Royals face CSK in do-or-die game on Friday

Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals will aim to keep themselves alive in IPL when they take on a confident Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Friday. After a hat-trick of defeats, Rajasthan kept themselves afloat in the cash-rich league when they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs in their last game. The Ajinkya Rahane-led side will need to come out with its best in a do-or-die game against the yellow brigade. Skipper Rahane will once again expect his team to get their act together and aim for consistency as they did against Punjab on Sunday. Rahane and Samson have been average while the inconsistent run of Ben Stokes has affected their performance this season.

Among the bowlers, young seamer Jofra Archer has done well to claim nine wickets from four matches while this IPL’s costliest Indian buy Jaydev Unadkat has also been amongst the wickets. On the other hand, another win for Chennai will cement their place in the play-offs. The southern outfit is in red-hot form this season after seven wins from 10 games and will look to consolidate their position in the top two. Chennai batters are in top form however, death-over bowling still remains a concern.