Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings
22/9/20, 3pm (BST), Sharjah
RAJASTHAN ROYALS – 11/10
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS – 8/11
Chennai Super Kings got off to a winning start when, despite continuously being written off due to their aging squad, they upset Mumbai Indians on the opening night with an impressive five-wicket win over the champions.
Perhaps most encouraging aspect was the performance of key players, with Faf du Plessis finding form, Ambati Rayudu covering for the absent Suresh Raina with 71 and Sam Curran displaying his all-round potential.
Rajasthan Royals will pose a big threat however; Jos Buttler (unavailable for this match) is in the form of his life, Jofra Archer will be the quickest bowler in the whole tournament and Steve Smith is itching to get going after concussion kept him out of Australia’s recent matches.
With Ben Stokes unavailable, there will be pressure on those three to deliver but with some quality home-grown squad members in Sanju Samson, Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal they could be dark horses this year.
Buttler’s absence due to quarantining will hurt Rajasthan, who have a poor record against CSK at the best of times having lost 14 of the 21 previous meetings.
Jaydav Unadkat is a man with a point to prove and if he can get the ball to swing early on could be a threat to the front pad of Shane Watson, but we’re backing Ngidi to back up his performance in the opener by picking up another couple of wickets.
The South African quick was effective at the death on Saturday and could have a real impact at this year’s tournament, while his match-up against Archer (11/10 in the same market) will be fascinating.
|–||Ambati Rayudu – 71|
|–||Faf du Plessis – 54|
|–||Sam Curran – 18|
|–||Ravi Jadeja – 10|
|–||Lungi Ngidi – 3|
|–||Deepak Chahar – 2|
|–||Ravi Jadeja – 2|
|–||Chawla & Curran – 1|