Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan face litmus test against Chennai

Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan face litmus test against Chennai

Du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu got the CSK chase back on track with a stand of 46 for the third wicket before Chawla struck in the 15th over to leave the home team needing 28 off the remaining 32 balls. Rajasthan are now lying in the penultimate spot in the eight-team standings with just one win out of five games. CSK recorded their sixth win in seven games as they made a rough weather of a modest 152 run target before Santner's six sealed in a dramatic final over in which CSK needed 18 runs.

Dwayne Bravo might make a comeback after he was injured and rested for two matches.

Rajasthan Royals:Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, S Midhun, Dhawal Kulkarni. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer play a dual role, they can bat and bowl well and deliver whenever the team needs. The margin of error for Rajasthan is very low as they can not afford to let matches slip from their grasp anymore else their ouster will be imminent.

Chennai Super Kings bowler Deepak Chahar has grown as a bowler. Faf has scored 54 (vs KXIP) and 43 (vs KKR) and considering the team is playing at home, he is likely to go with a no holds barred approach.


During the match, CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja took an easy catch of his teammate Suresh Raina. Imran Tahir keeps the batsmen on a leash while Ravindra Jadeja does not concede much runs.

Buttler belted Shardul Thakur (2/44 in 4 overs) for a few boundaries before he mistiming one which was easily caught by Ambati Rayudu.

Russell continued his rich vein of form with the bat with an even, unbeaten 50 to prop up the Knight Riders batting and carry them to 108 for nine off their allocation of 20 overs, after they were put in to bat in the 23rd match of the tournament at Chidambaram Stadium.

Batting: Both Rajasthan and Chennai boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from - Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Suresh Raina and Steve Smith. Deepak Chahar is picking wickets and he has the company of Harbhajan Singh who is equally fierce and strikes early. The Royals have just one win from their five matches, and desperately need to turn around their season. The fans can also watch in-depth analysis of live match on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD.

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