IPL 2019

IPL 2019 Match 1: Defending Champions CSK Take on RCB in Opener (Pre-Match)

IPL 2019 Match 1: CSK vs RCB


The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is finally here with the first match scheduled between the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the teams will be looking to get a winning start, especially CSK as it will be a home fixture for Dhoni XI.

Team News

CSK will be without the South African pacer Lungi Ngidi, who was a regular feature for Dhoni’s team last season. However, the team will still revolve around the experienced core of players with slight tinkering in the playing XI.

RCB will also miss the services of Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who are busy in the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Playing XI

These are the probable XIs for the two teams:

Chennai Super Kings

  1. Shane Watson
  2. Suresh Raina
  3. Ambati Rayudu
  4. MS Dhoni (wk & c)
  5. Kedar Jadhav
  6. Dwayne Bravo
  7. Ravindra Jadeja
  8. Shardul Thakur
  9. Harbhajan Singh
  10. Deepak Chahar
  11. Imran Tahir


Royal Challengers Bangalore

  1. Virat Kohli (c)
  2. Parthiv Patel (wk)
  3. AB de Villiers
  4. Shivam Dube
  5. Shimron Hetmyer
  6. Moeen Ali
  7. Colin Grandhomme
  8. Navdeep Saini
  9. Yuzvendra Chahal
  10. Mohammed Siraj
  11. Umesh Yadav

Match Time, Venue, Weather Conditions and Toss

Match Time: The match will begin at 8:30 PM (Pakistan), 7:30 PM (Dubai) and 8:00 PM (India).

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Weather Conditions: There are 0% chances of precipitation in Chennai later tonight.

Toss: CSK elected to field first.

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