The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness three-time winners Chennai Super Kings take on the Rajasthan Royals in match number 12 on Monday. The match is set to be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After losing their first game against Delhi Capitals. MS Dhoni-led CSK came back in style against the Punjab Kings. On the other hand, Rajasthan got off to a losing start against Punjab before coming back to beat Delhi. With both teams coming from a winning position, their main idea will be to continue in the same vein and provide impetus.
Chennai got everything right against Punjab and Deepak Chahar was the man that delivered them victory with a brilliant spell of 4/13, which included a maiden over. The fielding by Ravindra Jadeja was classy and he lifted the spirits of his team-mates. With the bat, the likes of Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali played crucial knocks to see CSK win by six wickets with 26 balls remaining. MS Dhoni will want a similar show from his troops against RR.
Rajasthan were on the backfoot against DC after bowling well to restrict them to 147/8. They were reduced to 42/5 before David Miller played a brilliant knock of 62. In the end, million dollar man Chris Morris smashed 36 from 18 balls to help RR pull off a victory. Earlier, Jaydev Unadkat, who played his first match this season, got figures of 3/15. Skipper Sanju Samson would hope that his side performs with the same intensity and work on the batting.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
Faf and Moeen showed character in the previous game and their inputs will determine this match upfront for CSK. The Men in Yellow have several experienced campaigners to follow with some utility match-winners. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran have done a good job and are players whom CSK can count upon. Dhoni’s batting is a question mark though. We might not see him much with the bat this season as CSK have plenty of resources. Chahar will once again look to exploit the conditions, swinging the ball in both ways. He will be supported by Curran and Thakur. The likes of Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Moeen are experienced campaigners of the game. CSK need to continue in the same vein and make sure there are no loose ends. It’s a crucial game for CSK as they need a second win.
For RR, the batsmen need to take more responsibility. You cannot leave everything for Samson, Buttler and Miller. The Indian contingent needs to show their credentials. Samson can change the complexion of the game in a flash and he is RR’s best bet. He has already hit a century this season. Chris Morris is a valuable asset with both ball and bat. His power-hitting can help RR get crucial runs in pressure situations. Someone like a Miller, who has so much experience can be handy in the middle overs. The plus for RR was the performance of Unadkat, who alongside Mustafizur can ask questions. Chetan Sakariya is a player with a lot of potential. He will aim to get early wickets for RR. The Samson-led outfit need to stick to the basics and make sure that CSK do not dominate the game.
Probable playing XIs: Chennai vs Rajasthan
Chennai probable playing XI:
Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Rajasthan probable playing XI:
Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson (c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Faf du Plessis (vc), Suresh Raina, David Miller
All-rounders: Moeen Ali, Chris Morris, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja (c)
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Dwayne Bravo
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Faf du Plessis, Jos Buttler, David Miller
All-rounders: Moeen Ali (vc), Chris Morris (c), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Samson and Faf are top contenders. If Samson can walk in the park with his explosive hitting, Faf can be the anchor man that a side requires. Faf can garner valuable points and bat long and strong. These two are the best bets as batsmen who can be top picks in terms of points.
Four all-rounders in the form of Moeen, Morris, Curran and Jadeja are all players who are a must in the side. Everyone knows their roles well and are players who understand the format in and out. Their all-round heroics can give maximum impetus,
In the bowling department, Chahar is a top pick. He will be raring to have a crack after claiming four scalps in the previous encounter. His swing bowling can be crucial in these conditions.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices
Ravindra Jadeja: Jaddu is probably the most complete player in the CSK line-up. His athleticism on the field be it run-outs, catches and saving runs are attributes that give him the desired character of a match-winner. His prowess in the death overs with the bat mixed with effective left-arm spin makes him a choice as captain.
Chris Morris: The senior South Africa all-rounder is another player who is of great value in the IPL. Garnering mega bucks, Morris is a star act with the ball and can also hit the long boundaries. He is a pure entertainer in T20 cricket.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Faf is a sound option. The senior batsman knows the situations and reads the game well. He is a vital player for the Chennai outfit, always looking so assured of himself. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali and Samson can be other top options as vice-captains.
Pitch report and conditions
After witnessing some high-scoring games at the Wankhede, the new pitch has looked a bit tricky for batsmen. Now things are even between bat and ball. It won’t be a complete batsmen’s paradise as everyone will be in the game.
The average first innings score in the IPL has been 176. Teams have enjoyed more success while chasing on this venue. Anything around the 160 mark will be challenging for the team chasing the game.
The two teams have faced each other on 23 occasions. Chennai have won 14 games and RR have pocketed the remaining nine. Last season they met twice as RR won both the meetings.
RR’s batting is weak as there is a lot of responsibility on Samson and Jos Buttler. They have to play the complete game to provide a stiff fight against CSK. We feel Chennai will get the job done here and collect two points.