RCB vs CSK, IPL 2019: Dwayne Bravo, AB de Villiers back as Chennai Super King opt to bowl vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

MS Dhoni is back leading the side, meaning Sam Billings misses out and Dwayne Bravo also back, recovering from his hamstring injury. For RCB, Umesh Yadav is back in place of Mohammad Siraj.

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav

Preview

There meeting kickstarted the IPL 2019. And they meet again on Sunday for the second time. Royal Challengers Bangalore would want to forget the match as they were shot out for 70 at MA Chidambaram Stadium. Chennai Super Kings would take confidence from that contest.

The teams are coming after contrasting results in their previous matches. While RCB won a high-scoring thriller against RCB, CSK suffered their second defeat of the season losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

So, who will emerge victorious this time around? MS Dhoni? Or Virat Kohli? On paper, both the teams are loaded with superstars, but their show so far puts CSK as the firm favourites.

But the defending champions won’t take RCB for granted knowing they are up against a team boasting of multiple matchwinners.

Head-to-head record

Number of times played: 24

RCB wins: 16 | CSK wins: 7 | NR: 1