IPL 2022 – The BEST Chennai Super Kings Playing XI to face the Royal Challengers Bangalore
In the 49th game of the Indian Premier League 2022, the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the second time this season. CSK had defeated RCB in their previous match to record their first victory of the competition after a three-match losing streak. This season has been hot and cold for the Men in Yellow, and they are still struggling to advance up the standings due to a lack of victories.
With only three victories from nine games, CSK captain MS Dhoni, who reclaimed the captaincy from Ravindra Jadeja in the middle of the season, would be looking to tick all the boxes and lead his team to victory, as he has done in the past. CSK had been hunting for a reliable opening duo, and their search may have come to an end when openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway put up a mammoth 182-run partnership against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their most recent game.
The match is a must-win for both the teams and in this article, we are going to look at the BEST Chennai Super Kings Playing XI to face the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway open the innings
The duo had delivered a thrilling performance in the previous game when CSK faced the SRH. They scored 182 runs in the first inning, the most ever for their franchise. Ruturaj Gaikwad came within one run of reaching a well-deserved century, scoring 99 runs in 57 balls, while Conway remained unbeaten throughout the game, scoring 88* in 55 balls.
Both openers will look to continue their recent form and give CSK a bright start against RCB in their upcoming game. Gaikwad will have the home-field advantage once more, and he has also put in some impressive performances at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, and MS Dhoni strengthen the middle order
Robin Uthappa’s form in the tournament has been on and off for some time now, but he has provided some remarkable performances for CSK, particularly in their previous match against RCB, where he crushed a 50-ball 88 to help CSK set a tremendous score of 216/4. His bat prowess will be something to keep an eye on.
Rayudu has the capacity to anchor the innings and steer the game for an extended period of time if the top order fails to do so. He put up some impressive numbers in the previous two games against Mumbai and Punjab, scoring 40 and 78 runs, respectively. He injured his wrist while fielding against PBKS, yet he still managed to score a superb half-century in that match.
MS Dhoni currently wears the captain’s hat, and his presence on the field means a lot to the squad. His ability to read the game and conduct mind games throughout the game has largely benefited CSK. In the previous game, he moved up to No. 3 in the order and came in late in the death overs to deliver the final touch.
Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, and Dwayne Bravo form the all-rounder trio
Shivam Dube was unavailable for the previous game against SRH for unclear reasons, but he will undoubtedly be available for the upcoming encounter against RCB. When the two clubs met earlier this season, he was named Player of the Match after his match-winning knock of 95*(46) helped CSK set a massive mark for RCB to chase.
Ravindra Jadeja will be able to play more openly and freely now that the captaincy burden has been lifted from his shoulders. His performance had suffered as a result of attempting to manage both activities at the same time. However, the all-rounder, who is at the pinnacle of his career, would seek to rekindle his passion for the game and make some meaningful contributions to his team.
Dwayne Bravo missed the previous game as well, but his death-bowling abilities will be needed by the club against RCB. The expertise he brings to the game, as well as his ability to keep opponents from scoring large in the death overs, will be crucial in this match.
Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary, and Mahesh Theekshana form the bowling attack
The South African sensation will try to focus on taking some vital wickets as well as not allowing too many runs in the game. He let up 50 runs against PBKS and 40 runs against SRH, but he has been backed by the squad because he can also bat and score some runs down the order.
Mukesh Choudhary has been a fantastic acquisition for CSK this season. During his first few games, there were some doubts about his selection, but with the way he has evolved and developed into the team, Deepak Chahar’s absence has been largely satisfied. Choudhary has established himself as a complete bowler with a string of regular performances and wickets in both the powerplay and the death overs.
CSK’s latest match against RCB featured Maheesh Theekshana as their preferred bowler. He took four key wickets in the game, removing the opening pair in the powerplay before going on to dismiss Suyash Prabhudessai and Shahbaz Ahmed, breaking RCB’s middle-order. In that match, he finished with figures of 4/33.