After losing their previous Indian Premier League (IPL) clash by a whisker, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will aim to start off with a win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their new home ground — the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium, here on Friday. CSK were forced to move out of their original home venue in Chennai amid political unrest over the Cauvery water-sharing issue.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
The live telecast of the IPL 2018 match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will start at 8 PM on April 20th (Friday).
Both the teams, who have returned to the league after serving two year bans following the spot-fixing scandal, will face each other for the first time in the ongoing edition.
While Chennai lost their previous match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 4 runs in Mohali, the Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at home.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
With two wins and two defeats, Rajasthan are placed fifth with four points, while the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai also have an equal number of points after two wins from three matches and are at the fourth position.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
Rajasthan started their IPL 2018 campaign on a poor note, hammered by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets. They however, gained momentum and registered two back-to-back wins against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
Later, Kolkata outclassed them by seven wickets.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
With 185 runs from four games, Sanju Samson has been the most impressive batsman for Rajasthan while skipper Rahane has amassed 130 runs.
Rajasthan’s bowlers — K. Gowtham and Ben Laughlin — have performed well while leggie Shreays Gopal has also been economical.
However, all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore, has failed to fire till now.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
On the other hand, two-time champions Chennai had a great start to their campaign with back-to-back wins against defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
It was Dwayne Bravo’s 30-ball 68 against Mumbai which helped Chennai register their first win and later, Sam Billings’ 23-ball 56 guided them home against Kolkata Knight Riders in a high-scoring match.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
In their last match against Kings XI Punjab, Ambati Rayudu (49) and Dhoni (79) almost handed Chennai a hat-trick of wins but they fell short by four runs. (Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
In the bowling department, Shane Watson has been impressive with five wickets from three games while Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir have three wickets each from as many games.
It will also be Chennai’s first game at Pune, which is now their new home for this year’s edition of the cash-rich league, and the two-time champions will be keen to regain lost momentum.(Live Update On IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals).
Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, 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.
IPL 2018 Fantasy League: Top five picks for the CSK vs RR game in IPL 2018
Who should you pick in the heavyweight clash in the Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals match?
In today’s IPL 2018 match; Chennai Super Kings will welcome Rajasthan Royals to their new home at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. In what would be a rematch of the inaugural IPL final; which the Royals won, CSK would be playing in Pune after their matches from Chennai got shifted due to the ongoing Cauvery Water Management protests. While CSK lost their last match against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, Rajasthan Royals played on Wednesday when they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders. Here are the top five picks for your IPL 2018 Fantasy League squad for the CSK vs RR game:
IPL 2018 Fantasy League: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals (CSK vs RR)
It’s always an interesting encounter when these two teams — part of the first IPL final —meet. Coming back to the tournament after two years; both these teams will feel they have something to prove in IPL 2018. While the short boundaries and the batting-friendly pitch of Pune provide the perfect stage for a match of such high quality.
1. Shane Watson
Shane Watson has had a decent IPL so far. Although he would like to score more runs personally, Watson has been able to kick start the CSK innings from time to time. The Australian being an opening batsman also guarantees runs for your IPL 2018 Fantasy League squad. In case his batting prowess doesn’t impress you, Shane Watson is the highest wicket-taker for Chennai so far this season.
2. Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo is a proven match-winner. He has taken his team across the finish line on a number of occasions to prove this. Come IPL 2018, Dwayne Bravo has been instrumental in Chennai Super Kings’ opening game success against Mumbai Indians. His all-round capability on the field makes him an asset for your IPL 2018 Fantasy League squad.
3. Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson is currently right in the middle of a purple patch of sorts. If there is anyone that is going to get you points for your IPL 2018 Fantasy League team; it has to be someone like Sanju Samson. He scored a magnificent 45 ball 92 runs, which propelled RR to a total of 217 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Pick Sanju Samson for your IPL 2018 Fantasy League squad and he could get you a lot of points for this game.
4. Ben Stokes
After playing four games, scoring 62 runs and picking up one wicket is below average for any world-class player; even more so if you are the costliest player of the season. Ben Stokes’ season has been disappointing, to say the least. But it always feels like it’s just a matter of time before he explodes onto the scene. For all the Fantasy League players who have been disturbed with Ben Stokes, we get it. But a little patience may get you tons of points for your IPL 2018 Fantasy League squad.
5. Ajinkya Rahane
Rajasthan Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane has been a silent killer of sorts this season. With not much razzmatazz, Rahane has been quietly getting the job done. He has managed to give a solid start to the Rajasthan innings on multiple occasions; scoring 130 runs in four matches. Ajinky Rahane might just be one of the wisest picks for your IPL 2018 Fantasy League squad.
Source : Internet
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