Rajasthan v Chennai, IPL 2013, Jaipur May 11, 2013

Second spot in Rajasthan's sights

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Match facts

May 12, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT

Big Picture

It's ironic that even at this stage, not even one of the four playoff berths have been confirmed. It's easy to think that Chennai Super Kings, table leaders since April 28, have already made it to the playoffs, but mathematically, they haven't. Victory against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday will confirm their position in the final four. After Jaipur, they head back home to face the easiest of their three opponents , Delhi Daredevils, before heading to Bangalore. Both their away games are against teams that haven't lost at home. The prospect of Super Kings getting eliminated is highly improbable, given their consistency. They had a rude wake-up call against Mumbai Indians, but the manner in which they overpowered Sunrisers Hyderabad - another team with an unbeaten home record till that night - showed that they hadn't hit a late-season slump.

Royals will be aware that if there's one team that can challenge their fortress, it's Super Kings. Royals' remaining opponents aren't the easiest - Super Kings, Mumbai Indians (away), Sunrisers (away). However, given their recent form, it's hard to bet against them from qualifying either. Their last three wins - consecutive - have come while chasing. They will also be aware that Super Kings posted 223 in their last match, so if they end up bowling first, their bowlers will have to be at their best. Royals are third with 18 points and their aim will be to knock Mumbai off the second position.

Form guide

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Players to watch

M Vijay missed a few games due to injury, and though he failed in his comeback game against Mumbai, scoring 2, he found his touch against Sunrisers. Though he didn't score big - he scored 29 - his three consecutive sixes against Ishant Sharma, all stand-and-deliver shots, showed that he was getting his groove back.

The Royals top order has been in sparkling form of late, with the team losing just eight wickets in the last three games. Their top three - Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson - have aggregated 368 runs, with a total of five half-centuries. Super Kings' bowlers will be tested.

Stats and trivia

  • Super Kings have won two out of the three games they have played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium
  • MS Dhoni has effected nine stumpings off R Ashwin, the best wicketkeeper-bowler combination in the IPL

Quotes

"We need to bowl better in the death overs and giving away 87 runs in last five overs is not acceptable. We could not maintain the momentum in death overs. About 50-55 in last five is okay but not more than that."
Super Kings' fielding coach Steve Rixon

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | May 12, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    For all the mathematical possibility CSK has qualified. However this match is crucial in that if CSK has to ensure the top position then this is some kind of a must win. There are reports that a cyclone has formed over the Bay Bengal - "Mahasen" and it may bring rains over the next few days. If that happens then the match in Chennai on Wed with DD may get washed out and the last match with RCB could be critical. CSK must win today. I expect Morris and VIjay / Badri to sit out and Faf and Jakati to play today. DHoni has spoken of giving some of the players on the bench a chance. In case some one is aware can they indicate if Ben Hilfenhaus has come to India or not. He is a good bowler and is effective in the death but has not been used. Also dont remember seeing him in the dug out. Is he not used or did he not come to India at all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    An interesting fact I pulled out last night, was that the Rajasthan Royals, haven't recorded a victory in the IPL against Chennai Super Kings, since the inaugral DLF IPL final, back in 2008! If Rajasthan Royals defeat CSK tonight, it will be their first victory against CSK since 2008, and it also means they have an unbeaten season at home, as their next 2 matches are away to Mumbai and Deccan

  • POSTED BY JBSA on | May 11, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Dravid Vs Dhoni | Hussey vs Rahane | Raina Vs Watson | Sanju vs Jadeja | Chandila vs Ashwin | Binny Vs Badri | Cooper Vs Bravo | Morris Vs Faulkner | Trivedi Vs Mohit

    Home Royals Vs Away Super Kings | Fairplay Winner Vs Fairplay Runner

    Game of equal challenges. Whatelse can you expect. Probably the match of the league stage

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    A contest between teams that are on the top of the fair play award list.

    A win for CSK will seal their spot to the playoffs. CSK should look to win this, not only for this reason, but also to keep the winning momentum going. On the other hand, a win for RR will put them in a relatively safer position which will put pressure on RCB, MI and SRH. All the teams (MI, RCB and SRH) which have a chance to make it to the playoffs will be cheering CSK to win this one.

    CSK have seen the better of RR in their previous encounter. RR will be wary of the fact that CSK have chased 186 runs against them in Chennai. At the same time, CSK have never lost a game batting first in this tournament so far. RR have chased well in their last three games. Considering all these, It will be really interesting to see what Dravid will be opting in case RR wins the toss.

    Hope this match will be a treat to watch...

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Beating the home team in its fortress will be a test for the No.1 team this IPL. On the other hand, if there is a team to beat Rajastan in its homeground, its CSK. The away record for CSK is good and the home record for Rajastan is 100% this season. It will be a keenly fought contest. Given the sportive nature of the wicket and the fact that the Royals have successfully chased 180+ in this ground, it can be a nerve wracking finish.

    M.Vijay will be keenly watched, he is due for a big score. It will be nice to see two young players have a go at each other - Mohit Sharma and Sanju Samson - both of them are the find of this season. Hope that they go on to bring more laurels for their respective franchises and very soon for the country as well!

    Two well respected cricketers and captains will be at their best in tomorrow's tussle. Dravid vs Dhoni is a mouth watering contest. May the best side on the day win!

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 12, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    As a citizen of jaipur I can tell you when there is a rain around here it's one of the most difficult pitch to bat in the country. CSK has no chance today. It's been raining, there will be plenty of movement and these flat wickets stars of CSK and MSD as a captain will be fully exposed. RR wins even before match begins.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    RR: 1. Dravid 2. Rahane 3. Sanju 4. Watson 5. Binny 6. Hodge 7. Baby 8. Faulkner 9. Harmeet 10. Sreesanth 11. Edwards.

    Powerplay overs: Edwards,Faulkner,Watson. Middle overs: Sree,Binny,Harmeet and Baby.

    Death overs: Edwards,Faulkner.

    Go RR...Halla Bol!

  • POSTED BY anton_ego on | May 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Probably the best match of the league stage. But as the law of averages tend to intervene, Royals must lose today. 5 half centuries means, Royals are bound to have an off day, except when Hodge gets a decent hit today. But as @cnksnk put, Jakati should get a game today since Royals are packed with right handers. Jaddu and Jakati could prove a good combination. But the pitch assists pacers more, so that will be a crucial decision for Dhoni. The contest am awaiting most is Vijay Vs Rahane. This could be the game for Rahane to give a slap on the selectors face if Viajy flops and Rahane succeeds.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @ TeamRocker Both CSK (Hussey,Dhoni) and RR (Top3 batters) are as dependent on few players as other teams and which team has been ungraceful in defeat this IPL? Kindly point out. RR is not weak, its fans are flattering themselves by calling themselves underdogs.

  • POSTED BY Ali_86xz on | May 12, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Two of the World's best legends. Two of the World's greatest cricketers. Two of the Cricket World's best and respected men - encounter tonight. That is of course - Sir Rahul Dravid and Sir MS Dhoni. They both are on the top of the Fair Play Award, and they both are on the top of the Points Table. This is going to be the the best encounter in the season of this IPL. It should be a tie!!!

  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | May 12, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    For all the mathematical possibility CSK has qualified. However this match is crucial in that if CSK has to ensure the top position then this is some kind of a must win. There are reports that a cyclone has formed over the Bay Bengal - "Mahasen" and it may bring rains over the next few days. If that happens then the match in Chennai on Wed with DD may get washed out and the last match with RCB could be critical. CSK must win today. I expect Morris and VIjay / Badri to sit out and Faf and Jakati to play today. DHoni has spoken of giving some of the players on the bench a chance. In case some one is aware can they indicate if Ben Hilfenhaus has come to India or not. He is a good bowler and is effective in the death but has not been used. Also dont remember seeing him in the dug out. Is he not used or did he not come to India at all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    An interesting fact I pulled out last night, was that the Rajasthan Royals, haven't recorded a victory in the IPL against Chennai Super Kings, since the inaugral DLF IPL final, back in 2008! If Rajasthan Royals defeat CSK tonight, it will be their first victory against CSK since 2008, and it also means they have an unbeaten season at home, as their next 2 matches are away to Mumbai and Deccan

  • POSTED BY JBSA on | May 11, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Dravid Vs Dhoni | Hussey vs Rahane | Raina Vs Watson | Sanju vs Jadeja | Chandila vs Ashwin | Binny Vs Badri | Cooper Vs Bravo | Morris Vs Faulkner | Trivedi Vs Mohit

    Home Royals Vs Away Super Kings | Fairplay Winner Vs Fairplay Runner

    Game of equal challenges. Whatelse can you expect. Probably the match of the league stage

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    A contest between teams that are on the top of the fair play award list.

    A win for CSK will seal their spot to the playoffs. CSK should look to win this, not only for this reason, but also to keep the winning momentum going. On the other hand, a win for RR will put them in a relatively safer position which will put pressure on RCB, MI and SRH. All the teams (MI, RCB and SRH) which have a chance to make it to the playoffs will be cheering CSK to win this one.

    CSK have seen the better of RR in their previous encounter. RR will be wary of the fact that CSK have chased 186 runs against them in Chennai. At the same time, CSK have never lost a game batting first in this tournament so far. RR have chased well in their last three games. Considering all these, It will be really interesting to see what Dravid will be opting in case RR wins the toss.

    Hope this match will be a treat to watch...

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Beating the home team in its fortress will be a test for the No.1 team this IPL. On the other hand, if there is a team to beat Rajastan in its homeground, its CSK. The away record for CSK is good and the home record for Rajastan is 100% this season. It will be a keenly fought contest. Given the sportive nature of the wicket and the fact that the Royals have successfully chased 180+ in this ground, it can be a nerve wracking finish.

    M.Vijay will be keenly watched, he is due for a big score. It will be nice to see two young players have a go at each other - Mohit Sharma and Sanju Samson - both of them are the find of this season. Hope that they go on to bring more laurels for their respective franchises and very soon for the country as well!

    Two well respected cricketers and captains will be at their best in tomorrow's tussle. Dravid vs Dhoni is a mouth watering contest. May the best side on the day win!

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 12, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    As a citizen of jaipur I can tell you when there is a rain around here it's one of the most difficult pitch to bat in the country. CSK has no chance today. It's been raining, there will be plenty of movement and these flat wickets stars of CSK and MSD as a captain will be fully exposed. RR wins even before match begins.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    RR: 1. Dravid 2. Rahane 3. Sanju 4. Watson 5. Binny 6. Hodge 7. Baby 8. Faulkner 9. Harmeet 10. Sreesanth 11. Edwards.

    Powerplay overs: Edwards,Faulkner,Watson. Middle overs: Sree,Binny,Harmeet and Baby.

    Death overs: Edwards,Faulkner.

    Go RR...Halla Bol!

  • POSTED BY anton_ego on | May 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Probably the best match of the league stage. But as the law of averages tend to intervene, Royals must lose today. 5 half centuries means, Royals are bound to have an off day, except when Hodge gets a decent hit today. But as @cnksnk put, Jakati should get a game today since Royals are packed with right handers. Jaddu and Jakati could prove a good combination. But the pitch assists pacers more, so that will be a crucial decision for Dhoni. The contest am awaiting most is Vijay Vs Rahane. This could be the game for Rahane to give a slap on the selectors face if Viajy flops and Rahane succeeds.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @ TeamRocker Both CSK (Hussey,Dhoni) and RR (Top3 batters) are as dependent on few players as other teams and which team has been ungraceful in defeat this IPL? Kindly point out. RR is not weak, its fans are flattering themselves by calling themselves underdogs.

  • POSTED BY Ali_86xz on | May 12, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Two of the World's best legends. Two of the World's greatest cricketers. Two of the Cricket World's best and respected men - encounter tonight. That is of course - Sir Rahul Dravid and Sir MS Dhoni. They both are on the top of the Fair Play Award, and they both are on the top of the Points Table. This is going to be the the best encounter in the season of this IPL. It should be a tie!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I'm Rooting for Chennai and trust me when CSK wins i go nuts.But this Match alone ,I don't care(Obviously because of Dravid).These 2 teams are to me the best teams when it comes to fair plays.It was not surprising either ,Overall IPL win% record CSK - 61% MI - 57% RR - 55%.But MI Don have title to show off.Its partly because RR and CSK By Far the Best Organised Teams in the IPL.All the best for both the teams,Looks like RR certainly have the edge but being a hardcore CSK fan would love them to beat RR and RCB in their home turf :D..

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    I find it funny to see some comments calling certain teams of having super stars and others having humble uncapped players. I think the purpose of Franchises is to get a good team and win IPL. If that means one has to get big stars along with good local players then the owners should try to do it. I don't see any point in gloating that their teams have a ordinary players but still are coming 3rd or 4th. Its like Reading telling Manu that your success in EPL is due to great players and too much money.

  • POSTED BY kartikeysoni on | May 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    srinideva you need to retain only one (non) player. retain srini :-p and CSK will do fine

  • POSTED BY TeamRocker on | May 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    These two teams, IMO, have been the best to watch in the tournament so far. Neither are completely dependent on one or two players, both play with immense spirit and accept defeat gracefully. In short, this game has all the ingredients for a thriller. If Binny is fit (and I hope he is), he should come in for Yagnik. Tambe in for Chandila. I don't think Chandila has it in him to keep Hussey, Vijay or Raina quiet at the top. Open the bowling with Sreesanth and Faulkner. Faulkner should bowl only one upfront (unless he gets a wicket), and should have at least two overs in the middle period. Binny and Watson can do the job with the new ball.

    Chennai need a few changes in their bowling order. Albie Morkel in for Holder. Maybe Hilfy for Morris, because the RR openers have struggled against accurate pacers at the top. Otherwise, they should just stick to their plans.

    I'm an RR supporter, but I don't mind who wins this one. Because both of them deserve it.

  • POSTED BY chandran1979 on | May 12, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    CSK must try some wild cards against RR. They can use Kulasekara for holder. I highly doubt it though, due to politics, so it can be Jakathi. Morris is good at death so use him towards the end. If Kulasekara is not selected bring in F du Plesis as opener. Try Baba Aparajith for Ashwin.

    My team for Tomorrow is 1. F du Plesis/Murali Vijay. 2. Hussey. 3. Baba Aprajith, 4. Raina, 5. Dhoni, 6. Bravo, 7. Morris, 8.Sir J, 9. Kulasekara/Jakathi, 10. Morkel, 11. Mohit Sharma

  • POSTED BY Dka on | May 12, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    If faf is fit, i wish he should be given a chance... CSK shld go for the kill... For FAF they can sacrifice a all-rounder... Bravo's batting itself is not utilised, leave alone morris or morkel... instead they can pick faf and strenghten their batting and go for a kill...

    Hussey MVijay Raina faf Dhoni Rjadeja Bravo MSharma Hilfy/ForiegnPaceBowler Ashwin Rajpoot/IndianMediumpacer

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 12, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Watson seemed clueless against Narine. Dhoni should use Ashwin to unsettle Watson. Nannes should play instead of Holder to trouble Dravid and Rahane. We'll wait and see which strip Dravid will use today, the green top used v KKR or the dry one v MI. Which ever it is, it's going to be a thriller with Dhoni out smarting Dravid to win the match.

  • POSTED BY NIKSTERROR on | May 12, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @ Abdullah Bangi RR won against CSK in 2010. So there is a win after 2008. CSK is a big success given the unoblivious influence of politics behind them. Rich teams like MI , CSK , KKR , had managed to pull out important players from RR. Shane warne had no control over the cricketing pitch in 2011 edition although other home teams could change the pitch to suit them . Last year too pitch at jaipur was changed to suit CSK . Sri-lankan players are prohibited at Chennai given the tensions going for Sri-lankan tamils , henceforth Chennai remained home ground for CSK , but same didn't happen for RR in 2010 when their home matches were shifted to Gujrat where home team cheered for CSK instead for RR. RR had brilliant Pakistani players in their squad like Sohail Tanvir , Akmal and Younis Khan but they couldn't got a chance after inaugral edition . Still then RR have managed to perform good in IPL hats off to underdogs it's like seeing Oakland Atheletes against New York Yankees .

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @cricketanand12 - Akila is already back in Sri Lanka and RR conditions are fast bowlers friendly, its not like slow and low dust bowl of Kolkata.

  • POSTED BY anupamraj114 on | May 12, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    if i remember correctly RR defeated CSK in the 1st leg at jaipur in ipl 2010. they played back to back matches that season and in the next match Vijay scored century in chennai.

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | May 12, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @cricketanand12: Due to politics it's not going to happen mate. Akila Dananjaya playing a practise match here in Sri Lanka at the moment :)

  • POSTED BY taarastar on | May 12, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    A match between the two most consistent teams this season. RR haven't lost at home this year and ran CSK close in Chennai. I love the way RR have played this season.

    Shane Watson is a player who performs best when he is made to feel wanted. In several interviews he has mentioned that he loves playing for RR. Cause he is made to feel wanted. Not surprised SW didn't do well for Australia playing on the same pitches and against the same bowlers. Says something about the silly HW gate and the atmosphere in the Aussie dressing room.

    Rahul Dravid is the unsung God of Indian cricket and he has turned an average players into a great team. Rahul has great people skills and brings out the best from his players, be it established pros like Watson or newbies like Sanju and Sachin baby.

    If RR bowlers do the job Rajasthan can pull this one off. A good match in the making.

  • POSTED BY hkreddy on | May 12, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I want Dhoni to open the innings for CSK today and want him to play his power packed play... Hussey from other end has to play anchor role... Just wanna see how much can CSK posts total on board when it bats first :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    If Vijay plays (as seems likely) and/or Albie doesn't play CSK will definitely lose this one.

  • POSTED BY cricketanand12 on | May 12, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Shane Watson struggled to pick Sunil Narine and he was dismmised after four dot balls.So,I think Akila Dananjaya can be tested in this match.He has several variations.He can trouble the batsmen a lot.I think this is the right time for CSK to use their bench strength.Few young fast bowlers can be brought in. My CSK XI:Hussey,Vijay,Raina,Saha/Baba(Saha should play if he is fit),Dhoni,Jadeja.Bravo,Morris,Dananjaya,Ashwin,Mohit Sharma

  • POSTED BY JBSA on | May 12, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I can see too much enthusiasm has turned into over confidence in the Super Kings' Fans' Comments. As a die hard CSK fan, I can tell you all that CSK lost only once to RR after 2008 IPL Finals. But as of of the current IPL, you have to respect the spirit of RR. This was the same spirit that was visible with CSK in 2010. CSK and RR share many virtues: Calm, Composed, Planned, Dedicated and Disciplined. So if any team that can beat CSK anyother day, it would be RR. CSK need to lay their strong team to come over this RR challenge. Last time at Jaipur Hilfy bowled a beauty of 2/8. I have seen Hilfy in the team photos and training sessions during the first phase but has been missing then. No updates from cricinfo or CSK. Sad!!! Morris is good but has been quite expensive @ 8 RPO at a better strike rate though. Havent got much opportunity to show with bat, but flunked when few chances were given. Albie needs to come in but can he bowl in the last 10 overs as Morris? Pls Hilfy for Holder

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 12, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Hilarious to see all these CSK fans gloating all over the place. Relax guys! On one side there is a team studded with superstars, and on the other side there is a team full of spirit and passionate to do well. Let's choke the Whistle RR boys! You can't hear the Whistle podu or whatever it is when its "Halla Boll" time....Bring it on Royals!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 12, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Will be closely watching this game and hope something suspicious won't happen, like last year happened. RCA all of a sudden changed the pitch at the last minute to suit CSK's chances to qualify. I hope it will be a fair game without influence of powerful people. All the best to RR! Halla Boll.

  • POSTED BY Nike_007 on | May 12, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    RR the all time underdogs of IPL are one of the most consistent team of IPL. And with this game being held in JAipur, RR are automatically favorite.

    When MI came to Jaipur they were every Cricket Pandit's pick to win and what happened then is a history. Any team taking RR for granted had played a biz prize for it.

    From last match RR should change their playing XI. Binny and Baby should come in on the place of Yagnik and Sreesanth. If possible replace Cooper with Edwards as Cooper is as inconsistent as Tait. Dravid can also think of replacing Chandila with Tambe.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | May 12, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Bring back Albie, he is our main core team..try to promote him if team gets good start..Don`t even think about bring hilfy in the team at this stage, he is good bowler at the start, but he is total pressure cooker at the end..We lost last year final bcos of his full toss no ball...<3

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | May 12, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Team in contention for the playoff. 1 from north 1 from west 3 from south..Way to go.. from east , the def. champions oh, forgot it they are not even in the picture..

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | May 12, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    SRH,MI,RCB you guys must thank CSK for what they are gonna to do RR today... We will see you in playoff..BTW, RCB if you have any interest in to entering into the playoff, you better do it with your next two game...last match against the Chennai in Bangalore even your batting fortress won`t stop this spirited team..

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | May 12, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    What a team CSK is... 3 time fair play award..this time also on the top list... 2 time champ, 2 time runners, 6 times in to the playoff (Incl. this one). they also won CLT20. I am worrying about the next year auction...we want our players in CSK...It is hard to retain everyone.but we can keep this guys for future...1. Dhoni, 2. Raina, 3. Ashwin, 4. Jadeja / Vijay..

  • POSTED BY inbarasu on | May 12, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Fort is going to demolished by MSD Army

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 12, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Simply put, this is the match between this season's two best captains!!

  • POSTED BY gmayd on | May 12, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Whether CSK wins or lose, they won't win pepsi cup. Go RR Go.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    CSK Team: Vijay, Hussy, Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morkel / Moris, Ashwin, Imtiaz, Mohit. Give chance to Imtiaz... Wanna see this guy on big stage.

    This will be the team to beat. 5 Batsman, 2 Spinners, 4 Fast Men out of you can count how many match winners and all-rounders.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    RR might need the big hitters (Owais Shah - iinnovative in the crease and Sachin Baby - left handed big hitter) from here onwards. Given that they are playing Cooper, I think Trivedi should be rested. Also Chandila might be risky. The left-arm spinners Ankit Chavan or Harmeet Singh would be better option. The suggested team would be: Dravid, Rahane, Watson, Samson, Baby, Binny, Shah, Cooper, Faulkner, Chavan/Harmeet, Sreesanth. With 6 bowling options and batting till 9, this looks good. For flat pitches, a spinner could replace Sreesanth. Fidel Edwards, if match fit could also replace Cooper to give an attacking nature to the bowling.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 11, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    This is the match between the two best captains in the tournament. While Dravid is definitely a distant second, the spark set off by Shane Warne is still there to be seen among the Royals, making for an exciting contest. One thing is guaranteed for sure though, the game will be just that, a game. Oh wait... if Sreesanth does not play that is.

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 11, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    anyday, anytime, anywhere, CSK is better than RR.

  • POSTED BY abs90 on | May 11, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Why is the topic heading states that Rajasthan have second spot in sight? They can go to the first spot if they win big right? Both have played 13 matches and only 2 points separate them. Is it mathematically improbable to go to the top?? I know its a tough ask for RR but ntg is impossible in this game esp in this format.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    rajasthan is always fav in their hometown but they will do something special to beat csk and hussey and raina is in great touch

  • POSTED BY .......junk on | May 11, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    csk will loose this game , cause they have their stats with them .A loss here means either mumbai or banglore have greater chance to be eliminated as royals would push ahead , more likely it will be banglore to suffer and on a given day banglore can walk away with csk waving hands , if csk loose this there is a great possibility that no1 can challenge its supremacy in playoff..i hope they play this match as a sport and not a game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    i want dhoni to give front line players rest an make raina captain cz he have nver missed any ipl gamei want csk play thier B team. my team for tommorow is vijay.saha.raina.faf.badrinath.anirudda.morkel.imtiaz.jakati.holder.nannes. on cards this team lloks strong even faf is gud middle order batsmen go csk

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    i want dhoni to give front line players rest an make raina captain cz he have nver missed any ipl gamei want csk play thier B team. my team for tommorow is vijay.saha.raina.faf.badrinath.anirudda.morkel.imtiaz.jakati.holder.nannes. on cards this team lloks strong even faf is gud middle order batsmen go csk

  • POSTED BY .......junk on | May 11, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    csk will loose this game , cause they have their stats with them .A loss here means either mumbai or banglore have greater chance to be eliminated as royals would push ahead , more likely it will be banglore to suffer and on a given day banglore can walk away with csk waving hands , if csk loose this there is a great possibility that no1 can challenge its supremacy in playoff..i hope they play this match as a sport and not a game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    rajasthan is always fav in their hometown but they will do something special to beat csk and hussey and raina is in great touch

  • POSTED BY abs90 on | May 11, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Why is the topic heading states that Rajasthan have second spot in sight? They can go to the first spot if they win big right? Both have played 13 matches and only 2 points separate them. Is it mathematically improbable to go to the top?? I know its a tough ask for RR but ntg is impossible in this game esp in this format.

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 11, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    anyday, anytime, anywhere, CSK is better than RR.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 11, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    This is the match between the two best captains in the tournament. While Dravid is definitely a distant second, the spark set off by Shane Warne is still there to be seen among the Royals, making for an exciting contest. One thing is guaranteed for sure though, the game will be just that, a game. Oh wait... if Sreesanth does not play that is.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    RR might need the big hitters (Owais Shah - iinnovative in the crease and Sachin Baby - left handed big hitter) from here onwards. Given that they are playing Cooper, I think Trivedi should be rested. Also Chandila might be risky. The left-arm spinners Ankit Chavan or Harmeet Singh would be better option. The suggested team would be: Dravid, Rahane, Watson, Samson, Baby, Binny, Shah, Cooper, Faulkner, Chavan/Harmeet, Sreesanth. With 6 bowling options and batting till 9, this looks good. For flat pitches, a spinner could replace Sreesanth. Fidel Edwards, if match fit could also replace Cooper to give an attacking nature to the bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    CSK Team: Vijay, Hussy, Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morkel / Moris, Ashwin, Imtiaz, Mohit. Give chance to Imtiaz... Wanna see this guy on big stage.

    This will be the team to beat. 5 Batsman, 2 Spinners, 4 Fast Men out of you can count how many match winners and all-rounders.

  • POSTED BY gmayd on | May 12, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Whether CSK wins or lose, they won't win pepsi cup. Go RR Go.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 12, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Simply put, this is the match between this season's two best captains!!