Two teams who are on the either side of the points table in the Indian Premier League as Chennai Super Kings travel to face Rajasthan Royals in the regular season on Thursday.
Chennai Super Kings are the defending champions of the IPL and are also the leaders after six games played. They have lost only once, and the management made a quick change in order to address the weakness. Their bowling is too good to get past against, and the fact of the matter is that they still don’t exactly have any weaknesses. Even though they are missing Dwayne Bravo due to injuries, his replacement in Faf du Plessis has already made an immediate impact. MS Dhoni knows the side inside and out, and it is clear why they have been this dominant.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals are in the second last spot and have won only once this season. This is not a good outcome for a team of their stature who has genuine superstars in the lineup. With foreign players such as Jos Butler, Ben Stokes and Steve Smith, the team has bona fide players who have proven themselves internationally. They need to get their head straight or else will once again miss out on making the playoffs in the IPL.
Venue – Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Rajasthan, India
Date & Time – 11th April | 8:00 PM IST
CSK vs RR Dotball Team News
This pitch does not favour batting as much as others in India, and given the size of the stadium, has had a low average in terms of scoring rate.
The Squads –
Chennai Super Kings –
M.S. Dhoni (c), Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Faf du Plessis, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay
Rajasthan Royals –
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner Ish Sodhi
Chennai Super Kings –Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Rajasthan Royals –Ajinkya Rahane, Prashant Chopra/Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, S Midhun/Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer.
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Key Players –
Chennai Super Kings – Faf du Plessis | Deepak Chahar | Harbhajan Singh
Rajasthan Royals – Steve Smith | Shreyas Gopal | Ajinkya Rahane
CSK vs RR Dream11 Team:
Wicketkeeper: M Dhoni (CSK, 9 Cr)
Batsman: A Rahane (RR, 9 Cr), S Smith (RR, 9 Cr), S Raina (CSK, 9.5 Cr), F d Plessis (CSK, 9 Cr), K Jadhav (CSK, 8.5 Cr)
Bowlers: I Tahir (CSK, 9 Cr), H Singh (CSK, 8.5 Cr), J Archer (RR, 8.5 Cr)
All Rounders: B Stokes (RR, 9.5 Cr), R Jadeja (CSK, 8.5 Cr)
Captain: Faf du Plessis (CSK)
V-Captain: S Smith (RR)