Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)

A Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals match carries a lot of history. These were the two teams that fought for the top honours in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. Rajasthan Royals trumped Chennai Super Kings in a historic clash back then. However, the fortunes of the 2 teams have gone in opposite directions over 12 years that followed.

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CSK went on to become the most consistent team in the league, reaching the playoffs in every single season they have been a part of. Out of these 10 playoff places, the team reached the final 8 times, which yielded 3 trophies to make them the second most successful team in the history of the competition. The franchise has followed a set formula throughout their IPL journey, that of banking on experienced heads to take them home and with MS Dhoni working his magic as one of the most revered leaders in world cricket, the team has achieved great things despite many doubters popping up ahead of every season.

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have seen their fortunes dip after a successful first season, reaching the playoffs just 3 times in the next 11 editions, and failing to make it to the final even once. The team’s strategy of investing in young Indian players, a lot of them fairly new and unheard of, with a sprinkling of experienced foreign heads, has not worked as well as the management had hoped. RR’s record in this contest has been quite underwhelming, winning only 8 games out of the 22 played. In the previous season too, the Rajasthan team lost both the games. With Steven Smith now at the helm, the royals will be hoping for an upturn in their fortunes.

Head to Head Record of CSK and RR

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CSK Won

RR Won

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22

14

8

0

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Top Performers in Batting – CSK vs RR Matches

The top scorers in Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings matches are:

Most Runs

  • Shane Watson (RR & CSK) – 670 runs
  • Suresh Raina (CSK) – 638 runs
  • MS Dhoni (CSK) – 423 runs

Highest Scores

  • Murali Vijay (CSK) – 127
  • Shane Watson (CSK) – 106
  • Shane Watson (RR) – 101

It is no surprise to see CSK batsmen dominate this matchup, with Australian all-rounder Shane Watson making merry from both sides. Watson surely dominates both in the field and in the IPL fantasy league matches as he is the most bankable fantasy player. The RR batsmen will have to step up their game if they are to challenge CSK this time around.

Top Performers in Bowling – RR vs CSK Matches

The bowlers with the highest wickets and excellent economy in Rajasthan vs CSK matches are:

Most Wickets

  • Dwayne Bravo (CSK) – 15 wickets
  • Ravindra Jadeja (RR & CSK) – 15 wickets
  • Albie Morkel (CSK) – 14 wickets

Best Bowling

  • Sohail Tanvir (RR) – 6/14
  • Ravindra Jadeja (CSK) – 4/11
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji (CSK) – 4/21

The bowling department too is littered with great performances from the CSK stable. With the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja still going strong, RR will have their work cut out for them.

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