MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have their task cut out when they lock horns with second-place Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on Wednesday. However, the Super Kings come into the game fresh with two straight victories behind them. Despite outclassing Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in their last match, the Royals lost their previous outing against Punjab Super Kings. Additionally, Chennai Super Kings have the home advantage where they are expected to put up yet another strong show.
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Chennai Super Kings are prepared to take on last season’s runners-up, Rajasthan Royals, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on Wednesday, April 12. CSK are in fine form of late, defeating Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians convincingly in their last two outings. Captain cool Dhoni, despite not being the big hitter that he was once famous for, still has the much-needed experience to lead the team and make tough decisions in crunch situations.
On the other hand, the Men in Pink have already secured second place for the time being. Their performance in four of their last five games against CSK has been highly impressive and could just start off as favourites. But with home support on their side, Dhoni’s CSK will be seeking two more crucial points to climb the ladder early on in the tournament. Sanju Samson will be hoping the Royals continue to shine as they travel down south on April 12.
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Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals match details
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 17, IPL 2023
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 pm IST
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DC vs MI pitch report
The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has a lively wicket that favours the bowlers, the spinners, in particular. Thus, both teams will want to get the most out of their spinners and look for early breakthroughs to contain the other. It will be interesting to see if the team batting first can get to somewhere in the region of 160-180 runs which could then prove difficult to chase down. The likely choice by either skipper who wins the toss is to bowl first.
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Despite being in second place after three matches, Rajasthan Royals could find it difficult to come out on top. They will have to play their hearts out if they are to snatch two points from the Super Kings. As mentioned earlier, the toss will play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the match.
Chennai Super Kings have been pitted to win the match quite comfortably regardless of the fact that they are only fifth after three matches. In fact, they have been favoured to win regardless of whether they bat or bowl first.
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Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Tushar Deshpande
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Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal
The match will be played at 7:30 pm IST.