After winning the season opener the Chennai Super Kings will now play the skilled Rajasthan Royals. The Royal will be playing their opening match of IPL 2020. Not too many have given Royals a chance ahead of the season to reach the playoffs this year, but they are very proficient of beating any side on their day.
Ahead of the big clash between the two former IPL champs, we bring you all the fantasy cricketing tips of Match 4 between RR and CSK.
Head To Head
Unsurprisingly Chennai Super Kings hold a massive edge against Rajasthan Royals in head to head. So far the two teams have played 22 matches in which CSK won 14 and RR has only 8.
Match Venue and Timing
The match will be played on 22 September (Tuesday) at the renowned Sharjah Cricket Stadium under lights beginning from 7:30 IST.
The Sharjah weather is expected to remain hot and the players will be playing in exceedingly hot weather of the Arabian desert. Temperatures are expected to be between 35 to 40-degree Celcius when CSK play RR.
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals- Fantasy Tips
Chennai Super Kings will be full of confidence after their big victory over Mumbai Indians. During the chase, both Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis played defining roles in taking their side over the line. Both the batsman are a must in your squad as they are in top form.
Another sure shot pick from the CSK side is Sam Curran. The English all-rounder showed his quality in the previous match with both bat and ball. Leg spinner Piyush Chawla can also be trusted in your squad as the pitches in UAE are tailor-made for him. In his first match for CSK, he only gave away 21 runs and scalped a massive wicket of Rohit Sharma.
So let’s now shift focus to the Rajasthan Royals who will be playing their opening match without Jos Buttler. This is a major blow after RR is already without Ben Stokes.
The key for the Royals will surely be their skipper Steve Smith around which the entire batting of his side will revolve throughout the season. Also, RR is star-studded when it comes to young Indian domestic talent.
The onus will be on the likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Riyan Parag to play with maturity this season and help their side win. Plus veteran batsman Robin Uthappa and stylish Sanju Samson will also be vital cogs for RR in IPL 2020.
In their bowling attack, all eyes will be on Jofra Archer who will lead the bowling attack for RR in the UAE. Also considering the slow surface of Sharjah, Shreyas Gopal will once again become a potent force. Key players for RR against CSK will be Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Archer and Riyan Parag they must be included in your fantasy XI.
Chennai Super Kings– Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi.
Rajasthan Royals – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith(c), Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande.
Fantasy 11 picks
Captain –Steve Smith, Ambati Rayudu
Vice-Captain –Faf du Plessis, Sanju Samson
Batters – Steve Smith (c), Rayudu (c), Samson (VC), Faf du Plessis
All-Rounders – Shane Watson
Bowlers – Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Chawla, Archer, Gopal
The Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings looks the odds on favourite to win against RR, The Royals will miss their two match-winners Buttler and Stokes against CSK.
Captain Steve Smith will have to play an incredible knock if they have to cause an upset. Finally, CSK will clinch the match as they have too much firepower in both their batting and bowling.