With the battle for the fourth position in the Playoffs heating up, Rajasthan Royals turned a winning corner in their previous game when they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs. Now with a chance to get back into the contention for a top-four finish in the round robin games, the Ajinkya Rahane-led side will host MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. A win for RR will see them getting to 10 points in 11 games, same as Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, and will make them the third team which will be vying for the fourth position in the table. CSK, on the other hand, will look to win and seal a Playoff berth for themselves. Catch live scores, updates and commentary from Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings in Match 43 in Indian Premier League.
Jaipur pitch poses plenty of concern for both sides. In the last game, it allowed for good hitting to start with before quickly getting worse and putting th brakes on the flow of runs. “We have certainly looked with interest about the preparations [of the pitch]… today was flooded. From where I come from, in my country, if the pitch is flooded we don’t play for a week. [But] Today it looks like it’s playable. So obviously, a lot of dry weather,” said CSK coach Stephen Fleming. “There was some turn and a little bit of variable pace in the last couple of games here and we again we have to make the right combinations. We have got a lot of all round talent in our side and certainly suited for all conditions. But we can tweak it here or there and that’s what we will look at after today’s practice,” he said on Thursday.
On the other side, Ish Sodhi said, “The pitch [for tomorrow] can be completely different. In the last match, we batted [first] and I could see how the wicket was to bowl and I could plan on what to bowl. Obviously, the wicket will change tremendously. My plan was to bowl a fast straight line until I saw deliveries turning. I tried to be a bit more aggressive.”
“I will have to assess that. I will see how the pitch is in the first six overs. I will speak to Krishnappa Gowtham, see how the wicket behaves for him and I will plan my bowling. You have to be adaptable to a wicket which offers turn. I hope to adapt to the wicket,” he added.
Here are the playing xi probables for CSK:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur
Here are the playing xi probables for RR:
Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Anureet Singh
Rajasthan Royals have had not the best season. After a string of three consecutive defeats, they managed to find a lifeline in their previous encounter, as they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs. Now, they need to continue this new found confidence, that has stemmed from the supreme form in which the opening batsman Jos Buttler has been in the past three matches, and push towards making it through the play offs. Results in past three matches: DD vs RR (Loss by 4 runs, DLS); KXIP vs RR (Lose by 6 wickets); RR v KXIP (Won by 15 runs)
Chennai Super Kings are in excellent form throughout the season with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni being in roaring form. The side have won 7 out of their 10 encounters so far, and their 6-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous match has all but confirmed their position in the Playoffs. Though the one-away defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders a few days ago, has shown that CSK can sometimes struggle on away grounds. Results in past three matches: CSK vs RCB (Won by 6 wickets); KKR vs CSK (Lose by 6 wickets); CSK v DD (Won by 13 runs)
It was an epic encounter on Thursday between hosts Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, where the batsmen came out on top. For DD, it was Rishabh Pant who hammered an unbeaten 128* i 63 balls to steer his side to 187/5 in 20 overs. Chasing 188, SRH lost Alex Hales but Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson kept their nerves and added 176* runs together to script another win for Hyderabad. While Dhawan scored 92* in 50 balls, Williamson scored 83* in 53.
The last time Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals met, it was a one-man show by Shane Watson who blasted 106 runs in 57 balls to take his side to a massive total of 204. With Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo and Karn Sharma taking two wickets each for CSK, the RR were bundled out for 140, giving the MS Dhoni’s side a 64-run win. Rajasthan Royals will look to make the best of the home conditions this time around and will look to have a similar blistering start with Jos Buttler finding form at the right time. The England batsman has scored three consecutive fifties for RR and has started to look extremely threatening in the tournament. He could be the key figure for RR. CSK, on the other hand, will depend once again on Captain Cool Dhoni, who has been ab absolute rock for them throughout IPL 2018.