The next fixture of IPL 2018 will witness the clash of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on April 20. The game will start at 08:00 PM Local. CSK is already facing fitness issues and now it has also been deprived of the home advantage. All the CSK matches have been rescheduled to Pune due to Cauvery dispute.
CSK is already facing fitness issues of many players- Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni. With the shift in the base, CSK will have to reset their mindset and adapt Pune as their new home.
Both CHE and RAJ have lost their previous games. Chennai lost to Punjab by 4 runs despite Dhoni’s heroic efforts and Rajasthan lost to KKR by 7 wickets after putting another below-par performance. Both the teams would be looking to register a win and regain the lost momentum. Chennai has played 3 games and registered 2 wins while Rajasthan has 2 wins in 4 matches.
CHE- W, W, L
RAJ- L, W, W, L
Chennai Thala, Dhoni was struggling with his back injury in the previous game against Punjab. He has also not taken part in practice sessions. But, is expected to lead the team against Royals. Suresh Raina is too recovering from his calf injury. He is recovering fast but will miss this match also. Raina is expected to return against Sunrisers Hyderabad, CSK’s next outing.
Rest no changes are expected in the team.
Rajasthan Royals is still struggling to find the perfect batting combinations. Despite being the top scorer for RAJ in the last game, D Arcy Short had a very disappointing strike rate against KKR and also struggled a lot while playing spinners. He can be replaced by Heinrich Klassen.
Ben Laughlin along with Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaydev Unadkat were lusterless in the bowling attack. Subject to fitness, Jofra Archer might make way into playing 11 in the place of Ben Laughlin.
Risky players- D Arcy Short/ Heinrich Klassen; Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer; Dhawal Kulkarni/Stuart Binny
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Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Kshitiz Sharma, Kanishk Seth, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif
Stuart Binny, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Zahir Khan, Jos Buttler (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, Aryaman Birla, Prashant Chopra, D Arcy Short, Sudhesan Midhun, Sanju Samson, Ben Laughlin, Dushmantha Chameera, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Heinrich Klaasen, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Mahipal Lomror, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Jatin Saxena, Jofra Archer
Two changes are expected in RR- D Arcy Short might make way for H Klassen and Jofra Archer replace Ben Laughlin. In CSK, no changes are expected. Here’s the probable CHE vs RAJ playing 11-
Ajinkya Rahane (c), D Arcy Short/Heinrich Klassen, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer
Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Shardul Thakur
Apart from the last game which turned out to be one-man Dhoni show, Shane Watson, A Rayudu, D Bravo and Sam Billings are the other top contributors in CSK. Rayudu and Dhoni are the top run-scorers for CSK, while Watson has taken 5 wickets in three matches. A lot will depend upon D Bravo, R Jadeja, and Imran Tahir also.
Rajasthan Royals failed to put a competitive total against KKR. Sanju Samson is the top run-scorer for RR while skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes are yet to play an impressive knock.
In bowling, K Gowtham and S Gopal have been worth so far. Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, and Ben Laughlin have been ineffective so far.
Looking the current form of both the teams, it is CSK-the hosts, that will win the game. They have registered two dramatic wins in the last over and had almost won the previous game. Both the teams have come and CSK face to face for 17 times has appeared 11 time. In their last encounter, in 2015 league match, Chennai won the clash with 12 runs.
The lusterless Royals is looking a bit feeble in front of the in-form Chennai Super Kings. As per our CHE vs RAJ match predictions, Chennai Super Kings will be the favorites.
In wicketkeeper, both – MS and Jos Buttler will be good options. We will take Dhoni as he comes up in the order than and Buttler and also because he nailed it in the last game.
In batting, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson and Sam Billings will be the safe bet. You can take anyone out of Rahul Tripathi and Murali Vijay as an extra batsman.
In all-rounder, S Watson, D Bravo, and Ben Stokes are a must have choices.
In bowling, a few changes are expected, so Imran Tahir, Shreyas Gopal, and Shardul Thakur will be the safe choices.
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