Mumbai: RCB are breathing to move into the playoffs. King Kohl is back in form, probably in the most important league match for RCB. He scored a dominating 73 runs, which helped his team easily surpass the already qualified Gujarat Titans by eight wickets. Kohli showed a glimpse of his old batting, hitting the ball with great authority. Who knows, Kohli’s masterful innings may help RCB to lift this coveted trophy.
GT and LSG have already qualified for the playoffs. Five franchises have been eliminated. Three teams are in the fray for two playoff positions. RCB, RR, and DC are fighting to grab the other two spots to come in the elite group.
RR are preparing to make the playoffs
Rajasthan Royals (RR) are gearing up against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai tonight. CSK have nothing to lose, but RR must win the game at any cost to stay in the tournament; otherwise, RR’s chances of progressing to the next round are bleak.
If RR win against CSK tonight, then the Rajasthan team will end their league campaign with 18 points and grab the second spot in the points table ahead of LSG because their run rate is superior to LSG’s.
Defending champions CSK would like to end their campaign with a victory. Although this victory won’t change their fate, it could be a morale booster for the team. As a unit, CSK failed to click throughout the season. The change of captaincy may be the reason.
Ravinder Jadeja was not able to follow in the big shoes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A change of captaincy in the middle of the tournament did not help CSK to lift their game. Cricket is a great game known for its uncertainty.
This will be the final match to be played at Brabourne this season. RR have a perfect record on this ground, winning both their previous encounters, while CSK have lost both their fixtures at Barbourne.
Brabourne is known for its placid track. Batters enjoy this venue. The average first innings total on this ground is 179. Spinners have done extremely well at Barbourne, taking 69 wickets, averaging 21.81.
In spite of missing three games, Bravo is the leading wicket taker for CSK in this season of IPL. He has the distinction of taking the most wickets in IPL-183. Another fact is that Bravo has taken the highest number of wickets in the death overs as well-115. Ah, what an astonishing record!
While Ruturaj Gaikwad has accumulated 366 runs, none of the other CSK batters have crossed the 300-run mark in this season of IPL.
RR have to put in every ounce of energy tonight to cement their place in the playoffs. In the case of loss, they have to depend on mathematical calculations in the end.
Cricket fans may see Dhoni as a captain and player for CSK for the final time in the IPL. Be ready to watch another thrilling match tonight.