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IPL 2019: Match 12, CSK vs RR: Dream11 Prediction & Dotball Picks, Playing XI Updates & IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips - March 31st, 2019

Dwijesh Reddy
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IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips
IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips

IPL 2019 action returns to where it all started last week as the Chennai Super Kings look to continue their solid start as they welcome Rajasthan Royals to the Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. Two teams with contrasting starts to their respective campaigns face off in what seems to be a mismatch with Dhoni and co. acing their skills on the field while Rajasthan's bowling woes seem to be never-ending with Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni underwhelming.

With both teams looking for nothing but a win, here are a few tips to help you choose your Fantasy teams for this much-awaited clash.


Squads to choose from

Chennai Super Kings:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni(C), Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Kedhar Jadhav, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Billings, David Willey, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Monu Kumar, KM Asif, Murali Vijay, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan.

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane(C), Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Prashant Chopra, Shashank Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, S. Midhun


Playing XI Updates

Chennai Super Kings:

CSK is not known to make many changes during the course of an IPL season which suggests that same set of players who played against DC and RCB, should ideally feature against the Royals as well. With spin playing a huge role in the curtain raiser last week, the likes of Jadeja, Harbhajan, and Tahir would be licking their lips while Raina and Jadhav could also come into play in the middle overs.

With a very deep batting line-up, CSK looks well equipped for any sort of situation, justifying their place at the top of the IPL Points Table after two rounds of games.

Possible XI: Watson, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni(C&WK), Jadhav, Bravo, Jadeja, Chahar, Tahir, Harbhajan and Thakur.

Rajasthan Royals

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In spite of a good performance with the bat, Royals weren't able to back it up with the ball as Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat proved ineffective against the might of David Warner. No changes are expected from the Royals although Unadkat might just be hanging on to his spot with a lot to prove on Sunday. More of the same is expected of Rahane, Buttler and Samson who look in good knick and provide a decent start against Chahar and Harbhajan

Possible XI: Rahane (C), Buttler(WK), Smith, Samson, Buttler, Tripathi, Gowtham, Gopal, Archer, Unadkat, Kulkarni.


Match Details

Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Indian Premier League 2019, Match 12

March 31, 2019, 8:00 PM IST

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.


Head to Head

Total Number of Matches played: 20

CSK: 12 (60%)

RR: 8 (40%)

No Result: 0

Matches in Chepauk: 6 (5 CSK, 1 RR)

Last 5 Matches: CSK 3 RR 2


Previous Encounters

Last Match: May 11, 2018: RR (177-6, 19.5 overs) beat CSK (176-4, 20 overs) by 4 wickets

Man of the Match - Jos Buttler (95 off 60)

Last Match in Chennai: 10 May 2015: CSK (157-5, 20 overs) beat RR (145-9, 20 overs) by 12 runs

Man of the Match - Ravindra Jadeja (4/11)


Fantasy Tips and Suggestions

Wicket-keeper: Both Jos Buttler and MS Dhoni are in good run-scoring form but with the balance of the fantasy side kept in mind, MS Dhoni is the preferred option although Jos Buttler cannot be ignored with the impact he could have at the top of the order for RR on Sunday

Batsmen: Raina and Rayudu are decent options to be picked alongside RR captain Ajinkya Rahane, who has performed well in the previous game. Sanju Samson currently stands second in the run-scorers chart and is also a must-have in the fantasy team. The likes of Kedhar Jadhav and Steve Smith are also viable options if one were to include extra batsmen.

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, and Ben Stokes are the preferred set of allrounders for this game with all of them in good wicket-taking form. Ben Stokes hasn't performed to his lofty standards yet for RR and would be itching to come good against one of the best teams in IPL history, CSK.

Bowlers: Jofra Archer and Imran Tahir are must have players in the side with both of them being proven performers in the IPL. The likes of Shreyas Gopal and Deepak Chahar are also capable of picking a wicket or two and could be picked in the side as well.

Captain: Ambati Rayudu and Ben Stokes are the ideal candidates for captaincy with both of them due for a big performance this year. Along with them, Jos Buttler is also a possible option with the first six overs being crucial for either side on a sluggish Chepauk wicket.

Dotball Fantasy Suggestion #1: MS Dhoni(WK), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, Jofra Archer, and Shreyas Gopal. Captain: Ambati Rayudu

Dotball Fantasy Suggestion #2: Jos Buttler(WK), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, Jofra Archer, and Shreyas Gopal. Captain: Ben Stokes

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