SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered an easy win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday, April 18 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got off to a flying start. They added 79 runs in the opening partnership but the middle orders failed to carry the momentum and they ended up putting 132 on board.

Chasing 133, Hyderabad openers also started in a great way. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 66 runs in 5.4 overs. Their middle orders didn’t lose the plot and they registered a comfortable victory within 17 overs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Chennai’s middle order crumbled

Having chosen to bat first, Chennai openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis started hitting from the beginning and put up 41 runs within the powerplay. However, they didn’t stop scoring and their big shots led them to 79 runs together before Watson got dismissed for 31. Another opener Faf du Plessis also got out in the very next over for 45.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs CSK

The problem started from there. Middle orders failed to carry the momentum given by the openers. Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, and Sam Billings dismissed in quick succession and suddenly they reduced to 101/5 from 79/0. Apart from Ambati Rayudu in the middle order, other batsmen failed to score big and that didn’t allow Chennai to put up a competitive total. They managed to put up 132/5 after 20 overs.

Rashid Khan’s spell

Rashid Khan is one of the key players of Hyderabad. He has the ability to restrict any batsman by his spin. He has once again proved his worth in the team in yesterday’s game. Rashid Khan first came to bowl in the eighth over. However, he conceded 14 runs in the first two overs. But his third over made the change.

Chennai were 97 for 2 after 13 overs when Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina were on the crease. They were hoping for a big score but Rashid Khan had other plans. He returned for his second spell in the 14th over and started with the dismissal of Suresh Raina. He trapped Raina before the stump for 13 in the first ball. 

He again trapped Kedar Jadhav before the stumps for mere 1 in the fourth delivery. That left Chennai for 99/4. Rashid ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-17-2; where he bowled 13 dot balls in his four-over spell.

Hyderabad openers made the winning foundation

Chasing a mere total of 133, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow started hitting from the very first over. Their back-to-back big shots helped them to add 66 runs within 5.4 overs before Warner’s dismissal; who got dismissed right after scoring another half-century off 24 balls; which included 10 boundaries.

On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow started to steady the ship with the middle order batsmen. He took on Karn Sharma for two maximums in the 11th over and reached his half-century in the 15th over off 39 balls. He scored 61 off 44, including three boundaries and as many sixes. However, both the openers made the winning foundation for the team; where Hyderabad claimed an easy win with 19 balls to spare.

IPL 2019: SRH vs CSK- Key Player Battles to Watch out For

IPL 2019: SRH vs CSK- Key Player Battles to Watch out For

Two teams with extremely different trends in form clash as the Sunrisers Hyderabad host the Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

While MS Dhoni’s men in yellow have looked in imperative form and cruise at the top of the table with just one loss this season in 8 games, the Sunrisers have undone a good start to the season by losing 3 games on the trot and languish in 6th place with 6 points in 7 games. They will be desperate to bounce back on Wednesday and would be keen to prevent Chennai from roaring into a confirmed playoff spot.

The worry with Sunrisers, incredibly, has turned out to be their batting, which was firing on all cylinders at the beginning of the season. In their last 3 games, they have suffered two stunning collapses, getting bowled out for 96 against Mumbai and 116 against Delhi. Hyderabad’s over-dependence on openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow has been exposed, and the other key batsmen like skipper Kane Williamson and all-rounder Vijay Shankar really need to step up to the plate, as they face a bowling lineup that has been arguably the best this season in the Chennai Super Kings. Be it spin in the form of Imran Tahir or Ravindra Jadeja, or pace in the form of Deepak Chahar, CSK bowlers have come out on top in most fixtures. One could say that the bowling has taken the pressure off the batsmen, but when you have the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis et al in your squad, one would not be too worried. The Sunrisers bowling though has not been too bad, and the Orange Army would hope the likes of Bhuvneshwar and Rashid deliver key performances.

Here are a few key battles to look out for in this match:

David Warner vs Imran Tahir

This will be a key battle to watch out for. Warner has been in top form after returning to the IPL, and leads the Orange Cap listing with 400 runs in 7 games at an average of 80 and a strike rate of over 140, with a century and 4 fifties to his name. He has smacked the ball all over the park and has often been a sole shining light in a depressing SRH scorecard. However, he might meet his match today in Imran Tahir, who with 13 wickets in 8 games, is CSK’s wrecker-in-chief. Tahir has not only been deadly at snaring wickets, but he has also kept things incredibly quiet with a miserly economy of 5.76. The South African would love to run to the stands in his trademark celebration after dismissing Warner today, and this is a battle that the fans would love.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Jonny Bairstow vs Deepak Chahar

Warner’s main ally has been his opening partner Bairstow. The Englishman has had an impressive debut season, scoring 304 runs in 7 games at an average of over 43. However, his form has deteriorated slightly, and he has gotten out early a couple of times in recent games, and CSK would hope to do that again tonight with the help of Deepak Chahar. The Indian pacer has been impressive thus far, picking up 10 wickets in 8 games at an impressive economy of just 6.64. Dhoni would hope such form to continue in Chahar who would be key in striking early. This is a key player battle to watch out for.

MS Dhoni vs Rashid Khan

MS Dhoni has lived up to his billing of being the best finisher of the game in this season’s IPL. The skipper has scored 230 runs in 8 games and has an average of 77. Dhoni can dictate the run flow at will, and this becomes increasingly important in chasing situations. MSD’s capability of reading the game and playing as the situation demands have been key to CSK’s multiple successful run chases. However, Hyderabad would draw inspiration from Dhoni’s failure against Sunil Narine in their latest chase against KKR and would hope their star spinner Rashid Khan, gets a similar result in his battle against Captain Cool. Rashid has taken 8 wickets thus far this season and would look to add the prized scalp of Dhoni to the list. This player battle could prove decisive to the game’s result.

IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 17, 8.00PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad


The two teams are coming into this game on the back o contrasting fortunes – while SRH have lost three games in a row, CSK are on a roll and have registered seven wins from eight games thus far in IPL 2019. The Dhoni-led team have been on a roll, with players like Tahir and Faf du Plessis helping them beat rivals one after the other. SRH, on the other hand, have two of the most dangerous batters in Warner and Bairstow, but once they are dismissed, it gives way to an inconsistent middle-order. With their bowling not living to its expectations too, the side is struggling, and they will go into this match under pressure.

As far as the pitch conditions go, unlike the other grounds, win the toss and bat first seems to be the mantra here. The teams chasing have lost three of the last four games played here, and hence toss will play an important role.

SRH Predicted 11 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma

CSK Predicted 11

Shane Watson, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner

Fantasy Team

Both Bairstow and Dhoni have had a good run in IPL 2019, but I have chosen the SRH keeper, as he opens the innings, and hence will have a better chance of getting a big knock. He scored 41 in the last game and is one of the most aggressive players around.

Suresh Raina anchored the innings brilliantly against KKR, as did Faf du Plessis. After the poor form of Watson and Rayudu, the duo have taken up the responsibility of leading from the front, and the same will be expected once again on a tough track, especially if CSK bat second. The South African in particular has scored 128 runs in 4 innings and has transformed the batting attack since he came in. Kedar Jadhav has the potential to play as an anchor and a finisher, which sees him take a place in the Dream11 team. David Warner is the leading run-scorer in this edition with 400 runs, while Vijay Shankar has played some good cameos, but will be eager to carry on.

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Ravindra Jadeja will be high on confidence after a good knock with the bat helped CSK across the line against KKR. He was expensive last time, but has 7 wickets thus far, and will find the conditions helpful, as will Santner and Tahir.

Tahir has scalped 13 wickets and is CSK’s leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets. He took 4 for 27 against KKR on a good batting deck and will fancy his chances again on a slow and tough pitch. Deepak Chahar has taken 10 wickets and holds a key role in the middle overs, while Sandeep Sharma rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Warner, Tahir

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered another easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday, April 14 in Kolkata. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn started off really well. However, another opener Sunil Narine failed to score. Apart from Lynn, other batsmen couldn’t do well as Imran Tahir bagged a 4-wicket haul. Lynn scored 82 off 51 and helped Kolkata to put up 161 on board.

Chasing 162, Chennai got off to a  flying start. But Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got out very cheaply. Later, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also failed to score big. However, Suresh Raina scored a 42-ball 58* and Ravindra Jadeja scored a 17-ball 31* and guided Chennai to a comfortable win.

Here are the three talking points:

Batting dismal after a flying start

Asked to bat first, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn took on Deepak Chahar from the very first over. He hit two back to back boundaries while he hit for a maximum and two more boundaries in Chahar’s second over. Lynn didn’t leave Shardul Thakur as well. He hit two boundaries in the fourth over as well and powered Kolkata to 33 within four overs.

To stop the run-flow, Chennai captain MS Dhoni brought left-arm orthodox bowler Mitchell Santner in the attack as both the openers struggled to play left-arm spinners. However, Santner was successful to give a breakthrough as he dismissed Sunil Narine for 2 and Kolkata managed to put up 49 for 1 within the powerplay.

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Chris Lynn, on the other hand, hit big shots in nearly every overs as he smashed Santner for a maximum over long-on. Lynn scored his eighth IPL fifty in the 9th over and Kolkata put up 77 runs in 10 overs.

However, from 11th over, wickets started falling at a regular interval, courtesy, Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul. Though, Lynn smashed three sixes and a boundary off Jadeja in the 14th over before his dismissal in the next over. Imran Tahir’s brilliant spell and Shardul Thakur’s brilliant comeback for his second spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting and restricted them within 161 after 20 overs.

Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul

After Chris Lynn’s blitzy start and Nitish Rana’s stable knock, Kolkata was pretty much in a great place after 10 overs as they put up 77 on board. But Imran Tahir had some other plans.

All of a sudden, Kolkata thought to score big and started hitting big. However, Nitish Ranawas the first one to fall for 21. Tahir picked up Robin Uthappa in the same over within a span of three deliveries of his second over.

He came back in the 15th over and dismissed the dangerous looking Chris Lynn for 82 off 51, including seven boundaries and six sixes. Andre Russell who took Tahir in the next two deliveries for a mid-wicket boundary and a maximum. Everyone was hoping for a blitzy innings from him but Tahir dismissed Russell in the very next delivery. Russell was trying for a slog-sweep but ended up giving a long-on catch to Dhruv Shorey. Though the final over went wicketless, Tahir ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-27-4.

Ravindra Jadeja’s crucial knock

Ravindra Jadeja has once again proved his worth in the Chennai team and showcased his batting skill to everyone. Though he didn’t have a  good day with the ball, he did make up with the bat.

Chasing 162, though Chennai got off to a great start, they lost their opener Shane Watson for mere 6 in the 4th over. However, Faf du Plessis also troubled the bowlers but he was also got dismissed in the final over of the powerplay for 24 off 16 by Sunil Narine.

Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu was seen struggling and was dismissed after scoring only 5 off 11. However, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also couldn’t do well.

Dhoni’s dismissal brought Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. Chennai were needed 41 runs off 4.2 overs. In-form Suresh Raina was there at the crease and Kolkata was looking at the favourable position at that time. But Jadeja was determined to win the game for his side. 

Jadeja took 9 runs in the 17th over off Prasidh Krishna. They scored 8 runs in the next over off Sunil Narine. But Jadeja changed gears and hit three consecutive boundaries and collected 16 runs off the England seamer Harry Gurney in the penultimate over.

16 runs in the 19th over brought the equation down to eight runs in the final over. Jadeja hit a boundary in the first ball of the final over off Piyush Chawla and later took two singles and two runs from the next three balls and sealed the deal for Chennai. He remained unbeaten on 31 in 17 balls alongside Suresh Raina; who scored 58 off 42 and helped Chennai to win the game.

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 14, 4.00PM IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata


The two teams are coming off contrasting results – while CSK have won their last two games, KKR have slipped and lost to CSK earlier at Chepauk and then failed to tame Delhi at home. With seven games down, and at least four more wins needed to get into the top-four, Karthik’s men will be eager to get back on track before it gets too late.

Chennai, on the other hand, have a well-balanced team that has been adapting well and pitching in with consistent performances. However, they have tended to struggle on tracks that are not as slow as the one at Chepauk, which could prove to be a dampener at Edens, where the track has eased out, and scores above 180 are easily chased down. As far as the playing 11 goes, KKR might opt for at least two changes, with Lockie Ferguson being replaced by Matt Kelly – injured Nortje’s replacement – and Narine to come in for Denly, if fit. The camp wight also mull over replacing Prasidh Krishna with Yarra. CSK might remain unchanged.

KKR Predicted 11 

Denly/Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Matt Kelly/Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/ Yarra Prithviraj, Braithwaite

CSK Predicted 11

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Fantasy Team

MS Dhoni averages close to 66 against KKR, and with Karthik’s batting position uncertain, the former India skipper is a safer bet as the keeper. He is also in good form, scoring two fifties in this tournament thus far, and could have a massive role to play.

I have as many as five batters in my team, as the track will help the batsmen, and one of them can be expected to get a big score. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are the two key overseas players in the side, who have been performing well, while KKR have relied on their three Indian batters at the top. Uthappa and Rana have been getting starts and would want to carry on and get a big one here, while Gill opened the innings against Delhi and showed his mettle with a fine fifty. The management might send him up the order yet again in the absence of Lynn, and he would want to perform well against a good attack.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs DC

Sunil Narine – if fit – and Russell takes up the all-rounder’s slot. Narine has been a revelation at the top of the order, and the Eden track will assist his stroke-making as well. He had slipped after remodeling his bowling action but picked up a couple of wickets against CSK, and he can be counted upon in the powerplay and the middle overs.

Imran Tahir has been the best bowler for CSK, while Chahar has been the X-factor upfront. Piyush Chawla rounds up my Dream11 team, though Kuldeep Yadav can be a good pick instead of him as well.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Narine

RR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-fifth encounter

RR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-fifth encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered a nail-biting win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Thursday (April 11). 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to field first. Asked to bat first, Rajasthan Royals didn’t get a flying start as they lost their openers Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Buttler within the powerplay along with Sanju Samson and managed to put up 54. However, their middle order couldn’t make a stable partnership and put up 151/7 after 20 overs.

Chasing 152, Chennai lost their opener Shane Watson for a duck and then Suresh Raina got dismissed by a direct throw. They lost Faf du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav within the powerplay while putting up only 24. However, a 95-partnership between Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni guided them for a nail-biting win.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

Dismal batting of Rajasthan’s middle-order

Put into bat, Rajasthan opener Joss Buttler started hitting boundaries and sixes from the very first over. Ajinkya Rahane too joined the party from the second over. But Deepak Chahar gave the first breakthrough to his team by picking up Rahane for 14.

On the other hand, Joss Buttler, who started hitting big shots from the very first over, got dismissed in the 4th over after hitting three consecutive boundaries off Shardul Thakur. His 10-ball 23 knock included 4 boundaries and a maximum. 

Rajasthan put up 54 runs within the powerplay. But their middle orders couldn’t capitalize after a good start. Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith both failed to score big and got out within 11 overs. They added only 49 runs in the middle overs (7-15) and reach the 100-run mark in the 15th over.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs DC match

However, Shreyas Gopal hit two boundaries and a maximum off SN Thakur and put up 151 on board. They could have been scored a bigger total had they not lost that many wickets in the powerplay and if the middle-order could capitalize some more.

The partnership between MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu

Chasing 152, Chennai lost their opener Shane Watson for a 4-ball duck whereas Suresh Raina got dismissed by a direct throw from Jofra Archer for mere 4 in the very next over. Faf du Plessis was the next to follow them in the dugout for 7 off 10. This was not the end as in-form Kedar Jadhav also got out for mere 1 off 6. Chennai lost their four wickets within the powerplay and managed to put up only 24 runs.

The pressure fell upon Ambati Rayudu and the captain MS Dhoni. Both started to steady the ship. They reached the 50-run mark in the 10th over. They both rotated the strike and hit big shots whenever needed. They reached the 100-run mark in the 15th over by a boundary which was hit by Rayudu. With this boundary, he also completed his half-century off 41 balls. 

Their 95-run stand broke by Ben Stokes in the 18th over when he picked up Rayudu for 57 off 47, including 2 boundaries and 3 sixes. Dhoni reached his half-century in the penultimate over before getting dismissed in the final over for 58 off 43 which included 2 boundaries and 3 sixes.

The final over

Chennai required 18 runs in the final over when Ben Stokes came to bowl the last over. With the set batsman Dhoni at the crease along with Jadeja, it was looking not a difficult task for them as Dhoni is considered one of the best finishers in the world cricket.

However, Jadeja faced the first ball and smashed a maximum over the bowler’s head. The second one was a no-ball which brought Dhoni at the strike. Two runs came from the next ball. 

Eight runs were needed off four balls when Stokes bowled Dhoni which left everyone in shock. But that was not the end as the on-field umpire almost declared the fourth delivery as a no-ball as it has a waist height but the leg umpire didn’t approve it. That made Dhoni angry, he started walking on the field and started arguing with the umpires as well. However, the umpire declared it a normal ball where they needed 8 runs off the final 3 deliveries.

Two runs came from the fifth ball while the final ball became wide. Stoke had to bowl another delivery which went for a maximum. Mitchell Santner hit it down the ground which cleared the boundary rope and the game ended in Chennai’s favor. They won the nail-biting game by 4 wickets.

IPL 2019: RR vs CSK- Key Player Battles to watch out for

The 25th match of IPL 2019 sees a forlorn Rajasthan Royals host the dominant Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday.

The season has been thus far pole apart for the 2 teams. Rajasthan are languishing at 7th with only a solitary victory against bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Chennai are roaring at the top of the league table with 10 points from 6 games. True to their form, Rajasthan Royals are coming into the fixture after a meek submission to KKR, while Chennai come in after a one-sided victory against the same side. This is the second time the two are facing off this season, with Chennai winning last time in a close-run affair that saw MS Dhoni at his sublime best, scoring a match-winning unbeaten knock of 75.

Dhoni has been one of the key batsmen for his side. With Dhoni along with the likes of Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, and Ambati Rayudu, Chennai possess some of the best Indian batting lineups. Opener Faf du Plessis has been in fine nick playing the last couple of games, and Chennai fans would hope he gets off to a good start. However, Chennai’s strength lies in their bowling. Whether it be the fantastic showing by experienced spin trio Tahir, Harbhajan and Jadeja; or the incredible discipline shown by young pacer Deepak Chahar, the CSK bowling lineup will be a formidable task for the Rajasthan batsmen.

The Royals batsmen have usually been in good form for the majority of the season, with the likes of Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and recently Steve Smith coming to the fore. However, the last match with KKR was a disappointment as the Royals batsmen meekly turned over against a disciplined bowling side. The Jaipur crowd would hope to not see a repeat of that performance. Talking about a disciplined bowling attack, that is exactly what Rajasthan have lacked thus far, with leggie Shreyas Gopal being the main, and sometimes only, a threat in the attack. Players like Jofra Archer and particularly Ben Stokes need to stand up and make themselves counted by picking wickets against CSK. Otherwise, it might be too much of an uphill task for the Royals.

Here are 3 key player battles to watch out for:

Steve Smith vs Imran Tahir

After a sluggish start to the season coming off from a long absence from cricket, Smith came to the fore in the last match against KKR, with his unbeaten 73 being the shining light in a disappointing Royals innings that saw them struggle to score at a good pace. Rajasthan would hope that Smith continues in the same vein, but at a quicker pace to set the stage for the Royals. However, he would face an extremely difficult challenge in Imran Tahir, who has been the wrecker-in-chief for the men in yellow. Tahir’s disciplined bowing has enabled him to do his fabled wicket celebrations 9 times thus far this season, and he is 2 wickets shy of the Purple Cap. On Thursday, he would hope to dismiss Smith, and celebrate as only he can. This will be an incredibly entertaining key face-off for this match, and we can’t wait for this player battle.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Jos Buttler vs Deepak Chahar

What an excellent season Deepak Chahar has had thus far. The 26-year-old right-arm has bowled with pace and discipline and has scalped 8 wickets in his 6 games with an astonishing economy of 5.95. Chahar’s bowling has been key to Chennai keeping the opposition quiet at the start of the innings, and building pressure on them while taking regular wickets. He would hope to do the same thing against Jos Buttler. Buttler has been consistent with 176 runs in 5 games at an average of 35.20, which is pretty high for an opening batsman. However, he would be facing a tough task in Chahar, and this key battle would go a long way in determining the match.

MS Dhoni vs Shreyas Gopal

Dhoni has been proving in the IPL that he is not finished yet. Chennai’s leading run-scorer, Captain Cool has only been dismissed one in the IPL en route to his 156 runs. His best performance came against the Royals in their previous meeting scoring a 59-ball-73 to win it for the men in yellow in a thrilling contest that went down to the wire. Dhoni is instrumental at the back end of the innings, whether it needs to be a composed innings to take the team home, or a few boundaries to add 20-odd runs to the score. His batting against Shreyas Gopal would be a key player battle for sure in this match. Gopal has been Rajasthan’s best bet in the bowling department, with his disciplined bowling picking up 8 wickets at an economy of 6.37 and a strike rate of just 12. Gopal would hope to snare the Chennai captain too, else it might spell trouble for the Royals.

IPL 2019, RR vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

Match Details
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

Fantasy Team

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.

Also Read: Reasons why CSK may not win the title this season

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

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has locked horn with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 9 where CSK claimed an easy win. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to field first at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Asked to bat first, Kolkata were hoping to put up a huge total but their plan flopped as soon both the openers got dismissed within 2 overs. They failed to stable the innings and reduced to 29-6 after the powerplay. However, Russell scored an unbeaten fifty and led his team to 108 after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Chennai also lost their opener Shane Watson for 17. However, a 13-ball 14 from Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu’s 21-ball 31 and Faf du Plessis’ unbeaten 43 guided them to register an easy win over Kolkata with 2.4 overs to spare.

Here are the three talking points:

Deepak Chahar’s early strike

Kolkata has been in a great position with their all-round performances in this season of IPL. Put into bat, Kolkata faced two big losses. Deepak Chahar handed over the first breakthrough to his team as he dismissed Chris Lynn in the very first over for a five-ball duck.

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The second one was Nitish Rana; who misjudged the ball and ended up giving an easy catch to Rayudu at short mid-wicket region. In his 3rd over, he dismissed Robin Uthappa after the batsman scoring mere 11 runs and finished his figure with a brilliant spell of 4-0-20-3.

A slow start in the powerplay

For the first time in this IPL, Kolkata found themselves in a critical situation. Due to economical spells from Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, and Imran Tahir, Kolkata never looked dominating. 

On the other hand, Chahar’s opening spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting. Soon they reduced to 29/4 after the powerplay. They managed to put up 47 runs in 10 overs. Later a rather stable-knock from Andre Russell helped them to put up 108 on board.

Piyush Chawla’s catch

Piyush Chawla took a stunner to send back Suresh Raina in the dugout on Tuesday when he ran towards back from mid-on. Suresh Raina was playing steadily during the powerplay and already hit a boundary and a maximum. 

But he mistimed Sunil Narine’s length ball and hit a slog sweep. The ball went up and Chawla took a brilliant catch after covering a huge distance and with a dive.

However, their total was pretty low and easily chasable. Hence, Chennai won the game convincingly.

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Key Player battles to watch out for

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

Both teams in the clash have been successful so far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League and are placed at the top of the points table.

The clash of the titans of the marquee T20 league will be witnessed at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai tonight as the top-placed Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns in their first battle of the 2019 IPL season. Out of their five games, the two teams have lost only once. More so for the KKR tea, who faced a defeat against the Delhi Capitals in a Super-over clash. Meanwhile, the defending Champions were only bettered by the other three-time Indian Premier Champions, the Mumbai Indians.


But overall the two franchises have kept form in the 12th edition of the IPL right from the start. For the Kolkata-based franchise, the Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell has done wonders right from the start of the season. The middle-order star has set a trend of coming down in the middle at crucial points of the game and changing the situation in favor of the Knight Riders invariably. It’s fair to say that the Dinesh Karthik-led KKR side has most of its wins credited to the power-hitter Dre Russ.

Overall in the Indian Premier League, MS Dhoni’s Super Kings have a great record at home. In a total of 106 matches that they have played at their home ground in Chennai, they have merged victorious 77 times and lost on only 33 instances. All in all, CSK have dominated over the Knight Riders many a times and the record shows a Win/Loss ratio of 12/8 and at CSK home the Win/Loss record is 6/2 in favor of the hosts.

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So as the two top-placed teams battle it out tonight, let’s have a look at the player battles which are set to be the highlights of the clash.

Shane Watson vs Sunil Narine

As we know the pitch in Chennai is usually a plus for the spinners and as equipped as KKR is with its, the home team should be wary of it. All-rounder Sunil Narine’s bowling hasn’t worked wonders for the visiting team so far in the IPL. We are all aware of his batting skills though. However, going by past records Narine will fancy his chances against Shane Watson against whom he has dominated by claiming his wicket three times in 26-ball overall clash between them in the IPL. Moreover, the Aussie all-rounder has managed a deficient strike-rate of 96.15 against Narine. With Watson opening batting for Chennai and Narine often bowling in the power play, it would be quite an interesting Player battle to watch.

Andre Russell vs Imran Tahir

The most destructive man in the KKR batting line-up is undeniably Andre Russell and his power-hitting has changed the course of many matches into KKR’s favor. From destroying the bowling attack of the opposition, regardless of the bowling styles, to single-handedly taking the Kolkata team to victory, Russell has done it all. His gigantic strike rate in this edition of the IPL is unparalleled.

On the other hand, CSK have the South African leggie Imran Tahir in their arsenal. Speaking of star players in the IPL we can never miss out on this gem of a spinner. He has been exceptional for the CSK side and is an absolute match-winner and who better than him to remove the mighty Andre Russell. Believe it or not, Russell has quite a mediocre record against the Proteas spinner. Although the sample space is just 20 deliveries between them, the leggie has dismissed Russel thrice whereas the Windies power-hitter has managed only a meager strike rate of 65 against the South African. It will be one of the star-struck player battles of the match on Tuesday.

MS Dhoni vs Kuldeep Yadav

MS Dhoni is like a mentor the contemporary spinners of the Indian Cricket team. Both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been guided by MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian team, to dismiss several batsmen in international matches. Both the mentor and the student know each other very well to exploit the weaknesses of one another. This key player battle between the teacher and the disciple will see Dhoni tackling against the KKR chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who has been dismissed the CSK captain twice in the IPL before.