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IPL 2021, RR vs CSK, Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Preview: RR Battle for Survival, Take on High-Flying CSK

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RR vs CSK: Rajasthan Royals will face Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.© BCCI/IPL

Rajasthan Royals will take on Chennai Super Kings in the second of the two matches on Saturday, hanging their playoff qualification hopes by a thread. CSK, which are at the top of the IPL 2021 points table, have already qualified for the playoffs but there is still a lot to play. CSK would like to top the charts but Delhi Capitals are hot on their heels and are just 2 points behind. RR, on the other hand, are currently ranked seventh in the table and have to do it all to make it to the playoffs.

Rajasthan Royals currently have 8 points with three matches left so they can get maximum 14 points. Punjab Kings (6th), Mumbai Indians (5th), Kolkata Knight Riders (4th) and Royal Challengers Bangalore are all above RR in the table and have a better net run-rate.

This leaves RR with a mountain to climb. Losing to CSK would not be the end of them, but it would mean that they would need other results going in their favor to have any chance of qualifying.

The Achilles heel for RR, at least in the UAE leg, has been their misfiring batsman. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson have contributed consistently, but the middle and lower-middle order have failed miserably, costing the team time and time again.

CSK has no such problem. MS Dhoni’s team is flying high with scintillating performances from many players. The batting is led by the dynamic opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis.

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Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu have made cameos while Dhoni announced himself with a match-winning six against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.

The bowling has also been excellent. Dwayne Bravo has also been exceptional while the likes of Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar have all delivered on time.

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