Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Chennai April 20, 2012

Steady Chennai take on confident Rajasthan

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Match facts


Saturday, April 21, Chennai
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

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While the IPL is only into its fifth season, the teams have already developed different reputations for what can be expected from them on the field. 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. Having started shakily, Super Kings have managed to position themselves in the middle of the points table despite clearly being nowhere near their best as yet. Bolstered by new arrivals like Owais Shah and Brad Hodge, Royals have been one of the sides to beat so far.

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. Their medium-pacers and spinners then choked the Warriors batsmen. Super Kings will start slightly in front at home but Royals will be confident having chased 197 in their previous game against Deccan Chargers.

Players to watch

R Ashwin owes his early fame to the IPL, with strong shows in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. His lack of penetration at the international level recently has carried over into the IPL, with only two wickets this season from six games. His economy-rate, though, hasn't suffered but he needs to strike more as his side's lead spinner.

With an unbeaten century and a 98, 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.

2011 head-to-head

Royals lost both their games to Super Kings in 2011. Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina easily chased 148 in Chennai while Super Kings' batting power was too much for Royals in Jaipur.

Stats and trivia

  • Before the start of this IPL, Rahane had 583 runs at a strike-rate of 110 from 42 Twenty20s. He has made 304 at 146.15 from six games so far.
  • Since losing the 2008 IPL final to Royals, Super Kings have won five of the next six games against them .

    Quotes

    "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."
    Royals medium-pacer Siddharth Trivedi

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 21, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    CSK will win todays match hands down...

    Chepauk is CSK's impregnable fort...

  • on April 21, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @sendilnathan_P- get your facts right bro,,,, rahane has played a much bigger role for rajasthan than shah, and for delhi, KP only won 1 match,,,, otherwise everybody is contributing equally, more or less.

  • on April 21, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Today match is key for both CSK & RR so we can enjoy alot. But my vote is to CSK. My expected Team is MS Dhoni, , R Ashwin, S Badrinath, , DE Bollinger, DJ Bravo, F du Plessis, BW Hilfenhaus, RA Jadeja, KMDN Kulasekara, JA Morkel, SK Raina, ,

  • Vijay51982 on April 21, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @sendilnathan_P: Well said. CSK is the only team who never depends on any individual player. All the playing elevens are always showing their performance in every match. This will be a big relief for MSD to lead his side. CSK rocks..... will come to know shortly.

  • abee12 on April 21, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    my vote to rajashthan royal coz rr have a great player like a owaish, hodge and rahane they play superbly and all player play with team work and dravid he is cool of cool

  • sanjo_omi on April 21, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    RR is rock.............. They ll win today

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    CSK is not good loking after,absence of Morcle ,Hussy,,Vijay and raina also in not good form,CSK is lost toay Match also furtur matches,,,,,,,

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    The test player,the wall is playing better t20 player,so stopmaking fun on him

  • chilled_avenger on April 21, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @ksupun Who will Chandimal replace in the RR team? The two foreign batsmen Owais Shah and Brad Hodge have played well in the recent matches while Brad Hogg will be taking the spot as their Lead spinner! Their one under-performing Foreigner is Johan Botha who should be replaced by Kevon Kooper provided Kevon is fully fit!

  • sendilnathan_P on April 21, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    1 MAN SHOW IN THIS YEARS IPL

    MUMBAI - MALINGA RCB - GAYLE RAJASTHAN - OWASI SHAH PUNJAB - SHUAN MARSH KKR - GAMBIR ( RTY NOW ) DELHI - PITERSHEN PUNE - SAMUELS DECCAN - STYEN BUT FR OVER SUPERKINGS ALL 11 PLAYERS R 1MAN SHOW SO SUPERKINGS UR ROCKINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

  • on April 21, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    CSK will win todays match hands down...

    Chepauk is CSK's impregnable fort...

  • on April 21, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @sendilnathan_P- get your facts right bro,,,, rahane has played a much bigger role for rajasthan than shah, and for delhi, KP only won 1 match,,,, otherwise everybody is contributing equally, more or less.

  • on April 21, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Today match is key for both CSK & RR so we can enjoy alot. But my vote is to CSK. My expected Team is MS Dhoni, , R Ashwin, S Badrinath, , DE Bollinger, DJ Bravo, F du Plessis, BW Hilfenhaus, RA Jadeja, KMDN Kulasekara, JA Morkel, SK Raina, ,

  • Vijay51982 on April 21, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @sendilnathan_P: Well said. CSK is the only team who never depends on any individual player. All the playing elevens are always showing their performance in every match. This will be a big relief for MSD to lead his side. CSK rocks..... will come to know shortly.

  • abee12 on April 21, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    my vote to rajashthan royal coz rr have a great player like a owaish, hodge and rahane they play superbly and all player play with team work and dravid he is cool of cool

  • sanjo_omi on April 21, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    RR is rock.............. They ll win today

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    CSK is not good loking after,absence of Morcle ,Hussy,,Vijay and raina also in not good form,CSK is lost toay Match also furtur matches,,,,,,,

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    The test player,the wall is playing better t20 player,so stopmaking fun on him

  • chilled_avenger on April 21, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @ksupun Who will Chandimal replace in the RR team? The two foreign batsmen Owais Shah and Brad Hodge have played well in the recent matches while Brad Hogg will be taking the spot as their Lead spinner! Their one under-performing Foreigner is Johan Botha who should be replaced by Kevon Kooper provided Kevon is fully fit!

  • sendilnathan_P on April 21, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    1 MAN SHOW IN THIS YEARS IPL

    MUMBAI - MALINGA RCB - GAYLE RAJASTHAN - OWASI SHAH PUNJAB - SHUAN MARSH KKR - GAMBIR ( RTY NOW ) DELHI - PITERSHEN PUNE - SAMUELS DECCAN - STYEN BUT FR OVER SUPERKINGS ALL 11 PLAYERS R 1MAN SHOW SO SUPERKINGS UR ROCKINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    PWI should demote or drop Ganguly - he is not so good as a batsman - he must act as a mentor or non playing captain

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    is Albie Available tody?

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    i hope rr will win................

  • on April 21, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    I still feel that chennai are very slow during their first 10 overs and putting too much pressure on jadeja and dhoni..... Vijay is struggling with his opening slot let him be given another chance on down d order and he can contribute in a better way to d team ..., Vijay is far better than saha what he is lacking is confidence and ability to score boundaries. My preffered 11 for today 1. badri 2. plessis 3. raina 4.vijay 5.dhoni 6.jadeja 7.bravo 8.ashwin 9.kulasekara 10.bollinger 11. jakathi

  • on April 21, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Hey RR u guys hv shown grt temprament till nw pls continue it & i would lyk all the people giving their peace of mind abt team changes & all to take chill ! coz i feel v as fans cant replace great legend such as Sir Rahul Dravid , so RR best of luck !

  • ksupun on April 21, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    when does DINESH CHANDIMAL PLAY .sad to see RR not playing him

  • Limin on April 21, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    I think this will be a tight match...both teams are strong as well.....but my vote for CSK...

  • Precioustar84 on April 21, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @svenkat I rather wake up at 6:30 to watch The Wall but for me its 3:30am here in US!! Game is over for me before day even starts :( ...but that's why I like DVR ;)

  • devDjitu2050 on April 21, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    sorry dravid not this time bcoz this game is for the man in cool dhoni.chennai super kings will win surely today and the man of the match will b an overseas player

  • pai11 on April 21, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    @ Maheshkumar Kuppusamy: Albie Morkel is unavailable for the match.

  • on April 21, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    For all those suggesting Chennai playing XI .... fact is Albie Morkel is injured and already went back home :)

  • on April 21, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    My Playing XI is 1) Srikanth Anirudh 2) Fa Du Plesis 3) S.Raina 4) MS.Dhoni 5) Badrinath 6)D.Bravo 7) R.Jadeja 8) Albi Morkel 9)Suraj Randiv (Last 10 Matches he taken 37 Wickets) 10)R.Ashwin 11)Johinder Sharma(Last Matches he Taken 17 More Wickets).. The above combination includes :- 7 Allrounders + 5 Top Order Batsmans + 5 Spin Bowlers + 3 Medium Fast Bowlers. So try it the above 11.. i hope the above XI can prove to the best one.......

  • on April 21, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Good After Noon Chennai Super Kings Best Wishes for your past performance and future performances. My Playing XI is 1) Srikanth Anirudh 2) Fa Du Plesis 3) S.Raina 4) MS.Dhoni 5) Badrinath 6)D.Bravo 7) R.Jadeja 8) Albi Morkel 9)N.Kulasekara 10)R.Ashwin 11)Johinder Sharma(Last Matches he Takes 17 More Wickets).. I think Chennai Super will wons the Toss & Choose to bat & will score above 200.. and also the win the match......

  • biju on April 21, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Where is Sreesanth.I want to see him in action

  • on April 21, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Rajasthan royals will surely win today.hope to see a good innings from THE WALL-Dravid.

  • on April 21, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Yeah, dhoni did a good thing that moving badri in place of vijay.. & Du plessi and Badri have good communication between wickets.. and here Raina is struggling with batting at third wkt so better to move up jadeja in the place of raina.. jadeja is in good form with his bat so give him a free license to play big shots at 3rd wkt, and also he is doing good job with bowling... as we know raina will play very well at 5th wkt .. and better to replace ashwin with any foreign player..

  • Madhavan.Varun on April 21, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Key to winning at Chennai during the months of April and May, is the ability to handle the heat and humidity... The weather is so extreme in this place and imo, the biggest contributing factor towards CSK's superiority here...

    If a batsman plays for say 10 overs here, they'll be exhausted no doubt.. We could see that was the case with both Faf AND Badrinath in the previous match... But they get tuned to it in a couple of matches... but the away team always find it congesting and adds to their pressure...

  • Romenevans on April 21, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Royals have impressed me a lot. I hope they will play Kooper for Botha and Amit Singh should be dropped immediately as well.

  • bigeagle2085 on April 21, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @ K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R ....... cooper is injured acc. to dravid.. He might come back tomorrow but Im waiting for Shaun Tait to come into team.. His Pace will be a definite plus for the team!

  • on April 21, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    i thnk RR would win 2dy.

    best of luck RD

  • nischalaryal on April 21, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    CSK are BEst they will win this match

  • gannyboy on April 21, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    If I can see another 24 ball 42 innings from Dravid my day would be made and I want RR to win because of the kind of players they have almost each and every man in that team is a gentleman except for Sree of course.

  • TopTrix on April 21, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    In CSK, Where Es Bailey aEn Styris :O

  • Mano2004 on April 21, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Just because Badrinath scored a half century he shouldn;t assume he is better than Murali Vijay. What either of them do is slow down Duplessis. Rather than applying pressure on the opening bowlers these two put pressure on other opening batter. Some of the batters in IPL bat like aiming for a Test draw. Only a few like De Villiers, Peterson, Gayle, Gambhir, Mayank, Kohli, Irfan, Shaun, Harbhajan etc bat like warriors full of adrenaline. There are a few who bat so pathetically. Even Piyush in spite of being a bowler bats with a determination than some frontline batters. IPL is for entertainment and valour.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 20, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Rajastan Royals All-d-Best....In my opinion i would love to see few changes in RR Team when they are facing mighty CSK in thier den.. my changes are given below:-

    1. Cooper should replace Bootha. Botha has not been effective neither by ball or bat so far so best alternate is Cooper he can bowl 4 decent overs and give some lusty blows.

    2. Stuart Binny or Sumit Narwal should get a chance to prove their potential. As chennai pitch is showing double bounce both players can come handy with bat and bowl.

    3. Dravid should choose only one from Amit Singh & Trivedi becuase both bowl in between 110-135kph and neither can bat so better choose one 4m them by keeping an eye on CSK Batting power house.

    My playing 11 for Rajastan is :-

    1.Rahane 2.Dravid 3.Oasis Shah 4. Brad Hodge 5. Ashok Menaria 6.Dishant Yagnik/Goswami 7.Kevon Cooper 8.Sumit Narwal/Stuart Binny 9. Brad Hogg 10. Trivedi/Amit Singh 11.Pankaj Singh

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 20, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @svenkat02, put it this way - I'm a huge Dravid fan and my day is going to begin with the Darshan of that Great Man. Can't ask for more. Can I, for a Saturday?

  • TRAM on April 20, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni, for reading my comment in cricinfo earlier (:-) ) and moving Badri in place of Vijay successfully. Badri=MHussey if Badri can reduce the dot balls *a bit* DuPlessi played slower than what he could in the last match. Afraid of spin? IMO, Ashwin can take wkt only when batsman is under pressure. So, Ashwin, somehow create pressure, may be by placing very close fielders, especially after 2 dot balls; or bowling to batsman's area of arial shots and placing more fielders there, .. I wont take the excuse that Chennai pitch is too flat for csk bowlers to take wkts. If so, why did csk not score 200 runs, batting first? CSK seems weak in preparing tactics against individual opponent batsmen. Esp Bollinger has no clue what line/length to bowl. Waiting for Hilfenhaus .. Also, Dhoni should start to use DuPlessi's spin as well. That would pressure Ashwin to improve, I hope.. :-) I want to see more of YoMahesh (seems reasonable alrounder) or Anirudh or even Mukund. hmm..

  • SRAM20 on April 20, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Sad that this is the first game instead of being the second one. For US viewers,, this one starts at 6:30am in the morning, and for a Saturday morning, thats too early. :(

  • trinimystry on April 20, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    i hope cooper plays tomorrow

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  • trinimystry on April 20, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    i hope cooper plays tomorrow

  • SRAM20 on April 20, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Sad that this is the first game instead of being the second one. For US viewers,, this one starts at 6:30am in the morning, and for a Saturday morning, thats too early. :(

  • TRAM on April 20, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni, for reading my comment in cricinfo earlier (:-) ) and moving Badri in place of Vijay successfully. Badri=MHussey if Badri can reduce the dot balls *a bit* DuPlessi played slower than what he could in the last match. Afraid of spin? IMO, Ashwin can take wkt only when batsman is under pressure. So, Ashwin, somehow create pressure, may be by placing very close fielders, especially after 2 dot balls; or bowling to batsman's area of arial shots and placing more fielders there, .. I wont take the excuse that Chennai pitch is too flat for csk bowlers to take wkts. If so, why did csk not score 200 runs, batting first? CSK seems weak in preparing tactics against individual opponent batsmen. Esp Bollinger has no clue what line/length to bowl. Waiting for Hilfenhaus .. Also, Dhoni should start to use DuPlessi's spin as well. That would pressure Ashwin to improve, I hope.. :-) I want to see more of YoMahesh (seems reasonable alrounder) or Anirudh or even Mukund. hmm..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 20, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @svenkat02, put it this way - I'm a huge Dravid fan and my day is going to begin with the Darshan of that Great Man. Can't ask for more. Can I, for a Saturday?

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 20, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Rajastan Royals All-d-Best....In my opinion i would love to see few changes in RR Team when they are facing mighty CSK in thier den.. my changes are given below:-

    1. Cooper should replace Bootha. Botha has not been effective neither by ball or bat so far so best alternate is Cooper he can bowl 4 decent overs and give some lusty blows.

    2. Stuart Binny or Sumit Narwal should get a chance to prove their potential. As chennai pitch is showing double bounce both players can come handy with bat and bowl.

    3. Dravid should choose only one from Amit Singh & Trivedi becuase both bowl in between 110-135kph and neither can bat so better choose one 4m them by keeping an eye on CSK Batting power house.

    My playing 11 for Rajastan is :-

    1.Rahane 2.Dravid 3.Oasis Shah 4. Brad Hodge 5. Ashok Menaria 6.Dishant Yagnik/Goswami 7.Kevon Cooper 8.Sumit Narwal/Stuart Binny 9. Brad Hogg 10. Trivedi/Amit Singh 11.Pankaj Singh

  • Mano2004 on April 21, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Just because Badrinath scored a half century he shouldn;t assume he is better than Murali Vijay. What either of them do is slow down Duplessis. Rather than applying pressure on the opening bowlers these two put pressure on other opening batter. Some of the batters in IPL bat like aiming for a Test draw. Only a few like De Villiers, Peterson, Gayle, Gambhir, Mayank, Kohli, Irfan, Shaun, Harbhajan etc bat like warriors full of adrenaline. There are a few who bat so pathetically. Even Piyush in spite of being a bowler bats with a determination than some frontline batters. IPL is for entertainment and valour.

  • TopTrix on April 21, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    In CSK, Where Es Bailey aEn Styris :O

  • gannyboy on April 21, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    If I can see another 24 ball 42 innings from Dravid my day would be made and I want RR to win because of the kind of players they have almost each and every man in that team is a gentleman except for Sree of course.

  • nischalaryal on April 21, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    CSK are BEst they will win this match

  • on April 21, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    i thnk RR would win 2dy.

    best of luck RD