Chennai Super Kings would look to bow out with their heads high as they take on the Rajasthan Royals in the 68th game of the Indian Premier League 2022. The defending champions have had a nightmarish season and come here with a big loss against the Gujarat Titans in their last game. Rajasthan on the other hand defeated the Lucknow Super Giants in the last game and has moved to the 2nd place on the points table.
The Chennai Super Kings have won just four games this season and most of their key players have underperformed. Their bowling attack has been weak and hasn’t threatened the opponents. The Royals have their batting line-up in good form and the side would like to use it to their advantage. It will be interesting to see if CSK can come up with a special show in this game and defeat a confident Rajasthan Royals.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS PREVIEW
Sanju Samson’s side sits in 2nd place on the points table after their 24-run win against the Lucknow Super Giants. The win would have added to the side’s confidence as it came against one of the best teams in the tournament. They would look to repeat the same kind of performance in their last league game. A win in this game would save them from playing the Eliminator and that would be on the mind of the side.
Jos Buttler has been the best batsman in the tournament, and he would look to set up a good opening wicket stand with Yashasvi Jaiswal. Samson has stood like a rock in the middle order, and he would look to anchor the innings with Devdutt Padikkal and Riyan Parag. James Neesham and Ravichandran Ashwin can strike the ball hard and they would look for the boundaries in the final overs.
Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna did well with the new ball in the last game and this is good news for the team as they had struggled previously. Yuzvendra Chahal has been a tough nut to crack for the batsmen and the side would like to see him excel in this game. Obed McCoy did well on his return to the side and he would look to check the flow of runs in the middle overs along with Ashwin who brings lots of experience to this attack.
Top Batsman – Jos Buttler
Top Bowler – Yuzvendra Chahal
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS PREVIEW
The defending champions haven’t been able to inspire confidence. They have just four games this season and currently sit 9th on the points table. The side produced another ordinary performance in the last game where they went down against the Gujarat Titans by 7 wickets. As MS Dhoni leads the side in the last game of the season, he would like a good show and restore lost pride with a win here.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad haven’t been consistent, and this has hurt the side’s performance. They will have to set up a good show at the start of the innings. Moeen Ali, N Jagadeesan, and Shivam Dube must play important knocks in the middle order as their failure to convert have been a big issue for the team. Dhoni and Mitchell Santner will have to do the heavy lifting towards the end of the innings.
Mukesh Choudhary has done well for the side this season and he must get them early wickets sharing the new ball with Simarjeet Singh. Santner and Moeen Ali will enjoy these conditions and they must put pressure on Rajasthan’s powerful batting line-up. The side would also expect tight bowling from Matheesha Pathirana and Prashant Solanki in this game.
Top Batsman – Ruturaj Gaikwad
Top Bowler – Mukesh Choudhary
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: May 20, 7:30 PM
The wicket at Brabourne Stadium has provided some equal contest between bat and bowl. While the new ball swings a touch, batters can play through the line once they get set. Skipper winning the toss might like to chase, considering the dew might play a role later in the evening.
We expect to see a warm and humid evening in Mumbai on May 20 though there will be some clouds in the sky. The wicket has become slightly slower in the last few games played here but it is still great for batting. A score near the 175-run mark would be on the mind of the side batting first.
TOSS: TO BOWL
It is late in the season, and we have seen the pitches getting slightly slower, and setting up a score batting first has been a challenge. Sides chasing the score have the advantage of knowing the target. Hence, we believe the side winning the toss in this game would have little hesitation in opting to bowl first.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIS FOR RR VS CSK
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner/Maheesh Theekshana, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Mukesh Choudhary
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH: JOS BUTTLER
England batter Jos Buttler is currently the top run-getter in IPL 2022. The right-handed batter has stroked a total of 627 runs at an excellent average of 52.25. However, Butler has not been at his best for the past few encounters and will like to play a big knock in the upcoming match.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH: MATHEESHA PATHIRANA
The young pacer from Sri Lanka Matheesha Pathirana impressed everyone in his debut game as he scalped the big wickets of Shubman Gill and skipper Hardik Pandya. Pathirana will look to continue his good form with the bowl in the upcoming match and try to scalp some crucial wickets for his side.
Chennai Super Kings are out of contention for the playoffs and the side would have to play for its pride in this contest. Their key players have failed to live up to their reputation and this has hurt the side. Rajasthan Royals have momentum on their side and a batting line-up that has stood up to the challenge and this would make them favorites to win this game.
Rajasthan Royals to win.