The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 47 being played between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
RR are placed seventh in the standings with 8 points from 11 matches. They are in a must-win scenario against table-toppers CSK. Meanwhile, CSK have already qualified for the IPL 2021 playoffs after beating SRH on Thursday.
RR have plenty of issues with the bat and that’s a major concern. The middle-order has failed to chip in for the Royals on a consistent basis and that has hurt the side. There’s nobody who looks strong to handle situations. Liam Livingstone, in particular, has been a mess. RR need to decide whether to continue with him or make a change.
Meanwhile, CSK have ticked all the boxes this season. They are the side to beat. CSK have won every game since the second phase of IPL resumed in the UAE on September 19. Their balanced approach and in-form players have made the real difference. Nobody has managed to stop CSK and we doubt RR can given their struggles.
This will be the second game of the day as we have a double-header on offer.
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 Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. 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
RR will hope to start well with the bat and will look up to Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal, who have stitched two fifty-plus stands in three outings as a pair. Sanju Samson holds the key for RR at number three. He is their highest scorer this season. The problems for RR start post-Samson. There is no steel and authority whatsoever. RR have ordinary players filling up holes and there is a wide crack. With the ball, Mustafizur Rahman has led by example. He has 13 scalps this season. Kartik Tyagi and Chetan Sakariya are crucial faces.
CSK’s top-order has been key towards their success. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have scored consistently for the side. The middle-order has done a decent job too. Ravindra Jadeja as the finisher is CSK’s strength. Not to forget, there is MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo too. Jadeja’s four overs of spin is extremely vital. Ruturaj and Faf du Plessis will be expected to give the side a good start up front and the experienced batters need to continue building momentum. What bodes well for CSK is their strength in finishing. With the ball at the death, Bravo holds the impetus with his searing yorkers and variations.
Probable playing XIs: RR vs CSK
RR probable playing XI:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c&wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi
CSK probable playing XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne bravo
Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Moeen Ali
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne bravo
Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Ruturaj and Faf fit both teams. Both players are of the utmost value for CSK and have given the side consistent starts. They are the prime hopes and crucial in the opening roles. What sets them apart is the vision to be aggressive and calculating.
Jadeja and Bravo are the all-rounders that can be picked. Both players are enjoying strong form and can be extremely crucial.
In the bowling department, Mustafizur is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for RR. Sakariya is the ideal bet and is a dangerous entity as well.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Sanju Samson: RR skipper Samson is the ideal choice as a skipper. He is the second-highest run-scorer this season (452) and has an average of 50.22. He can go on a roll once set. Samson carries this RR side and is the best option.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: The CSK opener has been superb at the top for his side, scoring consistently. He has already mustered 407 runs for CSK at an average of 40.70. Gaikwad has a strong partner in Faf and together they read the situation so well for the Kings.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Mustafizur is a sound option. He can get RR to perform with his excellent bowling form and brilliance at the death. He is a genuine contender for the deputy role. Apart from Fizz, Faf can be picked as well. He brings so much character and value.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi is expected to favour both batters and bowlers. Batsmen can get to good starts before things could slow down. Pacers will have their moments and spinners will have a role as the match progresses. The weather is expected to be hot and humid which can test the players immensely.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous meeting this season, CSK won the match by 45 runs.
The two teams have faced each other on 24 occasions. The tally sees CSK winning 15 and RR 9.
We feel CSK will come out on top here. They are the in-form side and have the credentials to down a sorry looking RR with no steel.