IPL 2023: CSK’s likely XI vs RR, hopeful with consistent batters

Since nearly every batter has contributed in some way, CSK would be pleased with their batters' consistency.

IPL 2023: CSK’s likely XI vs RR, hopeful with consistent batters
  • Sinchan Saha | April 12, 2023 | 1:12 pm

On Wednesday, at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, the inaugural IPL champions, Rajasthan Royal (RR), will face the four-time champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The Dhoni-led team lost their season opener to the Gujarat Titans, but they won their first home game of the season against the Lucknow Super Giants in style.

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On Saturday, April 8, the Mumbai Indians were defeated by the Super Kings by seven wickets, making it two wins in a row. The CSK spinners held MI to a subpar 157/8, and Ravindra Jadeja led the way with the ball with a spell of 3/20 that changed the momentum. After that, Ajinkya Rahane came out of nowhere with a ferocious 61(27) and Ruturaj Gaikwad played support (40* off 36 balls) to assist CSK in achieving their goal with 11 balls remaining.

Since almost all of their batters have contributed in some way to the team’s efforts in the three games played thus far, CSK would be satisfied with their batters’ consistency. After Ajinkya Rahane’s explosive knock against MI ensured CSK’s victory, they may have found another middle-order mainstay.

Gaikwad is also in excellent condition and is on track to surpass his 2021 600-run season. With 189 runs in three games and a staggering strike rate of 161, he is PBKS’s second-highest run scorer this season behind Shikhar Dhawan.

In both of their victories this season, Ambati Rayudu and Shivam Dube have made minor but significant contributions with the bat. CSK will hope that Ben Stokes can have a bigger impact on their games because the INR 16.25 crore signing has been subpar with the bat and has given up 18 runs in the one over he has bowled.

The spinners have been the champion bowlers for such a long way for CSK. Ali, Jadeja, and Santner have combined to take 11 wickets at an economy of less than 7. The twist division will be additionally reinforced with Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana are supposed to be accessible for determination against RR in the wake of closing public obligation with Sri Lanka.

Although Tushar Deshpande has conceded more than 12 runs per over, he currently holds the record for most wickets taken with five scalps. Additionally, Rajvardhan Hangargekar has 3 wickets at a 10 economy rate. After Deepak Chahar suffered a hamstring injury against MI, CSK will be pleased to have Dwaine Pretorius and Sisanda Magala as backup options. Further scans will be required to determine the extent of the injury.

Whenever fit, Stirs up and Ali would be supposed to space straight once more into the playing eleven subsequent to missing the game against MI because of injury and sickness separately. The other domestic seam option in the lineup could be Hangargekar, who could take Chahar’s place if he gets hurt.

CSK’s likely XI vs RR in IPL 2023

Openers: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway.

Top and middle Order: Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni.

All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner.

Pacers: Tushar Deshpande and Rajvardhan Hangargekar.

Impact Player: 

Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed, Ambati Rayudu, Simarjeet Singh and Dwaine Pretorius could be the options for Impact Player.