CSK after losing their first 4 matches of IPL 2022 will be desperate to get back to winning ways against RCB who have been in terrific form this season. Chennai's most reliable opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad hasn't fired in the tournament so far and some of the old players like Rayudu also haven't got the momentum to fire in this competition.
Their bowling has been an even bigger problem in the absence of Deepak Chahar. CSK's struggle of not getting enough wickets in powerplay has really affected the balance of the squad. IPL's all-time wicket-taker Dwayne Bravo will have a crucial role to play in this game against RCB.
RCB, on the other hand, after losing their first game to PBKS have been on a winning streak continuously by winning 3 matches on the trot against KKR, RR and MI. However, it is noted that RCB haven't won a game batting first thus toss could play a crucial factor in this game while they will be relying on players like Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik to provide good finishes for the team.
The absence of Harshal Patel is definitely a huge void to be filled in Playing XI and this could work in favour of CSK. RCB vs CSK over the years has been a treat for fans and it will be interesting to see the two teams battle without Kohli and Dhoni walking for the toss.
Let's have a look at some of the numbers and stats before the start of CSK vs RCB game:
Among current players in IPL
Most runs for CSK vs RCB: MS Dhoni (737)
Most wickets for CSK vs RCB: Dwayne Bravo (16)
Most runs for RCB vs CSK: Virat Kohli (948)
Most wickets for RCB vs CSK: None from the current setup with even 2 wickets (Harshal Patel has taken 9 wickets but he is unavailable)
1 - Dinesh Karthik needs 1 more six to smash 200 sixes in T20 Cricket
2 - Ravindra Jadeja needs 2 more wickets to become surpass Jasprit Bumrah and become the leading wicket-taker against RCB in IPL.
10 - Ambati Rayudu needs 2 more runs to become the 10th Indian Player to complete 4000 runs in IPL
10 - Dwayne Bravo needs 10 more runs to complete 1000 runs for CSK in IPL.
18 - CSK have historically dominated RCB by winning 18 out of the 28 games they played against each other in IPL so far.
Most wins against a team in IPL so far:
MI - 22 vs KKR
KKR - 20 vs PBKS
MI - 19 vs CSK
CSK - 18 vs RCB
52 - Virat Kohli needs 52 more runs to become 2nd Player after Rohit Sharma to smash 1000 runs (vs CSK) against an opponent in IPL.
Most runs against a team in IPL:
Rohit Sharma - 1018 vs KKR
David Warner - 976 vs KKR
Virat Kohli - 948 vs CSK
104 - Faf du Plessis has already played 104 matches in IPL but for the first time in his career (105th match) he will play against CSK
179.86 - Glenn Maxwell has a strike rate of 179.86 vs CSK in IPL. He has smashed 259 runs from 9 innings at an average of 32.37
Highest Strike Rate vs CSK in IPL:
Dwayne Smith - 182.03
Glenn Maxwell - 179.86
Kieron Pollard - 172.42
200 - CSK will be playing their 200th match in IPL.
836 - MS Dhoni has smashed most runs (836) against RCB in the IPL history.