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Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2020, Fantasy Pick, team predictions



Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Sharjah

Pro Tip

Back both top orders to do bulk of the scoring as Sharjah is expected to be the best surface to bat on in the tournament.

Our XI: Sanju Samson, Ambati Rayudu, Steve Smith, Riyan Parag, Shane Watson, Faf Du Plessis, Sam Curran, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Lungi Ngidi, Piyush Chawla

Substitutes: Shreyas Gopal, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Deepak Chahar

Player availability:

  • Jos Buttler, the Royals wicket-keeper batsman is unavailable

  • CSK coach Stephen Fleming confirmed Dwayne Bravo will miss this game too as he hasn’t regained full fitness

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad has returned to training

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Shane Watson

We are backing Watson to fire on what could possibly be the best batting pitch in the tournament. He has good numbers against the Royals too – an average of 39.50 and a strike rate of 150.47. Watson will take some confidence from the fact that his first century for the Super Kings came against his former IPL side in the 2018 edition.

Vice-captain: Sanju Samson

The Royals wicketkeeper-batsman was the second highest run-getter last year with 342 runs at an impressive strike rate of 148.69. In Buttler’s absence, he will have to provide a solid platform at the top. Samson has a strike rate of 133.33 in the powerplay and 131.01 in the middle overs, suggesting he can score at a healthy rate at any point in the innings.

Hot Picks

Ambati Rayudu: Rayudu announced himself in this IPL with a match-winning 71 in the tournament opener against the Mumbai Indians. He appeared to be in supreme touch and will be looking forward to make the most out of his good form.

Jofra Archer: Archer is undoubtedly the leader of the pace attack for Royals. He is someone who can take the new ball as well as bowl at the death. The pacer must have his tail up after some fiery spells against Australia in the recently concluded ODI series. Since 2018, he has bowled at an economy of 6.19 in the powerplay – the second best in the IPL.

Sam Curran: Curran made a huge impact in his very first game for the Super Kings, both with the ball as well as bat. His all-round skills make him handy, and against a team that could possibly play two legspinners, Curran should be useful.

Differential Picks

Riyan Parag: Parag played some crucial knocks for the Royals last season. The youngster scored 160 runs at a strike rate of 126.98, including a half-century against the Delhi Capitals. He also bowls a bit of mystery spin. Parag will have a big role to play while batting in the lower middle order for the Royals.

Jaydev Unadkat: Unadkat has always been a sought-after T20 bowler. He’s also coming off a fantastic domestic season, having picked up 12 wickets in seven games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at an economy rate of 5.74. Unadkat will take that confidence into the IPL and we are backing him to do that this season, given the nature of the wickets.

Points to note

  • The average first innings score in all T20s at the venue since 2018 is 161

  • Shreyas Gopal is an option to replace Jaydev Unadkat, but Gopal has gone wicketless in his last two games against the Super Kings

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Recent Match Report – South Australia vs Tasmania 3rd Match 2020



South Australia 195 and 2 for 93 trail Tasmania 8 for 493 dec (Doran 112, Paine 111*, McDermott 90, Wakim 83) by 205 runs

Tim Paine‘s third first-class century pushed Tasmania into a position from where they will hunt a final-day victory against South Australia who are in danger of beginning the Sheffield Shield season with a brace of heavy losses.

They negotiated the final session with what was probably the maximum damage if they were to have genuine hope of escaping with a draw. Jake Weatherald was well caught, low at third slip, and Brad Davis paid the price of shouldering arms against Peter Siddle before Henry Hunt and Travis Head, who had earlier dislocated a finger in the field, saw out the day.

South Australia were already comfortably ahead at the start of the third day and left hander Jake Doran was the first to register three figures with his second Shield hundred.

Paine had waited 13 years to double his century tally when he made a hundred against Western Australia at the WACA last season. He was discomforted for a while here, following a blow on the arm from Wes Agar and was treated to some sustained short-pitched bowling, but his third hundred came from 191 deliveries with a pull off Kane Richardson on a day of remorseless accumulation by South Australia. It set him up nicely for a season that, everyone hopes, will include four Tests against India.

By the time Doran was taken at slip, Lloyd Pope finding a touch of extra bounce from round the wicket to take the top edge, the sixth-wicket stand was worth 153 and it had long-since become a match-saving mission for South Australia.

For the rest of the afternoon Paine was accompanied by Beau Webster and Tom Andrews to further deflate the Redbacks’ attack. Webster looked aghast to be given caught down the leg side and Pope was able to collect a second wicket, but they came at the considerable cost of 203 – the first bowler to concede a double ton in the Shield since 2015.

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IPL 2020 – CSK allrounder Dwayne Bravo out of tournament with groin injury



A groin injury has ruled Dwayne Bravo out of the remainder of the IPL season.

The Chennai Super Kings allrounder suffered a groin injury during their match against the Delhi Capitals on October 17, and was able to bowl only three of his four overs. With Bravo unable to bowl the 20th over with the Capitals needing 17 to win, the Super Kings went to Ravindra Jadeja, who conceded 6, 6, 2, 6 to Axar Patel off the last four balls of the match.

More to follow…

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Sevens chief to advertisers – ‘We still love cricket’



Outspoken Seven chief executive James Warburton has backed away from a months-long campaign against Cricket Australia, stressing to advertisers that the free-to-air network “love cricket” even as they sit in the midst of an arbitration process geared at shaving a huge chunk off the rights fees due to the governing body.

Ever since reporting the network’s financial results in August, Warburton has slung plenty of barbs CA’s way, all with the objective of getting a reduction in the A$450 million deal signed in April 2018, of which almost 60% was paid for the rights to the Big Bash League, with the rest accounting for Test matches and women’s internationals and WBBL. Foxtel paid the majority of the total A$1.18 billion figure to broadcast every ball of a home summer behind its paywall, with exclusive coverage of Australia’s men’s ODI and T20I fixtures.

In late August, Warburton had labelled CA “the most incompetent administration I’ve ever worked with”, a “train wreck” and that “this is not an acceptable product and we will not support the season”. On Wednesday, however, as he tried to sell the summer to advertisers, Warburton had rather changed his tune.

“One of the most talked about issues involving our company this year is our ongoing process with Cricket Australia. To be 100% clear, we love the cricket and we have a huge amount of respect for the teams and the athletes,” Warburton said at the industry presentation.

“Ultimately, we pay for media rights to deliver you the quality and eye balls that best suits your needs, which is to deliver a return on your investment. We pay for and expect a first-class product and will hold Cricket Australia accountable to provide that quality this summer. Even if it means at times we are outspoken.”

Seven is seeking somewhere in the order of a 20% cut to its annual rights fees – currently A$82 million in cash and free advertising paid over three instalments – for each of the remaining four seasons of the contract. CA is believed to have offered a discount for this season, affected as it has been by Covid-19, but stopped short of any further mark downs. “We’ll go through the arbitration process,” Warburton said. “The ICACA has all the submissions and will be in a position to nominate an expert shortly.”

In September, Seven had claimed to CA that it would pay only one partial instalment of what it was contracted to pay for the entire summer, then backed down after sitting in breach of contract for more than two weeks and paying the remainder of the amount owed. CA has reserved its rights to take the matter to court, arguing that the arbitration avenue will not be binding. Warburton picked up on the current state of uncertainty about where India’s tour will start as another means of keeping pressure on CA.

“We do find it surprising that three weeks before the all-conquering Indian team is due, that Cricket Australia is still [looking for a] port for them to arrive,” Warburton said. “They’ve had the entire winter to make their plans, and the AFL and NRL have executed their seasons.

“We really hope for our viewers that they can deliver the Test series. But there must be huge pressure on NSW Health given Western Australia … and it looks like Queensland have all said no.”

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