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Chennai Super Kings, too, have rediscovered their winning touch after a barren last season and if there’s anyone who knows how to deal with RCB, it’s MS Dhoni.
He has already shown in their three wins how meticulously they have prepared for each and every team. The toporder has looked good, the late bursts have also come and the bowlers have stuck to their gameplans.
On the bowling front, there has been an unlikely hero in Deepak Chahar, whose swing has befuddled opposition toporders. Dhoni has tended to give Chahar four overs on the trot in the first spell, which has helped him set up two games with early wickets.
The CSK captain will know well enough that in order to succeed against RCB, it’s imperative for Chahar to succeed against Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal, who batted brilliantly in their 10-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals.
The battle of the tabletoppers could well shape up as a fight between the guile and experience of CSK and the individual brilliance of a few RCB players who are hungry for success on the IPL stage.
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And it’s not just Devdutt and Kohli. The strength of RCB is their top-order consisting of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers and if any one of the four gets going, it can get tough for CSK. But there’s a catch as well. The canny Dhoni knows that following the top four, RCB have a soft underbelly and it can be exposed by an experienced CSK attack.
If a couple of early wickets can be managed, the likes of Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja know how to stifle an opposition batting lineup that is slightly short on experience.
The fact that CSK have played four games in Mumbai’s batting paradise should also give them a fair idea of how to tackle the conditions.