We had a good nail-biter yesterday. Some injuries were also part of that, hope the players especially Marsh comeback soon for SRH. With only 3 days over, we are on the 4th day of IPL2020 and RR is going to take on CSK in match 4 of Dream11 IPL 2020.
Can Smith produce a quality 11 for RR amidst Buttler and Stokes not playing in today’s match?
Coming into today’s match RR is forced to fit their foreign players as Stokes returns to his family in New Zealand and Buttler still in quarintine, Smith has to provide a 11 with the limited options available.
But fortunately, they some good options too, in the likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Tom Curran, and David Miller. Particularly Jaiswal and Uthappa can open the innings and if they fire, RR can surely provide some good results.
Tom Curran and David Miller will be a good option to replace Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. Tom Curran has performed well in the recently played Eng vs Aus series and had a good BBL season last year playing for his team Sydney Sixers to clinch the title.
Considering CSK, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been tested negative and will be for selection in today’s match. With today’s match is set to play in a high scoring venue Sharjah, MS may think of a 6th bowling option Shardul Thakur replacing Murali Vijay who had a bad day in their first match against MI.
Stats and Strategies to look up for:
In the last season of IPL other than Buttler there were no other batsmen with a strike rate above 120. This can be addressed if Miller has a good season because when previously played in UAE at 2014, he had the 3rd highest Strike Rate.
Ravindra Jadeja has dismissed Smith 6 times so far and this can make MS to hold up Jadeja’s 4 overs to attack against Smith.
Jofra Archer has dismissed Ambati Rayudu twice and Shane Watson once which is a worrying stat for CSK as already there are too many top-order woes since last season.
Since 2018 CSK had won 3 out of 4 times against the Royals.
The chasing teams has won 26 out of 46 T20s played in Sharjah and the pacers has dominated here taking 64% of wickets since 2018.
The average score here is 161 and the average winning score is 175 since 2018. It clearly depicts the chasing team has the upper hand here.
Likely playing 11s of RR and CSK:
Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(wk), Steve Smith(c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron/ Ankit Rajpoot
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, M Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi.