Picture Credit: X/IPL

Picture Credit: X/IPL

The Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) are hosting the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Match 68 of the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the match proves to be a crucial one for both the teams as they fight for one spot in the playoffs after SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) became the third team to qualify. 

But in a do-or-die fixture for the reigning champions as well as the Faf du Plessis-led side, it was the CSK skipper who won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first. Soon after winning the toss, Ruturaj Gaikwad confirmed a change in their XI with Moeen Ali returning to England and Mitchell Santner replacing him. 

“We'll bowl first. The wicket looks good, conditions are overcast and we will look to make the most of the movement in the first 2-3 overs. It looks a bit damp, but we'll go with great intent. Every game in the IPL is must win, nothing changes for us, we'll take it ball-by-ball, try and win the small processes. We've won some crucial games to go ahead of the pack in the middle. Just one change - Moeen isn't available, Santner replaces him,” Gaikwad said.

Moreover, RCB are also without Will Jacks and Reece Topley, both of whom have returned to home ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024. 

RCB vs CSK Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB): Faf du Plessis (C), Virat Kohli, Glenn maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Karn Sharma, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Siraj

Impact Subs: Swapnil Singh, Anuj Rawat, Suyash Pradhudessai, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Himanshu Sharma

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Rachin Ravindra, Ruturaj Gaikwad (C), Daryl Mitchell, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk), Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana.

Impact Subs: Shivam Dube, Sameer Rizvi, Prashant Solanki, Shaik Rasheed, Mukesh Choudhary