RR VS CSK – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 43rd match of IPL 2018 between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.
It turned out to be a perfect homecoming for Rajasthan Royals who plundered a hard fought victory against Kings XI Punjab following a string of perpetual defeats. This means they are still alive in the playoffs race, but what they have ahead is certainly daunting.
The Rahane-led side will stake a claim against Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Friday.
Rajasthan Royals Team News
The dejected unit will finally be high on confidence after a hard fought win over mighty Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday. Jos Buttler continued his magnificent run scoring 82 off 58, while K Gowtham and Jofra Archer were right on the money in restricting Punjab.
The big guns Darcy Short, Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat are still in search of the much needed form. Besides, there shouldn’t be any specific changes against Chennai unless Rahane brings back Shreyas Gopal in place of Stuart Binny.
Playing XI (Last Match): Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Anureet Singh, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat
Chennai Super Kings Team News
Dhoni made quite a few changes in the playing XI against Royal Challengers the other night. David Willey was handed his debut cap who shared the new ball will Lungi Ngidi with Shardul Thakur also brought back in the scheme of things.
CSK physiotherapist Tommy Simsek hinted that seamer Deepak Chahar, who was out of action for a while could return against Rajasthan. Also, England seamer Mark Wood has returned home after playing a solitary game this season to prepare for the Pakistan series.
Playing XI (Last Match): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(capt&wk), Dhruv Shorey, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur
Top Funtasy Picks
Rajasthan Royals: Jofra Archer – The English seamer has been as accurate in the power play overs as he is at the death with his deadly yorkers. He could be crucial against Rayudu and Watson first up.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni – The ‘Thala’ is back in action and he is putting up some tremendous batting display this season. Picking him should undoubtedly be a no-brainer.
Punt Pick: Deepak Chahar – The right hander is back on field and as per reports could feature in the playing XI against Rajasthan.