot of left-handers.

Royal Challengers Bangalore struggled against Delhi Capitals on Saturday in the second half of their innings, but their spinners overcame the Chinnaswamy restrictions to hold them to 174 runs. Can their bowlers repeat the feat on Monday, this time in a game played at night?

Form manual

Royal Challengers Bangalore WLLW (freshest game first)

Chennai Super Kings LWWL

Team news

The fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore and will finish his recovery there. He won’t be available to choose from for Monday’s game.

Throw and Impact Player Technique

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Anuj Rawat will probably be the Royal Challengers’ go-to impact player again. He could take the position of one of the bowlers when they pursue.

Possible bat-first XI:

The order of players is Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (captain), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, and Shahbaz Ahmed. Six Anuj Rawat Harshal Patel (wk), 7 Dinesh Karthik, 8 9 Wanindu Hasaranga, 10 David Willey and Wayne Parnell, and 11 Mohammed Siraj

Possible bowl-first XI:

The order of play is Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (captain), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shabaz Ahmed, Six Dinesh Karthik (wk), Seven Harshal Patel, Wánindu Hasaranga, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Vijaykumar, and Wayne Parnell/David Willey.

Chennai Super Kings 

Ian Bishop is impressed with rookie Vyshak's variations at ESPNcricinfo

The Chennai Super Kings XI is set to include Podi Malinga Pathirana instead of the injured Magala. Despite bowling at the Bengaluru nets while recovering from a minor toe injury, Stokes is not expected to play on Monday. The batting coach for the Super Kings, Mike Hussey, predicted that MS Dhoni would take care of his knee injury “as best he can along the route.”

If the Super Kings score first, they might start with Akash Singh and consider using Ambati Rayudu as a key component of their chasing team.

Possible bat-first XI:

Devon Conway is ranked first, followed by Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, and (6) Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Mahesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dwaine Pretorius round out the top ten. MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 9 Tushar Despande

Possible bowl-first XI:

Devon Conway is ranked first, followed by Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Six Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni, MS 7 (capt & wk), eight Maheesh Theekshana, nine Matheesha Pathirana/Dwaine Pretorius, ten Tushar Deshpande, and eleven Akash Singh.

Conditions and Pitch

The Chinnaswamy track frequently has several runs, especially in foggy, lit-up conditions, when the ball often slides. The Chinnaswamy has witnessed the most sixes this season, with 57 landing in three games. During the entire game, the weather is predicted to be perfect.


Important statistics

  • In the IPL, Maxwell has been thoroughly outplayed by Ravindra Jadeja, who has dismissed him six times in ten innings while limiting him to 49 from 40 balls. In addition, he has silenced Virat Kohli, giving up only 140 runs off 131 balls for three wickets.
  • In the IPL, Dhoni has blasted Siraj for 51 runs off 28 balls without being caught.
  • David Willey or Wayne Parnell might be a danger to Ruturaj Gaikwad. In 19 innings since IPL 2020, the Super Kings opener has lost to left-arm seamers 11 times. No batter has faced more left-arm seamers throughout this time than this one.


“It’s always a terrific time, especially when you play here. It has a great team, has been playing superb cricket, and is more confident after its recent victory. We must play to our highest potential to win the game.”

Mike Hussey, the batting coach for the Super Kings, wants his players to perform at their best.


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