2018, ഏപ്രിൽ 20, വെള്ളിയാഴ്‌ച

Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 17th Match team news




On Friday (April 20), one of IPL's least celebrated rivalries is all set to resume. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have been involved in many thrilling contests in the past before their suspensions, going all the way back to the inaugural IPL final in 2008. It's a rivalry that's not been on the radar as much as the one between CSK and Mumbai Indians or the South Indian derby involving Royal Challengers Bangalore and again, CSK. Perhaps, it's because of the unassuming nature of the Royals, who have always been comfortable in avoiding the spotlight. 

Both sides have undergone changes since their last clash almost three years ago . Ravindra Jadeja, who took four wickets in CSK's tight victory that day, is not playing a major role with the ball this season. Shane Watson, on whom Royals' success was largely built in the first eight years, has now swapped teams with the Jaipur-based outfit moving on to Ben Stokes, who comes in with a similar profile to that of the Australian allrounder in his prime. Royals themselves have shed the tag of being stringent spenders in the auction post their comeback, making Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat the two costliest players this time.


Royals have had a mixed start to the tournament so far, winning two and losing two, their inconsistency has coincided with the big guns misfiring so far. Stokes and Unadkat are yet to stamp their authority on the tournament whereas D'Arcy Short has found it tough to come to grips with spin despite coming into the IPL on the back of some fantastic form in the format. Sanju Samson has stood out from the rest whereas skipper Ajinkya Rahane has gotten off to good starts without making them count. Royals will be hoping that their bowling attack, which has a predominantly Indian make-up, can deliver against a side that's been nothing short of being unpredictable.

CSK have been immensely entertaining in all three of their games so far, pulling off heists in the first two with Dhoni almost making it three out of three with his career-best IPL knock. The biggest talking point though is their 'new home'. 1000 fans from Chennai are set to descend in Pune to give CSK a much-needed spark after their games were moved out of Chepauk. But it's a team that has always found support no matter where they are playing. The thinktank will be more concerned about the nature of the surface that they will be playing on after stocking their side with spinners in order to take advantage of the Chennai track.

When: April 20, 2018, MCA Stadium, Pune, 8:00 PM IST

Where: MCA Stadium in Pune

What to expect: Warm temperatures are set to greet the two teams with conditions becoming slightly cooler as the night progresses

Team News


Chennai Super Kings

Batting coach Michael Hussey was confident of MS Dhoni pulling through after he suffered a back injury at Mohali. CSK will be keeping a close watch on Suresh Raina whose leg was heavily strapped. Even though he took part in the nets against spinners, it's unlikely that he will feature. David Willey or Mark Wood could replace one of the Indian seamers and if that happens, Imran Tahir will have to make way for Karn Sharma.

Probable XI: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood/David Willey, Karn Sharma/Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur/Deepak Chahar

Rajasthan Royals

There is a case for D'Arcy Short to be dropped in favour of Heinrich Klaasen in order to take on CSK's spin threat but if the tinge of grass on the surface stays intact, Royals will be tempted to give Short one more opportunity. They have also flirted with the possibility of handing a debut to Jofra Archer. In that case, he might come in for Ben Laughlin. 

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Heinrich Klaasen, Jos Buttler (WK), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Head to Head

CSK 11 - 6 RR

Team Record at Pune

Both teams have a 50% record at Pune with a 1-1 win-loss record for CSK and 2-2 for RR

Interesting face-offs

Raina vs RR: Raina has the second most runs against RR in IPL after Gambhir's 505. Raina has scored 471 runs at 27.71 in 17 innings against RR (SR 135.34). But his average of 27.71 is the second lowest against an opponent after 27.30 vs SRH.

Venue trends

In the seven matches at this venue last season, spinners enjoyed bowling here taking 29 wickets at 23.83 at an economy of 7.14. Only Chinnaswamy Stadium had a lower average for spinners in 2017 - 20.59.

Team performance

- CSK has been the best in the death overs this season, scoring at 13.54 which is the highest among all the teams.

- RR have taken the fewest wickets in the tournament - 14 - and have the worst bowling average among all sides - 39.14. CSK is the only other team to average 30-plus with the ball - 33.18.
Teams:
Chennai Super Kings (From): Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Mark Wood, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, David Willey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Monu Kumar, Kshitiz Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Lungi Ngidi, Kanishk Seth, KM Asif, Suresh Raina
Rajasthan Royals (From): Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Ish Sodhi, Heinrich Klaasen, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera