In what turned out to be a spirited bowling display Rajasthan Royals bowlers restricted a powerful Chennai Super Kings to an average score of 140/6 in their 20 allotted overs at Dubai on Wednesday in the 10th match of IPL 7. The pitch, however, is a docile one which would make it tricky for RR to chase.
For CSK, Dwayne Smith was the top scorer with a brilliant half-century, but rest of top order failed miserably which put CSK in a spot of bother 101/6, but some late hitting from Ravindra jadeja, who scored 36 off 33 deliveries, that took CSK to a modest 140/6.
For RR, Rajat Bhatia was the pick of the bowlers returning with figures of 2/13 in his four over spell.
Earlier, at the toss Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson won the toss and invited Chennai Super Kings to bat on a pitch which was used for the first time in the tournament. The possible reason, apart from it being a new pitch, was that Rajasthan Royals were up against a very strong Chennai Super Kings batting line-up comprising of Smith, McCullum, Du Plessis, Raina, and MS Dhoni.
On to the team news now where Rajasthan Royals made a sole change to their squad from the previous match, as New Zealand’s fast bowler Tim Southee replaced his cross Tasmanian counterpart Kane Richardson. This was Southee’s first match ironically against a side he used to be part of in the precious IPL season.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, MS Dhoni, at the toss, said, in any case, would have batted first. Chennai came into this match on back of an impressive 93-run win in the previous match versus Delhi Daredevils.
On to the team news now where there were no changes to the side that played Delhi as Chennai Super Kings went in with the same XI.
Rajasthan Royals 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 Tim Southee, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Pravin Tambe
Chennai Super Kings XI: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 Mithun Manhas, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ben Hilfenhaus, 10 Ishwar Pandey, 11 Mohit Sharma