CSK vs RR: The Rivalry Re-Ignited
After a grueling loss both Chennai and Rajasthan are set to take on each other first time after returning from a two year ban. Both CSK and RR lost their respective games very closely. Dhoni almost took CSK over the line but was restricted by Mohit’s good bowling meanwhile Rahane led Rajasthan lost to Kolkata with ease due to not so good bowling performance.
Head to Head: Both the teams have played 17 matches between them, from which CSK has won 10 and RR has won 6.
Pitch: The match will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The pitch is likely to be a batsman friendly and Pace bowlers might get swing in the start of the innings.
Comparison- Both the teams have solid batting department and are good fielding unit. The problem is with the bowling of both the sides but Rajasthan look more weaker bowling unit in comparison to Chennai.
Chennai Super Kings- CSK is likely to make a couple of changes to their side. With Suresh Raina being declared fit, CSK is likely to drop Harbhajan and strengthen their batting, also they are likely to drop Billings and add Willey to the line-up to give a extra Swing Bowler option and he can be used as a floater too. Also Thala(Dhoni) is fit and has fully recovered from the back-pain which he suffered during the match against KXIP.
M.Vijay, Watson, Raina, Rayudu, MS.Dhoni(C/Wk), DJ.Bravo, D.Willey, R.Jadeja, Shardul, D.Chahar, Tahir
Rajasthan Royals- The Royals are likely to Drop Buttler and Laughlin to add Klassen and Jofra Archer for the summit clash. The rest of the side is likely to remain same.
Rahane(C), Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Samson, B.Stokes, Klassen(Wk), J.Archer, S.Gopal, K.Gowtham, J.Unadkat, D.Kulkarni
- Both Samson and Thala Dhoni are leading run-scorers for their respective side.
- Thala has scored 109 in 3 matches where as Samson has scored 185 runs in 4 matches and he is [Samson] is at no. 2 on the Orange Cap List.