Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Average score at venue (1st inns): 179
Win percentage while batting first: 53.33%
- The pitch at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai can be expected to favour batsmen while the bowlers may have a tough time in the middle.
- The venue has produced both — high scoring thrillers as well as low-scoring but entertaining contests in this year’s Indian T20 Cricket League 2022 edition.
- The fast bowlers have a wicket-share of 61.67% while the spin bowlers have claimed 38.33% of the wickets that have fallen here.
Once again, Mumbai will witness a cloudy day on Friday with the temperature being around 30°C during the match hours while the humidity levels will be over 70%.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (overall):
Matches played: 25
Rajasthan won: 10
Chennai won: 15
No result: -
Top 3 players from Rajasthan: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal
Top 3 players from Chennai: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):
Top 5 players from Rajasthan: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin
Top 5 players from Chennai: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, M Dhonii
Q & A:
Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
It is a meeting between two former champion sides who have been intense competitors on the field when they face off. This season, the fortunes have turned around for both Chennai and Rajasthan with the former four-time title winning team exiting the tournament without making a strong mark — twice in three years — while the winners of the first-ever edition of the tournament, Rajasthan, being one of the strongest teams in the competition. For this game, a long batting line-up along with 2-3 fast bowlers will be the right approach.
Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
Among Rajasthan and Chennai this season, the former side has shown traits of consistency while the latter has been dealing with flashes of brilliance on and off. Rajasthan are sitting pretty on the third spot in the points table with eight wins and five defeats giving them 16 points in 13 matches while Chennai are languishing at the penultimate spot with only four wins in as many matches giving them eight points. For this contest, Rajasthan are the stronger side and should have more players featuring in the fantasy cricket playing XI.
MORE INFORMATION: All that Rajasthan need to do is to show up and play their best cricket — something that they have done several times in the season so far. Victory over Chennai on Friday night will give Rajasthan an assured spot in the knockouts round whereas a defeat will make the matters a little complex. In case Rajasthan lose big, they will have to depend on other results and favours from other teams which they would certainly not want. For Chennai, it is one last game before the troubled season is over and they get to take a break and reassess their squad and standing.
PLAYERS’ FORM: Rajasthan have been bolstered with the return of Shimron Hetmyer who had gone back home to be present for the birth of his first child. Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal are all due big scores and Rajasthan will be hoping that their big guns fire in an all-important match against Chennai. For the team captained by the greatest leaders seen in the game, Dhonii, Chennai will be out there on the park to make a strong statement and end their forgettable campaign with a happy memory.
Changes in squad (if any): NO
RAJASTHAN: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Obed McCoy, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna.
CHENNAI: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, N Jagadeesan, Shivam Dube, Mitchell Santner, M Dhonii (c&wk), Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana.
FANTASY XI: Jos Buttler (vc), Sanju Samson (wk), Devon Conway (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana.