Match: Rajasthan vs Chennai, (RAJ vs CHN, Match #68)
Date: May 20, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Navi Mumbai
The match no. 68 of the Indian T20 League will see Rajasthan and Chennai go head to head at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, May 20. The contest is particularly important for Rajasthan, who can secure a top two finish with a win.
Rajasthan are in a pretty good position on the points table with 16 points, having won eight out of 13 matches. Their net run-rate of 0.304 keeps them in good stead. A loss here with a narrow margin will take them through to the playoffs but a win can secure them a top two finish. Rajasthan claimed a 24-run win over Lucknow in their most recent fixture. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 41 and Devdutt Padikkal’s 39 took them to 178/6. Trent Boult picked 2 for 18 with the rest of the unit also doing well as they defended the target.
Chennai, on the other hand, occupy ninth place on the table with 8 points, having won four and lost nine games. They’re coming off two consecutive losses with the most recent one being a seven-wicket defeat against Gujarat. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 53 while Narayan Jagadeesan added 39 but Chennai could only post 133/5 on the board. Sri Lanka’s Matheesh Pathirana, resembling Lasith Malinga, impressed on his debut with a couple of wickets but Chennai looked out of the contest for the most part.
RAJ vs CHN, Match 68, Weather Update & Pitch Report
The pitches in Mumbai have been pretty batting friendly in the ongoing season of the Indian T20 League. However, the surfaces have started to become slower and grip more. The average first innings score from 15 matches played at Brabourne Stadium reads 179.
The weather in Mumbai on Friday evening is expected to be generally clear with only a 3% chance of precipitation. The temperature will hover around 28-34°C.
RAJ vs CHN Injury News and Predicted XI
Rajasthan receives a boost as Shimron Hetmyer is back from his parental leave and should slot in straight away. Obed McCoy, who played the last game, looked troubled with his leg and could miss this game. Kuldeep Sen is likely to come in.
Predicted XI – Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
Having been knocked out of the competition early, Chennai have given opportunities to other players in the squad. The likes of N Jagadeesan, Prashant Solanki and Matheesha Pathirana were tried in the last game. Keep an eye on their playing XI ahead of the match.
Predicted XI – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh
RAJ vs CHN Head to Head Record
Total Encounters: 26
Rajasthan Won: 11
Chennai Won: 15
Rajasthan lead the last five matches 3-2 against Chennai
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RAJ vs CHN: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Match 68 (Five players to watch out for)
Top Fantasy Picks for RAJ vs CHN, Indian T20 League 2022
Jos Buttler: Wicketkeeper Batter, Rajasthan
Jos Buttler is the orange cap holder in the Indian T20 League 2022, having scored 627 runs in 13 innings at an average of 52 while striking at 148. The Englishman has hammered three centuries and three fifties in the tournament. Buttler has had a lean patch in the last few games but remains a good C/VC option in this game, coming at 10.5 credits.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: Batter, Chennai
Ruturaj Gaikwad hasn’t had the best of time in the ongoing season following his orange-cap winning campaign last year. But he has been amongst runs in the last few games. The Chennai opener has scored 331 runs in his last eight innings at an average of 41. Gaikwad is coming off a 53-run knock and is a good VC option, priced at 9 credits.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Bowler, Rajasthan
Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament, having scalped 24 wickets from 13 matches. The leg-spinner has maintained an economy of 7.76 and has struck at every 13 balls. Chahal has claimed one five-for and a four-for in the season. The Rajasthan spinner is a great pick, priced at 9.5 credits.
Sanju Samson: Wicketkeeper Batter, Rajasthan
Sanju Samson has been very consistent in the Indian T20 league in the last few years. Since 2018, the right hand batter has scored 2001 runs in the league at an average of 33 and strike rate of 146. Samson has scored 359 runs in the ongoing season at 30 average and 153 strike rate with two fifty. Samson is priced at 9 credits.
Mukesh Choudhary: Bowler, Chennai
Mukesh Choudhary is the biggest positive for Chennai in an otherwise forgettable season. The left arm pacer has been impressive, especially with the new ball. He’s the top wicket-taker for Chennai, with 16 wickets from 12 matches at a strike rate of 15.5. His best figures read 4 for 46. Choudhary is priced at 8.5 credits.
RAJ vs CHN Suggested Playing XI
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.
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