Former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have already booked their play-off spot but are yet to guarantee themselves a top-two finish as they take on Rajasthan Royals in match 47 of IPL 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Rajasthan is currently placed seventh in the table, with four wins from 11 matches and has eight points. A win would keep it in contention for the playoffs, while a loss would severely dent its chances, as it is coming off a defeat to third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
And with important things at stake for both, the sides are expected to field their best XI.
Rajasthan Royals Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone/David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag/Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman
Wicketkeeper (Sanju Samson)
PBKS captain KL Rahul is an automatic pick in the line-up due to his current run of form. The skipper had a good start in the last match against MI but couldn’t turn into big innings and will like to change that in a virtual do-or-die clash. Dinesh Karthik has found his mojo back as the wicket-keeper batsman is playing the role of a finisher with consistency in the last two games.
Batsman (Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis)
Openers of both teams are in-form and have been in-line with the current trend of batsmen scoring swiftly during the powerplay. Evin and Yashasvi have managed to bring some consistency at the top off RR batting with some crucial stands and same is true with Gaikwad and Du Plessis for a while now.
All-rounder (Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo)
The CSK bowling trio has been efficient in stopping opponents’ flow of run in the middle overs with wickets and have shown form with the bat when needed.
Bowler (Josh Hazelwood, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman)
Josh Hazelwood announced his form in IPL with five wickets in the last two games while RR bowling duo Sakariya and Rahman have been tricky customers for batters with their pace variations.
Runs have come slow and steady at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium with slow bowlers proving economical and hard to hit, allowing bowlers with pace variations making the most out of it.
The weather will remain hot and humid with the temperature fluctuating between 28-30 degrees Celsius during the evening game.
You can watch the IPL 2021 RR vs CSK Match 48 Live Online on Hotstar and TV Telecast on Star Sports Network.