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IPL 2019, RR vs CSK Preview: Royals look to derail Dhoni's Chennai express

Problems are aplenty for Rajasthan as they face the mighty CSK who lead the IPL 2019 points table. It remains to be seen if Ajinkya Rahane's team can put up a strong show at the home ground

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IPL 2019, CSK, MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Photo: PTI

In match 25 of the VIVO 2019 (IPL 2019), Ajinkya Rahane-led will host MS Dhoni's at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday. have struggled in the tournament with just two wins off five matches.They have failed to make the most of home ground advantage as they lost against KKR in their last match. Chennai is at the top of points table with five wins in 6 matches and they would look to continue with the winning spree.

Check Match 25 (RR vs CSK) LIVE score, TOSS updates and Match Commentary here

Problems are aplenty for Rajasthan as the side has not been able to convert a good show into victory and with the opposition like CSK, they will have to sweat hard to break the losing spell.

might make a comeback after he was injured and rested for two matches. Overall, the side also demolished an equally strong Kolkata Knight Riders and it must be planning to grab early wickets to derail RR's strong batting line-up.

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Rajasthan Royals team news

RR is a balanced side with captain Ajinkya Rahane, and Steven Smith taking charge of the batting department and Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal and Shreyas Gowtham regular names in bowling line-up. Ben Stokes and play a dual role, they can bat and bowl well and deliver whenever the team needs. Despite this, the team is not winning matches and trouble is mounting for them as the tournament approaches the halfway mark. The margin of error for Rajasthan is very low as they cannot afford to let matches slip from their grasp anymore else their ouster will be imminent. The team would look to score more in powerplay and put a decent total so that bowlers will have the opportunity to trap Chennai batsmen.

Chennai Super Kings Team news

Dwayne Bravo's injury was a major concern for Chennai but the inclusion of and the return of has only added to their joy. 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. Shane Watson and Suresh Raina do not have many runs against their name but they score just enough to keep the scoreboard running even fi they face trouble with bowling.

Ambati Rayudu is the key batsmen for CSK as he has the ability to shift gears without taking much time on the crease. is picking wickets and he has the company of who is equally fierce and strikes early. keeps the batsmen on a leash while Ravindra Jadeja does not concede much runs.

Chennai may try another name in place of Scott Kuggeleijn as RR may not be a tough challenge, especially after they restricted a strong team like KKR for just 108 runs in 20 overs and chased the target easily.

Here are the playing 11 probables of both the teams:

RR playing 11: Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Prashant Chopra, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudhesan Midhun

CSK playing 11: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir,

IPL 2019, Match 25: RR vs CSK Live streaming details

Date and Day: April 11, 2019, Thursday

Place: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Time: 8:00 pm IST

match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary. One can also live stream the 2019 IPL match on Hotstar app and Tatasky app. The fans can also watch in-depth analysis of live match on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD.

Here are the squad of both the teams

RR squad: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi.

CSK squad: (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign.

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 00:39 IST