RCB vs CSK in IPL 2021: 5 dream matchups to look for as MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli collide – The IPL 2021 Phase 2 is up and running and Chennai Super Kings have resumed their campaign on the right note with a comfortable win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in their opener. The MS Dhoni-led outfit will now take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who had a day to forget, as they succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The clash will see MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli battle for honours, as both teams aim to solidify their place in the race for the playoffs.
With such a high-stakes match on the cards, here’s a look at five dream matchups from the RCB vs CSK game in IPL 2021 Phase 2.
1. AB de Villiers vs Ravindra Jadeja
AB de Villiers had a rare failure on his return to RCB after an Andre Russell yorker got the better of the South African veteran for a first-ball duck. De Villiers will be keen to correct that mistake when he takes the field on Friday and will go up against Ravindra Jadeja who himself did little in the opener. Over the years, Jadeja has managed to keep the South African quiet, while dismissing him twice in 17 innings. De Villiers’ whose IPl career strike rate is above 150, drops to just 121 against Jadeja, making it an interesting clash.
2. Virat Kohli vs Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar has been a revelation for Chennai Super Kings in the powerplay and the fast bowler will face a great test when he comes up against RCB captain Virat Kohli. Deepak Chahar was at his very best against Mumbai Indians, and give Virat Kohli’s patch form, he will fancy his chances. Kohli nonetheless boasts of a stellar record against the CSK pacer, scoring 52 runs off him in seven innings, at a strike rate of 130, with Chahar only dismissing him once.
3. MS Dhoni vs Yuzvendra Chahal
Both Yuzvendra Chahal and MS Dhoni have been off-colour in the IPL so far, but the skill set of the duo makes them an interesting match up in the RCB vs CSK clash. Dhoni has scored 88 runs off Yuzvendra Chahal in their matchups so far, at a strike rate of nearly 140, slamming seven sixes in 12 innings. In return, the RCB leggie has scalped the former Indian captain twice.
4. Suresh Raina vs Mohammed Siraj
Suresh Raina’s innings against Mumbai Indians was termed as “schoolboy stuff” by Dale Steyn, and the Chinna Thala will be intent on shutting down his critics when he takes the field next. Raina’s struggles against the short ball are well known, and Mohammed Siraj will be keen to attack that aspect of his game, and come up trumps in this match up. Siraj has dismissed Raina once in the three times they have faced off, making it an interesting clash to watch out for.
5. Moeen Ali vs Glenn Maxwell
Moeen Ali and Glenn Maxwell have impressed after being picked up by CSK and RCB for expensive bids in the auction. Maxwell has dismissed Ali twice in all T20s, and Virat Kohli will look to the Australian to curb the Englishman’s instincts. The spin bowling all-rounders will aim to put in a better show from the first game, and their match up could prove to be the difference in the game.