IPL 2021 CSK vs RR Live: Welcome to our live coverage of Match 47 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 where Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Three-time champions Chennai would look to continue their winning momentum as they take on a struggling Rajasthan unit. Chennai on Thursday became the first team to seal a playoff berth with a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. While Chennai are currently leading the points table with 18 points from 11 matches, Rajasthan are languishing seventh with just four wins so far. The Sanju Samson-led side needs to win their remaining three games to stay in contention for the play-off spot. A defeat against Chennai, however, would end their slim chances of achieving a top-four finish.
19:45 IST: Another solid start from Chennai’s opening pair, Gaikwad and du Plessis as they laced 20 runs in the first three overs against Rajasthan. The three boundaries struck so far was all against Akash Singh by Gaikwad.
19:08 IST: Here are the playing XI for the two teams…
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
19:06 IST: TOSS UPDATE: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bowl first against Chennai
Pitch report: It’s a new pitch and has not been used before this season. This is the best looking pitch, flat wicket with a good covering of grass. Wouldn’t be much quick, neither will it spin much. It has an odd crack though. The fast bowlers need to stick to the back of a length area and use their variations. Expect it to be a batting-friendly pitch, reckon Nick Knight and Pommie Mbangwa.
CSK vs RR IPL 2021, Preview: A play-off berth already sealed, former champions Chennai Super Kings would look to ensure that the momentum remains intact when they take on a struggling Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match here on Saturday. Chennai are currently leading the standings with 18 points from 11 games, followed by Delhi Capitals (16 points), Royal Challengers Bangalore (14) and Kolkata Knight Riders (10).
With eight points from 11 games, RR are placed second from the bottom in the eight-team table and a loss on Saturday will end their slim chances of qualifying for the knockout stage. The equation is simple for RR — win the remaining three games handsomely and stay in contention for the fourth play-off spot. [FULL PREVIEW]