Chennai Super Kings’ dream of reversing tide against Rajasthan
Chennai Super Kings to win
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|Chennai Super Kings||2||1||1||0||0||2||0.616|
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The competition in the Indian Premier League 2021 has intensified and the next game between the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals would be an important one for both the sides. They have won a game each and come here with a win in their respective games. Chennai Super Kings defeated the Punjab Kings in the last game while the Rajasthan Royals overcame the challenge posed by the Delhi Capitals.
In the last season the Rajasthan Royals had won both the games against the Chennai Super Kings and this is something they would look to carry forward. But Chennai looks a much improved side this season with good depth in its batting. It is expected to be a close contest and given the composition of the two squads we expect this game to go down the wire.
MS Dhoni has been through a lot in the recent days after being fined for slow over rate in the first game and a ban hanging over his shoulders but he would take pride in their last game’s performance against the Punjab Kings. In pretty much a one-sided contest they crossed over the finishing line with 6 wickets in hand. Having gained momentum Dhoni would look to carry it forward and win this game.
Rituraj Gaikwad has struggled so far and needs to play well in this game opening the batting along with Faf du Plessis who looked in good touch in the last game. Moeen Ali has done well in both the games and shall look to hold the middle order together with Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina. The side has good depth in its batting with Dhoni, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo to follow.
It was an excellent effort with the ball from Deepak Chahar that saw them to a win in the last game. He will look to grab early wickets along with Sam Curran. Shardul Thakur did well in the last game and shall have to focus on maintaining the same line and length. Jadeja, Moeen Ali and Bravo come here after a successful outing and shall look to carry it during this game.
Top Batsman – Faf du Plessis
Top Bowler – Deepak Chahar
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Rituraj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
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Dwayne Bravo, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni
Sanju Samson’s side made an impressive comeback in the tournament with their 3-wicket win over the Delhi Capitals. It was a splendid effort from the side with the ball that saw them keep the Delhi Capitals to a small total and chase it down after some initial hiccups with the bat. They had won both the games against Chennai last season and the side would look to draw inspirations from those wins.
Manan Vohra and Jos Buttler haven’t fired in the two games played so far and the side would be expecting a good start from them in this game. Sanju Sampson is in tremendous form and shall have to hold the middle order comprising of David Miller and Shivam Dube together. In Riyan Parag, Chris Morris and Rahul Tewatia they have good hitters to follow and shall be expecting runs from them in this game.
Their bowlers had a great outing in the last game especially Jaydev Unadkat and he will look to strike early along with Chetan Sakariya. Morris and Mustafizur Rahman bring in lot of experience to this attack and shall look to keep the run rate under check. Tewatia, Dube and Parag add variety to this bowling attack adding to the bowling options for the skipper.
Top Batsman – Jos Buttler
Top Bowler – Mustafizur Rahman
Sanju Samson (c & wk), Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman
M Vohra, Shivam Dube, Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, David Miller, Jos Buttler, R Tewatia, Riyan Parag
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||28||0 mm.||2.92 k/h||From: N||0%|
|03h||28||0 mm.||1.58 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||4.45 k/h||From: WSW||1%|
|09h||30||0 mm.||5.87 k/h||From: W||0%|
|12h||29||0 mm.||5.16 k/h||From: W||0%|
|15h||29||0 mm.||4.02 k/h||From: W||0%|
|18h||28||0 mm.||4.07 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|21h||28||0 mm.||3.4 k/h||From: NW||1%|
The skies over Mumbai would be clear on April 19 and like the previous games we expect this one to be a high scoring one. There isn’t much for the bowlers on this surface and the batsmen would have an easy outing. The side batting first in this game would be targeting a score of 180 runs or more.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is a batting friendly wicket and this is well complemented by small size of the boundaries. Batsmen have scored lots of runs here in the past. There isn’t much in this wicket for the fast bowlers once the ball gets old. Spinners who flight the ball have done well at this venue.
Three out of the four games played at this venue have been won by sides that have chased the score. The pitch has become easier to bat on as the game has progressed with some early assistance for the bowlers. The side winning the toss here would have no doubts about opting to bowl on this track.
This would be a close contest as both the sides would be carrying momentum from their last game. Rajasthan Royals are struggling with the bat and dependent on few players to do all the scoring and this is one of the major problems for the side. Chennai on the other hand has good depth in their batting and this might be the difference between the two sides and tilt the balance in CSK’s favor.
Chennai Super Kings to win