Bangalore and Chennai will lock horns at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. The defending champions need to win their remaining five games in the season while the Men In Red and Black need to win at least three out of four. Both teams would like to be at their best as they would want to be in the race to the playoffs.
Bangalore:Â The team had a decent start with five wins in the first seven games. However, they have registered three back-to-back losses and are now in a do-or-die situation. The Faf du Plessis-led side would like to win every game. The last time they played against Chennai, they lost in the high-scoring contest. The team would like to settle the scores. They could go with an unchanged playing XI.
Virat Kohli:Â The former skipper of the team returned to form with his maiden fifty of the season during the last game against Gujarat. He would be raring to continue scoring runs given his team’s situation. The right-hander could be the key to the team’s success in the next game.
Wanindu Hasaranga:Â The all-rounder from Sri Lanka has taken 15 wickets in the 10 games so far. He has been effective in the middle overs with his wicket-taking ability. Expect the leggie to be an important bowler in the next game
Probable XI:Â Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Chennai:Â MS Dhoni was given back the captaincy by Ravindra Jadeja recently. Under him, they beat Hyderabad in their last game. However, they can’t afford to go casual as they need to win all of their remaining matches. As they won their last game, they would look to go with an unchanged playing XI.
Ruturaj Gaikwad:Â The right-hander scored an entertaining 99 against Hyderabad. With that innings, he returned to form and would like to carry his form in the upcoming games. Thus, he could play a big role in the team’s success in the next match
Mukesh Choudhary:Â The left-arm pacer took four important wickets in the last game where other bowlers were struggling. He has been in superb form of late.
Probable XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Dwaine Pretorius, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: The last game at the venue between Chennai and Hyderabad saw a high-scoring game. Bowlers from both teams travelled the journey and the batters enjoyed their time on the wicket. Expect the same conditions on offer in the upcoming game