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IPL 2018 | MATCH 43 | RR VS CSK | FANFIGHT | FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW

IPL 2018 | MATCH 43 | RR VS CSK | FANFIGHT | FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW

RR vs CSK: CSK are only one win away from making it to the playoffs, a record 9th time in the IPL. Chennai Super Kings are back with a bang after getting defunct for 2 years. They’ve already registered 7 wins in 10 games and at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, they have a massive opportunity to tighten their grip in the top half of the table. MS Dhoni has been instrumental yet again not only with his captaincy but also with his batting prowess. How far can Chennai go? If we go by current form, they must absolutely steamroll RR. But, this is the IPL and at home, Rajasthan have a stupendous record. RR vs CSK promises to be yet another cliffhanger. Which team are you rooting for?

RR HAVE TO WIN THIS TIE

Rajasthan are hanging by the thread as far as the points table is concerned. After 10 games they’ve managed to manufacture only 4 wins. Post auctions, a top 4 entry was envisaged for the Rahane led squad but their major match winners have failed to execute aptly when needed. The likes of Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahane and D’Arcy Short weren’t able to respond effectively. A loss against CSK will verily eliminate their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. Can RR pull this off?

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT THE SAWAI MANSINGH

PLAYED

19

PLAYED

5

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

6

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

3

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

13

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

2

Trivia: Rajasthan have played 43 games at the SMS stadium and have won 32. That’s a winning percentage of 74.4.

VENUE: THE SAWAI MANSINGH STADIUM, JAIPUR

PITCH CONDITIONS

The average first innings score at this venue this season has been 158. Out of the 5 games played here, 3 have been won by the team batting first and 2 by the chasing team. 168/7 has been the highest score put up. The major factors. The dimensions of the ground aren’t as tiny as some of the other grounds and pacers have made the most of this slowish wicket. Win the toss here and bat first. Chasing has always been tricky on this ground. Batsmen in the death overs go for the glory hits and fall short of the boundary more often than not.

Wickets taken by pacers – 36
Wickets taken by spinners – 19

STATS AT THE VENUE

Matches played

38

Matches won batting 1st

12

Matches won batting 2nd

26

Average 1st innings score

156

Average 2nd innings score

124

Highest total recorded

197/1 by RR vs RCB

Lowest total recorded

92/10 by MI vs RR

TEAM NEWS

Anureet Singh was brought in for the last two games and has bowled only 3 overs since. Dhawal Kulkarni’s inclusion might add strength to the bowling attack.

Chennai are expected to field the same eleven. Dhruv Shorey didn’t make the most of the opportunity he was provided with but is likely to be retained, for this fixture.

EXPECTED PLAYING 11

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Jos Buttler(wk), Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, K Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni/Shreyas Gopal.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi.

FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR RR vs CSK

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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

1. JOS BUTTLER

Buttler batting in the middle order was always a sceptical move. RR took 7 innings to realise that and unfortunately for them, a spot in the top 4 is a massive ask. Since he’s opened for RR, Buttler has scored 3 fifties in as many games. Scores of 67, 51 and 82 have helped RR to get off to flying starts. Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t been his usual best but with Buttler at the other end, Rajasthan can always count on the English keeper.

IPL 2018 – Matches: 10, Runs: 320, Strike-rate: 146.78, Balls/Boundary: 5.5

2. AMBATI RAYUDU

Rayudu after a long 2-year gap has made it to the Indian squad yet again. Courtesy, his phenomenal form in the Indian Premier League. Rayudu has been spitting fire in this year’s IPL. Rayudu has scored 423 runs so far in 10 games and is 3rd on the list of highest run-getters. He’s hit 22 sixes and 39 boundaries. Another major improvement has been his running between the wickets. He’s certainly the player to watch out for.

He’s valued 8.6 credits on FanFight and is a favourite to feature in the FanFight fantasy cricket teams.

3. JOFRA ARCHER

He’s getting better with every game. Fast yorkers, rapid length deliveries and a dicy bouncer. Archer can bowl them all. Jofra is bound to get you wickets. Rajasthan have to make sure that runs aren’t leaked from the other end. He’s already picked 9 wickets in 5 games and that speaks immensely about his potential. Can he guide Rajasthan to the playoffs?

On FanFight, Archer’s valued at 8.2. A bargain you asked for? That’s one right there. He’ll be a player to keep an eye on.

DID YOU KNOW?

MS Dhoni has hit the most number of sixes this season in the IPL. He’s hit 27 sixes. Gayle at number 2 has hit 25.

From CSK, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo have bowled one maiden each. Only 7 maidens have been bowled in IPL 2018.

Jos Buttler hit a fifty off 18 deliveries against DD. That was the 4th fastest fifty in IPL 2018 and the 11th fastest overall.

SQUADS

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Heinrich Klaasen, Ish Sodhi.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey.

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