IPL 2022 RR vs CSK, 68th Match Preview: Rajasthan Royals need to avoid heavy defeat to ensure qualification
With an eye on IPL 2023, Chennai Super Kings will continue to try out N Jagadeesan, Prashant Solanki and Matheesha Pathirana.
RR still comfortably placed
With 6 wins from their first 8 matches, Rajasthan Royals got an impressive head start as compared to the other teams in IPL 2022.
It is because of those victories that despite losing their way slightly in the middle, Rajasthan still sit at the second spot in the IPL 2022 points table with 8 victories from 13 matches and are likely to qualify for the playoffs.
Even if they go on to lose their last league match against Chennai Super Kings, their strong net run rate should see them through. The only thing they need to be wary of is to not lose by a massive margin, and their net run rate will take care of the rest.
There were explosive batting displays from Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal and Sanju Samson in their last match. It is a great sign for Rajasthan Royals that despite the failure of Jos Buttler, RR have enough fire in their batting line up to go big.
The return of Shimron Hetmyer will further boost their chances of beating Chennai. Hetmyer, who became a father for the first time recently, is back in the Rajasthan bubble and is set to replace Jimmy Neesham in the fixture against Chennai Super Kings.
CSK not in the race
CSK on the other hand have already been knocked out of the competition and sit at the second last place with only 4 victories from 13 matches.
The controversy around Ravindra Jadeja, followed by the Ambati Rayudu retirement U-turn, shows that all is not well for them.
CSK's opportunity to test bench strength
The team decided to hand out a few opportunities in their last match against Gujarat Titans, with the team already out of contention. The changes did not work out as they went on to lose by 7 wickets albeit in the last over.
With an eye on IPL 2023, Chennai Super Kings will continue to try out N Jagadeesan, Mitchell Santner, Prashant Solanki and Matheesha Pathirana.
Predicted Playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Mukesh Choudhary
Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy
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