CSK out to upset a few plans
- Will MS Dhoni take a rest?
- Jos Buttler the big factor again
Rajasthan Royals are third in the points table and a win over CSK here would ensure their qualification. Rajasthan Royals have lost three of their last five matches. They have odds of 1.74 to beat Chennai in their first clash against the team this season.
CSK, on the other hand, are already out of the tournament and will be hoping to upset RR’s chances in their final game of the season. Will it be MS Dhoni’s last game? Unlikely. But he could upset Rajasthan’s plans in this key fixture for the men in pink. They have odds of 2.07 to beat RR.
How the season has gone…
The teams had contrasting starts to the season with CSK going on a losing spree and Rajasthan Royals winning several on the trot. It has evened out for Rajasthan of late with losses in games they would have earlier expected to win. Jos Buttler, after a terrific start to the season, hasn’t crossed 30 in five of his last six innings.
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A big factor in this game would be Jos Buttler’s form. Assuming RR qualify – which is a possibility even if they lose – they will need Buttler firing for the playoffs where they may not get as much leeway if they are third or fourth placed.
Keep an eye on…
Sanju Samson: Leading the side and handling the pressure of batting in the middle-order, Sanju Samson has actually had a good season with his intent with the bat standing out. Against CSK’s quicks and mystery spinners, Samson will be a crucial player.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: The impressive opener has hit top gear, even if late in the season and will be looking to push for a place in the Indian T20I squad. The opener has shown that if he is settled in, he can make it count.
TIP: Jos Buttler is due to get back to good form and has odds of 3.24 to be RR’s top batter.