Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday in the 47th match of IPL 2021. The match between the two teams will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 7.30 pm. Chennai team has already qualified for the playoffs with 18 points from 11 matches with nine wins. After Chennai, Delhi has also become the second team to reach the playoffs this season. This team can now go with new players in their next few matches. This is the 12th match of this season for both the teams. Rajasthan have so far won only 4 matches in 11 matches and are at the seventh position in the points table with 8 points. Let’s take a look at the probable playing XI of both the teams.
Rajasthan have lost some close matches and the team is currently struggling to break into the top-4. The team still has a chance to reach the playoffs but for that it will have to do wonders by beating the Chennai team. A total of 24 matches have been played between Chennai and Rajasthan, out of which 15 matches have been won by CSK while only 9 matches have been won by Rajasthan. Chennai had beaten Rajasthan by 45 runs in the first leg. CSK has become the first team of this season to reach the playoffs. They made it to the playoffs by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. In such a situation, she can give a chance to new faces by resting some players in her playing XI. However, it seems unlikely that Dhoni will tamper with the winning combination.
At the same time, the Rajasthan team has derailed after the initial win. After registering a thrilling 2 run win against Punjab Kings, the team has already hit a hat-trick of defeat. Rajasthan have lost to Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. It will be a do or die match against Chennai for Rajasthan, captained by Sanju Samson. In such a situation, some changes can be seen in the playing XI of RR. David Miller can be included in place of Liam Livingstone and Shivam Dube in place of Riyan Parag.
Probable playing-11 of both the teams:
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Liam Livingstone/David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag/Shivam Dubey, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Karthik Tyagi, Chetan Sakaria, Mustafizur Rahman
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt and wicketkeeper), Rituraj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.