Bangalore vs. Chennai, IPL 2014: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Bangalore vs. Chennai, IPL 2014: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Royal Challengers Bangalore are already eliminated from the Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings have already secured qualification for the playoffs. It might be a dead rubber for RCB, but CSK do have something to play for.

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Date: Saturday, May 24

Time: 11:30 a.m. BST, 4 p.m. local time

Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE), SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan) and Starhub (Singapore). 

Weather: AccuWeather predicts a hot and partly sunny day. Temperatures will get up to 36 degrees Celsius, and there is a very slim chance that there might be some rain around. Currently thunderstorms are only forecast to arrive on Sunday, but weather can be fickle. 

 

Overview

Even though their play-off hopes are dashed, Bangalore have a chance to save some pride when they take on Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. They’ve already beaten the title-contenders once this season, and a win will put some shimmer on RCB’s otherwise miserable 2014 IPL campaign.

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RCB have faced many challenges this season. Their big-name players have failed to fire, with Chris Gayle looking woefully out of form and Virat Kohli being inconsistent. AB de Villiers tops the averages with 38.50 and the run charts with a total of 385 runs, including three fifties, so not all hope is lost for RCB.

However, over-reliance on Yuvraj Singh, see-saw opening arrangements of Parthiv Patel and Yogesh Takawale are also factors which contributed. The good news is that Kohli is fresh off a half century and Yuzvendra Chahal and Mitchell Starc have been reliable in the bowling department.

RCB might take further confidence from the fact that Chennai are on a three-match losing streak. For Chennai, a win will do wonders to boost their momentum ahead of the play-offs. For all intents and purposes, it might be a dead rubber, but the results bear far more context than that.

As far as dead rubbers go, there is plenty of incentive on offer for both teams, so expect a gritty battle on Saturday.

 

Key Players

Chennai Super Kings

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Faf du Plessis is yet to hit a score of significant for Chennai this season. While his fellow batsmen have performed aptly, CSK could do with one of their big-name players coming good and gaining some confidence ahead of the play-off challenge. 

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Mitchell Starc's bowling has been one of the highlights of the tournament. With 14 wickets at an average of 26.35, his contribution with the ball will be key.

 

Squads

Chennai Super Kings

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt.), Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Francois du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Ben Hilfenhaus, Samuel Badree, Matt Henry, Baba Aparajith, Mithun Manhas, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Ronit More, Vijay Shankar, John Hastings.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mitchell Starc, Ravi Rampaul, Vijay Zol, Sachin Rana, Yogesh Takawale, Nic Maddinson, Sandeep Warrier, Tanmay Mishra, Harshal Patel, Shadab Jakati, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron and Yuzvendra Chahal.

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