Date & Time: on Thursday, 11th April; 08:00pm IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The two teams that have performed contrastingly so far in the season are clashing today in Jaipur. Chennai Super Kings are the table toppers with only one loss, whereas Rajasthan is at the penultimate position in the table with only one win. When both these teams played earlier in the season, Chennai won the match by 8 runs. Now, the onus is on Rajasthan to make a come back, not only to avenge their loss against CSK but to also make their presence felt in the season.
Chennai might consider an extra pacer, if conditions offer more assistance for pace than spin. Rajasthan is likely to bring in Manipal Lomror in place of Prashanth Chopra and a spot hangs between an extra pacer and spinner in the side.
A sporting pitch is likely to be offered for Thursday, unlike the one used against Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous match. Dew is likely to play its part in the match and favor the chasing team.
The English all-rounder is yet to set the season on fire. He was not at his best either with the bat or ball. It’s high time for Stokes to come up with good performance as his form is so crucial for Rajasthan. His numbers against Chennai bowlers in recent T20s will come in handy on this regard, where he has scored 356 runs at an astonishing strike-rate of 402. Yet, if he has to repeat the same form, he has to overcome Tahir, who dismissed him twice recently.
He showed his worth whenever he got an opportunity to bat in the season. His team might need him more on Thursday, as he holds a good record against Chennai bowlers in his short career. His amazing form at this venue might also aid him more on that front.
M. S. Dhoni
The Chennai skipper is in good nick this season. He came up with some potent knocks for the team. He might continue it on Thursday as well, as he has an impressive strike rate of 150 against Rajasthan bowlers in the last 110 balls faced.
He is just getting better and better by the match. He is second amongst the top wicket takers in the season right now and his good form seems to be never ending. His recent record against Rajasthan, in which he has a strike rate of 10 against the host’s batsmen, also indicates that he’s unstoppable. Hence, the Rajasthan batsmen, especially Smith and Stokes have to be careful against him, as he got the better of the duo twice each in the last five encounters.
Seems like he enjoys bowling to big names in the game. He’s got a good number against all his opponents irrespective of the venue and the magnitude of the situation. He got Dhoni and Raina once each in the last three encounters. If he can live up to his recent form at the venue, where he has picked 9 wickets in last five matches, then this match will be a treat for the fans.
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