The second match on Saturday evening is between one of the best rivals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Match 25 of the IPL is between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Dubai International Stadium.

Both the teams have been on frequent highs and lows in this tournament. The match will most likely be a close scuffle.

Team composition

RCB has a perfect combination of young guns and experienced players, and the youngsters have come quite promising. CSK, on the other hand, have fewer youngsters, comparatively. However, both of them are equally balanced.

Current form

Both the teams have seen quite fluctuations in their performances. Currently, RCB stand fifth on the points table while CSK are sixth on the table.


Of the 25 matches played between the two teams, CSK have won 16 times, while RCB have won eight times. A match between the two ended in no result.

Weather and pitch report

Due to a clear sky, the temperature is likely to be as high at 36 degrees. The pitch in Dubai is a bit slow and a target of 180, with some reasonable bowling, will be a competent one.

Predicted 11

Chennai Super Kings - Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma.

Royal Challengers Bangalore - Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Dream 11 players

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (vc), Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli- Plessis and Padikkal can ensure a good opening stand between them. De Villiers can consolidate in between, Rayudu and Kohli can play the big hits. Du Plesis’s fine current form makes him the captain.

All-rounders: Sam Curran, Shivam Dube- Both Curran and Dube are excellent with the bat. Besides, they are reasonable at bowling and can provide some breakthroughs when required.

Wicketkeeper: MS Dhoni- The wicketkeeper-batsman can hit the big shots as and when the situation demands.

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur- Leg-spinner Chahal can deceive the batsman with his googlies. Thakur and Saini are quite economical and can restrict the opposition to a low total.

Players to look out for

Ambati Rayudu: After making a comeback from his injury, the former has been unable to put forth good innings. The franchisee will be looking for a comeback performance from him.

Kedar Jadhav: Playing the season from the very start, Kedar Jadhav has been an underperformer for the team this season. Fans are looking forward to his performance.