Chennai Super Kings to win the Match
Our Prediction is Chennai Super Kings to win the match!
Host Rajasthan Royals will be looking to finally turn their form around when they will face Chennai Super Kings in the 25th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Jaipur on Thursday.
The home side will be desperate to turn their fortunes around after managing to win just one game out of five matches played so far in this year’s competition.
In their last match, Rajasthan Royal registered another demoralizing defeat, this time against Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chennai Super Kings notched a comfortable win against Kolkata Knight Riders to go top of the league table. Captain MS Dhoni will be pleased with his side’s performance in the game played against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Rajasthan Royals will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Chennai Super Kings at home. Captain Ajinkya Rahane will be hoping that side can bring their A-game to the table against in-form Chennai Super Kings.
In the batting department, the team will be banking on the form of opening batsman Jos Buttler, who has managed to score 176 runs in five matches at an average of 35.20. Buttler played well and have got the side to decent starts this season. He scored 37 off 34 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders.
The team’s biggest disappointment so far is the form of Captain Ajinkya Rahane, who managed to score just 124 runs in five matches at an average of 24.00. Rahane poor’s form continued as he perished for a low score in the game played against Kolkata Knight Riders. Certainly, Rahane will be looking to lead from the front with the bat and produce something special for Rajasthan Royals in their home fixture.
Steven Smith was standout performer with the bat in the previous game played against Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored unbeaten 73 off 59 balls with the help of seven fours and a six to help Rajasthan post 139 for 3 in 20 overs. Smith will be looking to continue his good form with the bat against Chennai Super Kings. Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes and Krishnappa Gowtham are players that can certainly change the complexion of the game in a matter of few overs. England all-rounder Ben Stokes certainly needs to bat higher in order to help Rajasthan post big totals on the board.
In the bowling department, Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal has been standout performer for Royals and has claimed 8 wickets so far this season. Dhawal Kulkarni and Jofra Archer will need to improve as they have not been able to pick up wickets with the new-ball.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson/Prashant Chopra, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Sudhesan Midhun, Shreyas Gopal.
Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, JD Unadkat, Jofra Chioke Archer, SV Samson, Jos Buttler, DS Kulkarni, S Gopal, RA Tripathi, Riyan Parag
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings will be flying high after registering a comprehensive seven-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders in game played on Tuesday.
In the batting department, the team will be depending on in-form players like Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson to provide the platform for the likes of hard-hitting MS Dhoni to go berserk at the back end of the innings.
Faf du Plessis once again anchored the innings for Chennai Super Kings and scored unbeaten 43 off 45 balls with the help of three boundaries. His inclusion has certainly done wonders for Chennai in the last couple of games. Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu chipped in with crucial scores to help Chennai chase down a paltry score of 109 runs posted by Kolkata Knight Riders for victory.
Surprisingly, captain MS Dhoni so far is Chennai Super King’s highest run getter in the tournament with 156 runs in six matches at an average of 46.66, whereas Raina has managed to score runs at an average of 32.50.
In the bowling department, the team is heavily dependent on the spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravendra Jadeja, who so far has managed to claim 21 so far. Deepak Chahar set the tone with new-ball for Chennai Super Kings and finished with three wickets to his name. In the game played against Kolkata, the spin trio of Harbhajan, Tahir and Jadeja once again bowled well and picked up five wickets between them.
MS Dhoni (c &wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ravendra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh
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Imran Tahir, Ambati Rayudu, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The spinners will get assistance from the pitch for this game. The weather forecast for the game on Thursday is going to be partly cloudy.
Royals have lost two games out of three played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium. They will be looking to make amends for their recent poor record and make a strong comeback in this game. Royals have an excellent head to head record against Chennai Super Kings at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to lowest possible score. The last two games played in Jaipur have been won by sides batting second. Spinners will certainly play a big role in the outcome of this contest
Reigning Champions Chennai Super Kings have certainly produced phenomenal cricket so far in this year’s competition. The bowling has certainly been their strength with the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Deepak Chahar picking up wickets with the new-ball.
Expect MS Dhoni and co. to maintain their unbeaten streak in this game!
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