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IPL: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Predictions



Match 68 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will see two teams competing for altogether opposite spots on the table.

Chennai is all but out of the tournament and will be looking to avoid the last position at the table by winning its last game of this year’s IPL whereas Rajasthan need a must win here to finish in the top 2.

If they lose this match, it will be curtains for them in this season.

Former champions Chennai could not manage to defend the title this time around and finishing in the last 2 spots on the table will surely lead to introspection in the team camp.

On the other hand, Rajasthan started quite brilliantly and were unstoppable till the mid-season.

Royals team analysis

Royals rode high on Jos Butler’s form who scored tons of runs this year.

And just as Butler’s form dried up a bit, Rajasthan came on back foot as well and since then, it has not been easy for them despite having some early wins in the tournament.

A win in their last match will push them ahead of Lucknow because of their better run rate but if Chennai spoils the fun for Rajasthan in their last outing, Royals will probably need a lot of luck then.

Unless Rajasthan suffer a heavy defeat, they may still survive and make the play-offs.

Their batting has been sublime throughout the season.

Shimron Hetmyer will be returning to the side after missing 2 games due to the birth of his child.

In addition to that, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Padikkal’s return to form will be a morale booster.

Not to forget the heroic roles of Butler and Sanju Samson who have the ability to take away the game on their own.

Hetmyer has built his reputation in the later part of innings by hitting a 6 after every 7 balls.

He has hit 19 sixes in the last 5 overs of the game, a stat clearly showing his destructive outlook.

Royals would not worry much about their bowling with Yuzvendra Chahal holding the purple cap this year.

Chahal is 3 wickets away from breaking Imran Tahir’s record of 26 wickets, the most by any spinner in an IPL season.

Match details

Venue: Brabourne Stadium

Date: 20th May,2022

Time: 7:30 pm IST

Head to head past record:

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have played in 26 matches against each other.

Chennai lead the past record with 15 wins while Rajasthan has 11 wins.

Probable Playing 11 – Chennai Super Kings:

Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, N Jagadeesan, Shivam Dube, Mitchell Santner, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana

 Probable Playing 11 – Rajasthan Royals:

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson (capt), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Jimmy Neesham/Obed McCoy, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

Star bowler of the match:

Yuzvendra Chahal

Star batsman of the match:

Devdutt Padikkal

Who will win?

Will we see a Dhoni special in CSK’s last outing this year?

It would be a consolation win for the disgruntled CSK if they beat Rajasthan and spoil their chances for play-offs.

But Rajasthan has played better cricket than most in this season and they will surely look to up the ante in their last group game and reach the 2nd spot on the table.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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