Debashis Sarangi ∙ Apr 17 2023, 2:00 PM | 3 Min Read

5 Player Battles To Watch Out For in RCB vs CSK IPL 2023 Match

image-lgkjst8qRCB will take on CSK tonight [Source:]

Tonight, Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings in the 24th match of the Indian Premier League 2023. Both teams comprise some outright match-winners, so we expect a fascinating clash in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, there are some on-field rivalries which can determine the outcome of the game. Let's analyse and list such five player battles to watch out for in this face-off. 

MS Dhoni vs Mohammed Siraj

image-lgkjuxguMS Dhoni in action [Source: AP]

Unlike the previous two seasons, MS Dhoni has looked at his absolute best in the IPL this year. The legendary keeper-batter recently played a magnificent cameo against Rajasthan Royals and would like to extend his prolific run tonight. 

Dhoni's battle with RCB's pace spearhead Mohammed Siraj in the slog overs will be worth-watching, as he has recorded stunning numbers against the Hyderabad seamer in the IPL. 

MS Dhoni vs Mohammed Siraj (in T20s): 28 balls, 51 runs, 0 dismissal, SR- 182.1

Virat Kohli vs Moeen Ali 

image-lgkjve0oVirat Kohli is in scintillating form [Source: AP]

Just like Dhoni, Virat Kohli has also been in sublime form, amassing 214 runs, including three flamboyant fifties at an average of 71.33 and a blistering strike rate of 147.59. However, interestingly, premier CSK all-rounder Moeen Ali has been Kohli's perennial nemesis, dismissing him ten times in international cricket. 

In T20s, Ali has got rid of Kohli twice, conceding only 26 runs. 

Virat Kohli vs Moeen Ali (in T20 cricket): 18 balls, 26 runs, 2 dismissals

Ravindra Jadeja vs Harshal Patel

image-lgkjw5i5Ravindra Jadeja has fabulous numbers against RCB [Source: AP]

Ace CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja took on Harshal Patel in the 2021 season, hammering him for 38 runs off just 10 deliveries, including five sixes. Such an onslaught acted as a spark, giving rise to this rivalry between the two Indian cricketers. 

Although Patel dismissed Jadeja once in the 2022 season, the latter clearly has an upper hand so far in this face-off. 

Ravindra Jadeja vs Harshal Patel: 25 balls, 57 runs, 1 dismissal, SR- 228

Glenn Maxwell vs Ravindra Jadeja

image-lgkjwt3tGlenn Maxwell has played two successive impactful knocks [Source: AP]

Since joining the RCB camp, swashbuckling Australian batter Glenn Maxwell has played the spin-hitter's role to perfection for the franchise. However, doing so tonight could be challenging for the veteran cricketer, as he will be up against Ravindra Jadeja, who has dismissed him seven times in T20s.

Glenn Maxwell vs Ravindra Jadeja (in T20 cricket): 54 balls, 72 runs, 7 dismissals, Avg- 10.28, SR- 133.33

Shivam Dube vs Wanindu Hasaranga

image-lgkjxp0vShivam Dube in action [Source: AP]

Shivam Dube has kept himself relevant in CSK's star-studded batting lineup, playing impactful cameos multiple times since joining the franchise. The dynamic southpaw might play a crucial role for CSK tonight, as he could emerge as their saviour against RCB's lead spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, neutralising him in the middle overs. 

Shivam Dube vs Wanindu Hasaranga: 12 balls, 26 runs, 0 dismissal, SR- 216.7

Besides the aforementioned match-ups, the on-field battle between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Mohammed Siraj will also be fascinating, as the former has smashed 52 runs off 36 deliveries against the latter without getting out even once.