IPL 2020 Match 37 Preview: CSK vs RR - Bravo's injury may open door for Tahir as Chennai look to break free
After a narrow loss to Delhi Capitals in their last match, CSK have now entered the territory where they must win all matches to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Chennai missed a trick against Delhi
Honestly, Chennai would be ruing their fate in the last match as they had things under control for a large part of the match. After Delhi started the chase well, Chennai were successful in pulling things back in the last quarter. But with 17 to defend off the final over, the team faltered.
Batting first on a decent strip at Sharjah against some quality bowling from Delhi, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson did a great job of adding 87 runs for the second wicket. They started off a bit slowly and then accelerated.
Ambati Rayudu compensated for that with an unbeaten knock of 45 off just 20 balls at a strike rate of 180. Ravindra Jadeja then applied the finishing touches with 33 off 13 deliveries at a strike rate of 253.85 to take Chennai to a good score of 179.
Chennai bowlers also did a fine job with Deepak Chahar starting on the perfect note, dismissing Prithvi Shaw for a golden duck. He had a brilliant night with figures of 4-1-18-2.
Dwayne Bravo also did a fine job of conceding runs at 7.70 from his three overs but his body failed him when the team required him the most.
With Bravo off the field, skipper Dhoni had to choose between Karan Sharma and Ravi Jadeja, who had bowled only one over, to bowl the last over. With the ball slightly wet, the experience that Jadeja possesses and that he is a finger spinner, Dhoni decided to go for the safer option, backed by cricketing wisdom. However, Axar Patel had other plans as Chennai lost by five wickets.
Bravo's injury will make room for either Josh Hazlewood or Imran Tahir, depending on the composition CSK want to go with.
The encouraging thing for Chennai is that they will have an opportunity to earn two points in their fixture against Rajasthan Royals, who have not been doing well either and lost their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets.
Uthappa fires for RR
The good news for Rajasthan though is that Robin Uthappa, who was finally promoted to the top of the order in the last game, starred with 41 off 22 deliveries.
This lengthens their batting line-up, with Jos Buttler in the middle order. They will actually be better placed if they swap Buttler and Stokes in the order as Buttler has done a brilliant job at the top.
Unadkat to make way for Aaron or Rajpoot
Rajasthan have some fine bowlers in Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi and Shreyas Gopal. Archer is also in the race for the Purple cap.
Jaydev Unadkat was very expensive in the last game and is expected to be replaced by either Varun Aaron or Ankit Rajpoot.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler(wk), Robin Uthappa, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron/Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood/Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma
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