RR vs CSK head to head 2nd-leg match promises a crackling contest.
A struggling Rajasthan Royals will take on consistent Chennai Super Kings in match 32 of IPL 2021 at Delhi on May 5.
Royals has been guilty of not living up to expectations despite boasting of some big names in the batting and bowling departments. On the other hand, CSK have put their disastrous last season behind, and came out all guns blazing this season. They have played an aggressive brand of cricket, and are frontrunners for the title. CSK has got the better of RR in the first-leg match, with Moeen Ali shining with an all-round performance.
Here’s a look at the RR vs CSK head to head stats.
RR vs CSK head to head
|Rajasthan Royals||Chennai Super Kings|
|Shane Watson’s 101||Highest individual score||Murali Vijay’s 127|
|Sohail Tanvir’s 6/14||Best bowling figures||Ravindra Jadeja’s 4/11|
Shane Watson has scored a ton (101) against CSK when playing for Rajasthan Royals in 2013 IPL. He also scored a ton against Rajasthan Royals (106) when playing for CSK in 2018 IPL.
From the 2008 final between CSK and RR, only three players would play the 32nd match between the two teams in IPL 2021. They are Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni who still plays for CSK, and Ravindra Jadeja, who was part of RR in 2008, but now plays for CSK.
Shane Watson has scored two tons each for Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in IPL.
RR team news
Squad: Sanju Samson (captain), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Gerald Coetzee.
CSK team news
Squad: MS Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravi Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, R. Sai Kishore, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harisankar Reddy, Bhagvath Varma and Cheteshwar Pujara
Players to watch out for in RR vs CSK head to head
Captain Sanju Samson continues to be the best batsman for Royals. And he is a dangerous customer if he sets his eyes in. With Royals fighting for survival to stay in the race for play-offs, Samson may bring out his best game in the clash against CSK to lead his team revival. CSK also knows how vital Samson is to Royals’ line-up and will go all out to dismiss him.
Jadeja is a 3D player, providing support in batting, bowling and fielding departments. If he does not fire with the bat, he will make up for it with the ball. And if he fails in both the departments, his electric fielding and direct-hit runouts can turn the match on its head. In fact, opposition teams fear Jadeja the most as he could be extremely lethal with bat, ball or fielding. RCB learnt it the hard way in this season.
Battles within the battle in RR vs CSK head to head
MS Dhoni vs Chetan Sakariya
A young Sakariya had a memorable day when he dismissed the legend MS Dhoni in the first-leg clash. Sakariya was just 6 when Dhoni made his international debut and getting his wicket would have definitely given his confidence a great boost. And he would look to repeat that magic in the RR vs CSK head to head in the second-leg clash. But Dhoni is too good a player to let a young bowler get the better of him the second time around. And hence, Dhoni would be raring to bring Sakariya down to earth in the second-leg clash.
Jos Buttler vs Jadeja
Buttler vs Jadeja provides a great battle as both are aggressive, attacking and passionate cricketers. And both loves to win the mini-battles within the battle. Jadeja had Buttler’s wicket in the first-leg clash when the England keeper was well-set on 49. But Jadeja stopped him from getting to his fifty. Jadeja would again be the key to thwart Buttler challenge and break Royals back in the RR vs CSK head to head second-leg clash. It makes for an exciting battle to watch out for.
Probable Playing XIs in RR vs CSK head to head
Sanju Samson (captain, keeper), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya.
MS Dhoni (captain, keeper), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Moeen Ali.