Chennai Super Kings, led by captain MS Dhoni, will face the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals in the 17th match of the 2023 Indian Premier League at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
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The Rajasthan Royals started the tournament with a solid win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad, but then alas lost to the Punjab Kings. Then they made a great comeback and beat the Delhi Capitals. In both wins they got a good lead, so their net win percentage is the best in the standings at +2.067.
CSK has to make a lot of changes because of the abundance of injuries on the team. Ben Stokes and Moin Ali missed the last game. There is a very slim chance that they can return for this game. Ajinkya Rahane will probably keep his spot given his brilliant hitting against MI.
Chennai Super Kings started their journey by defeating last year’s champions Gujarat Titans. They then won their next two matches against the Lucknow Supergiants and the Mumbai Indians. In their next match, they will return to their fortress and look to extend their winning streak.
RR also had to make changes to their lineup for the previous match. Murugan Ashwin was replaced by Jos Buttler as an impact player, as the former is healing an injury and will not risk to take the field. So probably RR can use the same tactics again.
CSK can succeed on its home field. Favorable conditions for spins are looming, and as you know MC Dhoni is good at that. So we see the home team looking the favorites to win.