IND T20 League 2023, Match 37: RAJ vs CHE Preview and Fantasy Prediction

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Indian T20 League 2023

Match 37: RAJ vs CHE


Chennai (CHE) and Rajasthan (RAJ) will go up against one another in match number 37 of the Indian T20 League 2023 on Thursday, April 27 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Riding high on their emphatic 49-run win over Kolkata, the men in yellow will be eager to continue the winning momentum and consolidate their position at the top of the league standings. Rajasthan on the other hand would aim to shrug off the last match’s disappointment and move ahead into the competition. With 4 wins in 7 matches, the inaugural champions are currently positioned at third in the league standings. 

The hosts will be determined to maximise the home advantage and return back to winning ways. Rajasthan started their campaign with a resounding 72-run win over hapless Hyderabad only to get rattled by Punjab in the next game. They then won three games on a trot but were stopped in the tracks by Lucknow. They suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Bangalore (BLR) in their last match.

Despite dominating the majority of the game, Samson and co failed to latch onto crunch moments and as a result fell into a pit they dug themselves. After electing to field first, RAJ bowlers started the game on a positive note. Trent Boult trapped Kohli in front with the very first ball of the game. He then removed Shahbaz Ahmed to reduce BAN to 12/2. Two quick wickets inside three overs with only 12 runs on the scoreboard.

RAJ couldn’t have asked for a better start. Things were looking all bright and sunny for the visitors but gloomy clouds soon took over. The fall of the second wicket brought Maxwell to the crease who alongside skipper Du Plessis stitched a 127-run stand to bring back BLR into the game. The pair smashed a barrage of boundaries to propel BLR to 189.

RAJ in reply lost the early wicket of Jos Buttler. The in-form batter was castled by Mohammad Siraj in the very first over of the run chase. Then the young duo of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal stepped up to the task and stabilised the RAJ innings. They shared a 99-run stand before Willey broke the partnership. Paddikal’s dismissal triggered a batting collapse. Dhruv Junel played a fiery cameo down the order but it went in vain as the visitors lost the game. 

The men in yellow in red hot form at the moment. They are on a three-match winning streak and have grown in confidence with every game. In the previous tie, CHE displayed a batting masterclass to swat aside a hapless Kolkata side. Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube and Devon Conway hit quickfire fifties to power CHE to a massive total of 234.

Rahane led the attack for CHE as he smashed an unbeaten 71 off 29 balls. KOL in reply could only muster 186 runs on the board, handing CHE a 49-run win. In the bowling department, Tushar Deshpande and Maheesh Theekshana picked two wickets apiece. So, overall this MS Dhoni-led side looks determined, confident and hungry to achieve more. Will RAJ once again get the better of their rivals? or Will CHE even things out with a win in the reverse fixture? 


Match Details

Match: RAJ vs CHE, 37th Match, Indian T20 League 2023

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023

Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur


Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium tends to get slow down as the match progresses and unlike other venues in India, batting first might be a good option here. The weather seems ideal to for a complete game of cricket with no chances of rain. The maximum and minimum temperature is forecasted tol be 35 and 24 degree celsius respectively. 


RAJ vs CHE Squads

RAJ: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal, Abdul Basith, Akash Vasisht, Donavon Ferreira, Murugan Ashwin, KM Asif, Riyan Parag, Joe Root, Adam Zampa, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Obed McCoy, Kuldip Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Kunal Singh Rathore

CHE: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Akash Singh, Dwaine Pretorius, Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed, RS Hangargekar, Mitchell Santner, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Simarjeet Singh, Prashant Solanki, Bhagath Varma, Nishant Sindhu


RAJ vs CHE Probable Playing XIs

RAJ: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal

CHE: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana


Match Prediction

Last time these two sides met, the match went right down the wire. We can expect another close encounter with both RAJ and CHE showing no signs of slowing down. CHE will slightly be favourites, considering the current form and the batting depth they posses.


Top Fantasy Picks 

Jos Butler: The explosive opener missed out in the last game. He will be itching to get going on Thursday. Butler has amassed 244 runs in the 7 innings so far. 

Yuzvendra Chahal: The 32 year old with 12 scalps is amongst the leading wicket takers in this competition. He will look to make the most of the home conditions and surprise CHE batters with his subtle variations and deceptions. 

Ajinkya Rahane: He is coming into this match on the back of a match winning 71*. Rahane displayed his range hitting ability in the last game and will hence be pretty confident. Expect the number 21 to continue his good form. 

Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja was clinical in all three fronts in the last outing. He is good with the ball, handy with the bat down the order and is an exceptional fielder. 

Risky Captaincy Choice

Ravichandran Ashwin played a key role in RAJ’s win over CHE in Chepauk. He picked two big wickets and played a calculative knock of 30 last time these sides locked horns.


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