After an exhilarating first three days, it is now Rajasthan Royals' turn to kick start their IPL campaign as they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Rajasthan Royals fail to deliver as a team consistently every year and they will be hoping to get it corrected this year. Most fantasy players will be having their eyes set on Ben Stokes for their RR vs CSK My11Circle teams, but the veteran will miss the first few games as he continues to be New Zealand for family reasons. Chennai Super Kings are already up and running with a win in their first game and will be looking to keep it going with another win against the Royals.
Match 3, IPL 2020
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Tuesday 22 September, 7:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
Rajasthan Royals will be without Ben Stokes and Jos Butler, which leaves a massive void in their batting line-up. They will be relying heavily on Tom Curran and Jofra Archer now until they do get Buttler and Stokes back.
RR Predicted XI
Steve Smith (c)
Sanju Samson (wk)
CSK turned to Sam Curran for filling Dwayne Bravo’s big shoes, and the Englishman didn’t disappoint. They are most likely to retain the same playing 11 with an identical batting line-up.
CSK Predicted XI
MS Dhoni (C & WK)
Faf du Plessis
Let's look at the IPL 2020 RR vs CSK My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: MS Dhoni, Sanju Samson
BAT: Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayadu, Steve Smith, Yashasvi Jaiswal
ALL: Sam Curran, Tom Curran
BLR: Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Piyush Chawla
SUBS: Shreyas Gopal(S4), Deepak Chahar(S3), Ravindra Jadeja(S2), David Miller(S1)
Looking at Rajasthan’s bowling line-up, MS Dhoni is expected to bat in the death overs and get some runs unlike their opening fixture, where he batted for a very short while. Sanju Samson is a bright prospect and one of the pillars of Rajasthan’s batting line-up. He doesn’t have a very good record against CSK, but the Sharjah ground might just help him get a few runs for Royals in the Powerplay overs.
Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayadu have already shown signs of their good form with impressive knocks of 58* and 71 respectively in the first game. Steven Smith has had a below average record against CSK in IPL scoring just 81 runs in 6 innings against them. He was out of form against England in the recent T20I series as well, but Steve Smith has delivered big always when you least expect him to. He will be under pressure to get back into form and that gives us an expectation of 20-30 runs at the least from him. We have already seen what young Indian prospects are capable of delivering in Devdutt Padikkal and Ravi Bishnoi. Yashasvi Jaiswal was India’s star player in this year’s U-19 World Cup and he will be expected to get some quick runs at the top of the order.
All-rounders, just like every time, are going to be the game changers in RR vs CSK My11Circle teams as well. In our team, we have gone with Sam Curran and Tom Curran. Ravindra Jadeja is a good shout as well, but considering Sharjah's small boundaries, he is expected to leak some runs today. Tom Curran will be critical for Rajasthan Royals throughout their campaign, as he will be expected to deliver what his National teammate Ben Stokes would. Interestingly, Tom Curran was filling in for Ben Stokes in the England National Team, and he will be doing the same for Rajasthan Royals. He was in excellent form with the ball for England and we expect that to continue in the IPL as well. Sam Curran has already displayed what he is capable of, and his bowling is more likely to return more points than his batting today.
We expect some runs today at Sharjah and the bowlers may just be on the expensive side of things. We have gone with Jofra Archer for his absolutely brutal pace which will be difficult to handle for CSK's aging openers. Mayank Markande and Piyush Chawla will bowl during the middle overs and might return with some bonus points for their economy rate.
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