31 Mar, 2019
CSK vs RR: Which players can influence the outcome?
The IPL 2019 keeps getting bigger and better.
Both the sides have several stars in their ranks as it promises to be a thrilling tie.
Let us have a look at the players who can influence the outcome of this tie.
Can the Aussie tame the Royals?
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson played a crucial role last term to lead CSK to their third IPL title.
As he looks to do the same, he has been in a good form. He played an important role in helping CSK win their last match against Delhi Capitals.
Royals would be wary of the Watson-shaped threat which CSK possess.
Will Dhoni play a match-winning innings?
Least to say, MS Dhoni is the man to watch out for in the clash between CSK and RR.
He is a legend who has been bestowed 'God' like status by CSK fans.
Talking about his performance, he played a knock of 32* in the last match.
He would be looking to better himself tonight in front of his home fans.
Do you know?
Dhoni 77 runs away from another landmark
Dhoni is just 77 runs away from scoring 4,000 runs for CSK. He already has 4,048 IPL runs, which includes his stint with Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). He is already the second-highest run-scorer for the side after Suresh Raina.
Another Champion performance?
Among the all-rounders, Dwayne Bravo is the one who always entertains.
He has been one of the pioneers for CSK, as his performance speaks for himself.
This season, he has already claimed four wickets, while he picked up 3/33 against DC, in the previous match.
Further, he can be fruitful with the bat when needed, making him a must to watch out.
A splendid innings from the Englishman awaits
Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has been in great form with the bat, especially in the T20I format.
While he did play a knock of 69 in the opening tie against Kings XI Punjab, he failed to make an impact against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Nonetheless, considering the lethal form he is enjoying, Buttler would be a key man for RR in this tie.
A centurion performance at lion's den would be sweet
Top-order batsman Sanju Samson is a familiar face in the IPL. He is the one RR would look for inspiration in the match against CSK.
Samson scored a brisk 55-ball 102-run knock to stun the fans.
However, his celebration was cut short after his side lost to SRH.
Nevertheless, he can replicate another performance in Chennai, which could influence the outcome.
This English all-rounder aims an all-round performance
Much like his national team-mate Buttler, Ben Stokes too is one of the prime T20 players currently.
And, being an all-rounder gives him an edge over the others.
While he has failed to click with the bat, he has been influential with the ball, claiming three wickets so far.
Notably, he remained unbeaten on 16 against SRH.
Thus, he would look to prove himself.