IPL 2022 – Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Match 68 – Preview
The fate of the Rajasthan Royals is in their own hands; after a couple of lackluster seasons, the Royals have found themselves not only in the top four, but also with a great chance to finish in the top two. The Chennai Super Kings, who have nothing to lose, is all that stands between them and Qualifier 1 vs Gujarat Titans.
CSK, the defending champions, have won just four games in 13 games, a far cry from their title-winning form. Neither their bowling nor their batting has come together to provide a threat to the opposition, and the season has been a disappointment for a variety of reasons. They reversed their leadership decision, causing rumors of a dispute between management and Ravindra Jadeja, who left the bubble citing an injury.
The second place is solely RR’s to lose. They have a solid chance of deposing the Lucknow Super Giants from second place. They’ve already gotten a boost in that direction with the return of Shimron Hetmyer, their swashbuckling finisher. This season, the West Indian has been crucial to RR’s great finishes, so it’s a no-brainer that he’ll fit in. The partnership of Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have clicked and delivered from the outset, is one of the main reasons RR is in this position. However, both have been undersupplied in the second half of the season.
With a win over CSK, Sanju Samson’s team will be 18 points ahead of LSG, whose NRR is lower than RR’s. Even if they lose to CSK, they must keep the margin of defeat small so that their already formidable NRR can handle the remainder.
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Match 68 – Pitch Report
This is the season’s final match at Brabourne. RR has won both of their previous games in this venue, while CSK has lost both. This season, Brabourne has been the best venue for batting teams and spinners, with an average first-innings total of 179. The spinners have taken 69 wickets at an average of 21.81.
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Match 68 – Tactics and Lineups
Bravo has removed Buttler three times, with Buttler averaging just 19 against the veteran bowler. On the other hand, Buttler has scored 265 runs in 6 innings against CSK, striking out close to 150 times and averaging 66.25. RR will be hoping Buttler can add to that total in a pivotal game for their season, giving them some momentum heading into the playoffs. Buttler has only 136 runs in the previous six games after scoring 491 in the first seven. Also, with Devdutt Padikkal flourishing in the middle order, Samson at No. 3 works better for the side’s balance.
CSK did not strike a single boundary in the last five overs of their previous game against GT. They left Rayudu and Uthappa out of the previous match and are expected to bring them back for the season’s final game. Uthappa, on the other hand, has been dismissed seven times by Ashwin, who has a good record against Rayudu as well. They might have to go with an additional batsman and a seamer on a spin-friendly surface.