Today’s second game of the day will see Chennai Super Kings face off Rajasthan Royals at Chepauk, Chennai from 8.00 PM onwards.
This is 13th encounter for Rajasthan where as it is 12th for CSK. Chennai Super Kings lost their previous match against Mumbai Indians in Chennai whereas Rajasthan lost to Sunrisers by 7 runs in Mumbai.
Rajasthan Royals now have reasons to believe that CSK can be beaten in Chennai. However they need to get their combinations right for this game as a loss here will make the job tougher going into the last match.
Rajasthan Royals won their first encounter when these two teams had met in this year’s tournament. It will be good battle as both of the teams are 2nd and 3rd and the winner will become number one after today’s match.
Previous year clashes
The first of the two battles in 2014 was on the 23rd April in Dubai. It was low-scoring encounter as Rajasthan won the toss and elected to field. Chennai Super Kings’ powerful batting line was restricted to a modest total of 140 with Dwayne Smith being the top scorer with 50. While chasing, Rajasthan Royals made a mess of the total and were bowled out for 133 runs. Chennai won this game by 7 runs.
Twenty days later they met again in Ranchi on 13th May 2014. This time Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat first. They never got to a good start but also lost wickets at regular intervals. Rajasthan Royals were able to score 148 for 8 in 20 overs. While chasing, Chennai were made to sweat to get to the target. Dwayne Smith scored a brilliant 50 while MS Dhoni scored an important 26 off 16 balls to help Chennai win by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
Ajinkya Rahane has been the leading run scorer in the tournament so far. He has scored 438 runs in 11 matches and gave Rajasthan good starts. In the previous match against Sunrisers, he failed to score but has been the consistent performer for Rajasthan. Against Chennai he needs to make sure that Rajasthan Royals get a good start and avoid getting into trouble and play a good knock.
James Faulkner is good all-rounder for the Rajasthan Royals. He bowls very good yorkers and is a good lower-order batsman who can win the matches with the bat too. Against SRH when the other bowlers were hit James Faulkner bowled 4 overs and gave away 37 runs. He also scored 30 off 19 balls too. Against Chennai his role will be big in helping Rajasthan secure a win.
In the last match, Brendon McCullum was hitting the ball very well. He scored a quick-fire 23 off 11 balls and gave Chennai Super Kings a flying start. He came down the track and smashed the bowlers before getting out. Against Rajasthan Royals McCullum must show his power and if stays for 10 overs then it is sure that Chennai Super Kings can get a hug score on the board.
After coming back from an injury R Ashwin was the best bowler on show in the previous match against Mumbai Indians. He bowled 4 overs and conceded 17 runs picking 2 wickets. He was bowling with control and not allowing the batsmen to hit strokes easily. Against Rajasthan Royals he needs to the same job.
Predicted Starting 11 –
CSK XI: D Smith, B McCullum, S Raina, F du Plessis, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni, D Bravo, P Negi, R Ashwin, M Sharma, A Nehra
RR XI: A Rahane, S Watson(c), K Nair, S Smith, S Samson(w), D Hooda, J Faulkner, S Binny, D Kulkarni, C Morris, P Tambe
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