Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chennai Super Kings VS Rajasthan Royals IPL - Today at Chennai

The Indian Premier League (IPL) : Today the match begins with Chennai Super Kings clashing with Rajasthan Royals at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. Chennai Super Kings are known for their ability to withstand pressure, fight back and win from weak positions. Rajasthan Royals are known for making the most of their comparatively thin resources and competing with the more power-packed sides. Both sides have displayed these traits this season as well.

Chennai Super Kings : Super Kings have managed to position themselves in the middle of the points table despite clearly being nowhere near their best as yet. Super Kings will start slightly in front at home but Royals will be confident having chased 197 in their previous game against Deccan Chargers.

Super Kings' decision to leave out M Vijay and promote S Badrinath to partner Faf du Plessis at the top of the order provided them a solid base in their previous game against Pune Warriors. R Ashwin lack of penetration at the international level recently has carried over into the IPL, with only two wickets this season from six games. Raina is also not in a good form.

Chennai Super Kings squad : MS Dhoni(C), S Anirudha, R Ashwin, S Badrinath, GJ Bailey, DE Bollinger, DJ Bravo, F du Plessis, BW Hilfenhaus, MEK Hussey, RA Jadeja, SB Jakati, Joginder Sharma, S Randiv, KMDN Kulasekara, VY Mahesh, JA Morkel, A Mukund, SK Raina, WP Saha†, SB Styris, S Tyagi, K Vasudevadas, G Vignesh, M Vijay

Rajasthan Royals : In the form players like Rahane, Owais Shah and Brad Hodge, Royals have been one of the sides to beat so far. Ajinkya Rahane has impressed with his uninhibited yet orthodox hitting. Both knocks have come on surfaces in Jaipur and Bangalore where the ball has come on; it usually does not in Chennai, and it will be interesting to see how Rahane adapts.

"Rajasthan Royals have always been considered the underdogs. At the start of the tournament, we're never considered a strong team by the oppositions,and it is the same case this time... [But] I believe this is our strongest team in all five seasons."

Rajasthan Royals squad : R Dravid(C), STR Binny, J Botha, DL Chahar, LD Chandimal, AA Chavan, A Chopra, PD Collingwood, K Cooper, AP Dole, SM Fallah, FY Fazal, SP Goswami†, BJ Hodge, GB Hogg, AL Menaria, S Narwal, Pankaj Singh, AG Paunikar, AM Rahane, AS Raut,OA Shah, PR Shah, A Singh, S Sreesanth, SW Tait, SK Trivedi, SR Watson, DH Yagnik

The match will be starting at 4.00pm local time.

IP Chennai Won by 7 Wickets

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