Chennai Super Kings so far played good cricket after the departure of their two prime players and their replacement are also coming good. So they will look to win today to make their chances more to get into the semifinals of IPL twenty20.
A win against Royal Challengers Bangalore will give them a handy four-point cushion over the team in fifth place and even a loss may not dent their chances so badly. One concern for Chennai is the fitness of their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is nursing a finger injury. He is expected to play but Parthiv Patel might continue to keep wickets.
With the opener coming good at the right time as we have seen in their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders now they feel little bit confidant with their opening pair. On the other hand the new face S.Goswami who performed exceptionally well both with bat and gloves will be keener to win a match for his team.
Chennai Super Kings may have upper hand because they will be playing in front of their home crowd but Royal Challengers Bangalore may look to upset some of the teams in their remaining matches.
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S.Goswami: He was among the few positives to emerge from Monday's defeat to the Delhi Daredevils. After making an impressive fifty, he handled the tricky task of keeping to Anil Kumble confidently.
Misbah-Ul-Haq: So far so good, he has shown in the last match what he is capable of and if he get goings in the last few overs then it will be nightmare for Chennai Super Kings bowlers.
Pitch at Chepauk will be full of runs and will assist spinners as game goes on. So side winning the toss may look to bat first on the wicket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are struggling with their players suffering from injury so they may make few changes by bringing KP Apanna in place of Zaheer Khan but rest of the team will be same. On the other hand Chennai Super Kings is unlikely to make any changes.
Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from India time)
Chennai Super Kings: Parthiv Patel (WK), Stephen Fleming, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), S Badrinath, Albie Morkel, S Vidyut, L.Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Manpreet Gony, Makhaya Ntini.