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|Jofra Chioke Archer||27||8||0||4||337.50|
|Faf du Plessis||72||37||1||7||194.59|
|Jofra Chioke Archer||4.0||0||26||1||6.50|
Finally, the wait is over and the Indian Premier League 2020 is up and running. The tournament we all were so eagerly waiting for has gotten off to a stupendous start. After a nail-biting contest between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in the first match, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab produced a humdinger. The start of the IPL has certainly made the wait worth the tournament has just started.
Up next in the tournament are Chennai Super Kings set to take on Rajasthan Royals. While the Super Kings have already had one outing, it will be the first game for the Royals. Chennai Super Kings looked rusty at the beginning of their first match but got back to their usual best before the match ended. Rajasthan Royals have a good contingent arriving from England and considering that those players have already been playing for some time, the Royals just might not need a warm-up. CSK and RR, the two terrific teams with a strong rivalry, are set to lock horns on 22nd September 2020, at Sharjah Cricket Ground, Sharjah.
Perhaps one of the most unglamorous teams in the tournament, Rajasthan Royals are certainly rich in talent. While they pride themselves on their domestic talent, they have some fantastic international T20 players available this time around. They took the center stage when controversies surrounded Indian Premier League and were consequently banned to feature in the tournament for two years - 2016 and 2017. They haven't been able to do much since as they failed to qualify for the playoffs in any of the subsequent seasons.
This time, though, Rajasthan Royals have a strong team, at least on paper, and that is primarily because of a solid top-order that they have. Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, David Miller, and Robin Uthappa are few of the best exponents of the game. The participation of Ben Stokes in the tournament is still under the clouds, but it is certain that he will not be a part of the team in Rajasthan Royals' first few matches. Jos Buttler, who is quarantining with his family as per protocol, will also be sitting out of the Royals' upcoming match. Considering the form Buttler was in, his absence is certainly a huge setback for the Royals.
Although not their biggest strength, Rajasthan Royals are littered with nifty Indian players who have proved their mettle in the domestic circuit. Shreyas Gopal is an experienced bowler and is as good as any leg-spinners playing in the competition. He impressed last year as well and with conditions likely to favor spinners, Gopal will have a vital role to play. With Stokes and Buttler not playing in the first match, the onus will be on Sanju Samson and Yashasv Jaiswal to get the Royals to a good start with the ball. While Sanju Samson is pretty well-known for his ability, Yashasvi Jaiswal broke into the side on the back of superb performances in under-19 Cricket. Alongside Riyan Parag, Jaiswal will certainly be the one to watch out for.
Rajasthan Royals had an apparent weakness was their death bowling, but with Tom Curran being in the form he is, their death-bowling woes might no longer need to be fixed. Curran was brilliant against the Aussies in the recently concluded T20I series and with Archer set to bowl alongside him, the Royals have two good bowlers to bowl at the death. The sluggish pitches of UAE should suit the likes of Unadkat and Tye as well, providing management with a good number of options to choose from.
While the Royals had a strong on-paper team before the tournament started, the absence of Jos Buttler certainly leaves their plans in a bit of disarray. With the surface likely to get slower with the passage of the match, the importance of scoring quickly with the new ball cannot be overstated. Given that, a lot will depend on the likes of Robin Uthappa and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Even though they have not a dearth of talented Indian players, the Royals certainly lack Indians who have got good domestic experience behind them. The pool of their Indian players consists mainly of youngsters, and that could be a vulnerability that CSK might be looking to exploit.
Rajasthan Royals is one such team that is rich in stellar players, who all can with them on their day. Having said that, the absence of Stokes and Buttler certainly takes away the balance from their lineup. As they do not have many experienced Indians at their disposal, they rely heavily on their overseas players - primarily Archer and Smith. Conditions at Sharjah would certainly favor them and if their overseas players can set good examples, the Royals will be a tough team to deal with.
Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, RV Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, S Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, R Tewatia.
With Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh opting out of IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings appeared to be in deep trouble. However, just like he always does, MS Dhoni not only managed to plug with holes in the opening match but also managed to lead his side to yet another victory. It wasn't easy and there were a few visible vulnerabilities, but a win would certainly instill a lot of belief among the team.
Chennai Super Kings' win in the first match was a story of two halves. They looked jittery and underprepared in the first half of the first innings but bounced back with terrific spells from Sam Curran and Piyush Chawla. Ravindra Jadeja and Lungi Ngidi bounced back brilliantly to bag five wickets between them at the death overs and that changed the complexion of the match. At the half-way stage, CSK went back with momentum with them, but that momentum didn't last for long as they lost Shane Watson and Murali Vijay early in the chase.
Faf du Plessis looked scratchy right throughout his innings, but a brilliant knock from Ambati Rayudu took the pressure off Faf du Plessis as the pair added 115 runs for the third wicket. With fantastic cameos from Jadeja and Curran, Faf du Plessis sealed the deal as CSK won the match with four balls to spare and five wickets in hand.
While the Super Kings had plenty of positives to draw from their first match, the most relieving of those would be Faf batting beautifully at number three, a slot that Suresh Raina owned for so long. Considering that CSK sealed the deal without MS Dhoni or Kedar Jadhav to swing their bat say a lot about depth in their batting lineup. They bat deep with Deepak Chahar available to come in at number ten and that could be a good advantage to have in crunch situations.
With Faf du Plessis doing well at the number three position, the fight for the number three seems to be no longer there. Having said that, the management will be worried about the opening spots as Murali Vijay and Shane Watson failed to get them off to a good start. These are early days in the tournament as even though we expect MS Dhoni to stick with Watson, Murali Vijay might not have a long rope. He never looked comfortable against James Pattinson and succumbed to an inswinger, getting trapped in front. With Rituraj Gaikwad and N Jagadeesan available in the squad, CSK will certainly start looking at those options soon. We might even see a change in the upcoming match with Gaikwad or Jagadeesan in for Vijay. Sam Curran's superb performance puts Dhoni in a sweet problem to choosing between Dwayne Bravo and Sam Curran when the Caribbean player gets fit.
Chennai Super Kings have never appeared to be an intimidating side. At least never as intimidating as Mumbai Indians or Royal Challengers Bangalore. The secret sauce of their success so far has been MS Dhoni's captaincy and the team-effort the Chennai Super Kings always manage to put. They are extremely good at adapting to the conditions and that is going to be helpful this year. They did well against the potent side of Mumbai Indians and should continue to do well in the upcoming matches too.
M Vijay, SR Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Piyush Chawla.
Both sides preferred to field first in the two matches gone so far and those decisions eventually made sense with dew coming into the picture in both those matches. Even though the surface is likely to get slower with the passage of play, dew might just make the batting a whole lot easier in the second match. Also, this is the first match on this surface and both sides will want to take a look before batting on it. Therefore, we expect the captain winning the toss to bowl first.
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The average first innings scores in UAE hover around the 155-run mark and the average winning scores in the first innings hover a shade under 170. Albeit at different venues, the totals in the first two matches were both around the 160-run mark and made for exciting contests. We expect the surface at Sharjah a little more batting-friendly and the bowlers will have to toil a bit harder, especially in the death overs. The weather is likely to be hot and the fitness of players will be tested yet again. Needless to say, there are negligible chances of rain. As was the case in the first two matches, dew could be a factor, making the ball come onto the bat a bit better in the second half of the second innings. Considering that and the usual nature of the surface, the team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 170 runs on the board.
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These are early days in the tournament and most teams will be looking to get their combinations right as soon as possible. With a win in their previous match, the Super Kings will be jubilant. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are yet to get out on the field and with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes absent, things haven't started well for them. Besides, Steve Smith hasn't played in a while because of concussion protocols and his participation is under the clouds as well. Given that the overseas contingent formed an important part of the Royals' strategies, the absence of Buttler and Stokes is going to be a telling factor. Considering that and the fact that Chennai Super Kings have already played and won a game, placing your punts on a Super Kings' win should be the way to go in this upcoming fixture.
With Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes absent, the onus will be on Steve Smith to lead the side with the bat. He is the most experienced player in the team and is likely to have a good number of deliveries available to play. Steve Smith is an excellent player of spin and pace both, and it will only be a matter of settling in to score big. There aren't many takers other than him in the Royals' camp to score big. This is an excellent bet with a good risk-reward ratio.
Chennai Super Kings' opening pair didn't look settled in their match against Mumbai and we expect that to happen again. Murali Vijay looked out of sorts and Shane Watson is a slow starter. In addition to that, the pair will have Jofra Archer bowling at them, who is coming off a fantastic run in England's series against Australia. Royals' opening pair, on the other hand, is likely to be fresh and better-prepared to tackle CSK's opening bowlers.
Ambati Rayudu looked in fantastic touch in the first match and was awarded the man of the match title for his match-winning performance. Momentum and form generally play a huge role in this format of the game and Rayudu will be looking to make most out of his form. With a splendid knock behind him, he will be brimming with confidence, and scoring more than 17 runs should be a walk in the park for him.
When Will Next Wicket Fall, Chennai Super Kings, Runs at Fall Of Wicket 1
Under 20.5 at 1.83
This bet could be seen as an extension of the second bet. Chennai Super Kings' opening pair is their Achilles' heel and is unlikely to be sorted in the upcoming match. Rajasthan Royals have a decent new-ball attack and picking up a wicket of out-of-form batsmen shouldn't be a huge challenge, especially considering that those batsmen are without decent match practice.
It is unlikely to be a match wherein towering totals will be scored. Also, with the form Rayudu and du Plessis are in, it is highly unlikely that MS Dhoni will get to face enough deliveries. There is also a chance that either of Curran or Jadeja will be promoted to come ahead of him, primarily to have a left-right combination in the middle. We saw MS Dhoni employ these tactics in their first match as well. Given all those factors, the only real chance MSD is likely to have to garner points is behind the stumps and we don't think scoring that many points are possible only through wicket-keeping. This certainly appears to be a decent proposition for those looking to keep it safe.
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