Preview by Prakhar
The fate of the Rajasthan royal family is in their hands. After some memorable seasons, the royal family not only made it into the top four, but also had a great chance to seal the top two. Everything between them, and Gujarat Titans Qualifying 1, is Chennai Super Kings and has nothing to lose.
Defending champion CSK was hidden behind the title. Only 4 out of 13 wins. Neither bowling nor batting was a threat to the opponent, and it was an unforgettable season for multiple reasons. They turned the captain's problem around, causing rumors of a crack between management and Ravindra Jadeya after being injured and breaking through the bubble. Ambati Rayudu tweeted about his retirement and quickly withdrew, drawing unnecessary attention to him and the CSK camp.
As the eliminated teams are already looking to the future, CSK hopes to do everything in the final round, ending the otherwise disappointing season with a win and digging deeper into the shortcomings of the season.
In the case of RR, only they lose in 2nd place. They are in a good position to protect the Lucknow Super Giants from the second position. To make that happen, they got a boost from the return of the epic finisher Shimron Hetmier. The West Indians have contributed to RR's powerful show this season and are heading straight without any problems. One of the main reasons RR realized they were in their position was the duo of Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahar. They clicked and delivered from the beginning. However, in the second half of the season, both were in short supply.
Winning CSK will give Sanju Samson 18 points to the side, leading the LSG, which is not as good as NRR. However, even if the performance is poor against CSK, the failure rate should be kept low so that the already strong NRR can handle the rest.
When: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM IST
Where: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: It was the last match of the season at Braburn. RR won the previous two games here, but CSK lost both. Brabourne is also the best venue for batters and spinners this season, with an average first inning score of 179. The spinner also returned 69 wickets with an average of 21.81.
Head to head: CSK lead the 25-game tally 15-10 with both teams having won four games each since 2018.
Tactics and Matchups:3 times dismissed by the broker, r. Rr, the butler points 491 on the trailer's 7 TRIAL and only points on the last 6 TRIAL. In the mid-table, DevDutertePadikal got good results.
Probable XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy
Chennai Super Kings
Tactics and Matchups: In the final round against GT, CSK was unable to break the boundaries in the last five innings. They have the potential to eliminate Rayudu and Uthappa in the final match and bring back an experienced duo in the final match of the season. However, Utappa was fired by Ashwin seven times. Ashwin also has a strong record against Rayudu. They may need to pick extra batters and put the sealer on the ground in support of the spinner.
Probable XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner, Prashant Solanki, Matheesha Pathirana, Mukesh Choudhary
Did you know?
-Despite missing three games, Bravo is still at the top of CSK's wicket table this season.
-Bravo also has the most wickets in IPL-is the main wicket in deathmatch with 183 and 115
--Ruturaj Gaikwad was late for 366 runs, but other CSK batters did not exceed 300.
Chennai Super Kings Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni(w/c), Mitchell Santner, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Mukesh Choudhary, Dwayne Bravo, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Chris Jordan, Dwaine Pretorius, Tushar Deshpande, Hari Nishanth, Subhranshu Senapati, KM Asif, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Maheesh Theekshana, Bhagath Varma
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, James Neesham, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Shimron Hetmyer, Daryl Mitchell, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal, Corbin Bosch