Match 61: CSK vs RR | Full Analysis | Pitch Report | Best 11

The 61st match of the tournament between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). The match between them will start at 3:30 P.M. (IST).       

Teams Analysis: 

Chennai Super Kings (CSK):

After losing their last match which was against GT makes it tough for Chennai to reach the playoffs as they are in the situation to win their remaining 2 matches so that their chances will be bright. They are currently 4th in the points table with 12 points in 12 matches, having won 6 and lost 6. 

Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad is providing healthy runs to the team with 541 runs and is at the 2nd place in the orange cap list. With one century and four half-centuries he has a strike rate of 145.82. On the other hand he didn’t get any help from the other end in the opening as Ajinkya Rahane was constantly struggling to put up runs on the board. He has got only 209 runs in 12 matches with an average of 19. In the last five matches his strike rate was 96.07.  

After missing four matches Rachin Ravindra got the chance to play again in the yellow jersey in the last match but failed to capitalise it well and got run-out after scoring just 1 run. At the start of the season, he batted aggressively but after 2 matches he was suddenly seen struggling to score runs. Shivam Dube also got a great start to the season but could not hold that momentum much longer. In the last three innings he got out on a duck twice while in the last match also he survived being bowled in the first delivery. He has scored 371 runs with a strike rate of 170.18. 

MS Dhoni has a strike rate of 226.67 but it mostly came to bat on the last or second last over, which sometimes put the team on the backfoot. He scored 136 runs with an average of 68. Ravindra Jadeja contributed decently in both the departments as he got 220 runs with the bat and took 8 wickets with an economy of 7.62. Daryl Mitchell has played well in the last match and scored 63 runs in just 34 balls. He has a strike rate of 143.14 in this season with 292 runs in total. 

In the absence of their prime bowlers, the team suddenly goes on the backfoot in the bowling department, which can be easily seen in the last match. Tushar Deshpande is currently the team’s best bowler with 14 wickets and having an economy of 8.62.

The other pacers Shardul Thakur and Simarjeet Singh had an economy of 9.13 and 10.86 respectively.   

Probable playing 11 for the match:

Ruturaj Gaikwad ©, Ajinkya Rahane, Rachin Ravindra, Shivam Dube, Daryl Mitchell, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk), Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Despande. 

(Impact Player: Richard Gleeson)  

Rajasthan Royals (RR):

This team needs just one win to confirm their seat for the playoffs. Currently they are standing at 2nd place in the points with 16 points in 11 matches in which they won 8 and lost 3. But out of their 3 defeats the last 2 came in their last 2 encounters. The last defeat came against DC where it was a little controversial on the out given to Sanju Samson.     

The top 4 batters are providing healthy runs to the team. Yashasvi Jaiswal has scored 320 runs with a strike rate of 157.64 in which he has one century and one half-century to his name. In the initial stage of the tournament, he was little inconsistent with the bat but in the last 4 matches he looked a little decent. Jos Butler on the other hand has two centuries to his name in this season while chasing. He has 338 runs in 10 matches with a strike rate of 146.96. 

Sanju Samson is in top-notch form and is the highest scorer of the team with 471 runs which includes five 50+ knocks. His best came in the last match where he scored 86 runs. His average is 67.29 and has a strike rate of 163.54. Riyan Parag is not much behind him and has managed 436 runs in which he has hit 4 half-centuries. He has a strike rate of 156.27. 

The hard hitters Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell had a strike rate of 184.44 and 179.07 respectively. Whereas with one half-century Dhruv Jurel has managed 103 runs to his name. 

Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker in the team with 14 wickets to his name but his economy tends towards the higher side which is 9.9. In the last 5 matches he conceded 54, 48, 41, 62 and 48 runs in his spell. 

Pacers Trent Boult and Avesh Khan have 11 wickets to his name while Sandeep Sharma has 10 taken wickets till now.          

Probably playing 11 for the Match:

Sanju Samson (c/wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Butler, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Shubham Dubey, Rovman Powell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal. 

(Impact Player: Sandeep Sharma) 

Head to Head (CSK vs RR):

They played 28 matches against each other.    

Highest score246223
Lowest score109126

Pitch Report:

The match will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. This pitch has become a little slow as compared to the starting. Despite this a decent target can be set easily. Spinners might get some help from the pitch and batters can enjoy batting at the first half of the match.                                              

Weather Report:

The weather is mostly expected to be sunny with a 20% chance of rain. But still the match will be played and no delayment will be seen. Humidity will be quite high which is expected to be more than 70%. The temperature in the daytime will touch 34 degree celsius while it will drop down to 29 degree celsius at night.                         

Best 11 for the Match:

Jos Butler, Sanju Samson (vc), Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad ©, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravindra Jadeja, Riyan Parag, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Tushar Deshpande.

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