IPL 2019, Match 25 – RR vs CSK: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Shane Watson is due for a big knock and if he plays, could be a good option to make captain in the grand league.
Updated - Apr 11, 2019 7:31 pm
Two teams with contrasting tales will face-off on Thursday in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The Rajasthan Royals (RR) are set to host the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the home team would be keen on avenging their defeat earlier this season. It was a close game which the Royals lost by just eight runs while chasing 176 in Chennai.
MS Dhoni‘s special knock had come to the home team’s rescue then and their top-order has to bat more cautiously this time around. CSK won their previous game against the KKR at home on a slow turner but the pitch in Jaipur will be completely different. They might rest Shane Watson in this game who is a tad off colour this season. Sam Billings might replace the Australian and open alongside Faf du Plessis.
The Royals were guilty of playing too slow in their last match. Though Steve Smith‘s form could be a delighting news for them. He looks comfortable batting at number three and should continue even if Sanju Samson returns. Mahipal Lomror might also come in to strengthen the all-rounder’s slot and can add more depth in all the departments. The Royals should look to make the most of the home conditions and they need to up their game now having lost five out of six matches.
The 25th game of the IPL between RR and CSK will be hosted by the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
The match starts at 08:00 PM local time (14:30 PM GMT).
The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).
The temperature is expected to touch 40 Degrees Celsius on Thursday in Jaipur and it is not going to be easy for the players. Though it will come down to 35-37 Degrees during the match while the humidity and dew will be comparatively less. No rain is in the forecast.
Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
Rajasthan Royals: L, W, L, L, L
Chennai Super Kings: W, W, L, W, W
The pitch was a bit sluggish in the previous encounter as the home team huffed and puffed to 139 runs. It got easy to bat on later in the second innings. The surface might have affected due to the sandstorm which arrived just before the game as well. It should a better pitch this time around.
Average first-innings score: 160 – Last 3 IPL matches in Jaipur this season
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XI:
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni.
Bench: Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shubham Ranjane, Sudhesan Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Ashton Turner.
Chennai Super Kings:
Sam Billings, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Scott Kuggeleijn.
Bench: Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Dhruv Shorey, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, DJ Bravo.
Sanju Samson missed out to play in last two matches and is expected to be fit by now.
Imran Tahir vs Rajasthan Royals: 4 matches 9 wickets 13.33 average
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Jos Buttler
Vice-Captain Options: Suresh Raina, Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jos Buttler (C)
Batsmen – Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis (VC), Kedar Jadhav
All-Rounders – Ben Stokes
Bowlers – Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/ Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jos Buttler
Batsmen – Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (VC), Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis (C)
All-Rounders – Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, Shardul Thakur.
Can pick Sanju Samson after the toss if he is in the playing XI as he is very much consistent.
Shane Watson is due for a big knock and if he plays, will be a decent option to make captain in the grand league.
Going by the current form, CSK should be able to come out on top.