The Indian Premier League is back! Tune in for live streaming and latest updates from the season’s first game between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore played at the Chepauk Stadium.
CSK are making a return to their favourite stadium. Banned for two years till 2017, CSK were forced to play all but one home match in Pune last season, with protests over the Cauvery water dispute having forced the BCCI to shift matches out of Chennai.
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against Royal Challengers Banglore.
MS Dhoni wins the toss and elects to bowl first in the #VIVOIPL 2019 season opener here at Chepauk.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 23, 2019
Virat Kohli: We want to be a team that find ways to win cricket games. Even in Stoinis and Coulter-Nile’s absence we have a balanced team. There was lot of dew in the last few days. We would have bowled too.
I will open the innings today with Parthiv Patel. Our four foreign players are ABD, Hetmyer, Moeen Ali and CDG. Either ABD or Moeen will bat at three, depending on the situation of the match.
MS Dhoni: I think it was one of the great comebacks last year. We had our challenges and we overcame them to win the trophy. We will be roaring for sure but basics are very important. We have to start from scratch this year.
We will bowl first. We are not sure about the wicket. It looks slightly on the slower side. It is the first game of the tournament so we are not sure of the target to set. We are playing with three foreign players and they are: Watson, Bravo and Tahir.
RCB Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore XI: V Kohli, P Patel, M Ali, S Hetmyer, AB de Villiers, S Dube, C de Grandhomme, U Yadav, Y Chahal, M Siraj, N Saini
CSK Playing XI
A Rayudu, S Watson, S Raina, MS Dhoni, K Jadhav, R Jadeja, D Bravo, D Chahar, S Thakur, H Singh, I Tahir