Indian Premier League, 2018
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
The Big Picture
Maharashtra Cricket Stadium will make its IPL 2018 debut, as the Chennai Super Kings begin their campaign at their adopted home, where they host the Rajasthan Royals on Friday, April 20th.
While the Chennai Super Kings are coming off a nail-biting finish, a match which they eventually lost by 5 runs, against the Kings XI Punjab, their opponents in the Rajasthan Royals, had their fortress breached in their previous game at Jaipur, where they were humbled by an all-round KKR side by seven wickets.
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals offers the opportunity for both sides to identify the right team combinations as redeem their fledgling campaign.
Where: M.C.A Stadium, Pune
When: 20 April 2018
The Pitch at the M.C.A Stadium favors the batsmen with the average first innings score hovering from 151 in 2012 to 162 last year, 48.5 % of the matches have been won by the team batting first (16) while team batting second have won 51.5% of three matches (17).
Chennai Super Kings
In the Spotlight
An injured MS Dhoni took Chennai Super Kings on the brink of their third successive victory in the Vivo IPL 2018.
With a run-rate of 13.22 in the last five overs, while CSK has re-defined death over batting, it also highlights two of their deficiencies. Firstly their bowling, especially in the death, having conceded an average of 188 runs so far, and secondly, their fielding that will worry them the most.
David Wiley who was named as Kedar Jadhav’s replacement was seen practicing extensively and might make his debut against RR. Suresh Raina who also missed the last game was back to training and could return on Friday.
Murali Vijay/Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma/Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Mark Wood
In the Spotlight
The Royals had their fortress breached when they went down by seven wickets against the Kolkata Knight Riders. While Ajinkya Rahane played a valiant cameo in the powerplay, the struggles of D’Archy Short (44 off 43 balls) against slow bowlers especially, choked the momentum of the innings as they could only manage a mere 160 in their 20 overs.
On the bowling front apart from Gowtham (2-23), none of the bowlers left any impact as KKR strolled in their chase to a comfortable 7-wicket win.
Ben Laughlin was lackluster in the previous game (0-37), and RR might rope in a fit-again Jofra Archer against CSK, and Henrich Klaasen might come in for Short.
Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), D’Archy Short/Henrich Klaasen, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, S.Gopal, K Gowtham, Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
Where to watch Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com