RR vs CSK
April 11, 8.00PM IST
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
CSK are on a roll, having won five of their six games in IPL 2019 thus far, while Rajasthan Royals are struggling, notching up just two points from their five outings. They will be under a lot of pressure, as one more loss could dent their chances of a semis berth. They will be under a lot of pressure, having lost to KKR in a humiliating manner, but they will have the home advantage. RR have managed to win their last three games against CSK at Jaipur, and with the Dhoni-led team struggling on tracks that are flat, RR could fancy their chances.
As far as the playing 11 is concerned, Rajasthan could ring in a few changes, if Sanju Samson is fit. With Rahane struggling for form, the presence of the Indian is a necessity in the camp. The side could also look to strengthen their bowling department against a team that has in-form batters. CSK on the other hand might go in unchanged.
RR Predicted 11
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra/Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudhesan Midhun/Varun Aaron
CSK Predicted 11
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Though Dhoni is in form as well, picking Buttler is a wiser move, as he not only opens the innings, which increases his point scoring abilities but also as he is familiar with the conditions at Jaipur and will be eager to leave a mark before he flies away to England on April 23.
I have as many as 5 batters in my side, as the deck is going to assist the batters. Steven Smith showed his determination en route a well-made 50 against KKR, while the four CSK batters – Raina, Faf, Watson, and Kedar are all in form and at least one of them will fire against an ordinary bowling side that is yet to find its rhythm.
The reason I have ignored Ben Stokes from my Dream11 team is that he bats way down the order, which means he might not get adequate points in that department. He has also picked up only 4 wickets whilst going at an economy of over 10, which means he might not be the best Fantasy pick. In his place, I have Ravindra Jadeja and Krishnappa Gowtham as my all-rounders. The two are wily bowlers and can make in-roads even in tough situations, and with both only costing 8.5credits, they are utility buys.
Imran Tahir has shown his mettle match after match in this edition of the league, while Gopal has been one of the best performers from RR this season. Deepak Chahar, who replies on variations can be a threat in the first six overs.
Captain and Vice-captain: Watson, Jos Buttler