RR vs CSK Dream11 Prediction: The 13th season of the IPL got underway last Saturday and now the bandwagon moves towards Sharjah, the 3rd and final venue for this IPL 2020 at UAE. CSK and RR faced off against each other in the inaugural IPL season way back in 2008 where a Shane Warne inspired Rajasthan Royals lifted the trophy against all odds. But the fortunes of both the teams have turned upside down ever since with Rajasthan Royals failing to make the finals in 11 attempts while Chennai Super Kings under the inspiring captaincy of MS Dhoni have established themselves as the most consistent side in IPL history.
CSK has once again proved all their critics wrong with a comfortable victory against the defending champions Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi in the season opener. Rayudu’s form looks promising and while Faf Du Plessis looked out of touch he did finish the job after getting set. Chawla and Ngidi bowled well while the others chipped in with some wickets. Regarding the team combination they would look at adding some bowling cushion in Thakur considering the decks at Sharjah
In the 2019 IPL season, Rajasthan Royals ended up at the 7th spot with some shoddy performances from their overseas players. The auction didn’t go well too as they loaded their squad with overseas pace bowlers who might become redundant at UAE. B Stokes, their star all-rounder hasn’t yet reached UAE which will affect the balance of their side. Jos Buttler will miss the first match due to quarantine because of which they’re forced to field an inexperienced side.
Both the wickets at Abu Dhabi and Dubai weren’t too friendly to the batters with their sticky nature and especially the longer boundaries. Sharjah should come as a release to the batsmen with a flat track and the short boundaries almost similar to Indore in India. A high-scoring contest can be expected. There is a bit of dew expected during the latter half of the match.
Possible RR Playing 11:
1. R Uthappa
2. Y Jaiswal
3. S Smith (C)
4. S Samson (WK)
5. D Miller
6. R Parag
7. S Gopal
8. T Curran
9. J Archer
10. A Rajpoot
11. J Unadkat
Let’s take a look at some best picks for RR vs CSK Dream11 Prediction
S Smith– S Smith took over the captaincy of RR from Rahane halfway through the last season. He didn’t have a great 2019 season managing just 319 runs after coming back from the ban. Since then he has scored heavily at a rapid rate for Australia in T20Is. If he does find a way to come unscathed against Jadeja who has dismissed him 5 times in IPL, he’ll then end up with a big score
J Archer – Archer was breathing fire in the recently concluded Aus-Eng limited-over series. Besides none of the CSK batsmen have a great record over him making him a valuable fantasy prospect.
S Gopal – Wrist-spinner can always be backed against the Super Kings who have a lot of right-handed batters with all of them batting at the top-order. Even if we consider the cases of S Curran and Jadeja, both are not that much great against leg-spinners too.
R Uthappa – Uthappa should come at the opening spot for RR considering the absence of Buttler. He has his struggles against short balls which can be exploited by Ngidi but once he gets set he can take on the spinners.
Possible CSK Playing 11:
1. S Watson
2. Faf Du Plessis
3. A Rayudu
4. K Jadhav
5. MS Dhoni (C & WK)
6. R Jadeja
7. S Curran
8. D Chahar
9. P Chawla
10. S Thakur
11. L Ngidi
Let’s take a look at some best picks for RR vs CSK Dream11 Today Match Prediction
Faf Du Plessis– He was rusty in the season-opener against MI but still managed to stay unbeaten to finish the match. The fact that he doesn’t get intimidated by pace will help him see off Archer at the PowerPlay and it’ll be candy time against other bowlers.
A Rayudu – He displayed terrific form in the opening fixture against MI taking on the likes of Bumrah and Chahar. But this attacking intent can affect him if he comes up against Archer and Gopal both of whom has a wood over him.
P Chawla – Similar to CSK, RR have their own share of troubles against leg-spin and if even one out of Uthappa or Jaiswal doesn’t bat through the innings then it’ll be Chawla’s day.
R Jadeja – MS Dhoni hinted at the prospect of promoting Jadeja every now and then if the situation is ideal which can help his fantasy points. For his bowling record, refer the Match-ups section.
RR vs CSK Dream11 Team Match-Ups
The Jadeja Factor
Jadeja’s H2H numbers against the current RR batsman makes for good reading. Apart from Miller and Samson to an extent, everyone else struggles against the CSK all-rounder. With Miller most possibly coming late down the order and the wrist-spin threat looming him, Jadeja has the chance to add some numbers to his wicket-tally.
The Resurgence of Steven Smith
After the sandpaper controversy in 2018, S Smith returned to play for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019 but endured a bad run of form mostly struggling for rhythm. But ever since that Ashes series in 2019, he has been in terrific form in all forms of the game and if we go by his T20 numbers in 2020, we’re in for a great treat.
Team Composition Preferences –
1). All Rounders – Try not to pick more than one
2). Batsman – Target top-order batters and picking at least one opener from both teams is a must.
3). Bowlers – Stay away from the medium-paced PowerPlay bowlers and buy spinners and death bowlers.
4). Wicket-Keeper – Can even go with both Samson and Dhoni
Having more CSK players in the MI vs CSK Dream11 Match Prediction team is preferable.
Captaincy Picks –
Go with the top-order batsman listed in the fantasy ranking order as one of your captains. Jadeja can be a decent pick considering his bowling record and the chances of a batting promotion. Picking one of the bowlers can be considered too.
Differential Picks –
R Parag – Considering Rajasthan Royals middle-order issues against spin, Parag can get some game-time with the bat while he’ll be called upon to deliver a couple of overs.
S Watson – His fortunes in this game will depend on how he counters Archer and Gopal. If he somehow sees off their spell, then he can be a great differential for your fantasy team.