Date: October 2, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Preview: As one team plays to celebrate their qualification in play-offs, the other team will look to keep their chances alive of progressing ahead - This is what this contest between Chennai and Rajasthan in Indian T20 League is all about! MS Dhoni's side have already qualified for the next stage, having secured 18 points in 11 matches. They will be playing to assure their position in top 2 but on the other hand, stakes are quite high with Rajasthan reeling at 7th spot with only 8 points in 11 matches. A defeat for them would more or less end their campaign.
Analysis: Some extremely exciting players will be on display in this contest and while Sanju Samson should be a certain pick in the wicketkeepers' slot, you can also consider choosing MS Dhoni in your side as he is consistently giving points with his catching. The Chennai captain also found his rhythm while batting against Hyderabad and could be in for another cameo in this contest.
Among the batters, the opening duos of both the sides (Ruturaj and du Plessis/ Yashavi and Evin Lewis) have been quite impressive and must be included in your side without any doubt. Dwayne Bravo is the man in form and can also be considered as choice for captain/vice-captain. Meanwhile, Shardul Thakur and Mustafizur Rahman have been the star performers in the bowling department and can get crucial points with their wicket-taking abilities.
People's pick for Fantasy:
Probable Playing XI
Chennai- Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Rajasthan- Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Dafa Bet Prediction of the Game:
Head-to-head record- In the 24 meetings between the two sides in Indian T20 League, Chennai have dominated the fixture with 15 wins to their name which also included a comprehensive 45-run win earlier this season.
UAE factor- The contest will be played in Abu Dhabi where the bowlers have dominated. Chennai's bowling department is clicking as a unit with Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar consistently among the wickets.
Form of players- Chennai's opening duo of Ruturaj Gaiwkad and Faf du Plessis is in scintillating form and could be the difference between the two sides.
Wicketkeepers: Sanju Samson, MS Dhoni
Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Liam Livingstone
All-rounders: Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
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