New Delhi. The 35th match of IPL 2021 will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings (CSK vs RCB) at Sharjah today. In the second phase of IPL, Virat Kohli’s team RCB was defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders. RCB is currently occupying the third position in the IPL points table. RCB needs to win this match to stay strong in the race for the playoffs. In the last match against Kolkata, apart from the batsmen, the bowlers also performed very poorly. In such a situation, Virat can make changes in the playing 11 against Chennai. The fast bowlers are getting a lot of help on the pitches of UAE. Virat can give IPL’s fastest Indian bowler Navdeep Saini a chance.
28-year-old Saini is known to bowl at a fast pace. Saini has been the fastest Indian bowler to bowl in IPL 2019 and 2020. He bowled the ball in IPL 2019 at a speed of 152.85 kmph. Although Saini’s performance in IPL is not that great. This bowler has taken only 17 wickets in 27 IPL matches. Recently, on the tour of Sri Lanka, Saini got an opportunity to play one ODI and one T20 match but he failed to take wickets. Despite this, Saini can trouble the batsmen with his speed and bounce on the UAE pitches. By the way, Saini’s record in T20 International is excellent where he has taken 13 wickets in 10 matches.
Former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra believes that fast bowlers should be given a chance instead of medium pacers in UAE. He has advised Virat Kohli-led RCB that they should avoid including Harshal Patel in the playing 11. However, Patel has captured the Purple Cap in IPL 2021 by taking 17 wickets in 8 matches.
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Probable Playing 11 for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (capt), KS Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel/Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Probable Playing 11 for Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood.
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