Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012 April 11, 2012

Champions aim to find form at home

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Match facts

Thursday, April 12, Chennai
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore's respective states are fierce rivals in the Ranji Trophy, and these two franchises contested an IPL final, two semi-finals and a qualifying final. Chennai and Bangalore are also two cities that have taken to franchise cricket.

These two sides are the closest thing to a rivalry in the IPL - Super Kings lead the head-to-head 7-5. The tournament can do with a closely fought game after several one-sided contests this season.

Players to watch

Muttiah Muralitharan was an important part of Super Kings' success over the first few years, but he is now up against his former team. He was exceptional in Royal Challengers' first game against Delhi Daredevils, but took a beating in the second against Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Chennai curator, who over the last few years served up slow and low pitches that made for unattractive cricket, produced a surprise with a green surface for the opening game. The ball came on, but it also bounced generously. Super Kings couldn't manage a defendable target, Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma got hit in the unmentionables, and Sachin Tendulkar missed three games after a blow to his hand. All this a day after the IPL chairman had asked for pitches that produced a minimum of 160. That strip will be under the scanner.

2011 head-to-head

Royal Challengers and Super Kings met four times last year. They were 1-1 after the league games, but Super Kings won both the qualifying final and the final.

Stats and trivia

  • Two of the IPL's most prolific six-hitters will be on display in Chennai: Suresh Raina, with 81, is behind Adam Gilchrist's 83, while Chris Gayle has smoked a whopping 70 in just 29 games.

  • MS Dhoni holds a clear lead for the record of most Twenty20 matches as captain - 103. Gilchrist is next with 65.

Quotes

"He [Dhoni] never seems to be under any kind of pressure. Obviously, he has pressure but that he has been living with for quite some time now."
Stephen Fleming adds more coolness to Dhoni's image

"We bowled quite well last year too. The addition of Vinay Kumar has been outstanding for us. He can bowl at any stage of the innings. And obviously Muralitharan." Daniel Vettori.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AbbaBond on April 13, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Bad team selection cost RCB the match.. Where is S Arvind btw??

  • jspjanaka on April 12, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    RCB where is Dilshan.What has hapend to him???/

  • addicted.samyam on April 12, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    CSK should bring in nuwan kulasekara for bollinger & abhinav mukund for murali vijay.. and maybe (yo mahesh for shadab jakarti)..

    rcb should swap raju bhatkal for harshal Patel

  • hari040761 on April 12, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    my eleven kula (pinch), duple(anchor), raina, badri, jadu, dhoni, albie, bravo, ashwin, jagati, yomagesh (or) aniruda/abinav/badri, duple, raina, jadu, dhoni, albie, bravo, kula, ashwin, jagati, yomagesh (four fast, four spin, eight bat even 9,11 also can). go csk to lift third consecutive title

  • VINNY16 on April 12, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    BANGLORE WIN/PUJNAB WIN......................

  • on April 12, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Murali vijay should out from team., he had lots of chances but he didn't proved himself. but last year Aniruth Srikanth's performances was really appreciable. so he should be on team.

  • on April 12, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Only one thing which i never like in IPL is loosing to bangalore...It makes me ashamed..Please CSK Win against RCB..if want to loose , loose against some other team....!!

  • VINNY16 on April 12, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    BANGLORE WIN TODAY PUNJAB WIN TODAY

  • s.kumr on April 12, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of CSK , but it is left out in a pathetic situation in this season ...It is high time for dhoni to think about the team strategy . He is still going out with a traditional team format . Drop vijay n jakati ., bring Anirudh srikanth and saha . Dhoni feel the emotions of the fans of CSK .

  • Shamayel97 on April 12, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Chennai should bring in Abhinav Mukund in for out of form murali vijay.They should also bring in srikanth anirudha in place of badrinath.

  • AbbaBond on April 13, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Bad team selection cost RCB the match.. Where is S Arvind btw??

  • jspjanaka on April 12, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    RCB where is Dilshan.What has hapend to him???/

  • addicted.samyam on April 12, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    CSK should bring in nuwan kulasekara for bollinger & abhinav mukund for murali vijay.. and maybe (yo mahesh for shadab jakarti)..

    rcb should swap raju bhatkal for harshal Patel

  • hari040761 on April 12, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    my eleven kula (pinch), duple(anchor), raina, badri, jadu, dhoni, albie, bravo, ashwin, jagati, yomagesh (or) aniruda/abinav/badri, duple, raina, jadu, dhoni, albie, bravo, kula, ashwin, jagati, yomagesh (four fast, four spin, eight bat even 9,11 also can). go csk to lift third consecutive title

  • VINNY16 on April 12, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    BANGLORE WIN/PUJNAB WIN......................

  • on April 12, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Murali vijay should out from team., he had lots of chances but he didn't proved himself. but last year Aniruth Srikanth's performances was really appreciable. so he should be on team.

  • on April 12, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Only one thing which i never like in IPL is loosing to bangalore...It makes me ashamed..Please CSK Win against RCB..if want to loose , loose against some other team....!!

  • VINNY16 on April 12, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    BANGLORE WIN TODAY PUNJAB WIN TODAY

  • s.kumr on April 12, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of CSK , but it is left out in a pathetic situation in this season ...It is high time for dhoni to think about the team strategy . He is still going out with a traditional team format . Drop vijay n jakati ., bring Anirudh srikanth and saha . Dhoni feel the emotions of the fans of CSK .

  • Shamayel97 on April 12, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Chennai should bring in Abhinav Mukund in for out of form murali vijay.They should also bring in srikanth anirudha in place of badrinath.

  • Shamayel97 on April 12, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Royal challangers should mohammad kaif in for out of form agarwal and they should also bring in asad pathan for harshal patel to strengthen their batting.

  • on April 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    CSK, In the top-order better to bring "George John Bailey" in the place of Murali Vijay, and "Faf du Plessis" was playing well as a opener, In last 3 matchs Dhoni failed to do his role, but CSK fans are hoping that dhoni may come back with his form, as well all-rounder RA Jadeja is the key role of his team and M Hussey has to come to give some wins of his team any way CSK rocks..

  • aravabalaji on April 12, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Badri is more dependable than most others. In fact he had good starts but failed to consolidate. His ability to rotate strike & shift gears always come in handy as evident from last IPL. If you want to bring in Saha, you can think of giving rest to Dhoni, who is struggling much.

  • on April 12, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    CSK vs RCB.. Winners gets bragging rights. I've had some fierce verbals with my B'lore frnds during the IPL season over the last few yrs.. It's the closest thing to rivalry in IPL.

  • Baundele on April 12, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Let Morkel bat higher, e.g. at 4. If you watched Pollard last night, you already know what a big hitter can do if allowed to spend some time in the middle. This will improve his confidence as a bowler too.

  • on April 12, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    dont understand sometimes y dhoni is so adamant about team changes. If CSK really wanna get into momentum ; they shud do couple of changes to the team: 1) replace Vijay with Aniruddha. Yes vijay was the pioneer of CSKs IPL 2011 finals victory but he has had a poor run since then ; even in Clt20 and 3 games this yr. 2) Bring in kulasekara for Morkel. When Dougie is there dont know why CSK always opens the bowling with Morkel and honestly; he has not delivered any matchwinning innings since a long time. Kula can be a handy batsman as well sometime. 3) replace badri with saha. no doubt about Badris seniority and the skills but some youngster at No 4 cn perk CSks batting which suprisingly looked so weak this season. Du plesis has been decent and CSK wont hav ne option but to play him till Mike hussey arrives . Styris can be bought in for couple of games though

  • on April 12, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @sramesh_74: For Stuart Binny to get a game, we'll have to wait till tomorrow's game when the Rajasthan Royals play!!!

  • rohit1709 on April 12, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    sramesh_74... Binny should play, just that..you know...he is in the Rajasthan Royals' squad.

  • on April 12, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Team recommendation:

    Hussey,Vijay,duplessis,raina,badri,aniruddha,dhoni, bravo, morkel, ashwin, jakati,

    Bowling: Ashwin, jakati, bravo and morkel will bowl 4 overs hussey, duplessis and raina will share the remaining 4 overs

    Bollinger is a disgrace to CSK for resorting to cheap tactics to stop naman ojha and should never play for CSK hereafter.

  • on April 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Vijay & Badri should be omitted. Saha should certainly play after his good show for Bengal. Bollinger is a waste on these wickets. Kula is a better option. Dhoni has lost his charm and lady luck. High time he plays some good cricket coming in at 3 or 4. Pollard's hitting was awesome. Hope this is not a flash in the pan for IPL's sake.

  • Fawmy on April 12, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    In last match Gayle failed to do his role, today so excited to watch his DLF maximums, Gooo RCB... We are with you...

  • vak1997 on April 12, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    i think RCB should bring back dilshan for murali... hope gayle and virat will find their previous year form...

  • ThatzMyView on April 12, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    From the last season, Cheteshwar Pujara and Saurabh Tiwary have been the worst buys for RCB... not even one match winning innings, they both should be dropped and some other youngster needs to be tried in!

  • sramesh_74 on April 12, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Lets pray the RCB think tank dumps Tiwari...Stuart Binny should get a game.

  • srinideva on April 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    OMG!!! what the hell bollinger did to this team? For his action in the last match where he tried to block the batsmen.. Now CSK lost 4 valuable Fair play points in the points table. Is he think that is fun? I don`t like this kind of behaviour from my supporting team who won it 3 out of 4. such a shame he bring it to this team

  • Prajith4j on April 12, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Fans have tolerated too much of Badri. Old Fox (Styris) is far more better and handy than him. Or may b itz tym to move on to some local youngsters.

  • Prajith4j on April 12, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    C'mon CSK! Still early days in the tournament. Get ur act together b4 its to late. Cant understand whats morkel doin at No 8! Trying anirudha/mukund instead of faf and playing randiv/kulasekara myt do something! Go CSK Go! V r wid U!! Gud Luck!!!

  • satish619chandar on April 12, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    CSK should look at options of resting Morkel and include Kula.. Morkel though bowls decently is not the best pick with new ball.. Kula can surely bat(Not as explosive as Morkel) and use new ball more effectively if the track offers a bit.. CSK doesnt need Morkel at 7/8 and wasted.. Does Vijay merit another chance? Two bad runouts and one good delivery cut short his stay to minimum..

  • Haleos on April 12, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    why do CSK continue playing Vijay and Badri. One is an overrated cricketer and another is hopeless in this format.

  • hari040761 on April 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    MS SHOULD SET HIMSELF AS AN EXAMPLE NOT ONLY FOR COOL BUT ALSO AGGRESSIVENESS. ALBIE AND VIJAY SHOULD BE RESTED AND ANIRUDHA AND BAILEY/KULA CAN BE GIVEN A CHANCE. AS ALREADY HAVING BOLLINGER, BRAVO TO TAKE CARE OF THE FAST BOWLING, RAINA, ASWIN, JADEJA AND JAKATI/YOMAGESH CAN MANAGE THE REMAINING. JUDGE WHO'S DAY IT IS AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. BUILD PARTNERSHIP. DON'T LOOSE WICKET DURING POWER PLAY.

  • on April 12, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    I would certainly say that RCB should include Mcdonald in their squad. He performed really well in the first match - bit had to give up his place to accommodate gayle. From my perspective This should be RCB's line up :

    Gayle, Mcdonald, Kohli, Devilliers, Pujara, Agarwal, Sourabh Tiwary/Asad Pathan, Vettori, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, H Patel/S Aravind/ Syed Mohammad.

    Gayle, Mcdonald can easily serve 2 overs each. Vinay, Vettori, Zaheer and Patel can serve the rest. Even Kohli can bowl an over if needed.

    From Chennai's perspective the team looks perfect - the only thing is they need to change their batting order - I just can't believe Morkel is coming at 8.

  • on April 12, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Ha ha With Vijay in opening slot and getting out in the 1st over itself will put huge pressure on CSK

    Better CSK can open with R Aswin (scored more runs and played more balls than Vijay) and play either W Saha (batsmen) or YO Mahesh (Allrounder)

  • on April 12, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    On all the three occassions Ms Dhoni has lost the toss and said ' We also wanted to bowl first '. Now its a completely different story , with Gayle around who wants to bowl first? Wish Csk is again made to bat first and This time we will return back stronger putting up an imposing total on the board.

  • sathish008 on April 12, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    common CSK. Go Champs. Get the fighting Instinct and Champs display back. We are still the best.

  • sachin43 on April 12, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    RCB batting looks weak right now, dropping Mural/Pateli and having Dilshan/Aravind would be ideal considering the fact that Dilshan/Gayle can also complete their 4 overs..Good luck RCB..Kohli get your form back..

  • riprock on April 12, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Strengthen your batting, RCB. Bring in Dilshan. Gayle, Dilshan, Kohli, De Villiers, Pujara, Tiwary, Vettori, Syed Mohammad, Zak, Vinay, S. Aravind.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on April 12, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Dilshan is an explosive batsmen. Its very hard to choose the RCB team with so many quality foreign players. 1. T Dilshan 2. Gayle 3. Kohli 4. De Villiers 5. Tiwary 6. Pujara 7. Vettori 8. Vinay Kumar 9. S Aravind 10. H Patel 11. Z Khan

  • on April 12, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    chennai lions, we are hoping for a better performance than last game, please play like champions.. if you do, the lion fans are ready to roar.. RCB has taken a good beating from us in the last IPL.. please dont make them turn on the tables..

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 11, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    >>> My RCB 11:- 1.Gayle 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.DeVilliers 5.Tiwary 6. Asad Pathan 7. Vettori 8.Vinay Kumar 9. Mithun 10.Zaheer 11.Muralitharan. <<<

    .....Common Guyz Crash CSK .....

    ((( Hats off to chennai pitch curator for preparing such a nice track which is assisting all )))

  • ankitgv on April 11, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Bangalore will have to make tough choice for the 4 foreign players out of these 5 stars. Gayle, Dilshan, Murli, Vittori, De Villiers. De Villiers and Vittori are sure. But from Murli, Dilshan and Gayle. Tough choice

  • Dxb_Chargers_Forever on April 11, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    This game will be the most important in the league stagesvas this displays the defending champions and the runner-ups in a situation where both have lost their last game and will be desperately after a win. I also feel that Gayle should do some BATTING practice as he showed no skill or efficiency, as he displays skill and efficiency 90% of the IPL 2011. The Bangladesh Premier League should have helped him gain confidence at top class domestic premier leagues that have world class players like Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Lasith Malinga, Brett Lee, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Adam Gilchrist, AB De Villiers, Manoj Tiwary, Gautama Gambhir, Ryan ten Doeshcate etc.

  • sweetspot on April 11, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    MS, please win ONE toss. We'd like to see what happens then, just curious! Otherwise, no big deal.

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  • sweetspot on April 11, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    MS, please win ONE toss. We'd like to see what happens then, just curious! Otherwise, no big deal.

  • Dxb_Chargers_Forever on April 11, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    This game will be the most important in the league stagesvas this displays the defending champions and the runner-ups in a situation where both have lost their last game and will be desperately after a win. I also feel that Gayle should do some BATTING practice as he showed no skill or efficiency, as he displays skill and efficiency 90% of the IPL 2011. The Bangladesh Premier League should have helped him gain confidence at top class domestic premier leagues that have world class players like Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Lasith Malinga, Brett Lee, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Adam Gilchrist, AB De Villiers, Manoj Tiwary, Gautama Gambhir, Ryan ten Doeshcate etc.

  • ankitgv on April 11, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Bangalore will have to make tough choice for the 4 foreign players out of these 5 stars. Gayle, Dilshan, Murli, Vittori, De Villiers. De Villiers and Vittori are sure. But from Murli, Dilshan and Gayle. Tough choice

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 11, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    >>> My RCB 11:- 1.Gayle 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.DeVilliers 5.Tiwary 6. Asad Pathan 7. Vettori 8.Vinay Kumar 9. Mithun 10.Zaheer 11.Muralitharan. <<<

    .....Common Guyz Crash CSK .....

    ((( Hats off to chennai pitch curator for preparing such a nice track which is assisting all )))

  • on April 12, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    chennai lions, we are hoping for a better performance than last game, please play like champions.. if you do, the lion fans are ready to roar.. RCB has taken a good beating from us in the last IPL.. please dont make them turn on the tables..

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on April 12, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Dilshan is an explosive batsmen. Its very hard to choose the RCB team with so many quality foreign players. 1. T Dilshan 2. Gayle 3. Kohli 4. De Villiers 5. Tiwary 6. Pujara 7. Vettori 8. Vinay Kumar 9. S Aravind 10. H Patel 11. Z Khan

  • riprock on April 12, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Strengthen your batting, RCB. Bring in Dilshan. Gayle, Dilshan, Kohli, De Villiers, Pujara, Tiwary, Vettori, Syed Mohammad, Zak, Vinay, S. Aravind.

  • sachin43 on April 12, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    RCB batting looks weak right now, dropping Mural/Pateli and having Dilshan/Aravind would be ideal considering the fact that Dilshan/Gayle can also complete their 4 overs..Good luck RCB..Kohli get your form back..

  • sathish008 on April 12, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    common CSK. Go Champs. Get the fighting Instinct and Champs display back. We are still the best.

  • on April 12, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    On all the three occassions Ms Dhoni has lost the toss and said ' We also wanted to bowl first '. Now its a completely different story , with Gayle around who wants to bowl first? Wish Csk is again made to bat first and This time we will return back stronger putting up an imposing total on the board.