The most awaited clash of the Indian Premier League will take place on Monday, April 17, as Royal Challengers Bangalore host Chennai Super Kings in an evening encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
With Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the ranks, it promises to be a blockbuster southern derby. While Chennai lost a close game against the Rajasthan Royals at home in their last match, Bangalore dismantled Delhi a couple of days ago at this very venue to gain some momentum in this competition.
Kohli was the star performer for the home team with a 34-ball fifty that laid the foundation for the hosts to post 174 for six in the first innings. The right-handed batter smashed his third half-century in four innings, and former India batter Sunil Gavaskar heaped praises on Kohli for his consistent performances.
"Virat Kohli is giving RCB flying starts at the start of the innings. He deserves a lot of credit for the starts RCB is getting and the runs the team is managing to post on the board because of his starts. These are good signs for RCB," he said in a conversation with Star Sports.
The 73-year-old also credited the role of MS Dhoni in bailing the team out of challenging situations every single time, making him the greatest captain of all time.
"Chennai Super Kings know how to get out of tough situations. This has been possible only under MS Dhoni's captaincy. Captaining 200 matches is very difficult."
"Captaining so many matches is a burden, and it could have affected his performance as well. But Mahi is different. He is a different captain. There hasn't been a captain like him, and there will never be one like him in the future," he concluded.