IPL 2018: CSK v/s RCB - Match Preview, head-to-head, teams, details and key stats of 'South Indian Derby. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Pune in match 35 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 on Saturday.
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni and current Indian captain Virat Kohli will lead their sides in what is called the 'South Indian Derby'.
This is the biggest sports rivalry in IPL due to the issues surrounding the age-old rivalry between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
MS Dhoni-led CSK lead RCB 14-7 in the overall head-to-head record.
The Virat-Kohli led RCB, who edged out Mumbai Indians by 14 runs in their last game, will be eager to avenge their five-wicket defeat at home against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Super Kings, who too will be keen to swiftly get back into the winning mode after suffering two defeats in their last three games.
For the star-studded RCB, the clash is a must-win encounter if it has to stay alive in the tournament and qualify for the play-offs.
While RCB are in the fifth spot, having won three of their eight matches, CSK are still in a comfortable position in second position with six wins from nine games.
The yellow brigade seems to have settled down well in its adopted home and has lost only to the Mumbai Indians here after shifting base after their first game in Chennai.
CSK v/s RCB: IPL 2018 match 35
Date: May 5, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 1600 IST (4:00 pm)
Venue: MCA International Stadium, Pune