CSK vs RCB in IPL 2021: MS Dhoni ready for mega-clash, gives final touch to his bat

CSK vs RCB in IPL 2021: It will be a clash for table-toppers when Chennai Super Kings (CSK) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Super Sunday. While Virat Kolhi-led RCB is the only unbeaten team, MS Dhoni’s Yellow army’s resurgence has been the story two weeks into IPL 2021. In the IPL El Classico, it will be a battle of wits between the two contrasting captains and they will leave no stone unturned to get the better of each other. Ahead of the match, Chennai shared a picture of Dhoni giving final touches to his bat.

A lot of the bright start is down to CSK’s newest top-order find, Moeen Ali, who has helped solve one of their biggest conundrums of IPL 2020. Last season, Chennai were guilty of allowing matches to drift away from them in the middle, in their flawed quest to take it deep, thereby finishing with the second-worst run rate (7.40). The arrival of Moeen as their No.3 has injected much-needed firepower, taking CSK’s middle-overs run rate to 9.56 this year – the best so far.

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Interestingly, RCB too shares a similar story. Their in form explosive batting duo Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers plus Harshal Patel as their new death bowling option has helped RCB move out of Virat Kohli and de Villiers shadow.

It will be an interesting clash at Wankhede with the winner taking the pole position in the IPL 2021 points table.

Chennai Super Kings Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Krishnappa Gowtham, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Christian, Adam Zampa, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams