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In the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021), the three-time champions team Chennai Super Kings will face Rajasthan Royals on Monday. This season has been 50–50 results so far for both teams. That is, both have played two matches and won one match each. The result of the clash of these teams with strong batting can be determined by whose fewer wickets fall in the power play.
The Wankhede Stadium pitch is considered to be very good in terms of batting, but in the Rajasthan Vs Delhi and Chennai Vs Punjab matches we saw that the bowler who has good swing and seam movement can wreak havoc in the power play. CSK’s Rahul Chahar took four wickets for 13 runs in four overs against Punjab.
Chennai ahead in a face-to-face battle
CSK’s team has an edge over Rajasthan in the head to head record (see graphics). However, in the 2020 IPL, Rajasthan defeated CSK in both the bouts. In the first match against Dhoni’s team last season, Rajasthan scored 216 runs. Sanju Samson had scored an innings of 74 runs. However, this is Sanju’s only half-century in nine innings of 10 matches against Rajasthan. He averages just 17 against Chennai.
Both teams have depth in batting
The specialty of this match is that there is a lot of depth in the batting order of both the teams. Rajasthan have batsmen like David Miller, Ryan Parag, Shivam Dubey, Chris Maurice and Rahul Teotia in the middle overs after the fire power of Jose Butler and Sanju Samson in the top-3. At the same time, Chennai also has all-rounders like Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Karen in addition to Faf Duplessis, Rituraj Gaikwad and Moin Ali. In such a situation, if the pitch is helpful to the batsmen, then it can be difficult for both teams to defend the score below 200 runs.
16 wickets in power play, 15 fast bowlers names
At the Wankhede Stadium this season, 16 wickets have fallen in 10 Power Plays of the five matches that have taken place so far. Of these, 15 wickets have been taken by fast bowlers. That is, if you have to avoid making a big score against yourself, then you have to take wickets in the first 6 overs. The good thing is that both teams have bowlers worth taking wickets in the early overs. Deepak Chahar of Chennai makes a great swing, while Rajasthan also has great options like Chetan Sakaria and Jaydev Unadkat.
Sam Karen and Jadeja will get promotion in batting order
Rajasthan has three left arm fast bowlers. All three had also troubled the Delhi batsmen in the last match. Chennai may have Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Karen as their batsmen. Jadeja has scored 75 off 35 balls against left-handed fast bowlers. At the same time, Sam Karen has scored 71 runs in 28 balls against such bowlers. It is possible that either of these two batsmen can be promoted in the batting order. However, Mustafizur Rahman can make it difficult for Jadeja in this match. Left arm fast bowler Rahman has dismissed Jadeja three times in 18 balls and has allowed just 16 runs.
It is important to keep an eye on these records