Date: September 24, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Preview: One of the most exciting South Indian Derbies from the Indian T20 League will be back with a fresh chapter set to be written on September 24. Although both Bangalore and Chennai would have been pleased with how their Indian leg of the 2021 season went, a lot has already seemed to have changed since the restart in UAE. Chennai won the curtain raiser to the second half of the competition and beat the defending champions Mumbai to stamp their authority on the tournament and sent out a message to the other teams.
In sharp contrast, Bangalore lost the plot completely and were bowled out for 92 against Kolkata to resume their season after captain Virat Kohli had already announced his decision to step down as the leader post the ongoing season. While a win here for Chennai would yet again take them to the top of the table with a superior net run-rate than Delhi, the current table toppers, a defeat for Bangalore here and suddenly the ghosts of their failures of the past season would begin to weigh on Bangalore and Kohli's shoulders.
An exciting clash is on the cards then from the first match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium this year, which is known for its shorter boundaries. One can expect a high-scoring game then with some clean strikers of the cricket ball in both the teams.
Probable Playing XI:
Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat/Mohammed Azharuddeen, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sachin Baby/Navdeep Saini, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
Chennai: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu (final injury update awaited), MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar (final injury update awaited), Josh Hazlewood/Sam Curran
People's pick for Fantasy:
Analysis: While Bangalore were completely blown away by the Kolkata attack in their season resuming match on September 20, Chennai were convincing in the manner in which they registered a win over Mumbai. Ruturaj Gaikwad played an amazing inning in the match against Mumbai under difficult circumstances with wickets falling around him and is a must in the Fantasy Team given his recent form. So is Dwayne Bravo after he not only proved his utility with the bat lower down the order but also made an impact with the ball.
For Bangalore to bounce back, a lot will rest on the shoulders of Kohli so expect him to fire at the top of the order along with Dedutt Padikkal. Kyle Jamieson and AB de Villiers could be the other key players to watch out for as far as the Bangalore side are concerned.
Dafabet Prediction of the Game:
Head to head- Overall 27 matches have been played between the two teams in the Indian T20 League with Chennai clearly dominating the head-to-head record with 17 wins. Bangalore have won 9 of them with a solitary match ending without a result.
Recent form- Even in the most recent match between the two teams it was Ravindra Jadeja's happy day out which helped Chennai register a dominant win over Bangalore in April. Jaddu was superb in taking catches, scoring runs and picking wickets in the match to help his side to a comprehensive victory.
UAE factor- The way Chennai have played in the first match doesn't feel like they would let the past form of UAE impact their performance. Bangalore too had managed to reach the playoffs last season in UAE and should use that as a motivating factor for the remainder of the matches.
Wicketkeepers: AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni
Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell
All-rounders: Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
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