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IPL 2020 Preview: RR vs CSK Match Predictions and Tips

A Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings (RR vs CSK) match is always reminiscent of the very first Indian Premier League (IPL) season back in 2008, when the two teams met in the final with Shane Warne leading Rajasthan to the inaugural IPL trophy.

Since then, three-time champions Chennai Super Kings have been quite dominant over the Royals. They have won 14 matches against Rajasthan with a win percentage of 66.67. In the last five encounters, Chennai have shown their class and got the wood over Rajasthan by winning four out of five matches leading up to tonight’s fixture.

 

KEY BATTLE

Ravindra Jadeja vs Rajasthan batting line-up

In RR vs CSK, Ravindra Jadeja has picked up 16 wickets in 14 innings at an average of 19.00 and a strike rate of 15.8. These 16 wickets by Jadeja is the third-most by a bowler against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Jadeja has taken two four-fer against the Royals and one of them was in the UAE in 2014. This is the team he performs the best against and we can expect him to be a gamechanger in match four of IPL 2020.

For Jadeja to achieve the player performance of 26.50, he needs to fulfil one of these criteria; pick up two wickets or one wicket and a catch or one wicket and at least seven runs with the bat. The chances of one of these scenarios to take place in the match seem bright.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Shane Watson

It has been observed that Shane Watson has struggled in the initial phase of the previous two IPL seasons. The point to remember is that Watson doesn’t play international cricket anymore and has come into this IPL with very little cricket behind him in the past year or so. He is bound to be rusty and that was evident in the first game against the Mumbai Indians.

In the past two seasons, we have seen a drastic change in his performances as we approach the business end of the tournament.

 

Ambati Rayudu

Sharjah is a happy hunting ground for the batsmen. Considering the small dimensions of the ground and a track which is usually flat we expect the top batsmen to have a good outing.  Ambati Rayudu, who looked in sublime form in the first match of the tournament, will look to contribute in the second match as well. He’ll bat at number four and will get a decent opportunity to get some runs again.

The form he is in, he’ll look to follow the half-century he scored in the first match with another one against Rajasthan.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

RR: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson (WK), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaidev Unadkat

CSK: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK) (C), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi

 

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