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IPL 2024 Match 61, CSK Vs RR | Playing 11 Prediction, Cricket Tips, Preview & Live Streaming

Ruturaj Gaikwad in action against Rajasthan Royals (BCCI)Ruturaj Gaikwad in action against Rajasthan Royals (BCCI)

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will host Rajasthan Royals at Chennai in match number 61 of the IPL 2024 season on May 12. The match marks a must-win one for Ruturaj Gaikwad and co. in a bid to strengthen their claim in the IPL 2024 playoffs race.

IPL 2024, CSK vs RR: Team Previews

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings have secured six wins from 12 league fixtures and are currently placed at number four position on the points table. Currently tied with Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants in terms of number of wins, Ruturaj Gaikwad and company need to defeat Rajasthan Royals in their final home game of the league stage to strengthen their claim for the playoffs.

Gaikwad, who replaced MS Dhoni as CSK’s captain this season, has tallied 541 runs in just 12 innings this year at a splendid average of 54.10. While Gaikwad is leading the run-scoring race among all CSK players, all-rounder Shivam Dube has also minted 371 runs in 12 innings at a much superior strike-rate of 170.18.

Among the bowlers, CSK will miss the services of their leading wicket-taker of the season, Mustafizur Rahman, considering the Bangladeshi speedster had to travel back to his country for a series against Zimbabwe. Matheesha Pathirana was also ruled out of the IPL 2024 season late last month owing to a hamstring injury.

In the absence of their two key overseas fast bowlers, uncapped Indian player Tushar Deshpande will once again be expected to command CSK’s pace battery alongside Shardul Thakur. Deshpande has already seized 14 wickets from 11 IPL 2024 innings so far.

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals held the top spot on the IPL 2024 points table for a major part of the season until they were usurped by an insurgent KKR unit last week. While they registered four successive wins late last month, Sanju Samson's side crumbled to close defeats in their last two games to get their winning momentum hampered in the closing stages of the tournament.

Samson (471 runs), along with all-rounder Riyan Parag (436 runs) and opening batters Jos Buttler (338 runs) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (320 runs) have all unleashed a number of match-winning knocks for their franchise this season. 

In the bowling department, ace spinner Yuzvendra Chahal seems to have lost his plot in the past few games. Despite receiving a heavy battering at the hands of LSG, SRH and Capitals in successive games, the 33-year-old leg-spinner has still claimed 14 wickets in 11 innings to lead his team’s wicket-taking charge. 

Fast bowlers Trent Boult, Avesh Khan and Sandeep Sharma have also delivered timely breakthroughs throughout the competition.

IPL 2024, CSK vs RR: Match Details & Live Streaming 

Date and Time May 12, 3:30 PM IST
VenueM. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Live Streaming and BroadcastStar Sports Network and Jio Cinema app

IPL 2024, CSK vs RR: Chennai Pitch Report

The surface at the Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium ideally favours spinners, with something on offer for the batters as well. The average first innings total at the venue across six matches this IPL 2024 season has emerged in the range of early 180s. Captain winning the toss will likely opt to field first, considering the chasing teams have won four out of the six games here this year.

IPL 2024, CSK vs RR: Probable Playing 11

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk), Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande and Simarjeet Singh.

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Donovan Ferreira, Rovman Powell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Sharma and Yuzvendra Chahal.

IPL 2024, CSK vs RR: Fantoss Fantasy Tips

WicketkeepersJos Buttler, Sanju Samson
BattersRuturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal
All-RoundersShivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell
BowlersYuzvendra Chahal, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh
CaptainRuturaj Gaikwad
Vice-CaptainSanju Samson

IPL 2024, CSK vs RR: Winner Prediction

Chennai Super Kings will be considered as slight favourites to defeat a rampaging Rajasthan Royals unit owing to familiarity with home conditions and superior track record in crunch games.