Date: September 24, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Preview: Bangalore will aim to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat to Kolkata as they take on Chennai in match 35 of the ongoing Indian T20 League on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Bangalore and Chennai currently sit at 3rd and 2nd positions respectively in the points table. However, both the teams have had contrasting start to the second half of the season. Chennai will look to continue their winning momentum while Bangalore will hope to make a strong comeback.
The two teams have already met once this season in April and at that time it was the MS Dhoni-led side that emerged victorious. Chennai had posted a formidable target of 191/4 thanks to superb batting from Ravindra Jadeja (62 off 28) and du Plessis (50 off 41). While chasing the target set by Chennai, Bangalore collapsed dramatically and could only reach 122/9 in 20 overs. Jadeja bowled superbly and scalped 3 wickets in a Man of the Match performance.
Position in the Indian T20 League standings:
Bangalore: Current position: 3rd (10 points in 8 matches)
Chennai: Current position: 2nd (12 points in 8 matches)
Bangalore Full Squad:
IN: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, Tim David, Akash Deep | OUT: Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Finn Allen, Washington Sundar
Virat Kohli (Captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers
Chennai Full Squad:
MS Dhoni (Captain) Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Cheteshwar Pujara, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma
England all-rounder Sam Curran has finished his mandatory 6-day quarantine and will be available for selection.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 27
Bangalore – 9
Chennai – 17
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers has played some memorable innings for RCB over the years. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most loved foreign players in the IPL along with David Warner and Chris Gayle. When he is in top form, he’s almost impossible to stop. After a golden duck against Kolkata, Bangalore fans will hope to see fireworks from ABD against their arch rivals Chennai.
The all-rounder has been a consistent performer for India and Chennai over recent years. When these two teams last met, he delivered a scintillating all-round performance. The talented all-rounder is a key player for Chennai and he will be eager to repeat his performance against them.
Ruturaj Gaikwad made an excellent start to the second-half of the tournament as he contributed with quick-fire 88. The other top-order batsmen failed miserably around the youngster but Gaikwad held one end tight. The Maharashtra opener showed the intent to play a long innings and he also kept the scoreboard ticking.
Probable Playing XI
Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat (wk), AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David/Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson/Navdeep Saini
Chennai: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran/ Josh Hazlewood, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja