Rajasthan Royals is set to host the reigning champions, Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Man Singh Stadium for a thrilling contest. The hosts will be desperate to register another win while the Yellow Army will be determined to retain their top spot in the points table. After recording an 8-run victory over Rajasthan Royals, both the teams will collide for the second time in this season.

Rajasthan Royals made a horrible start to their IPL campaign this time around. Rahane has been sluggish since the beginning of this campaign both with the bat and captaincy. Having won a single match in their five outings, they are languishing at the second last spot in the points table. The hosts were outplayed once again in their previous encounter by the Knight Riders as they lost the fixture by eight wickets. Steve Smith played an impressive knock of unbeaten 73, but his gritty inning was not enough to take them over the line. Rajasthan Royals would be hoping to land a counterpunch when they host the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming game.

Chennai Super Kings have shown once again why they are a notch above the rest of the IPL teams. With five wins and a sole defeat in their six league games, the defending champions are sitting at the top of the IPL ladder. MS Dhoni has made sure that his troops play sensible and consistent cricket, a trait which helped them clinch their third IPL title last year. CSK bowlers have been in terrific form as they have led them to few victories with their dynamic performances. Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, and Harbhajan Singh find themselves in the purple cap race with 9, 8 and 7 wickets respectively.

 

Match details

 

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2019

Time: 8:00 PM IST

Venue: Sawai Mann Singh Stadium

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

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Venue Stats

 

Average 1st Inns scores – 156

Average 2nd Inns scores – 143

Highest total recorded – 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG

Lowest total recorded – 92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR

Highest score chased – 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG

Lowest score defended – 151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR

 

Head-to-Head

 

Total – 21

RR- 08

CSK -13

 

Head to Head at Sawai Man Singh Stadium

 

Total – 06

Rajasthan Royals – 04

Chennai Super Kings – 02

 

Team News

 

Rajasthan Royals

  • Sanju Samson will replace P. Chopra if he’s fit enough to play.
  • Jaydev Unadkat can also get a chance ahead of Dhawal Kulkarni.

Chennai Super Kings

  • Shardul Thakur might feature in the starting line-up to replace Harbhajan Singh.

 

Squads

 

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane (c), Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner Ish Sodhi

Chennai Super Kings

M.S. Dhoni (c), Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Faf du Plessis, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay

 

Key Players

 

Chennai Super Kings 

  • Faf du Plessis
  • Deepak Chahar
  • Imran Tahir

Rajasthan Royals

  • Steve Smith
  • Ben Stokes
  • Shreyas Gopal

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane(C), Prashant Chopra/Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler(WK), Ben Stokes, S Midhun/Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer

Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C,WK), Scott Kuggeleijn, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh/Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir