Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will lock horns today at Brabourne Stadium. Experts suggest that the ground pitch will give equal footing to bat and bowl. Batters can play well at the start and can make good scores.
The match is vital for CSK as it is their last group stage encounter in the IPL tournament. In comparison, RR is in the playoffs by beating the debut team of the season, Lucknow SuperGiants. RR will try to win over CSK. Experts believe that a win for RR will assure the team a playoff spot, which is currently with RCB in terms of points.
Royals will be boosted up by the inclusion of star batter Shimron Hetmyer, and for that same reason, CSK might change their strategies and orders of the players. Chennai lead RR played 13 matches and won 8, and CSK won just 4 matches from 13 points and achieved 8 points.
CSK, in their last match, lost to GT; they chose to bat first. Rituraj Gaikwad scored decently by getting 53 runs, and N Jagadeesan slammed 39 runs.
Expected players to play well :
Jos Butler: England batter Jos Butler is now the top run-getter of this season. In the tournament, he made 627 runs at an average of 52.25. He would like to maintain the consistency he has lost in the last few matches.
Matheesha Pathirana: The young pacer of Sri Lanka has impressed everyone with his game and wickets of Shubman Gill and Skipper Hardik Pandya. He will try to perform the same way in this match and contribute majorly for the team to win.
This has to be seen who will win the match, whether RR or CSK. Even though CSK wins, it can motivate the team, but they cannot make it to a playoff at this stage of the tournament. The game is essential for RR as it is one of their gateways to the playoff.