Finally, the Indian premier league is back, and we surely have some of the biggest and strongest names in cricket history to hear regarding the first match that is going to take place. MS Dhoni is the one who will lead the champions of Chennai super kings defending their team against the royal challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli.
This match is the opening match of IPL 2019, and it is going to be played at none other than MA Chidambaram Stadium that is situated in Chepauk Chennai. This is going to be a homecoming match for Chennai super kings. Some of the players that are thought to be taking the field in the very first match are Faf fu Plessis, AB de Villiers, and Shane Watson obviously.
Both of the teams are not famous for starting off way too well and hence have an equal team to face. The very first half of this first IPL match in 2019 is gaining to be extremely crucial as both the teams will have the opportunity to choose from their whole contingent of the players that they can easily choose from without any problem. A number of international players who are participating in the Indian premier league might end up leaving a bit too early because the ICC World Cup is beginning with just a few days gap after the IPL.
CSK vs RCB, 1st Match, IPL 2019
[CSK vs. RCB] 23 March 8 PM Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings
CSk has decided to not make any changes at its side from the team that made it won the IPL title back in 2018. Only two new players including Mohit Sharma and Ruturaj Gaekward have been added to the team. Mohit Sharma has had the experience of playing in the team before, and he was selected in the international team after his performance here. Since then we have seen him regressed and at present, he is not in the first rung list of fast bowlers in the Indian cricket team. The pitch at the stadium is quite in an excellent state, and the crowd support is for the home side for sure. It is expected that the stadium will be jam-packed for this first match of Chennai super kings as well as Indian Premier league.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The team ended up on the sixth position in the IPL 2018 and was holding one of the lopsided sides of the competition. The batting line up of the team was undoubtedly top heavy, but they did not have any established batsman on the opening spot. The bowling of this team was for sure the most expensive one among all of the teams present in the IPL. But still, they ended up losing most of the matches. The team went into the auction with a view of addressing some of the weak points. The team still do not have any good opening batsman, but now they do have a more balanced batting line up as compared to the scenarios of last year.