In the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings will face Rajasthan Royals on Monday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here. Both teams will go into this match after losing their last match and both teams desperately need a win in this match to stay in the playoff race.
Chennai were defeated by Delhi Capitals while Rajasthan were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore. At one time victory seemed certain for Rajasthan but in the 19th over, Abraham de Villiers overturned and led Bangalore to victory.
The good thing in this match for Rajasthan was that his batting was excellent. The opening pair was changed and Robin Uthappa along with Ben Stokes were sent to start the innings. Uthappa was successful and he batted in his own style. He had added 50 runs with Stokes.
Apart from them, captain Steve Smith also scored a brilliant innings half-century and on his own the team was able to score a strong score.
The team management will once again expect the team batsmen to continue to perform in a similar manner. Also, he would like Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes to return to their form. Samson has failed after showering in the opening matches and Stokes has not done much special since he came, not exactly the kind of performance the team needs.
The team decided to send Jose Butler to the middle order. Sending Butler down means that the team is asking him to play the role of a finisher who has the ability. He has Rahul Tewatia who is capable of hitting big shots to support the lower order.
As far as bowling is concerned, Jofra Archer and Karthik Tyagi have continuously pressed on. Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal have also done well in the spin, but the team needs a bowling performance from their bowlers. Jaydev Unadkat pushed the team to victory in the last match. Whether or not he plays in this match will be worth watching.
Talking about Chennai, its batsmen went against Delhi. Shane Watson, Faf du Plessici, Ambati Rayudu took the lead after Sam Qurain was dismissed in the very first over and Ravindra Jadeja gave a strong score to the team, with a stormy inning game at the end.
However, the form of captain MS Dhoni is a matter of concern for the team, because Dhoni has not been able to show off the bat yet. It is also a matter of concern for the team that the Chennai batsmen are not in continuous form. It will be important to see how many batsmen maintain the performance of the previous match against Rajasthan.
In bowling, Kurain has been a real success for the team. Throwing the 19th over against Delhi also made the match easy for Chennai, but Jadeja had to throw the last over due to the absence of Dwayne Bravo and the team lost the match.
No information has been revealed on how Bravo is hurt. Whether he will play or not will be known only on the day of the match. If Bravo does not play, Josh Hazlewood’s chances of playing will increase.
The rest of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur have been successful in giving the team a good start with the ball. Karn Sharma has not been able to show the magic of his spin and it is very likely that Dhoni will give Piyush Chawla a chance in his place in the next match.
Chennai vs Rajasthan (CSK vs RR) Head to Head
A total of 22 matches have been played between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, with Chennai winning 14 and Hyderabad winning 8 matches. Talking about the last five matches, Chennai has won three and Rajasthan have won two matches. The Royals beat the Super Kings by 16 runs in the first match played this season.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (captain), Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Jose Butler, Rahul Tewatia, Ryan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Karthik Tyagi.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner / Dwayne Bravo, Sam Kurain.