Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the finalists of the inaugural version of the IPL means again in 2008, will face off in Abu Dhabi on Monday with their hopes of staying afloat within the match after a disastrous begin to the 2020 version.
With simply three wins from six video games for each groups, Monday’s conflict is a do-or-die recreation for the previous champions. Both sides have to win their remaining 5 matches to have any hope of qualifying.
CSK’s marketing campaign has suffered because of the absence of key gamers like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. The staff suffered a giant blow throughout its conflict towards Delhi Capitals when Dwayne Bravo picked up a groin damage, which goes to maintain him out of motion for the following few days.
While the batting labored effectively towards the Capitals, its fielding fell quick with as many as 4 dropped catches which allowed Shikhar Dhawan to attain an unbeaten ton.
For Royals, very like CSK, its points stem from its batting unit. Their key batsmen haven’t delivered. The one silver lining although is the truth that Steve Smith lastly managed to attain a half-century in a dropping trigger towards Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The key males
In the primary match between the 2 sides, each Smith and Samson performed brilliantly to arrange a win for Royals at Sharjah and the duo would wish to repeat the identical on Monday.
For CSK, the alternative for Bravo goes to be key. The staff has two spin choices in Mitchell Santner and Imran Tahir whereas Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazelwood are the tempo choices. Hazelwood, in the one recreation he performed towards Capitals, bowled effectively and shall be a favorite to switch Bravo to assist CSK within the loss of life overs.
Head-to-head: Total matches: 23; CSK 14; DC 9.
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, R. Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat.