Indian Premier League, 2018
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
The Big Picture
After facing multiple defeats that threatened to halt their campaign in the 2018 Vivo IPL, the Royals finally found some form as they got back to winning ways against the Kings XI Punjab, and would be looking to maintain the momentum as they take on the Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. With just eight points in ten matches, Rajasthan cannot afford a blip they are to realistically qualify for the playoffs.
While they may have won the game against KXIP, the Royals would want their batsmen to stand up, who barring Jos Buttler (82 off 58 balls) were pretty ordinary in the last match. Skipper Rahane has had an average season thus far, and Sanju Samson has too faded away after a series of consistent performances at the start of the season. Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi has had a season to forget and while Gowtham (2-12) and Jofra Archer have been outstanding with the ball, the likes of Unadkat and Ben Stokes have been fairly inconsistent.
Their opponents in the Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, are sitting comfortably at the top, with almost everyone chipping in with match-winning performances in every game. While their death bowling still remains a concern, Dhoni would be banking on his spinners in Jadeja and Harbhajan to choke the opposition during the middle-overs.
Where: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Rajasthan
When: 11 May 2018, 8:00 PM
The wicket at the Holar Stadium is usually a batting paradise testified by Virender Sehwag’s record-breaking 219 (then highest ODI score).
Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score has hovered from 157 to 159, 32.5 % of the matches have been won by the team batting first (13) while team’s batting second have won 65% of three matches (26) and one match has ended in a tie.
RR VS CSK Team news and Playing 11
- Mahipal Lomror and Anureet Singh are the doubtful starters for the fixture.
- RR might not make too many changes after a winning performance in the previous match.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Stuart Binny, Jos Buttler, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Mahipal Lomror/Anureet Singh, Jofra Archer
Chennai Super Kings
- Deepak Chahar, who was out for two weeks is seen practising at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, and is expected to make a comeback and might come in for Dhruv Shorey.
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, David Willey, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey/Deepak Chahar
Where to watch Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com