Here’s everything you need to know about the opening match of the Indian T20 League between Chennai and Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on Saturday, March 23.
Here’s everything you need to know about the opening match of the Indian T20 League between Chennai and Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on Saturday, March 23.

Here’s everything you need to know about the opening match of the Indian T20 League between Chennai and Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on Saturday, March 23.

In a contest billed as the perfect curtain raiser, defending champions Chennai  host  Bangalore  in the tournament opener of the Indian T20 League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Boosted by last season’s performance where they defeated RCB in both their matches, CSK will be looking to get their campaign underway with a winning start. The MS Dhoni-led squad managed to retain almost everyone from their title-winning squad and look to be strong contenders to make it two titles in a row this season.

RCB have been the perennial chokers of the IPL, but this year, Virat Kohli is determined to shed the tag. With a fresh coaching staff led by former South Africa opener and India’s 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra, RCB won’t be having pressure of winning at home and they will pull off all stops to create an upset at the Chepauk. Will that be the case or will ‘thala’ Dhoni and Co. live up to expectations?

What: Chennai vs Bangalore, Match 1, Indian T20 League

When: 8: 00 pm IST, March 23

Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Live updates: Here at CricketCountry.com – Chennai vs Bangalore

TV: Star Network

Streaming: Hotstar

Playing XIs:

Chennai

  1. Ambati Rayudu, 2. Shane Watson, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), 5. Kedar Jadhav, 6. Sam Billings/David Willey, 7. Dwayne Bravo, 8. Imran Tahir, 9. Deepak Chahar, 10. Mitchell Santner, 11. Shardul Thakur

Bangalore

  1. Parthiv Patel, 2. Shimron Hetmyer, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. AB de Villiers, 5. Moeen Ali, 6. Shivam Dube, 7. Washington Sundar/Pawan Negi, 8. Tim Southee, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Mohammad Siraj, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Predictions: Defending champions Chennai have never lost a league match to Bangalore at Chepauk since May 2008. However, Chennai have been dented by injuries and may not be able to field their best XI. This provides a chance for a new-look Bangalore to take a an unlikely win.