Match 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will definitely help you get rid of those Monday blues as Chennai Super Kings will take on Rajasthan Royals.
Both the teams have their backs against the wall as they’ll have to win all their matches to solidify their place in the playoffs. That being said, we might as well see the loser of the match potentially having their one foot out of the door towards elimination. The stakes, therefore, are high.
Chennai Super Kings is coming off a disappointing loss against the Delhi Capitals. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, is also coming off a disappointing loss against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK after much trial and error finally found a stable combination. They were executing all those plans in their last match as well, however, predominantly, their fielding cost them the game.
The team dropped four catches of Shikhar Dhawan, who went on to make a century and take the team through. There was a hint of bad luck as well as Dwayne Bravo got injured and MSD had to appoint Jadeja to bowl the last over against a left-handed Axar Patel who hit three sixes to get the job done.
Royals made another change to their opening pair as Robin Uthappa was finally given a chance to open. That paid off as he scored a quickfire 41 off 22 balls to maximize the powerplay. They had a minor collapse but were rescued properly by Jos Buttler and skipper Steve Smith who scored 57 off just 36 balls.
Their bowling attack started well and was doing decent as well. However, a tactical error seemed to have cost them the game. Many experts believe the penultimate over (19th over) is more important than the last over. But Smith handed the over to Jaydev Unadkat instead of Jofra Archer. AB de Villiers obviously was going to make the Royals pay for that as he smashed three sixes to get 25 off that over. Archer only had 10 runs to defend which he couldn’t do.
Fantasy XI team
SHANE WATSON (9) (C) – Watson has scored a phenomenal 83 off just 53 balls against KXIP. He scored another fifty against KKR. He has been performing really consistently even at the number 3 position. He’ll be our captain.
SAM CURRAN (9) (VC) – Sam Curran has bowled consistently this IPL. He also scores crucial runs in the lower middle-order. There are chances that he can be promoted as well. He’ll be our vice-captain.
JOS BUTTLER (9.5) – Buttler started off rusty but scored a phenomenal 70 off just 44 balls against a top-quality MI bowling lineup. He has been getting decent starts since as well.
STEVE SMITH (9.5) – Skipper Steve Smith has been fairly consistent. He can turn the tables anytime he goes to bat!
AMBATI RAYADU (9) – Rayadu has regained decent form after returning from injury.
RAVINDRA JADEJA (9) – Jadeja has been in great form with the bat. He has been giving CSK the punch they always needed. He can be useful with the ball as well.
RAHUL TEWATIA (9.5) – IPL 2020 has been Tewatia’s tournament so far. He has been a great finisher and match-winner for the Royals.
PAK CHAHAR (8.5) – Chahar has been contributing with crucial wickets especially in the powerplay overs.
SHARDUL THAKUR (8.5) – Shardul Thakur has bowled really well after been given a chance.
JOFRA ARCHER (9) – Archer looked in a great rhythm and is among the leading wicket-takers of the season.
KARTIK TYAGI (8) – The U-19 fame impressed everyone with his speed. He has a good short ball as well with which he took the wicket of Quinton De Kock in his IPL debut.
Both the teams will battle hard as it’s pretty much a do or die situation for both the teams. Super Kings, however, look more balanced. Therefore, the Chennai Super Kings will defeat the Rajasthan Royals.
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