Posted: 12 May 2013 at 12:38am | IP Logged
CSK Vs RR
Playing their last match on home soil, Rajasthan would look to consolidate their position in the points table and upstage top-placed Chennai when the two most balanced sides clash at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.
Team News: Rajasthan are sitting pretty in the point table with 9 wins from 13 matches. Rahul Dravid has been inspirational in his leadership and has led his boys from the front. The hosts would hope to put one across the table-toppers after the heart-breaking loss they suffered on the penultimate ball of the match against Chennai.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson have been the mainstay of Rajasthan's batting. The Australian has given the innings the impetus at the start while the other two have looked to bat throughout and anchor the innings. Sanju Samson, the talented youngster has been a revelation and has come up with impressive knocks under pressure.
James Faulkner has led the pace attack with aplomb. He has been well supported by Kevon Cooper. Shane Watson and the off-spinner, Ajit Chandila have also provided the important breakthroughs and kept the batsmen in check.
In form player: Ajinkya Rahane has been very impressive and shown glimpses of his class over the past few matches. He has batted with responsibility and changed gear as and when the situation has demanded.
Hit: Sanju Samson has been quietly but surely making a name for himself through his batting exploits for Rajasthan. He has come up with little cameos at crucial moments in the match. Apart from having the gift of timing he has displayed a cool temperament and a sense for the occasion.
Miss: S Sreesanth has been quite disappointing and has not made much of an impact for Rajasthan yet. He has just picked up 5 wickets from 7 matches and has gone for a few runs as well.
Team form: Last Encounter: Beat Punjab by 8 wickets.
Team News: Chennai are on the brink of qualifying for the playoffs and unless luck on the field and otherwise runs out for them, they have made sure they have done enough to move into the business end of the tournament. The confidence is sky-high and the spirit and the morale upbeat.
The top order has been in scintillating form for the visitors. Michael Hussey is currently the holder of the Orange Cap for the most runs in the League. Suresh Raina has come into his own and MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja have provided the cameos at crucial moments at the death.
Dwayne Bravo, with 21 wickets, holds the Purple Cap for the leading wicket taker in the League thus far. He has been well supported by the likes of Mohit Sharma and Chris Morris. R Ashwin and Jadeja have also done a good job in containing the batsmen and picking up wickets at crucial junctures.
In form player: Michael Hussey has been in tremendous form in the tournament. He has hit 574 runs at an average of 57.40 from 12 matches.
Hit: Suresh Raina has been in Red-Hot form for Chennai. His ability to clear the boundary at will makes him one of the most dangerous batsmen in the format. He has also shown a keen eagerness to bat for longer periods and control the innings.
Miss: Murali Vijay hasn't exactly set the house on fire and has been struggling up the order. He has just aggregated 153 from 10 matches. His strike rate has also been poor.
Team form: Last Encounter: Beat Hyderabad by 77 runs.