Rajasthan are the masters of their own fate, as they look to seal 2nd spot for themselves and get an extra chance in the playoffs as they face the Chennai Super Kings, who are already off to the golf course after a woeful season that has seen everything from poor form to internal disputes. Both teams will want to play some good cricket in their final match of the group stages.
Rajasthan know that nothing more than a victory is needed if they want to qualify for the second spot and avoid the eliminator. The way they have played the last few games, while you can be pretty certain about their chances, there have been games that they have not been their usual selves. They would hope and pray that this is not one of those days and they have a good cricket match.
After a couple of really underwhelming seasons, the Royals have ensured that this new season is a new start altogether, and their quality of performances over the season has sent a statement across the league that this is not the same old Royals that roll over at the slightest adversity. This is a restless unit, that believes in the strength of its unit, and that they are not afraid of anybody.
They are in the perfect situation to take the second spot from the Super Giants, with their superior Net Run Rate ensuring that they will go 2nd if they win. They got most of their affairs in order in their previous game, with the batters getting starts and the bowlers getting the job done in style. With the flamboyant Hetmyer now back in the side, everything augurs well for the Royals, who are one foot away from completing a magnificent turnaround.
Chennai Super Kings
In a season when nothing has gone right for the defending champions, they will now set their sights on giving as much exposure as they can to the young members of the sides. They have made it clear that they have their eye on the future, and that is exactly what they intend on doing. However, they would want to win to avoid the possibility of finishing with the wooden spoon.
The bowlers have been doing a very good job, but it is the batting that has let them down more often than not. The core batsmen have not done enough justice to their retentions, and have more often than not flattered to deceive. Some baffling team selections have also made people wonder what is wrong, but now that is all done, CSK will be playing for pride, and to avoid the wooden spoon.
CSK leads the 25-game tally 15-10 with both teams having won four games each since 2018.
With Rajasthan blasting the stronger squad, the better form, and the momentum on their side, it is very hard to look past them to be the favorites in this game. Expect the Royals to make light work of this Chennai side and will want to march into the qualifiers with the 2nd spot.
Date and time
20th May 2022 (Friday) at 7:30 pm.
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai