In many aspects the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals look alike. Starting from controversies they could have been banned from the league. In this season till this point they both played 2 games and won one and lost one. The two teams lost to KXIP after putting a big total on the board but were chased down by them with help of Maxwell’s blitzes.
The both teams will be going in with loss of confidence after finding out some positives like players coming in to form.
Indian Premier League – 2014: Match 10 – Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai. April 23, 2014, Start time 18:30 (Local Time), 14:30 (GMT).
Head-to-Head in T20’s:
Chennai has a better record in head to head clashes against Rajasthan as they won 7 of the 12 games they played.
Pitch and Weather Report:
In Dubai, the ball can seam under lights early on, as similar pitch to last game is expected. The temperatures will be high no rain is expected.
Rajasthan Royals need consistency to make their team good. Their batting looked weak in the first game but done well in the second game. Rajat Bhatia proved to be a surprise package in 1st game but failed in second against lights of Maxwell. They have a specialist spinner in form of Praveen Thambe but might be replaced by Abdulla. Kulkarni went for runs in last gave so they might think to drop him to take V Malik in his place. Steven Smith done well in the last game but it’s doubtful whether he may be taken again over Senior Hodge.
Rajasthan Royals’ Possible Playing XI:
1 Abhishek Nayar, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Shane Watson (capt), 5 Stuart Binny, 6 Steve Smith, 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Pravin Tambe.
Looking at the pitch they might make Samuel Badree one more game. Looking at the squad they don’t have any problems. It was good point for them as Ishwar Pandey bowled well in the last game, which might be very useful. Otherwise there will be no changes.
Chennai Super Kings’s Possible Playing XI:
Before his half-century against Kings XI Punjab, Shane Watson’s last T20 fifty came during the IPL in May last year.
With 19 fifties and one hundred, Suresh Raina shares the record for the most fifty-plus scores in the IPL (20) with Chris Gayle and Gautam Gambhir. He also has the record for most catches in the league (55).