This match – the 24th match of the Indian Premier League to be held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru tomorrow – can be termed the South Indian derby. And it has huge political undertones in India.
Bangalore is the principal metro of the state of Karnataka, while Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. There has been a long-standing sensitive issue surrounding sharing of water of the River Cauvery between the two states. The recent Supreme Court order is interpreted as favouring Karnataka, and this has not gone well within Tamil Nadu, which is historically water-starved. The protests against the verdict have forced the IPL authorities to shift the venue of the Chennai Super Kings’ home matches to Pune from Chennai.
This is somewhat the unusual background for an IPL match. It does not affect players much. Hardly any Tamil Nadu player starts for Chennai Super Kings. If anything, the only Tamil Nadu in action tomorrow could play for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Washington Sundar.
The usually emotional CSK fans will be more emotional, while RCB fans will try to match their Chennai counterparts in providing vocal support.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore – Preview
They have won two of their five matches so far. The big news about them is that Virat Kohli has not made much contribution in any of these wins. He has been rather subdued in the tournament so far. AB de Villiers have been doing all the hard work for the team. At the moment, the team is a bit dependent on him. When Kohli regains his midas touch, this problem will be solved. However, a more serious problem is the lack of bite in the bowling.
Fine to back them for cricket betting? They are playing at home. They do have an advantage.
Chennai Super Kings – Preview
Chennai Super Kings are second in the points table, having won four of their five matches. All these wins were closely fought affairs. If the match gets close, CSK will have the advantage – that is for sure. No team holds their nerve, as Dhoni’s men do.
CSK relies more on individual performances. They have a host of T-20 veterans. Cometh the hour, cometh the man – that has been their policy so far.
Prediction for cricket betting: Expect a match-winning innings from Kohli. It is due. Royal Challengers Bangalore to win this match.