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IPL 2024: Match 61 (CSK s RR) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - May 12, 2024 1:07 am
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The 61st match of IPL 2024 promises a thrilling encounter between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 12th, 2024. This match carries more weight for the five-time champions CSK, who find themselves in a precarious situation after a disappointing loss to the Gujarat Titans.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson

With playoffs on the horizon, a win is almost mandatory for the home team. CSK’s batting has been inconsistent this season. Key players like Ajinkya Rahane, Rachin Ravindra, and Sameer Rizvi haven’t fired consistently, putting extra pressure on the top order. The bowling attack has also felt the absence of their overseas pace spearheads, Mustafizur Rahman and Matheesha Pathirana.

However, a return to their home ground in Chennai offers some hope. The Chepauk pitch is known to assist spinners, which could be a saving grace for CSK’s bowling unit. Despite being in the top two of the points table, RR hasn’t been at their best either.

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RR has lost three out of their last four matches, exposing their batting frailties. Their batting heavily relies on the explosive duo of Sanju Samson and Riyan Parag. Openers, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal, have shown glimpses of brilliance, but the middle order often collapses after the dismissals of Samson and Parag.

Key Player Battles to Watch

#1 Shivam Dube vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube

A classic battle between a spin specialist and a player known for his six-hitting prowess. Shivam Dube, struggling for form with two recent ducks, will look to counter Yuzvendra Chahal , whose bowling hasn’t been at its peak in recent games. The Chennai pitch could favor Chahal, making this duel a crucial turning point.

#2 Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Trent Boult

Trent Boult
Trent Boult

Ruturaj Gaikwad, one of the season’s leading openers, thrives in familiar Chennai conditions. His contribution will be crucial for CSK’s must-win situation. Boult, arguably the best new-ball bowler in the league, poses a significant challenge with his ability to swing the ball into right-handed batsmen, including Gaikwad who can be vulnerable against early movement.

#3 Sanju Samson vs Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja 

Sanju Samson, arguably the best middle-order batsman this season, thrives against spin bowling. He will be looking to continue his good form against CSK’s experienced all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja, known for his ability to control the flow of runs, will be tasked with the responsibility of containing the dynamic Samson. This clash between a prolific scorer and a crafty spinner promises to be a strategic tug-of-war.