Both sides have continued their winning ways from their previous outings in the IPL 2023 so far.
MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are gearing up for a tricky contest in their fourth game of the IPL 2023 season. The Yellow-outfit will lock horns with last season’s runners-up, Rajasthan Royals (RR), at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on Wednesday, April 12.
Speaking about their campaign thus far, both teams have endured a loss and won twice with three matches played. While Sanju Samson and Co. are coming off from a massive win against the Delhi Capitals in their most recent outing, The MS Dhoni-led team beat their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians comprehensively by seven wickets.
The Men in Pink have stamped their authority in four of their last five meetings against CSK and the latter will be gunning to avoid another defeat. With home support, Dhoni’s Super Kings will look to give their best shot against a resurgent Royals on Wednesday’s blockbuster clash.
CSK vs RR Pitch Report
The wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is a sporting wicket but favours the bowlers, especially the spinners. Therefore, spinners of both sides will look to make the most from the wicket and possibly get the required breakthroughs. Any score in the region of 160-180 can be a competitive total. Either skipper winning the toss may elect to bowl first.
CSK vs RR Probable Playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings (CSK):
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Tushar Deshpande
Rajasthan Royals (RR):
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal
CSK vs RR Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has maintained his purple patch in the competition in the three matches thus far. Additionally, he is among the leading run-getters and will look to put his best foot forward to earn the IPL 2023 Orange Cap this season. The right-hander understands the dynamics and performances as per the requirements of the game. In three outings, he has aggregated 189 runs with two half-centuries under his belt and will look to maintain his fine run.
Probable best bowler
A genius with the bat and with the ball, star all-rounder Jadeja seems to have struck the perfect balance since his return from a long injury stint. In the previous game against Mumbai, skipper Dhoni introduced him after the rival side got a brisk start in the powerplay. Jadeja quickly took the onus of denting the innings and returned with a three-wicket haul in his four overs for mere 20 runs. The left-arm spinner will aim to maintain this in the turning track in Chennai against Rajasthan.