A struggling Rajasthan Royals will desperately seek to revive their campaign when they host formidable Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League encounter here on Thursday. Rajasthan are currently lying in the penultimate spot in the eight-team standings with just one win out of five games.
Rajasthan’s sole win came against laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore at the SawaiMan Singh Stadium in Jaipur and they would be banking on home comfort to upset defending champions CSK. In contrast, CSK are coming off a clinical seven-wicket thrashing of Kolkata Knight Riders and are sitting pretty at the top of the table with five victories from six games.
Under the astute captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, CSK boasts of a perfectly balanced squad to excel on any surface and all conditions. The Royals, on the other hand, are still struggling to find their bearings. After losing their last match, they find themselves in a precarious position, and have to win almost all their remaining games to keep their play-off chances alive.
TOSS – MS Dhoni wins toss as Chennai Super Kings opted to field against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Time: 8:00 IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Dream11 Predictions for today’s Match
Wicketkeeping: It will be a tricky choice to pick between in-form MS Dhoni and in-form Jos Buttler. But Dhoni’s batting form and his ability to guide his bowlers from behind the wicket makes him a valuable asset for the side. He will remain the safest option to be picked up for the keeper’s role.
Batting: Both Rajasthan and Chennai boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from – Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Suresh Raina and Steve Smith. As the Jaipur track known to remain low and slow – it would be ideal to pick batsmen, who can build the innings wisely. Du Plessis, Raina, Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Smith and Kedar Jadhav would be ideal choice for the batsmen’s role.
Bowling: Keeping the nature of SMS strip in mind, the role of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Gopal become very crucial for their respective sides. Deepak Chahar and Dhawal Kulkarni can be picked as the faster bowlers in the side.
All-Rounder – It’s a no-brainer keeping in mind Ben Stokes form, no individual will even dare to drop him from his/her fantasy XI.
My Dream11 Team Best Picks
Jos Buttler, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Steve Smith, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Shreyas Gopal, Ben Stokes, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, and Dhawal Kulkarni .
CSK Probable XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
RR Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham/Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Sudhesan Midhun, Dhawal Kulkarni.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleign.
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