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IPL 2019: 'Dhoni Vs Kohli' And 4 Other Things To Watch Out For As Chennai Super Kings Look To Do The Double Over Royal Challengers Bangalore

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will look to do the double over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday
  • RCB will look to rediscover their rhythm heading into the business end of the tournament
  • CSK has been the most dominant side so far in this competition with seven wins in nine games

The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will look to do the double over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. CSK has been the most dominant side so far in this competition with seven wins in nine games while RCB will look to rediscover their rhythm heading into the business end of the tournament. CSK will look to overcome their six-wicket loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday while Bangalore will be confident after their thrilling 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.

Here's a look at a few things which will make this a must watch clash.

1. Dhoni vs Kohli:

This will be the biggest battle to look forward to. CSK skipper MS Dhoni was rested in the last match against SRH due to a back spasm. According to the sources, his availability for the game against RCB is still not known. However, if everything goes well, then cricket fans will get to witness two of the modern day greats face off against each other.

2. Faf's strong start:

CSK will once again be hoping for a strong start from their in-form opener Faf du Plessis. The South African skipper has had a good season so far. He has scored 173 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 123.57 including a solitary half-century. Faf along with former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has laid a strong foundation for CSK in the last couple of games.

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3. Head-to-head records: 

Chennai have been dominant over Bangalore in terms of overall head-to-head records. In the 24 games that both sides have played, CSK have registered 16 wins while RCB have won on seven occasions. The defending champions also enjoy a 4-3 victory margin in the eight games that been played in Bangalore.

4. Kohli' splendid run with the bat: 

RCB skipper Virat Kohli has found his mojo back. He scored his fifth IPL ton against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday. He scored a match-winning 58-ball 100 at a strike rate of 172.41. Kohli has now scored 378 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 134.51. Apart from a century, Kohli has also scored two half-centuries.

5. Can RCB batsmen resist against CSK spinners?: 

RCB batsmen will look to make an impact against the CSK spinners. During the reverse fixture, the spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja got the better of RCB batting line up and they were bundled out for a paltry score of 70.

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