With finally a win in their bag, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will look to fancy their chances as they lock horns against the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday
With finally a win in their bag, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will look to fancy their chances as they lock horns against the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.
Two-time IPL champions, CSK are high on confidence at the moment after their morale boosting victory over the Delhi Daredevils. On the other hand, Shane Watson and his men are still on the right path but the chips will down after their demoralising defeat against the Kings XI Punjab.
For the CSK, their batting is the strongest zone with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith and an in-form Suresh Raina taking over the top order. Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni complete the middle order giving a ‘complete’ look for the team in Yellow.
The bowling though remains weak as the likes of Ashish Nehra and Mohit Sharma have not clicked. The spinning duo or Ravichandran Ashiwn and Ravindra Jadeja too, have been below par. The bowlers were helped by electric catching from Suresh Raina and du Plessis. The Rajasthan outfit will look to outshine the opposition with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson. Royals skipper Shane Watson has not yet clicked with the bat but hopefully will look to do so against the CSK.
After being taken to the cleaners by Glenn Maxwell and David Miller in the second game for the Royals, their bowlers will look to get their act right. Even though Rajasthan are a tough nut to crack, the batting prowess of the CSK is too good for the ‘Blue Brigade’ and can be the favourites to win the tie as well.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Vijay Shankar, B Aparajith, Ishwar Pandey, Ronit More, Pawan Negi, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, John Hastings, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Hilfenhaus, Matt Henry, Samuel Badree.
Rajasthan Royals: Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Ankush Bains, Vikramjeet Malik, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Deepak Hooda, Rajat Bhatia, Kevon Cooper, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe, Karun Nair, Dishant Yagnik.