Match 43 of VIVO IPL 2018 will see the Rajasthan Royals clash with the Chennai Super Kings.
RR and CSK were among the two teams who had established early momentum. Nine days into the season, both teams had two wins and a loss. CSK have built on that momentum and have parked themselves in the top half of the standings; MS Dhoni’s side has 7 wins from 10 outings, and they will now be eyeing a top-two finish. RR meanwhile haven’t been able to carry forward that early momentum; they’ve won only two of their last 7 matches.
Both teams come into this contest at the back of wins; RR got two points off Kings XI Punjab in their previous match, while CSK defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore before their five-day break. RR have serious issues about their batting, and those concerns need to be immediately addressed. Jos Buttler has scored 200 runs in the last three innings, while the rest of the batsmen have contributed 241 runs for 19 dismissals.
CSK obviously have fewer problems to address, for they have found match-winners regularly. But the two areas they will be tested are in the ground fielding department and running between the wickets. They have several players on the wrong side of 30, and it remains to be seen how agile the players will be in cutting off the additional run and in converting the ones to twos, and twos to threes.
When: May 11, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The average first innings total in the 4 VIVO IPL 2018 matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is 158.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||13|
|Matches won bowling first||25|
|Average 1st Inns scores||155|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||142|
|Highest total recorded||197/1 (20 Ov) by RR vs RCB|
|Lowest total recorded||92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR|
|Highest score chased||197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DC|
|Lowest score defended||151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||18|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||6|
|Won by Chennai Super Kings||12|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Rajasthan Royals: W L L L W
Chennai Super Kings : W L W L W
They made three changes in their side for the last game against the Kings XI Punjab, bringing in Mahipal Lomror, Stuart Binny and Ish Sodhi in place of Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal and D’Arcy Short and the changes clearly worked. they won that match quite comfortably and it will be a surprise if they don’t retain that winning team for the clash against the Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings
Deepak Chahar is not available for this game too he is recovering from his hamstring injury.
England fast bowler Mark Wood who played just one game for CSK this season, has now been released from the squad, so he certainly won’t be featuring in this match.
Rajasthan Royals : Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Anureet Singh, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Sharma, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen
Chennai Super Kings : MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan
Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh/Dhawal Kulkarni
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhahan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- CSK have won four out of their last five games against Royals, and a former Royals player has had a decisive hand in each of the wins: Ravindra Jadeja won the Man-of-the-Match award thrice, and Watson once.
- Stokes has an interesting dynamic with Imran Tahir in IPLs. While he has scored an average of two runs per ball against the legspinner, he has also lost his wicket twice in three innings to him.
- Dhoni is 63 runs away from completing 6000 runs in T20 cricket. He will become the fifth Indian batsman to the milestone, after Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir. Dhoni is also 79 runs away from completing 4000 runs in the IPL.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Jos Buttler, Ambati Raydu, Jofra Archer, Shane Watson