New Delhi. Royal Challengers Bangalore, who performed with a bang in the first phase of IPL 2021, looked colorless in the first match in the UAE. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, RCB got a crushing defeat by 9 wickets at the hands of Kolkata. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings, who were at number 7 in the IPL last year, is in tremendous form this time. Under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, CSK have won six out of eight matches. The way CSK defeated Mumbai Indians in the second leg, the morale of the team would be very high. At the same time, there will be extra pressure on RCB, which is reduced to 92 runs in today’s match.
1. Virat Kohli has to score runs
Virat Kohli is not looking in his colors in IPL 2021. Kohli, the only batsman to score 6000 runs in IPL, has been able to score only 203 runs in 8 matches this season. Only one half-century has come from his bat. If Kohli opens with Devdutt Padikkal, then he will have to make a big score while handling one end. Against Kolkata, Kohli was dismissed after scoring just 5 runs.
2. As captain, Kohli will have to change his body language
Recently, Kohli has announced to leave the captaincy of the Indian T20 team and RCB. Kohli will no longer be the captain of the team after T20 World Cup 2021 and IPL 2021. As captain, Kohli has the last chance to win both the tournaments. In the last match, Kohli was not seen enjoying the captaincy. Cricket experts also raised questions on his body language.
3. RCB bowlers will have to change their strategy
KKR easily achieved the target of 93 runs given by RCB for the loss of one wicket in 10 overs. Only Yuzvendra was successful in taking Chahal’s wicket. The performance of the fast bowlers under the leadership of Mohammad Siraj was very poor. Siraj, Kyle Jameson and Harshal Patel bowled 6 overs in which KKR’s batsmen easily scored 51 runs.
4. RCB would like to avoid Ruturaj Gaikwad and Du Plessis
Chennai Super Kings openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis are running in tremendous form. Gaikwad played a tremendous innings of 88 runs against Mumbai in the last match. So far in the IPL, this batsman has scored 284 runs in 8 matches with the help of three half-centuries. At the same time, Du Plessis has also scored 320 runs with the help of four half-centuries. RCB bowlers will have to curb them.
Maxwell-de Villiers will have to perform well
The biggest strength of RCB is the explosive batting of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. If both the players do not play, the team falls apart. This was also seen in the last match. Now against Chennai, AB and Maxwell will have to return to the old form.
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