The Super Kings would be high on confidence following their thumping win against the Punjab Kings.

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After the hammering at the hands of Delhi Capitals (DC), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made an impressive comeback in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, led by MS Dhoni, beat the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Speedster Deepak Chahar’s four-wicket haul helped the Yellow Army seal the win with 26 balls to spare. CSK’s next game is against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday, April 19 in Mumbai itself. The Royals, on the other hand, have been involved in a couple of closely fought encounters.

After David Miller’s half-century and Chris Morris’s cameo, they got out of jail against the Delhi Capitals (DC). Both CSK and RR have been highly competitive against each other with the former having a lead by four wins.

Match Details

Match – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals – 12th match

Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT

Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium turned out to be a bowler’s graveyard in the first couple of games. But of late, the bowlers have managed to extract a lot from the surface. The batters need to be a tad circumspect. Batting second should be the way forward. The temperature will be around 30 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the 60s. There are no chances of a downpour.

Avg first innings score: 166 (4 matches in IPL 2021 at the Wankhede)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1, Tied – 0

Probable Playing XIs:

Chennai Super Kings

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C and WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar

Bench: Robin Uthappa, Imran Tahir, KM Asif, Bhagath Verma, C Hari Nishanth, Narayan Jagadeesan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma

Rajasthan Royals

Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (C & WK), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jayadev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

Bench: Liam Livingstone, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, Jofra Archer, KC Cariappa, Mayank Markande, Kuldip Yadav, Kartik Tyagi

Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 24 | Chennai Super Kings – 14 | Rajasthan Royals– 10 |N/R – 0

At neutral venues

Played – 10 | Chennai Super Kings – 5 | Rajasthan Royals – 5 |N/R – 0

Probable best batsman of the match

Jos Buttler– Rajasthan Royals

Jos Buttler has given glimpses of his stupendous self in the IPL, but he hasn’t quite been able to deliver the goods with the bat in hand. But going into the next game, he can be deemed to be RR’s standout performer. In five games against CSK, Buttler has notched 216 runs at an average and strike rate of 72 and 152.11 respectively. If he gets going then the Royals would be in a strong position.

Probable best bowler of the match

Deepak Chahar– Chennai Super Kings

Deepak Chahar, after his stupendous show against the Kings, has every chance of replicating the performance in the next game. Against the Royals, the speedster has picked up nine wickets from 20 overs. He has an average and strike rate of 14.56 and 13.33 respectively, the best he has had against any opposition. An economy rate of 6.55 means that he doesn’t give away a lot of runs either.

Today’s match prediction: Chennai to win the match.

Scenario 1

Chennai win the toss and bowl

Powerplay score – 45-50

First innings score – 150-170

Chennai win the match

Scenario 2

Rajasthan win the toss and bowl

Powerplay score – 50-55

First innings score – 170-190

Chennai to win the match

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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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