Venue – MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Today the first match of ipl 2019 will be played between chennai super kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at CSK’s Home ground.
it will be a kick start of 60 Matches in 50 days and kicks off on March 23 with a blockbuster opening match between last year’s winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chennai.
While CSK have won three IPL titles, RCB enter the tournament as the biggest underachievers having not won a single IPL title despite having the likes of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli on board.
India’s showpiece T20 tournament this year will be played in the shadow of the 2019 General Elections and with the World Cup looming in the horizon. However, this isn’t expected to stifle the excitement of having some of the top cricketers in the world battle it out for the coveted trophy.
CSK returned to the IPL last year after a two-year ban and wasted no time in getting back to winning ways. The MS Dhoni-led team was branded ‘Dad’s Army’ due to their ageing squad but the veterans proved their worth with a dominant run to the title. Chennai retained 22 players from their winning squad for this season and added Mohit Sharma and Ruturaj Gaikwad to bolster their squad.
RCB, on the other hand, have never won the IPL title despite reaching the finals thrice in 2009, 2011 and 2016. Bangalore didn’t even make it into the Playoffs last year after finishing sixth on the table. Kohli and his team will be eager to put the past behind them and make a winning start to the tournament.
Prediction: who will win?
The last time that RCB managed to get the better of CSK was way back in 2014 while the last time that they managed to win at the Chepauk was in 2008. Chennai should get off to a winning start but it won’t be easy against a Bangalore side who will provide stiff opposition.