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CSK, RR must win to keep hopes alive in IPL 2020

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MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals have failed to impress in IPL 2020. They have lost more matches than they have won and as a result, they are currently lying in the bottom four.

Both teams lost their respective last matches on Saturday. While the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side lost to table-toppers Delhi Capitals by five wickets, Rajasthan Royals were defeated by seven wickets by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

CSK, RR at the bottom of points table

Out of the eight teams playing the IPL, CSK is on the sixth spot, whereas Rajasthan Royals is on the seventh spot. Both the teams are struggling to keep the momentum and have only won three of the nine games they have played.

Now, with five games remaining for both CSK and Rajasthan, the road ahead is going to be more difficult and they need to win matches to keep the hope alive

Dwayne Bravo ruled out due to groin injury

The blow for CSK is bigger as their influential all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, has been ruled out for at least a few days due to a groin injury.

After bringing life to their campaign with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, courtesy Dhoni’s smart captaincy, CSK were done in by sloppy fielding and Shikhar Dhawan’s scintillating 101-run knock while chasing a competitive 180-run target.

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Dropped a number of times, Dhawan hit his maiden IPL hundred while Axar Patel smashed three sixes in the final over bowled by Ravindra Jadeja, to hand CSK their sixth loss.

It was a nightmarish outing for CSK fielders as they dropped Dhawan on 25 and 79, apart from failing to latch on to a half chance and a run-out opportunity, and Dhoni would certainly seek improvement in that department.

“Shikhar’s wicket was important but we dropped him quite a number of times. If he keeps batting, he will keep the strike rate high. Also the wicket played better in the second half, but we can’t take the credit away from Shikhar,” Dhoni had said after the last game.

RR needs to explore ways to finish games

RR also finds itself in a very difficult situation and desperately need to explore ways to close down games.

One good thing for RR is the return to form of their skipper Steve Smith, who made 57 on Saturday. Ben Stokes is yet to fire after having joined the team late, whereas Jos Buttler has not been consistent enough with the bat.

Sanju Samson has been subdued after his early exploits while Robin Uthappa seems to have found some form at the top, scoring 41 off 22 balls against RCB. The Jofra Archer-led bowling attack looked ordinary in front of the marauding RCB batsmen.

A win tonight will take either of CSK or Rajasthan Royals to the fifth spot on the points table.

 

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