IPL 8: Two batting powerhouses clash as CSK host RCB

Chennai: Two batting powerhouses will lock horns as Chennai Super Kings host Royal Challengers Bangalore in the return leg of an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here today.

The Super Kings lead the points table with 12 points from nine games, while their rivals are third with nine points from eight outings.

Having lost two back-to-back encounters, CSK have some lost ground to cover but Royal Challengers will be high on confidence after making a late surge into the top three.

The head-to-head favours RCB too with 10 wins from 18 matches and Super Kings winning seven.

Bangalore won a thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday beating them by seven wickets with two balls to spare. CSK went down against Sunrisers Hyderabad chasing 193, losing the contest by 22 runs.

However in the first-leg at Bangalore it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men who were jubilant on the day as they defeated the Virat Kohli-led RCB by 27 runs.

The battle will again rest on the shoulders of the devastating willowers each side boasts of.

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