The 37th match of IPL 2020 is to be played between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. This match will be very important for both teams. Both the teams reached here after losing their respective previous matches, so far they have played a total of 9–9 matches in the IPL 2020, in which both the teams have lost 6–6 matches. Today, the team that loses the match will be more difficult to reach the playoffs.
Assess both teams
Talking about Chennai Super Kings, they had to face defeat in their last match against Delhi. The good thing for CSK in that match was that their batsmen appeared back in color. Faf du Plessis (58) and Shane Watson (36) took over the team after Sam Curran was dismissed in the first over and added 87 runs for the second wicket. After that Rayudu and Jadeja scored some fast runs to bring the team to respectable scores. Dhoni’s form for Chennai still remains a cause for concern as he was dismissed against Delhi in an attempt to play the big shot. Dhoni is playing completely different from his style which is causing his failure. Dhoni will have to spend some time on the pitch and make big shots only then he will be able to play some important innings for his team.
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This change can happen in CSK
Talking about his bowling, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur to Sam Kurran are all bowling well. But with Dwayne Bravo getting injured again against Delhi, CSK’s problem has increased. Jadeja bowled the last over due to Bravo’s injury and his team had to face defeat. The CSK coach made it clear after the match that Bravo might have to stay out of the team for a few days or even weeks. In such a situation, either his team Imran Tahir or Josh Hazlewood can get a place in the team.
At the same time, Rajasthan’s batsmen also performed well by making big changes against Royal Challengers in their last match. Smith had Robin Uthappa batting at his opening place. Uthappa took advantage of this and gave the team a brisk start by playing a blistering innings of 41 off 22 balls. Smith then came to number four and scored a half-century and Butler was handed the responsibility of the finisher by the team management. This batting order of the team looks very good already.
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Stokes-Samson’s form became a cause for concern for Rajasthan
Concern for the team is the form of Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson. Stokes is yet to perform in the IPL 2020 for the kind of performance he is known for. On the other hand, Sanju Samson has failed to pursue the dream debut this season. Samson is trying to play the big shot as soon as he arrives, due to which he is failing. They have to spend a little time on the first pitch and after understanding the pitch they have to choose their shots accordingly.
Talking about Rajasthan bowling, Joffra Archer, Karthik Tyagi along with spinners Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal are doing well, but Ukna is not able to support the fifth bowler. Smith’s decision to give Jaydev Unadkat the 19th over against Royal Challengers Bangalore pushed the team to victory. If Smith had bowled Archer at that time, the result could have been different. The thing to see now will be whether the team management gives Jaydev Unadkat a place in the team after this bad performance.
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Head to head
CSK has dominated the head-to-head competition between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. So far 22 matches have been played in IPL between these two teams, in which 14 CSK have been successful in winning 8 Rajasthan. At the same time, both of them have won 3-3 matches in the last 6 matches. When these teams first clashed in IPL 2020, Rajasthan defeated Chennai by 16 runs in Sharjah.
Rajasthan Royals Team: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (w), Steven Smith (c), Jose Butler, Rahul Teotia, Joffra Archer, Ryan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Karthik Tyagi, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh, Akash Singh. Rawat, Mayank Markande, Ocean Thomas, Mahipal Lomror, Shashank Singh, Andrew Tye, Tom Curren, Ankit Rajput, Manan Vohra, Anirudh Joshi, David Miller, Varun Aaron
Chennai Super Kings Team: Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w / c), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Lungi Nagidi, Monu Kumar, Michelle Santner, Ravisreenwasan Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
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