CSK vs RR: Although the fates of both teams have already been decided, this match will be as important as the others. The defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings, will lock horns with the Rajasthan Royals. This IPL match will kick off on Friday at the Brabourne Stadium at 7:30 pm. This is the last group match of this season for both teams.
CSK is already out of the tournament and is coming off of two big losses. But they would like to finish with a win for their loyal fans. On the other hand, RR had a good win over LSG and are almost through to the playoffs. But they would like to carry on the winning momentum. So let’s check the complete details of the match and possible XI for both teams.
CSK vs RR: Match Preview and Prediction
Chennai Super Kings
This is the worst season for the four-time champion in IPL history. They are sitting at the bottom of second place with nine defeats and four wins. But with only one match left for them this season, they will definitely look to end with a win. The team has gone through ups and downs throughout the season and has faced many issues this season, both on and off the field.
However, this is the last time and no one knows whether MSD will play next season or not. So CSK would give their all to get over the line. They faced two humiliating defeats in the last two matches at the hands of MI and GT. But there is nothing to lose now for them. We might see a few changes in the lineup as well.
Probably XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa / Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu / N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo / Mitchell Santner, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana / Matheesha Pathirana.
Sanju Samson and his team have the number two spot on the line. Because if they lose, they will play in the Eliminator, so that is what they will not be looking at. If they win, they will finish second in the league, giving them another chance if they lose the Qualifier as well. So for RR, there is something to lose; it is just that they don’t take the pressure on themselves and play freely.
The good news for them is that Shimron Hetmyer has completed his quarantine and is available for selection. So definitely, that will boost the confidence. The team is doing well even without much contribution from Buttler in the last two games. So, Neesham will make way for Hetmyer in the team.
Probably XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C and WK), Riyan Parag, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer / James Neesham, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen / Obed McCoy.
CSK vs RR Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The Brabourne Stadium is a high-scoring ground. The average score here is around 175+. However, it also provides help to the bowlers. The pacer will get the assistance at the start, and the spinner will come into play later in the game. Batsmen can trust the bounce and play their shots from the crease. Overall, it is a complete pitch that offers help to everyone. However, dew might come into play and bowlers will find it hard to grip the ball in the second innings. The toss will be crucial for both teams. And the team winning the toss will go for the chase. Toss might be another factor in the win. Of the last 13 matches on this ground, seven have been won batting first, and the rest six batting second. In the last match on this ground, RR scored 178 runs in the first inning.
CSK vs RR Head to Head
Both teams have met a total of 25 times in the history of the IPL. But the number suggests that CSK is better in terms of wins. So far, Chennai Super Kings have won 15 matches, as compared to RR’s 10 wins. In the last six matches, both teams have won three games each.
IPL 2022: CSK vs RR: Players to watch out for
Ruturaj Gaikwad is in good form and scored a half-century in the last game as well. Despite some struggles in the early stages, he bounced back beautifully and is the leading run scorer for the team. So far, Gaikwad has scored 366 runs at an average and strike rate of 28.15 and 128.42, including three half-centuries.
Mukesh Choudhary has impressed everyone in his debut season with the ability to take wickets in the powerplay. He has done a consistent job in the absence of Deepak Chahar and will look to end with a few more wickets. Mukesh has taken 16 wickets in this competition at an average and economy of 23.93 and 9.21.
Jos Buttler struggled in the last two innings, but that means that a big score is due, and we might see that coming in this match against CSK. Buttler is the current “Orange Cap” holder and will look to get into some runs before the playoffs. He has 627 runs at an average and strike rate of 52.25 and 148.22, respectively, with three centuries and three half-centuries.
Yuzvendra Chahal has been doing well with the ball this season. He is the leading wicket-taker this season and has the “Purple Cap” with him. Chahal has picked up 24 wickets at an economy rate of 7.76, including a five-wicket haul. He will look to take more wickets to stretch the lead from Hasaranga, who has 23 wickets.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler (RR), Sanju Samson (RR)
Batsmen: Ambati Rayudu (CSK), Devon Conway (CSK), Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK), Shmron Hetmyer (RR), Devdutt Padikkal (RR)
All-rounder: Moeen Ali (CSK)
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal (RR), Mukesh Choudhary (CSK), M. Pathirana (CSK)
Tips: Ruturaj Gaikwad will be the captain of the team. Jos Buttler will be the vice-captain. Both teams have had contrasting seasons in this tournament, but CSK might end with a win. So we will back Chennai Super Kings to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.