Match 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Abu Dhabi. The match will be a close scuffle between CSK, who are sixth on the points table, and RR, who are seventh for now.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has sailed well till now and with the third double-header weekend coming to an end, Match 37 is scheduled between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Abu Dhabi.
Both the teams have remained in the lower-half this season and the match is vital for each to up their position in the points table.
The teams have well-tried the combinations of different players in the first half of the tournament. They have now settled with their most balanced sides now.
Both CSK and RR have been quite inconsistent in the tournament and in a couple of times have lost matches, which were easily theirs. Currently, CSK are sixth on the points table, while RR are on the seventh spot. In their early clash, in Sharjah, this season, RR had won by 16 runs.
The duo has clashed 23 times in the IPL. CSK have won 14 times, while RR have won on just nine occasions.
Weather and pitch report
The temperature is likely to be high and around 33 degrees. A score of around 170 at this slow pitch will be quite competitive. The pitch is likely to assist batsmen initially and favor bowlers in the second innings.
CSK: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
RR: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal/Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (c), Riyan Parag. Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.
Dream 11 players
Batsmen: Steve Smith (vc), Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis (c)- The opening pair comprising Smith and Watson can get the adequate thrust required at the start. Rayudu and Plessis can back well in the middle overs. Du Plessis’s terrific form makes him the captain, while Smith’s consistency makes him the vice-captain.
All-Rounders: Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja- The versatile all-rounders have a way with both the bat and ball. They can fit perfectly irrespective of the situation.
Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson- Both the wicketkeeper-batsman can smash the big hits when necessary.
Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar- The seamers can restrict the ball to a reasonably chasable total and can scalp wickets simultaneously, as all the three have been prolific of late.
Players to look out for
Mitchell Santner: The New Zealand all-rounder would be coming in as a replacement for Bravo. However, he is known to be most effective for his bowling, as management would certainly have their eyes on him.
Kedar Jadhav: The middle-order batsman has been an underperformer this season. With a very little contribution with the bat, he will have to show his worth in the coming matches.
Ben Stokes: The fans waited way too long for the England all-rounder, but his wait isn’t that worth as of now. He will have to show up in his performance in the upcoming matches.
Last Updated 18, Oct 2020, 9:01 PM