Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Indian Premier League 2020, Match 4
Date & Time: 22 September, 2020 at 7:30PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE
After two thrilling encounters in Dubai, the IPL action will shift its base to the iconic Sharjah cricket stadium where the finalists of the inaugural 2008 season Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with each other. Chennai is coming off a convincing win over Mumbai in the tournament opener, whereas Rajasthan will be playing their first match of the tournament, that too without the services of their star batsman Jos Buttler. Even though both these sides are evenly matched on paper, Buttler’s absence is expected to shift the advantage in favour of the Super Kings. So bet on CSK to win this match.
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings:
Bet365: RR- 2.10, CSK- 1.72
Betway: RR- 2.05, CSK- 1.72
Chennai Super Kings to win the match
Head to Head (overall)
Head to Head (in UAE)
The first match in Sharjah is expected to be a one-sided affair as CSK starts as clear cut favourites against this weakened Rajasthan line-up. Rajasthan who will be playing their first match of the tournament is without the services of opening batsman Jos Buttler and star all-rounder Ben Stokes. Their absence will hurt RR big time. David Miller is expected to replace Stokes and either of Uthappa or Vohra will replace Buttler at top of the order. Apart from that RR lacks quality in their bowling to tackle this CSK challenge. On the positive note, some of their new recruits along with their seasoned campaigners makes up a strong domestic batting core. The likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra and Robin Uthappa are all capable of single-handedly pulling them out of any trouble. To add to that they have the services of one of the most sought out young bowlers in world cricket, Jofra Archer. Steve Smith who has an impressive win ratio as captain in the IPL, will be leading this side and he will have to step up as a batsman to give this MS Dhoni-led CSK a strong fight.
CSK on the other hand has fewer problems to sort out. Their only worry will be regarding their opening pair. Both Watson and Vijay haven’t played much of T20 cricket in the last one year and it’s clearly showing in their batting performances. Despite that, they will get one more trail in this match as Dhoni is known to be a man who trusts and backs his players to the fullest. Lungi Ngidi who leaked runs at the start will also be under the scanner in this match, but the way he came back in the death made sure that he doesn’t lose his place to Hazlewood. The CSK line-up is expected to be the same.
RR Playing 11- Robin Uthappa/Manan Vohra, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran/Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat
CSK Playing 11- Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi
Expert free tip:
Sharjah is the most batting-friendly wicket, out of all three venues in the UAE and hence this match is expected to a high scoring encounter. The average first innings score in this venue has scaled up to 161 in the last two years which 15-20 runs higher than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With teams batting second winning the matches in 2 out 3 occasions, the captain who wins the toss is expected to field first.
Predicted first innings score:
If Rajasthan Royals bats first: 140-150
If Chennai Super Kings bats first: 150-160
Players who are expected to perform well as per Dream11 Prediction.
RR- Steve Smith
RR captain Steve Smith is coming after a disastrous England tour as far as his batting is concerned. In the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, he will have to step up and make a big contribution with the bat to match his side up with the mighty CSK. With the kind of character that he is, the chances of him filling that void are quite high.
CSK- Ambati Rayudu
No Raina? No Problem. Ambati Rayudu is up for the challenge. He impressed everyone with his gritty knock of 71 in the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians. He is expected to continue the same for today's match.
Other prominent batsmen- Faf Du Plessis, Sanju Samson, Sam Curran
RR- Jofra Archer
Archer is the lone trustable pacer in the RR line-up and rightly so his contribution in both powerplay and death will come in handy much more than ever in this important encounter against CSK.
CSK- Lungi Ngidi
He leaked runs in the initial phase of the first match. But he came back strongly in the death overs and picked up important 3 wickets. As far as wicket-taking is Lungi Ngidi is the man to invest in for online cricket betting.
Other prominent bowlers- Shreyas Gopal, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar
RR- Sanju Samson
CSK- MS Dhoni
Both these wicket-keeper batsmen are capable of shifting gears whenever needed. Back them to hit more maximums than the rest of their team-mates.
Player of the Match
With Sharjah conditions suiting the batsmen more, the in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu is expected to have a good game. He is our prediction for the player of the match category.
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