In the 25th fixture of Indian Premier League 2019, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will square off against each other at Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Thursday evening. This is the second encounter between CSK and RR all together in IPL 2019.
Rajasthan Royals wouldn’t be proud of their run this season so far, and they would be looking forward to reviving their campaign so that they don’t exit the tournament early. At present, Rajasthan Royals are stuck at the bottom of the table with just one win in their baggage out of five matches. They won their only game against the most mediocre team in the history of IPL – Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home ground. The same plan they have for defending champions Chennai Super Kings.
Rajasthan Royals would wish nights and days for Sanju Samson to come back who is struggling with his injury.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings is not finished their hungry. They played their last encounter against KKR, and the victory against them made them rule the points table with five wins from six games.
Dhoni & Co crushed Rajasthan Royals during the starting of the season by eight runs. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis makes the opening partnership invincible, and Suresh, Rayudu and Dhoni balance the middle order line up.
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur
11th April 2019, 08:00 PM IST
Total Matches: 20
Chennai Super Kings won: 13
Rajasthan Royals: 7
Pitch at Sawai Man Singh Stadium is slow and sluggish. This mostly favours batsmen and 160+ can be easily scored in both the innings. Weather seems to be clear on the match day.
Total matches: 42
Matches won batting first: 15
Matches won bowling first: 27
Average 1st Inns scores: 157
Average 2nd Inns scores: 143
Highest total recorded: 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG
Lowest total recorded: 92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR
Highest score chased: 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG
Lowest score defended: 151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR
MS Dhoni is known for not making many changes to their side. They are likely to enter the pitch with the same winning combination.
But there are few changes that Dhoni might get Mitchell Santner replacing Imran Tahir against RR.
Deepak Chahar has turned out as one of the essential bowlers of CSK. He took three wickets against KKR.
When it comes it RR, they would be badly missing Sanju Samson in their squad. He missed the last two games because of injury.
Steve Smith is expected to make a more reliable contribution for Rajasthan Royal.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, David Willey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Stuart Binny, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun
Playing 11 ( CSK vs RR)
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu/Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir/Mitchell Santner
Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra/Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudhesan Midhun
Team 1: MS Dhoni is the best pick up as wicketkeeper. No other wicketkeeper is even close to him when it comes to stumping. He capitalises runs with his willow too. Steve Smith is back in form for RR. Although, he consumes many bowls to score runs, if he gets back in form, you cannot predict what wonder he can do. Don’t miss him. Suresh Raina is another reliable batsmen for CSK and he scores run in every game. Kedar and Ben Stokes are the best picks as All-rounder. Chahar has been doing well so far and is expected to do the same in upcoming matches.