Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 68, Friday, 20 May 2022
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date and Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Where to watch: Star Sports Network | Disney+ Hotstar
Match 68 of the 2022 TATA Indian Premier League brings us live action from the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai for the clash between the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings.
While the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals are coming into this game off the back of a victory over the Lucknow Super Giants, the Chennai Super Kings are coming into the game off the back of a disappointing defeat against the Gujarat Titans.
The RR are currently third in the table, having played thirteen games with eight wins and five defeats. Their batters Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson gave a good start to the team in their last game by scoring 41 and 32 runs respectively. Devdutt Padikkal later came into the attack and scored 39 off 18 balls to take the team’s total to 178. They were competing against the LSG for the second place in the table, and their bowlers did extremely well in giving them a win. The RR bowlers managed to restrict the LSG batters to a total of 154 for 8 wickets and took over the second spot. Although the Super Giants have regained their second spot in the table after beating the Kolkata Knight Riders in their last league-stage game, the Royals still have one game remaining, in which they will have to beat the CSK with a big margin to go equal on points with Lucknow and hopefully edge ahead on the Net Run Rate to end their league stage in the second place.
The Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, sit at the bottom of the table, having played thirteen games with four wins and nine defeats, having suffered defeat against the Gujarat Titans in their previous game. The CSK batters failed to take the team to a good score and only managed to put up 133 runs on the board. Although the Titans did not get to the score convincingly, they eventually got to the total in the 19th over of their innings. One positive the Super Kings would have taken from this game must be the performance of their bowlers.
The Brabourne pitch is very favourable to the batters and has resulted in most 200+ per-innings totals being scored at this stadium this season. Additionally, in the last three matches, the chasing teams have ended on the losing side. The captain winning the toss will, therefore, be looking to bat first and post a big total for the other team to chase.
Probable Playing XIs
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), James Neesham, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Obed McCoy, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench: Navdeep Saini, Rassie van der Dussen, KC Cariappa, Daryl Mitchell, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Anunay Singh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal, Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Kuldeep Sen
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, N Jagadeesan, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Mitchell Santner, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana
Bench: Adam Milne, Chris Jordan, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpnde, Hari Nishanth, Subhranshu Senapati, KM Asif, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Bhagath Varma, Dwaine Pretorius, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana
Matches played: 25 | Rajasthan Royals: 10 | Chennai Super Kings: 15
Last five Matches: Rajasthan Royals: 3 | Chennai Super Kings: 2
Batter to watch out for: Jos Buttler
Although the Rajasthan Royals have a strong batting lineup and most of their batters have done well with the bat, Jos Buttler has stood out in particular this season. Although he has not performed well and scored big in recent games, the Orange Cap holder will be looking to extend his margin of the most runs scored in this edition of the tournament. Since the Brabourne pitch supports the batters, Buttler will be aiming to score big and enter the Playoffs high on confidence.
Bowler to watch out for: Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal will be looking to regain the Purple Cap and grab a couple of wickets for himself as well as the team to try and help them secure a second-place finish.
Jos Buttler (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, MS Dhoni, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad (vc), Devon Conway, Mukesh Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, Simarjeet Singh.
With the motivation to achieve a second-place finish and their squad having a balance of both young talent and experienced players in both their bowling and batting departments, I predict the Rajasthan Royals to convincingly beat the Chennai Super Kings in this fixture.