Rajasthan Royals will be looking to win once again against the Chennai Super Kings in their reverse fixture of IPL 2023 to get back into their winnings run.
Rajasthan Royals lost back-to-back matches now and are at the 2nd spot of the table with 8 points from 7 matches. They dropped two match points in their recent matches even though they had control in the match but then, in both matches, they let the control slip away and lost in the end.
Rajasthan Royals were a bit underconfident with their run chase in the last match even though they had good control over the match when they were chasing 189 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. They started the match brilliantly as Trent Boult got Virat Kohli out on the first ball and soon got Shahbaz Ahmed, but after that, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell smashed down Rajasthan Royals bowlers.
Rajasthan Royal bowlers did well in the death over and restricted the RCB team to 189. When they came to bat, Jos Buttler got out on the 2nd ball of Siraj, but after that, they had a good partnership between Jaiswal and Padikkal. As soon as Jaiswal got out, the whole team got out on 182, but at the end phase of the innings, Dhruv Jurel played an amazing inning of 34 runs in just 16 balls. Still, they lost the match by 7 runs.
Chennai Super Kings are on the winning run and at the top of the table after winning three matches in a row. Their last defeat was against the Rajasthan Royals, whom they are going to play in their next match.
Chennai Super Kings must be high on confidence as they won their previous match by 49 runs in the high-scoring encounter against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai registered the biggest total of the IPL season 2023 till now, as they scored 235 runs in 20 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane once again was in top form as he scored 71 runs in just 29 balls, and Devon Conway scored his fourth consecutive fifties of the IPL 2023 season. The bowling unit of Chennai Super Kings has improved from the first match, and MS Dhoni also appreciated it in the post-match presentation.
MS Dhoni got a farewell match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, and a large number of the crowd wearing Chennai Super Kings T-shirts showed up on the ground.
“I will just say thanks for the support, they came in big numbers. Most of these guys will come in a KKR jersey next time. They are trying to give me a farewell, so thanks a lot to the crowd,” DhoniDhoni said at post match presentation
RR vs CSK: Head-to-Head Record
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals faced each other 27 times in IPL. Chennai has the upper hand as they won 15 times, and Rajasthan won 12 times, but Rajasthan won four out of their last five encounters against the Chennai Super Kings side, which might give them the confidence to win the next match against them.
The last time they played against each other was in IPL 2023. Rajasthan Royals won by 3 runs, in which Jos Buttler and Ashwin gave the Player of the Match award. Yuzendra Chahal was also a top performer in the match, and together, they defeated Chennai Super Kings at their own home ground Chepauk Stadium.
Last time it was Sandeep Sharma who defended 20 runs against MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, considered one of the best strikers of the ball.
RR vs CSK: Pitch Report of Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
|Batting first won||16|
|Batting second won||31|
|Average 1st innings batting score||157|
|Pace Bowlers Took||324 Wickets|
|Spin Bowlers Took||143 Wickets|
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur pitch has been tough for the batter and good for the bowlers as no team ever crossed the 200 run mark in all 47 IPL matches played here, which clearly shows that the pitch is slow and tacky, which will swing at first and after that will spin also.
The ex-Pakistani and Rajasthan Royals player Sohail Tanveer has a record of 6/14 in his four-over spell in IPL, which is a 2nd best bowling figure after the Gujarat Titans bowler Alzarri Joseph who has a record of 6/12 in 3.4 overs.
The average score here is 157 runs which is a low total in IPL, and batsmen have difficulty picking the right length for the bowlers. The ground dimension is also big if you compare it to other grounds, which gives comfort to spin bowlers as well as pace bowlers.
In the last match between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants, the Batters were in a very tough situation as they could not hit the ball properly, and every time they tried to hit the ball, they all got out. Jos Buttler scored 40 runs in 41 balls which clearly shows that the pitch was too slow to connect the ball because Jos Buttler has an average strike rate of over 175.
Team Preview of Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals are in the 2nd spot of the table with 8 points and will be looking to win their next match against the table-topper Chennai Super Kings, whom they defeated in the previous match of IPL 2023 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Rajasthan Royals will have a tough battle against the Chennai Super Kings sid because both team captains use their options pretty well, and it is one of the reasons why they both are at the top of the table.
Last time their team bowling unit performed really well and defended 175 runs at M. Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk). The Match went to the last ball of the innings as Dhoni played a fantastic inning of 32 in just 17 balls. Sandeep Sharma’s amazing two-yorkers put the match in favor of Rajasthan Royals.
In the last two matches, Rajasthan Royals failed to capitalize on the great start of the innings because their middle order was not consistent at all. Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer are not someone you can rely on in every match, and this is one of the reasons why they failed to win their last two matches.
It’s going to be an exciting match for both teams, and the battle will be against a few ex-players like Ashwin.
“We need to pull up our socks and come back stronger in the next game,”Sanju Samson said after the match.
Team Preview of Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are the table topper for now with 10 points, and after defeat from their next opponent Rajasthan Royals, the Dhoni side has not looked back and won three matches in a row, leading them to 1st spot.
Chennai Super Kings will be of high confidence for their next match because in their previous match, they posted a huge total of 235 runs in 20 overs, and in return, they defended the total very well as they won the match by 49 runs.
Every department of Chennai Super Kings is working well, and after Ajinkya in form play, the team is looking stronger than ever. He had an amazing start to the season, and now he is going stronger than ever because his playing style has changed. He is striking the ball cleanly and scored 209 runs in 5 matches with a strike rate of 199 and an average of 55. He is also back in the test squad, which was announced recently for the WTC Final against Australia.
The Dhoni magic is something every CSK player mentioned because most of the players who performed under Dhoni have struggled in their previous team, but after coming under his wing, they played like star performers.
Chennai Super Kings will love to play on Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur pitch because the bowling department of Chennai Super Kings most relies on their spin department.
RR vs CSK Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Lineup of Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana
Impact Players who can come to the match of RR vs CSK
Devdutt Padikkal can be used as an impact player for the Rajasthan Royals side once again in place of Abdul Basith. For Chennai Super Kings, Ambati Rayudu will likely come as an impact player for Akash Singh.