Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals would like to build on their first victories and gain momentum when they face off in the Indian Premier League (IPL), here on Monday.
The two sides bounced back after losing their first games with victories, albeit in contrasting styles.
While MS DhoniCSK made it easier against the Punjab Kings, the Royals came out against the Delhi Capitals in the final. Both teams expected a second victory to boost their campaign.
CSK responded excellently after an intrusive defeat by the Capitals with Deepak Chahar, who raised a hand with a four from the door to break the back of
A Punjab team that sets a six-door victory.
Chahar, in particular, came up with a fine spell that helped CSK limit his opponent to below 106, which the batsmen chased without much trouble.
The Super Kings will expect Chahar to continue the good work, while hoping that Sam Quran, Shardul Thakur and the others will also strengthen.
Also, a South African step Lungi Ngidi is out of quarantine and can be included in player XI to give more teeth to the CSK attack.
England is comprehensive Mouen Ali was in the midst of victory over the Punjab and this should please the CSK think tank. He picked up the wicket and spun it smoothly.
Faf du Plessis made an undefeated 36, although he was not doing his best and would hope to upgrade while liking Ruturaj Gaikwad and
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Suresh RainaIts presence has certainly boosted CSK watts and its shape will be crucial in the long run. He will want to get a big score after returning to the IPL at fifty.
Donnie didn’t hit the game against Punjab after a duck in the opening game. It remains to be seen whether the captain decides to push himself up and give himself a chance to find some form.
Meanwhile, the Royals will strive to build on the victory over the Capitals after a dramatic loss to Punjab by four wins.
Skipper Sanju Samson struck a great tone that almost won the opener for them and his form, along with that of Joss Butler and David Miller will be crucial to their chances in the tournament.
The royals would love to see their batsmen shoot in unison as the top order collapses against Delhi before Miller and Chris Morris pull them out of line.
The experienced step Jade’s uncut emphasized his value with a superb spell against Delhi, while young Chetan Sakarya showed promise.
The experience of Maurice and Mustafizur Rahman can be crucial in tight situations.
The Royals’ bowlers will try to strike early to stifle CSK’s non-dominant wadding, while the batsmen must step up in a promising, interesting battle between the two sides, led by goalkeepers.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Doni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner,, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joss Butler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tevatiya, Mahipal Lomror, Shreas Gopal, Mayanka Marka Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
The match starts at 19.30.