Devastated by injuries, four-time winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be hoping MS Dhoni is fit again for their succulent clash against Virat Kohli with Royal challengers Bangalore(RCB) in the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on this Monday. Faf du Plessis and the company will host an unheroic Brigade in game 24 of the 2023 IPL at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Hosts Royal challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) at the same venue in their former IPL 2023 game on Saturday. formerly in the twilight phase of his fabulous career, Dhoni’s IPL 2023 crusade got hampered by a knee injury sustained during CSK’s former match against Rajasthan Royals(RR). The 41-year-old appeared to be floundering as he ran back and forth between yards during CSK’s game against the 2008 titleholders.
Kohli vs CSK: 979 runs at an average of 39.16 with 9 fifties.
Dhoni vs RCB: 838 runs at an average of 39.90 & strike rate of 140.84
Two Greats face-off each other in Chinnaswamy. pic.twitter.com/c8l9Hb2P43
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Dhoni, frequently cited as the most stylish finisher in IPL history, has been battling for eighth place this season. CSK starters Ruturaj Gaikward and Devon Conway are in fine form, while expert batsman Ajinkya Rahane has cemented his spot. It happened due to the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes. Other CSK stars like Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, and Ravindra Jadeja hope to deliver the best with Willow in CSK’s forthcoming match against RCB. The Kings are going to miss the services of Deepak Chahar, Sisanda Magala, Simarjeet Singh, and Stokes in their own game against Bangalore. The Magala requires at least two weeks for a complete fit, while Stokes, is yet to recover completely.
South Africa’s Dwaine Pretorius has a good chance of making it into the Chennai Super Lords PlayingXI. Matheesha Pathirana, who had recovered from COVID-19, is on rest for CSK’s own game against RR on Wednesday. Read Also: SuryaKumar, Nitish and Shokeen charged with violating the IPL code of conduct during MI vs KKR encounter
Team of CSK vs RCB in IPL 2023 order-wise:
Top batting line-up:
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane.
Medium and All-rounder line- up:
Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk). Read Also: Surya Kumar, Nitish and Shokeen charged with violating the IPL code of conduct during MI vs KKR encounter
Mahesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana/ Dwaine Pretorius, Tushar Deshpande.
Along with two victories and two losses, Dhoni’s’ CSK is sixth in the points table of the 2023 IPL.
An in-form Pathirana is likely to replace the injured Magala at CSK on Match Day 24 of the league. However, Dhoni and co can name Akash Singh in their line-up, with elderly batsman Rayudu getting the impact player, If the callers’ coliseum first.