Meanwhile, the Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, are second on the log and are tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad on 12 points. Gill and skipper Dinesh Karthik (45 not out) then joined hands for an unbroken 83-run stand for the fifth wicket to guide the team to victory with 14 balls to spare.
Now, on May 3rd when the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) welcomed the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Edens, it was a special moment for the young KKR speedster Shivam Mavi who came into limelight after his victorious sting at the U-19 World Cup.
While the hosts are not expected to make any change in the playing XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore will have some changes in their side.
The 29-year-old India all-rounder, regarded one of the best fielders going around, came under the fire after dropping KKR's big-hitting opener Sunil Narine twice in the same over. CSK have 6 wins and 3 losses, and a win in this match will once again take them to the top of the table and a step closer to the playoffs, according to an official press release. Against RCB in their previous encounter, it was the CSK captain who won them the game with a brutal late-order attack that left Kohli's team stunned. RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee. The pitch will be offering a lot of runs as it's a batting beauty.
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Put into bat, Shane Watson (36) and Faf du Plessis (27) provided a quick start.
Narine also chipped in with the bat with a quickfire 32 off 20 balls as their fielding also hurt CSK big time with Ravindra Jadeja, one of the safest fielders, dropping the left-hander twice while he was on six. But the way, they played in the last match will definitely give them the confidence that they will require in this game. RCB's primary headache has been their death bowling as they have leaked runs in this phase. If he scores well, the team is able to do well and the team crumbles on most occasions if he fails to score.
CSK would do well to pull up its socks as it has lost two of its last three games now.
The free-scoring right-handed batsman will replace compatriot Quinton de Kock in the team for the clash against Chennai Super Kings in Pune with the wicketkeeper travelling back to South Africa to attend a wedding.