It is not yet red zone, but Rajasthan Royals (RR) will feel the burden of getting back to winning ways ahead of the match #25 of the Indian Premier League 2019 season. They get back to their fortress of Sawai Mansingh Stadium, where they enjoy a 4-2 record against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
RR have just one win in five games so far, while CSK have five wins in six games. A loss here would keep RR rooted to the bottom two of the tournament and the gap with the top-six widening.
Rajasthan Royals Preview
Steve Smith (159 runs, SR 116.91) has slowly picked up form, but the Royals are worried about their top-order woes. Jos Buttler (176 runs, SR 130.37) needs to reclaim his mojo for their batting to click.
RR have Shreyas Gopal (eight wickets, ER 6.37) leading their bowling attack. However, the poor returns of their overseas import Jofra Archer (three wickets, ER 7.21) and Ben Stokes (four wickets, ER 10.84) is a worry for captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Chennai Super Kings Preview
Chennai have four wins in five games and look the real deal. The return of Faf du Plessis to the top of the batting (97 runs, SR 116.86) gives them solidity, although Ambati Rayudu’s struggles (76 runs, SR 74.50) remain a worry.
Bowling remains their strong suit, with Imran Tahir (nine wickets, ER 5.36) leading from the front. Deepak Chahar’s excellent starts (eight wickets, ER 5.95) give them a strong chance to keep the opponent batsmen under check.
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Deepak Chahar has managed to stay among the wickets in each of the last five matches. With Bravo injured, he is even bowling at the death giving a chance to add wickets.
Imran Tahir is enjoying a great purple patch of form, and his energy is infectious. The leg-spinner is sure to enjoy more responsibility in this away match, which could mean more fantasy points.
Jos Buttler has seen his form take a dip in the recent games, but his runs at the top are vital for Rajasthan’s revival.
RR: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (C) 2 Jos Buttler (WK) 3 Sanju Samson 4 Steve Smith 5 Ben Stokes 6 Rahul Tripathi 7 Stuart Binny 8 Krishnappa Gowtham 9 Shreyas Gopal 10 Jofra Archer 11 Dhawal Kulkarni
CSK: 1 Shane Watson 2 Faf du Plessis 3 Suresh Raina 4 Ambati Rayudu 5 Kedar Jadhav 6 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Deepak Chahar 9 Imran Tahir 10 Scott Kuggeleijn 11 Mohit Sharma
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