Chennai vs Rajasthan, 61st IPL 2024 Match Preview

Chennai vs Rajasthan

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) — the 61st match of IPL 2024 takes place at MA Chidambaram Stadium (also known as Chepauk Stadium) on 12th May 2024 (Sunday) at 03:30 pm IST. Both teams are hoping to get back to their winning ways with the upcoming clash.

A win for Rajasthan Royals will make them officially book their playoff berth. Conversely, the Chennai Super Kings are in a must-win situation to strengthen their position in the points table to enhance their chances of entering the playoffs. Especially after facing a 35-run loss in their previous game against Gujarat Titans, the defending champions can not afford to lose their remaining two matches. Additionally, the other two teams namely the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Delhi Capitals (DC) are aiming to seal the fourth position in the points table.

In this preview, we will scrutinize the head-to-head stats of CSK vs RR and compare their performances in the ongoing season to predict the winner of the forthcoming match. Also, it would be interesting to find out the list of probable playing XI and impact players based on the toss outcome, weather, and pitch conditions.

Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals: Performance Analysis in IPL 2024

Both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have a strong batting lineup and here is the performance analysis of these two teams in the IPL 2024 so far:

1. Chennai Super Kings (CSK): 4th Position (12 points with +0.491 NRR)

The Chennai Super Kings led by Ruturaj Gaikwad have played 12 games this season so far and secured 6 wins and 6 losses, which makes them rank at fourth position in the points table. Mainly, the bowling line-up faced a huge blow due to the hamstring injuries sustained by Matheesha Pathirana and Deepak Chahar. Whereas, the Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman has to miss out on the remaining matches of IPL 2024 due to his commitment towards international duties. Moreover, the dropped catches have provided the lifeline for the opponent team’s in-form batters to score huge runs.

Most importantly, the CSK has a huge depth in their batting line-up but lacks aggressiveness while setting or chasing huge targets. Especially, CSK isn’t able to choose a perfect opening partnership after Devon Conway’s injury, which is a major drawback for their batting department. Despite MS Dhoni having strong finishing skills and power-hitting abilities, it wouldn’t be possible to promote him higher in the batting order, since he underwent leg surgery in the previous year. As a result, he needs to plan batting for two to three overs only.

The only way Ruturaj Gaikwad’s led team can qualify for the playoffs is to win their remaining two matches with a huge win to bolster their net run rate, which is possible by strengthening their batting and bowling lineup.

2. Rajasthan Royals (RR): 2nd Position  (16 points with +0.476 NRR) 

Out of 11 matches, the Rajasthan Royals led by Sanju Samson has collected 8 wins and 3 losses, ranking at the 2nd position in the points table. However, they lost back-to-back matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Capitals (DC) while chasing targets of 200+ runs.

Sanju Samson (471 runs in 11 innings) and Riyan Parag (436 runs in 10 innings) have been the consistent performers for their team. Whereas, the presence of Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult and Ravichandran Ashwin strengthens the bowling department.

The RR has a strong opening pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler. However, these two power hitters need to maintain a strong opening partnership and have the ability to score huge runs by targeting the first six overs of the powerplay. 

Head-to-Head Stats of CSK vs RR in IPL

Here are the head-to-head stats of CSK and RR in the 28 matches of IPL tabulated below:

Total Matches Played28
Matches won by CSK15
Matches won by RR13
No Result Matches0
Highest score for CSK246-5 in 20 overs  (IPL 2010)
Lowest score for CSK109-10 in 19 overs ( IPL 2008)
Highest score for RR223-5 in 20 overs  (IPL 2010)
Lowest score for RR126-6 in 20 overs (IPL 2012)
CSK winnings batting first8
CSK winnings batting second7
RR winnings batting first5
RR winnings batting second8

Whereas, CSK and RR have clashed against each other in 8 matches at Chepauk Stadium and the stats are shown below:

Total Matches Played at Chepauk Stadium8
Matches won by CSK6
Matches won by RR2
No Result Matches0
CSK winnings batting first3
CSK winnings batting second3
RR winnings batting first2
RR winnings batting second0

Weather Conditions during Chennai vs Rajasthan Match IPL 2024

The temperature is expected to be around 30°C to 35°C during the match between Chennai and Rajasthan. However, there are 25% chance of rain with 77% humidity, but you can expect a complete T20 match without any interruptions.

Chennai vs Rajasthan: Toss Outcome and Pitch Conditions

Based on the above stats, it becomes clear that both the skippers would decide to bat first on the dry and dusty pitch on Chepauk ground. This is because the pitch tends to slow down as the game progresses and will assist spinners to provide huge turns. Mainly, RR hasn’t won a single game in Chennai while chasing targets. You can expect a score of 160–200 runs at this venue.

CSK vs RR: Probable Playing XI and Impact Players List

Probably these players from CSK and RR might be included in the list of playing XI and impact players for the upcoming match:

CSK Probable Playing XI:

  1. Ajinkya Rahane
  2. Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain)
  3. Daryl Mitchell
  4. Shivam Dube
  5. Moeen Ali
  6. Ravindra Jadeja
  7. MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper)
  8. Mitchell Santner
  9. Shardul Thakur
  10. Richard Gleeson
  11. Simarjeet Singh

CSK Expected Impact Players List:

  1. Sameer Rizvi
  2. Simarjeet Singh
  3. Shaik Rasheed
  4. Mukesh Choudhary
  5. Rachin Ravindra

RR Probable Playing XI:

  1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
  2. Sanju Samson (captain / wicketkeeper)
  3. Riyan Parag
  4. Dhruv Jurel
  5. Rovman Powell
  6. Ravichandran Ashwin
  7. Shimron Hetmyer
  8. Trent Boult
  9. Avesh Khan
  10. Sandeep Sharma
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal

RR Expected Impact Players List: 

  1. Jos Buttler
  2. Kuldeep Sen
  3. Tom Kohler-Cadmore
  4. Tanush Kotian
  5. Kunal Singh Rathore

Chennai vs Rajasthan Match Winner Prediction: Overall Facts

Chennai and Rajasthan will exhibit a strong batting performance to score high totals. It remains to be seen if RR can break the jinx of losing the matches while chasing targets in the CSK’s home ground.

Ultimately, this Sunday will be much more special as it’s time to witness the toughest battle of the IPL 2024 tournament between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at Chepauk.