Chennai: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday for the opening 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) match. It will be played in CSK’s home ground at Chidambaram Stadium here.
The 12th season of vibrant, super-energetic homegrown T20 series starts today. It is important to note here that the opening ceremony of 2019 IPL was cancelled in wake of Pulwama attack and it was decided that the money scheduled to be spent would be donated to the martyr’s families.
Coming back to the teams, while MS Dhoni led CSK has lifted the coveted trophy times three times- – one after a comeback from the two-year suspension – Virat Kohli led RCB has not yet won it.
CSK: MS Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Mohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwa.
RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), A. B. de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Kulwant Khejroliya, Moeen Ali, Md. Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshdeep Nath, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Devdutt Padikkal.
The match is scheduled to start at 8 pm and will be telecast on the Star Sports Network. The live streaming of the opening 2019 IPL RCB vs CSK match will be available on Hotstar.