Date: April 12, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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In the 17th match of the Indian Premier League 2023, Chennai Super Kings will take on Rajasthan Royals at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. CSK have played one home game in their season so far in which they defeated LSG by a close margin. Meanwhile, RR won the only match that they have played on the road against SRH in Hyderabad in a dominant fashion.
Both Chennai and Rajasthan are in very good form leading into their upcoming matchup with 2 wins and 1 loss each in their league campaign. With such a similar journey taken by both CSK and RR so far this season, Chepauk may witness yet another close game involving the first two finalists in the history of the IPL.
Also Read: CSK vs RR Live Score | IPL 2023 Live Score | IPL 2023 Points Table
M.A. Chidambaram provided an entertaining contest in the previous match between CSK and LSG which saw both teams score more than 200 runs each last week. These high totals were a stark contrast to what we generally see at Chepauk in the IPL, a turning pitch where 160-170 runs are scored and defended more times than not. That’s why, it’s important to assess the pitch carefully just before the match begins, but as of now, we should expect a total of over 180 in the first innings between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are firing on all cylinders with the bat on the back of consistent starts provided by the opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway. In Mumbai, the IPL veteran Ajinkya Rahane made his CSK debut at no. 3 and played one of the best T20 innings of his career as he smashed 61 runs in just 27 deliveries against MI. The likes of Ambati Rayudu and Shivam Dube have been able to accelerate the scoring for Chennai in the middle overs to cover up for Ben Stokes, who has been struggling with form and injury recently. The captain MS Dhoni has already played a couple of telling cameos with the bat in the death overs to propel CSK to winning positions.
There have been some concerns for CSK in the bowling department as Deepak Chahar, their prime wicket-taking option in the powerplay, got injured during the match against MI. But his absence wasn’t felt as Chennai managed to use their spin pairing of Ravi Jadeja and Mitchell Santner optimally.
SportsTiger Playing XI of CSK
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravi Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Sisanda Magala, Tushar Deshpande
(Potential Impact Substitute - Rajvardhan Hangargekar for Ambati Rayudu)
Rajasthan Royals have been playing some of their best cricket, especially with the bat, to kickstart their Indian Premier League 2023 campaign. They have scored over 190 runs in each of their first three matches of this season against SRH, PBKS, and DC respectively. The opening pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler has arguably been the best in the IPL since 2022. The captain Sanju Samson and overseas pro Shimron Hetmyer have been able to score big and accelerate the RR run rate in the middle and end overs so far. The sensational start for the youngster Dhruv Jurel with the bat has been one of the most promising things for the Royals this season.
In the bowling department, Trent Boult has already delivered a double wicket maiden over twice in three matches this IPL season. The spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Ashwin have also found their rhythm and bowling exceedingly well for Rajasthan Royals in all phases of the innings.
SportsTiger Playing XI of RR
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, R Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal
(Potential Impact Player - Murugan Ashwin for Dhruv Jurel)
CSK vs RR Fantasy Team:
As both CSK and RR are in prime form, the upcoming matchup between the two sides is going to be very exciting in more ways than one. The result will depend on how the players hold their nerve and perform well in crunch situations when everything is on the line.
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