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IPL 2023 RR vs CSK preview: Battleground Jaipur ready for a spin war

Both teams are equipped with three world-class spinners each on the slow pitch of Jaipur

Chennai Super Kings celebrating win during match 24 of the Tata Indian Premier League between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 17th April 2023  Photo: Sportzpics

Chennai Super Kings celebrating win during match 24 of the Tata Indian Premier League between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 17th April 2023 Photo: Sportzpics

Abhishek Singh New Delhi

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In Jaipur, Rajasthan Royals would look to regain the top spot in the IPL points table when they face the current leaders Chennai Super Kings. Away at Chepauk, the Royals defeated the Super Kings in a high-scoring thriller. It had gone till the last ball and Sandeep Sharma had held his nerves against MS Dhoni to deliver the win.

At Jaipur though, it wouldn’t be a high-scoring game. Considering that both teams possess quality spinners, batters would have to churn out runs by taking risks.

If Chennai have Ravindra Jadeja, Maheesh Theekshana and Moeen Ali to turn the ball, Rajasthan are equally well equipped with world-class spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal. If compared, the home team has the upper hand in the bowling department given that they have two leg-break bowlers and MS Dhoni’s side possesses none.

RR vs CSK, IPL 2023 Match Details

Match Number- 37
Series- Indian Premier League 2023
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur  

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, Pitch Report

This is going to be the second game at the Sawai Jai Singh stadium in Jaipur and taking the first game as a reference, it could once again be dominated by bowlers. It is not a pitch where the ball comes on the bat and shot-making is easy. It demands batters to settle down and then explore scoring opportunities.

RR vs CSK, Jaipur Weather Forecast

It is likely to be cloudy most of the time during the match in Jaipur. The humidity will also move from the higher 30s to the lower 40s as the match progresses and chances of passing showers remain high. However, the match is unlikely to be disturbed by such weather. The temperature would range between 27 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius.

Rajasthan Royals playing combination

The Royals were found lagging against Bangalore in their previous game. Their finisher, Dhruv Jurel, wasn’t able to get the desired number of balls he needed to finish the game. Yashasvi Jaiswal slowing down after the powerplay is a huge problem, especially when Jos Buttler gets out early. In that case, there is no one to cover up the dot balls taken up by Jaiswal.

Jason Holder is also not being utilised as a batter properly. This is something that coach Kumar Sangakkara and captain Sanju Samson need to work on if the West Indian finds a place in the playing 11 tonight.

RR predicted playing 11

Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, R Ashwin, Sandeep Sharma, Adam Zampa, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal

Impact Substitute options: Jason Holder, Abdul Basith, Akash Vasisht, Donavon Ferreira, Murugan Ashwin

Chennai Super Kings playing combination

Chennai Super Kings would not look to change the playing combination which has won them back-to-back games against Hyderabad and Kolkata. Forced to play Ajinkya Rahane because of Ben Stokes' injury has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Super Kings so far. Shivam Dube striking it well has meant that there is no need for Ambati Rayudu in the playing 11.

Matheesha Pathirana being able to land yorkers at will has somewhat solved the death overs problems for Dhoni. But the likes of Tushar Deshpande and Akash Singh need to be more accurate.

CSK predicted playing 11

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Akash Singh

Impact Substitute options: Ambati Rayudu, Dwaine Pretorius, Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed, RS Hangargekar

RR vs CSK, IPL 2023 Live Streaming and Broadcast

The match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings can be live streamed on the Jio Cinema app across ios and Android platforms on phones, tablets, smart TVs and laptops. The same can also be viewed on the TV channels at Star Sports.

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First Published: Apr 27 2023 | 4:33 PM IST

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