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Bangalore (Playing XI) – Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Washington Sundar, Dan Christian (IN PLACE OF KANE RICHARDSON), Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini (IN PLACE OF SHAHBAZ AHMED), Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chennai (Playing XI) – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo (IN PLACE OF MOEEN ALI), Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir (IN PLACE OF LUNGI NGIDI).
Virat Kohli, the Bangalore skipper, says that he is pretty happy to bowl first. Goes onto say that it stayed pretty even the last time around and they have stacked their bowling line-up accordingly. Informs that Dan Christian comes in for Kane Richardson and Navdeep Saini comes in for Shahbaz Ahmed. States that they have played accordingly to the situations and they have planned well and executed well.
MS Dhoni, the Chennai skipper, says that they will bat first, and with heat being a factor and the wicket slowing down, batting first makes more sense. Feels that they are potent with their batting line-up and not everyone is going to get a shot at batting and one of the things that they look to do, is that they give exposure to everybody. Says that they need to manage themselves since it is a day game, it will be different and they will look at the length, that they bowl at and spinners will also be key. Informs that Moeen Ali and Lungi Ngidi are out of this game and Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir come in.
Toss – It is toss time at the Wankhede! Up it goes and it lands in favour of Chennai. They have elected to bat.
Pitch report – Nick Knight is there for the pitch report. He is joined by Ajit Agarkar. Agarkar says that this looks different than before. Adds that this looks abrasive and the ball might grip and stick in the surface. Goes onto say that there might be seam on offer but not for long. States that this pitch may not be as helpful but there might still be something on offer. Goes onto say that spin might play a bigger role.
Teacher vs Student! King vs Prince! Captain Cool vs Captain Aggressive! Obviously, we are talking about the big, massive battle between – MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Their teams, Chennai and Bangalore are clashing swords for the 19th game in the Indian T20 League and with these two, being the top two teams in the League, this fixture already has more spice, than anticipated. When such two teams clash, then there are bound to be fireworks. Bangalore is unbeaten and Chennai is just behind them, in second place, looking to overtake them. Will the Master outplay his disciple? Or will Kohli continue Bangalore’s unbeaten run and trump his former skipper? A mouth-watering clash is on the cards. Join us as we bring you the toss and the team news.
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