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Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 68 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Friday. RR have 16 points and are placed third. A win will help them qualify for the playoffs. They can even topple LSG to finish second. Meanwhile, CSK are sitting at ninth and will hope to spoil RR’s party.

Analysis of RR

RR need a win to enhance their chances of finishing second. The Sanju Samson-led side has done a superb job this season. Jos Buttler has gone cold of late. However, the likes of Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Yashasvi Jaiswal have done well. RR have the resources, and it’s time they apply themselves.

The bowling of RR is strong. Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Sen, and Trent Boult can be effective. R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are the key spinners on offer. RR can test CSK’s batters and make key inroads.

Analysis of CSK

CSK will hope to finish the season strongly. A win in their final game will be pleasing. CSK have lost the last two games after having batted so poorly. If they want to spring a surprise versus RR, the batting needs to improve drastically. Ruturaj Gaikwad holds importance for his side. He and Devon Conway need to hand CSK a solid start.

With the ball, CSK have Mukesh Choudhary, who has picked 16 wickets this season. Dwayne Bravo has bowled well, claiming 16 scalps as well. CSK have to bowl well and make sure they are able to apply pressure.

Head-to-head record

CSK have won 15 of the 25 meetings versus RR, who have mustered 10 wins. In IPL 2021, the two sides won one game each.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RR probable playing XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Riyan Parag, Devdutt Padikkal, James Neesham, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen

CSK probable playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c&wk), A Rayudu, Simarjeet Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana

Which team is the predicted winner?

RR will fancy a win versus CSK here. MS Dhoni-led CSK have been far too inconsistent. Their lack of confidence can help RR cash in. RR have a better balance on offer.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai will host this duel. The sides batting first have won the last 4 matches. It has been a belter of a wicket with two scores of 200-plus in this interval. The Pacers have done well, claiming wickets.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Buttler has 627 runs this season and is averaging over 50. Samson has scored a total of 359 runs and is aiming to surpass 400. For CSK, Gaikwad is the top scorer, having scored 366 runs.

The major bowling stats on offer

Yuzvendra Chahal has claimed 24 wickets and will look to extend his tally. He has 163 scalps in total. Mukesh Choudhary has claimed 16 scalps for CSK. Prasidh Krishna has taken 15 scalps from 13 games.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, D Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal

All-rounders: Moeen Ali, R Ashwin

Bowlers: Y Chahal, Mukesh Choudhary, Prasidh Krishna

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni, Sanju Samson, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, D Padikkal

All-rounders: Moeen Ali, R Ashwin

Bowlers: Y Chahal, Mukesh Choudhary, Trent Boult

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Devon Conway: The Kiwi star will look to regain his touch for CSK and score crucial runs upfront. He has a decent camaraderie, with Gaikwad at the top. 

Jos Buttler: IPL 2022 Orange Cap holder Buttler has a crucial job but has gone cold recently. He will be aiming to make a statement and deliver the goods for RR in this crucial stage once again.  

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Mukesh Choudhary: This season, the CSK pacer has done well in the PP overs. He has done a commendable job so far, which needs to be highlighted. He can take crucial wickets upfront and test RR.

Yuzvendra Chahal: With 24 scalps, Chahal has done an able job this season. He can be influential once again and set the tone for his side.

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