Chennai showed signs of a team getting its mojo back in the last few games. They put up a fantastic display against the Delhi Capitals after an outstanding victory over the Sunrisers of Hyderabad. They were successful in the match, but a last over blip and missed fielding opportunities cost them the game. With the top four consistently getting runs for their side, their batsmen are slowly getting into their grooves. The shape of MS Dhoni is a worry, but other players have stepped up to take responsibility, such as Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja. In recent games, their pacers have bowled decently too, but the spinners continue to be a big concern for them. Over the years, CSK has relied on its spinner to choke the opposition in the centre, but it doesn’t work that way this season.
Also, Rajasthan Royals are struggling as a team. Their strategy to open with Ben Stokes has not succeeded so far, and after an initial attack, other players like Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler seem to have lost their form. Steve Smith played a decent knock against Bangalore, but to step up to the occasion, he needs his other players. Apart from Jofra Archer, in the bowling department, nobody looks like a bowler capable of picking up wickets for his side. This is a problem that RR needs to resolve as soon as possible because they are at a point where a few losses will threaten their campaign.
Monday will bring clear skies, no precipitation and temperatures hovering around the mark of 33 degrees Celsius, making it a perfect day for an uninterrupted cricket game.
The pitch is becoming slower in Abu Dhabi, but it’s still good to bat on. The team batting second seems more relaxed in these situations from the last few matches. In the upcoming matches in Abu Dhabi, we may see some low scoring games.
Chennai Super Kings:
MS Dhoni (c&wk), Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo/Imran Tahir
Steve Smith (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Dream 11:
Faf du Plessis (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa, Sam Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Deepak Chahar, Kartik Tyagi, Jofra Archer
A change of venue should hand Chennai Super Kings the advantage although it should be a very competitive game. Chennai Super Kings had won 4 of their last 6 fixtures against Rajasthan Royals. Hence, they will back themselves to perform well in Abu Dhabi tonight. Let’s back Chennai Super Kings to win this match tonight at baji.live now!