Super Kings look to cement playoffs spot against battling Royals
The last time these two teams faced each other, Shane Watson scored a belligerent hundred against his old team to put the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on top of that game. Given the fact that he will be returning to his old home ground, in Jaipur, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be wary of another Watson special.
Date: May 11, 2018
Time: 20:00 hours IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
As they continue to battle to keep their campaign alive, the Royals still haven’t found a solution to their middle order woes. Even though they managed to win their last game against Punjab, they squandered a strong start to limp to a total of 158. While such lapses allowed them to get away against a team like Punjab, who themselves have a weak middle order, they cannot afford to do the same against the likes of Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo.
Dhoni’s tremendous form with the bat has been a treat to watch for Indian cricket lovers in general and there is no doubt about the fact that there will be a strong contingent of people turning up at the stadium to support CSK just for him.
While RR continued to find a solution to their middle order, they will be buoyed by the form of Jos Buttler, who has struck form after having a lean first half of the tournament. However, Ben Stokes continues to struggle and with that so has the Royals’ death overs batting.
Chennai brought in David Willey for the last game and gave Dhruv Shorey an opportunity in the middle order. With just one more victory needed to seal their playoffs spot, CSK can afford to give Shorey a couple of more chances as the bowling combination of Willey and Lungi Ngidi makes their attack more threatening.
The Royals might have won their last game but this game promises to be a sterner test. A loss will end their campaign and that is what makes it important for Ajinkya Rahane and co. to find answers to their batting woes in this game!
Expect an unchanged eleven from CSK.
Chennai Super Kings – Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur
Dhawal Kulkarni might come in for Anureet Singh.
Rajasthan Royals – Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
* Shane Watson has a reputation of being a fierce striker of the ball. However, he has been overshadowed by Ambati Rayudu this season. While Watto has a strike rate of 148.41 during this season’s powerplay, Rayudu has been going at 160.87
* Three of the top ten run getters this season are from CSK – Rayudu at third spot with 423 runs, Dhoni at seventh spot with 360 runs and Watson at tenth spot with 328 runs*
*Updated till the end of Match number 41 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians
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