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Both Dwayne Bravo and Mitchell Starc are expectational death bowlers © IANS

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will battle it out in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 Qualifier 2 at Ranchi. Both teams are evenly matched in the batting department, with some heavy hitters at the top and middle order. Shiamak Unwalla feels that in this scenario, the side that bowls better ought to emerge victorious. Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015 Qualifier 2 at Ranchi: Preview

Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo; CSK’s top six reads like a dream team. And yet, for all the class and ability shown by them, the sheer brute force of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers makes RCB evenly matched. The likes of Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, and David Wiese have done well also; something that cannot be said for CSK’s backup Ravindra Jadeja, and Pawan Negi. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

With both sides so evenly matched with the bat, the true difference will come out in the form of their bowling. And here it will be the job of Mitchell Starc and co. for RCB, and Dwayne Bravo, Ashish Nehra, and the others for CSK. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

Starc has been outstanding for RCB so far in IPL 2015. In only 12 games he has captured 19 wickets at a terrific average of 13.89 and an excellent economy rate of 6.76. Some might argue that his contribution as been as important, if not more, than those of Gayle, Kohli, and de Villiers. He has got the kept the batsmen quiet with the new ball, often been brought back when RCB need a wicket in the middle overs, and kept things tight at the death as well. To Kohli’s credit, he has used Starc astutely. IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

As for Bravo, bowling at the death has proven to be a cinch. He has rarely bowled before the 12th over, and often bowls the 20th. He has used all his experience, and bowled with tremendous skill to keep the runs down and also take a bucketful of wickets toward the end. His bowling has sucked the momentum from the batting side on more than one occasion. With 23 wickets in 15 games at 16.04, even his relatively high economy rate of 8.13 becomes impressive given the stage of the innings at which he bowls. IPL 2015 Leading fielders: List of Best fielders in IPL 8

Both CSK and RCB are tremendous batting units. The second qualifier could well be decided based not on who bats better, but which side manages to dominate with the ball. To that end, all eyes will be on Starc and Bravo. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

 (Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)