Will Dhoni’s men end Royals’ unbeaten streak at the Jaipur fortress? We see the men who can make a difference for their sides:
Tonight’s semifinal will see IPL’s two biggest teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals go head to head to clinch a spot in the finals of the CLT20. Will Dhoni’s men end Royals’ unbeaten streak at the Jaipur fortress? We see the men who can make a difference for their sides:
Chennai Super Kings
The retired Aussie batsman always comes with the goods at the top of the batting order for the Super Kings. Michael Hussey is still an important part of Dhoni’s team and few runs from his bat, CSK will be up and running!
Left-handed Suresh Raina is in a good form with the bat amassing 192 runs (till the group stages), which included a well-made 84 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Raina can be a handy batsman in the middle order and also provide an option with the ball for MS Dhoni, if called upon.
The West Indian all-rounder has been one of Dhoni’s key players in the team. Dwayne Bravo’s all-round ability with the ball and the bat will play a crucial role in their semi-final clash against the Rajasthan Royals.
‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’ suits perfectly for the CSK skipper MS Dhoni. Whenever his team is in crisis, Dhoni walks in and rescues his team from the trouble. Mahi will need to do the same when he will walk in during the vital clash against the Royals.
Yes, ‘sir’ Ravindra Jadeja has not picked up the form of late but one game can change everything. ‘Jaddu’ likes playing big games and the semifinal clash might be the right dose to up the ante in his game.
Commentator Harsha Bhogle described him as the game’s ‘best finisher’ but Brad Hodge won’t be relying on the laurels as his main aim will be to take his team towards victory and score as many runs as possible.
Australian vice-captain Shane Watson is a dangerous batsman once he gets going. The all-rounder is known for his belligerent batting and the Royals’ bowlers have every right to fear him once he walks in to the crease.
The highest wicket taker for the Royals, Pravin Tambe has won praises from his skipper Rahul Dravid and will look to give him the best gift possible, a CLT20 title!
The Mumbai-born batsman is having a hard time in the opener’s slot but a few morale boosting words from the legendary Rahul Dravid will be enough for Ajinkya Rahane to get going again. The stylish batsman will be looking to get his feet in and score more runs as possible.
The tall, lanky typical West Indian all-rounder has been a revelation since he joined the Rajasthan Royals. Kevon Cooper has every variety in his bowling style and that can take CSK batsman by surprise.
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