Chennai Super Kings hit the ground running in the first game against Mumbai Indians. They had little turnaround time and will now clash against Rajasthan Royals in their second fixture of IPL 2020. CSK has had quite a few blows before the season, but appeared better equipped than was believed to be.
Rayudu seems settled into the Raina role and Faf du Plessis also found form in the first game. Chennai will want Shane Watson and Murali Vijay too to hit the straps.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, have a depleted side with Jos Buttler missing out due to quarantine rules (as he travelled with family) and Ben Stokes being out of contention for now owing to personal issues back home.
Thankfully for them, Steven Smith is cleared to play after a concussion scare in the nets during the series against England and will lead the side. Rajasthan have some quality Indian players in the side and will want a few of them to start off well to cover up for Buttler and Stokes.
Team news and predicted XI
CSK are expected to continue with the same XI as Dhoni is someone who prefers consistency in selection. If at all a change is in the offing, it could be Murali Vijay making way for Ruturaj Gaikwad. Stephen Fleming confirmed Dwayne Bravo will sit out two more games and Sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi did a fine job in his absence, so it isn’t a straightforward way back for him.
RR, on the other hand, will likely start with two leggies Shreyas Gopal and Mayank Markande. David Miller could start in Stokes’ absence and there’s also a case for Tom Curran to be included on two-pace wickets.
CSK: Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi.
RR: David Miller, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Tom Curran.
- Use maximum of Rajpoot with the new ball when it’s swinging around to counter Watson and Rayudu.
- Rajasthan’s top-order batsman are good picks but stay away from batsmen after no.4
- Bank on all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja given his good record against Steven Smith – 11 dismissals across internationals.
- Shane Watson could be a good pick against his former franchise. Gambling on him as captain won’t be a bad move.
- Ngidi could give wickets in the death overs again, particularly given RR’s weak batting.
Faf du Plessis
Shane Watson ©
Lungi Ngidi (vc)
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