IPL 2019 to begin today: CSK and RCB to play the first match
The biggest carnival of Indian cricket is all set to begin from today. Yes, IPL 2019 will begin today. The first match of IPL 2019 will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Well, it promises to be an exciting face off. Cricket maniacs are eagerly waiting for the biggest fiesta of cricket to start. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 pm today in Chennai. However, for the first time in IPL history, there won’t be an opening ceremony as the committee of Administrators has decided to allocate funds to the families of CRPF personnel who lost their life in Pulwama Attack.
Chennai Super Kings VS Royal Challengers Bangalore, a perfect start
MS Dhoni VS Virat Kohli, it would be an interesting face off. It cannot get any bigger or better than this. We look at the previous records CSK has defeated RCB 14 times in 22 matches, including last six matches. So, will history change today? Here is the complete schedule of IPL season 12.
Let us do Team Analysis of CSK and RCB
Chennai Super Kings is a strong team with an excellent batting line up. The batting order of the team looks sorted with Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu on the top with Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, and Kedhar Jadhav forming the middle order. Dhoni is known for his finishing. The team has two more accomplished finishers – Bravo and Jadhav. But the absence of Luni Ngidi and David Wiley can affect the game. Notably, CSK has made a comeback after the ban of two years.
Talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team has managed to bring some emerging talents in the team like Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, etc. Notably, Virat Kohli has been under the pump as RCB failed to make it into playoffs in the last two seasons. But Kohli & co has the potential to dominate any other team as they possess some explosive batsmen. If they get a positive start, the team can lift their first –ever IPL trophy this year.
Date: March 23, 2019, Saturday
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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