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Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings: Match Preview

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IPL’s match number 25 will see a clash between Ajinkya Rahane’s Rajasthan Royals and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings.

Sawai Mansingh has proved to be a fortress for Rajasthan Royals in the past, but they have lost two of their three games here so far this season. Last time out they were beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders who chased the target in just 13.5 overs.

Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, has won their last two games after their defeat at Wankhede to Mumbai Indians. They are on the top of the table after beating Kolkata Knight Riders whom they managed to restrict to 109 in 20 overs.

Form

Rajasthan Royals – LLLWL

Rajasthan Royals has won just one match so far. That victory came against the team at the bottom of IPL’s point table this season, Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have had individual moments in all the four games they lost but collective team performance was not good enough.

Chennai Super Kings – WWLWW

Chennai has only lost one game so far in this season’s IPL. That defeat came against Mumbai Indians but since then the boys in yellow have responded with two wins. Last one coming against in-form Kolkata Knight Riders. They are at the top of the points table with their consistent performances.

Stadium

Sawai Mansingh Stasium, Jaipur

Probable Line-ups

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham/Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Sudhesan Midhun, Dhawal Kulkarni

Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

Key Player

Jos Buttler (RR)

Buttler will be Royals most important player. One of the most destructive batsmen in the cricket world. If he can get them a quick start then he can take the game away from Chennai’s bowlers. He has been due a big inning this season after his exploits in the last season. Expect some reverse sweeps against Chennai’s spinners.

Imran Tahir (CSK)

Imran Tahir is probably one of the most underrated bowlers in world cricket. Especially in the IPL. He has had some good past few seasons but still isn’t rated as highly as he should be. On a pitch like Jaipur’s which assists spin, Tahir will hold the key for Chennai. One spell and he can change the outcome of the game.

Best Fanstasy Team

Keeper – Buttler

Batsmen – Du Plessis, Raina, Smith, Rahane

All Rounder – Stokes, Jadhav

Bowlers – Tahir, S Gopal, Harbhajan, Archer

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