Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2014, Dubai April 22, 2014

Royals square up to Super Kings batting arsenal

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Match facts

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Start time 1830 local (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Play 04:12
Agarkar: CSK always start favourites

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After the shock-and-awe show by Glenn Maxwell and David Miler, Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson was quick to admit there was little any bowling side could have done in the face of such calculated and skillful belligerence.

Chennai Super Kings will be a bigger challenge for Royals on the basis of facing possibly the strongest top six in the current IPL. Their win against Delhi Daredevils would have buoyed Super Kings as it turned out to be a far more comprehensive effort than the game against Kings XI Punjab, where their bowling and fielding were a letdown. An even better sign for them was the team selection in conditions that played right into their three-seamer strategy. In Dubai, too, the ball can seam under lights early on, as the Daredevils attack showed a few days ago against Kolkata Knight Riders, so Super Kings may well opt to leave Samuel Badree out for one more game.

In spite of their loss, Royals had a lot of positives from their game; the biggest, undoubtedly, being Watson's return to form. The new opening pair of Mumbai batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar - haven't yet settled at the top, but with Stuart Binny and Steven Smith showing they can hold the middle order together, the old pair of Rahane and Watson striding out may lift the team against a tough opposition.

Players to watch

Sanju Samson's half-century on Sunday stood out for two reasons - an ability to strike cleanly and a lack of fear, evident in the way he smacked L Balaji over the leg side off just the sixth ball of his innings. As India's highest run-getter at the recent Under-19 World Cup held in the UAE, he also brought in his experience of local conditions into play.

Ishwar Pandey has been on the fringes of the India team for the last couple of seasons and found himself in the same position on the Pune Warriors bench last year, as he played just two games in a long campaign. He found his rhythm immediately on debut for Super Kings and will hope for a longer run in the tournament this year.

Stats & Trivia

  • Before his half-century against Kings XI Punjab, Shane Watson's last T20 fifty came during the IPL in May last year
  • Royals have won five out of 13 IPL matches between the two sides
  • With 19 fifties and one hundred, Suresh Raina shares the record for the most fifty-plus scores in the IPL (20) with Chris Gayle and Gautam Gambhir. He also has the record for most catches in the league (55)

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Watson vs Dhoni? Dhoni all the way.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Let faulkner rest.. Give a chance to cooper..

  • Prakashshah on April 23, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Why is Unmukt Chand not playing does any one know.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Dhoni always give surprice at every IPL. last year he give the chance to Mohit and he took some important wickets too. Also this year Dhoni keeps Badree and Aparajit left from the game at earlier stage. But definitely he will give chance to both of them. Who know what idea or plan dhoni have its always mystery. Bravo injury undoubtedly big blow for #CSK then Dhoni should consider Aparajit is good replace for bravo though he is domestic player. He has capable to bowl and bat in abroad ground that pitches are same like Indian pitch then he could make him place permanently in the squad.

    In opponent camp RR has some good young talented batsman Rahane and Sanju both are Indians player so no doubt on them, They will face #CSK ian phase attack very easily. The worries are Brad Hodge and phase bowling of them because last match those are not well contributed to their team. The team who win toss will opt to bowl so easily they chase down on flat track.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Just wondering why isnt Unmukt Chand playing? Abhishek Nayar is nothing less than a liability at the top of the order. It would be a nice opening partnership with the blistering Chand and the resolute Rahane.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    watson should use binny in the bowling department the last game played he got 1 over and only gave away 4 runs whiles the rest of the bowlers were giving away runs like water......why not pick cooper for this game against csk

  • on April 23, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    CSK will won the toss. They will be ball fast .

  • AshwinMS on April 23, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    I'm with Royals,but CSK has the upper hand here.They have more powerful batting line up.And Dhoni's captaincy is not to be underestimated.

  • SamWintson92 on April 23, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    @ Cricinfo: Please find out why Shane Watson hasn't bowled in the first 2 IPL matches. Is he unfit to bowl ? Please dig in. He's a wicket taking & economical bowler & I can't understand why he's not bowling.

    My Teams:

    RR XI: (Please no Dhawan Kulkarni. A bowler who gives away 27 runs in an over lost the match for the team & doesn't deserve to be in the team, Watson should bowl & open the batting) 1 Watson (C) 2 Rahane 3 Samson (WK) 4 Binny 5 S Smith 6 Faulkner 7 A Nayar 8 Bhatia 9 Richardson 10 I Abdulla/Vikramjeet 11 Tambe.

    CSK XI: 1 McCullum 2 D Smith 3 Raina 4 Du Plessis 5 Dhoni (C+WK) 6 Jadeja 7 Manhas 8 Ashwin 9 Ishwar 10 Mohit 11 Badree.

  • matt_thor on April 23, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Royals XI (alongwith the batting order) for todays match :

    Watson,Rahane,Samson,A Nayar, S Smith, Binny, Faulkner, R Bhatia, Richardson, V Malik(if available)/ Kulkarni ,P Tambe

    First 3 batsmen if play sensibly are capable of destroying Chennai bowling. They have done it in the past as well. Good Luck RR. Halla Bol!!

  • on April 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Watson vs Dhoni? Dhoni all the way.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Let faulkner rest.. Give a chance to cooper..

  • Prakashshah on April 23, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Why is Unmukt Chand not playing does any one know.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Dhoni always give surprice at every IPL. last year he give the chance to Mohit and he took some important wickets too. Also this year Dhoni keeps Badree and Aparajit left from the game at earlier stage. But definitely he will give chance to both of them. Who know what idea or plan dhoni have its always mystery. Bravo injury undoubtedly big blow for #CSK then Dhoni should consider Aparajit is good replace for bravo though he is domestic player. He has capable to bowl and bat in abroad ground that pitches are same like Indian pitch then he could make him place permanently in the squad.

    In opponent camp RR has some good young talented batsman Rahane and Sanju both are Indians player so no doubt on them, They will face #CSK ian phase attack very easily. The worries are Brad Hodge and phase bowling of them because last match those are not well contributed to their team. The team who win toss will opt to bowl so easily they chase down on flat track.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Just wondering why isnt Unmukt Chand playing? Abhishek Nayar is nothing less than a liability at the top of the order. It would be a nice opening partnership with the blistering Chand and the resolute Rahane.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    watson should use binny in the bowling department the last game played he got 1 over and only gave away 4 runs whiles the rest of the bowlers were giving away runs like water......why not pick cooper for this game against csk

  • on April 23, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    CSK will won the toss. They will be ball fast .

  • AshwinMS on April 23, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    I'm with Royals,but CSK has the upper hand here.They have more powerful batting line up.And Dhoni's captaincy is not to be underestimated.

  • SamWintson92 on April 23, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    @ Cricinfo: Please find out why Shane Watson hasn't bowled in the first 2 IPL matches. Is he unfit to bowl ? Please dig in. He's a wicket taking & economical bowler & I can't understand why he's not bowling.

    My Teams:

    RR XI: (Please no Dhawan Kulkarni. A bowler who gives away 27 runs in an over lost the match for the team & doesn't deserve to be in the team, Watson should bowl & open the batting) 1 Watson (C) 2 Rahane 3 Samson (WK) 4 Binny 5 S Smith 6 Faulkner 7 A Nayar 8 Bhatia 9 Richardson 10 I Abdulla/Vikramjeet 11 Tambe.

    CSK XI: 1 McCullum 2 D Smith 3 Raina 4 Du Plessis 5 Dhoni (C+WK) 6 Jadeja 7 Manhas 8 Ashwin 9 Ishwar 10 Mohit 11 Badree.

  • matt_thor on April 23, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Royals XI (alongwith the batting order) for todays match :

    Watson,Rahane,Samson,A Nayar, S Smith, Binny, Faulkner, R Bhatia, Richardson, V Malik(if available)/ Kulkarni ,P Tambe

    First 3 batsmen if play sensibly are capable of destroying Chennai bowling. They have done it in the past as well. Good Luck RR. Halla Bol!!

  • Maz_The_Indian on April 23, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    CSK seems to be favorites. RR has good players, but may be they dont have the power that CSK batting has which is required to cross the line

  • deadite11 on April 23, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Make it simple, the team with best bowling attack will win. RR has the Aussies link as they can use 4 aussies to dominate the match. Except rahane and samson/binny, others were not good, so CSK should target them. And this is not sawai mansingh stadium, so RR cant win easily against CSK unless their overseas players outperform.

  • ladycricfan on April 23, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    With the addition of hilfenhaus csk bowling looks good. Bravo was good in the death overs. Hilf is a good opening bower. He invariably takes early wickets. Bravo's all-round ability will be missed though. Pandey and MSharma will develop further and will serve the indian cricket. Few shots Manhas played looked good. so Dhoni will not change the winning combination. Aparajith is still very young. He may have to wait a little longer unless someone in the team has a bad run or injured.

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    chennai would include apparajid in the squad that will encourage him to steadyup his position in #CSK

  • jhovee on April 23, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Hope DHONI will not sacrifice Ashwin/Jadeja on for Badree.. & also unfair to move any one of 4 foreign players (Dwanye,Mc Cullum,Du Plessis,Hilfy) who are really doing good, to make way for him.

    If any of the above fails continuosly for next 2/3 matches, he may think of replacement ...

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Tambe has to be in the 11

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    RR is as strong as CSK. RR has Rahane, Samson, Watson, Smith, Faulkner provides strong batting and bowling will be lead by Faulkner and well supported by Kulkarni, tame and Bhatia. I am expecting a good contest.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    csk got 7 international dangerous t20 players. its looks like international batting team. but still bowling is a concern for dhoni. RR also a very good side. Watson needs to bowl. they should give a chance to Karun nair

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    RR will win the match,samson,rahane,fulkner,tambewill decide the match

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    my 11 for rr watson rahane samson

    binny nayar smith yagani abudullah southee amit mirsha ankit

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    chennai lost their big gun bravo.... still favrite

  • muni1175 on April 23, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Csk is going to be hot favorite today but don't underestimate RR. Csk Should give chance to Baba and Badree has to play teams like punjab and RCB to staop some power hitting as his country mate narine do so...

  • Captain_Marvel on April 23, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    RR's bowling vs CSK's batting will decide the winner. RR's batting is far ahead of DD's lineup, so it will be an even contest.

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @ssenthil's comment starting with today's match in dubai is spot on..... Team batting first will win provided they post a total of 160+... pitch will provide good carry, bounce and little bit of swing to fast bowlers in first 4 to 6 overs, will massively help medium pacers and spinners in 2nd innings as it will slow down. For sure CSK are favorites but if RR's bat first and put a decent total...they got a decent chance... nonetheless, would be a good contest between bat and bowl!! I'm loving this IPL :)

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    My team of rr:-1)Rahane,watson,samson,hodge,nayar,smith,binny,faulkner,tambe,dhawal,bhatia

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    RR won matcj

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    RR is a very good team RR win the match

  • Bharathjaz on April 23, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    I'm Sure that Baz will Explode like a Nuclear bomb in a match in this IPL. I hope that this match would be the one. Go Baz... Go CSK....

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    nehra was a waste, should've bought a better bowler

  • ssenthil on April 23, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Today match is in Dubai. This pitch will be good for bowlers. So I don't think we are going to see a high scoring match. I think there is not too many one sided matches when CSK meets RR, so expecting a very close match. This pitch will be slow and low and without grass on it CSK may play Badree for Hilfy or stick to their plan and keep Hilfy but swap Mohit/Ishwar for P Negi. But with Watson and Hodge/Smith in the opposition playing additional spinner is playing in to the hands of opponents. I expect both teams to be unchanged.

  • sazzad-BD007 on April 23, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    looking forward to see an awesome batting display by the CSK boys .... Bazz and Smithy will score 70+ together with 200+ strike rate and raina and faf will score quick individual fifties and bowlers will take wickets and b economical to deliver win for CSK

  • ssenthil on April 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    For all those saying Badree is unnecessary buy and why CSK doesn't play him, he was available very cheap at 30 Lakhs INR. So CSK bought him, but CSK should have saved the 2 Crore on Nehra and should have bought RP Singh. Anyway, with Bravo out I hope CSK can think about singing either of Luke Wright (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/23460.html) or N Pooran or C Morris. I don't know why CSK not trying to find a replacement player and I personally like to see Luke Wright in CSK though his bowling is his weakness

  • prasadb666 on April 23, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    today 2nd batting team win.......i think csk wil won the toss choose to bowl......

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    i m damn sure no abt no aparajit n no badree in csk XI atleast for today....anyone wnna bet

  • Shahed.Akhtar on April 23, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    CSK are firm favorites. RR starts underdogs (that said, given the current form so far, except KXIP and to some extent RCB, no other teams start favorites against CSK). For RR, they need to get Ankush Bains / Unmukt Chand in to open the innings with Rahane. Push Nayar down. Obviously, Watson's not bowling for a good reason. Use Nayar and Hodge combo in place of Dhawal Kulkarni. Get a look in to Cooper - he was so good for them last season. For CSK, need to find a way to get Badree in and the only way as it appears now is to replace Hilfenhaus. I think their top 7 of Baz, Dwayne Smith, Raina, Faf, MSD, Jadeja and Ashwin - they look set for the season - unless there's an injury / national commitment for any. MSD may surprise by opening the bowling with Ashwin today, if CSK bowl first.

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    my playing xi for rajasthan royals= 1.A Rahane 2.S Watson(c) 3.S Samson(wk) 4.S Smith 5.A Nayar 6.S Binny 7.J Faulkner 8.D Kulkarni 9.P Tambe 10.R Bhatia 11.K Richerdson

  • Pardeepchandel92 on April 23, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Today CSK vs RR... And chennai is looking hot favorurite against average RR team. Don not forget RR was never a high class team in all additions of ipl but still their perfomance has been good. They always played as a team unit and it is not a one man army team like other teams. I love this team because they always play for each other.. Best of luck. You can give a great contest to strong csk team and or may be win..

  • Chinna45 on April 23, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Waste of buying Nehra. Dhoni can't use him in death bowling..

    Raina and Faf will be a fielding stars

    Smith, Bazz, Dhoni, Raina will be batting stars

  • on April 23, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Watsom has to bowl at least 2. Smith will be better than the inexperienced kulkarni or bhattia in tense situation. Binny's slow medium can be handy. If any of these 3 bowled the 18th over against Miller, the match should have gone to the last, and result would have been different.

  • Y2G_87 on April 23, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    No Body, you are running on every body :)

    Stop using you and we, it is club cricket.

    Your interpretation really surprised me, did I anywhere in my mentioned that they are world class or worst class.

    Mate don't be emotional wait for few more hours, to realize and understand reality.

    Enjoy this club cricket rather than supporting a team and getting emotional.

    Still it is equally balanced team, there are 2 many things one expose from both sides, but I suggest you to sit back and enjoy.

  • Shahnawazkhantkd on April 23, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    rajisthan my fav team squad 11 (1)rahne(2)wats(3)sams(4)smith(5)hodg/richad(6)fukne/cuting/coper(8)bhatiy(9)binny(10)tambe(11)d.kull

  • on April 23, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    CSK should have taken a leaf out of RR's book and played Aparajith instead of Mithun Manhas. Aparajith is also a handy bowler. Am also perplexed that Samuel Badree one of the worlds best T20 bowlers is sitting on the sidelines while watching the lesser bowlers getting clobbered all over the park. Am sure he would have made a huge difference to their opening game where Maximus the gladiator ran berserk. Anyways I think we are extremely heavy at the top in terms of batting. I think RR has a fantastic team where at least seven all-rounders play for them.

  • on April 23, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    luv_indo.cric and Y2G_87 you two guys saying mohit ben and ishwar world class?? dude u dont have one world class..like we have southee..at least he is world class even though his bad form....so rr has good bowling than chennai...and ur team bowling will exposed when chennai meet rcb and punjab...even rr can expose....bowling weak team like dd and saying great bowling attack seems lol...

  • on April 23, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    @Shiyam Sathya on (April 23, 2014, 4:02 GM:

    Reagrding Sam Badree: They can field only 4 overseas players. From the imports, CSK will use only batsmen & pacers. CSK have enough spinners: Ashwin, Jadeja, & Raina. They will not drop any of these three. Badree was an unnecessary buy. Unless he is just a stand-by, if any of the main three 'spinners' gets (God forbid) hurt

  • luv_indo.cric on April 23, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    it is rubbish statement if some one say CSK has worst bowling attack...they have good bowling attack with one of best batting line up...CSK KXIP RCB are the teams who will give us nail-bitting moments but if they play against themselves.so CSK v KXIP,KXIP v RCB,RCB v CSK matches will be highly competitive matches...CSK would have won their 1st game if they used same bowling attack as 2nd match

  • on April 23, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @Anwy: He is doing the right thing by finishing off Ishwar first. It will allow him to get a feel of big hitting and settle in a groove before he can bowl in the death. He is grooming him for the future. May be one Ishy replacing another.

  • on April 23, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Hi to all... from my point of view CSK has more chance of winning this game. comparitive to others they have excellent world class hitters and fielders with handful of experience. Practically speaking CSK lacks only one star bowler otherwise bowling attack is same as tat of others.

    When compared to batting strength its bowling strength is less thats it, so it appears as they have less bowling strength. It doesnt mean it has weak bowling. Please compare other teams also if u compare other team bowling attack it will be more or less same as that of CSK.

  • Y2G_87 on April 23, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Is Mohith, Ishwar and Ben are still at UAE?, because I am seeing too many comments about lack of fast bowlers in CSK, which makes me think they have left UAE.

    Stop kidding mates :)

    Do not forget performance of CSK seam bowling against DD earlier last week.

    If Bravo could have been fit till end of the match against KP X1 and Iswar could have been in place of Nehra, clearly Maxwell's dream run could have gone in vein.

    CSK is one among very few teams which made intelligent purchases to form a team with better balance. CSK crushing DD in absence of Bravo is a live example.

    So both RR and CSK fans be ready to see the defeat both are good sides, unless and until players go mad, I do not see a one sided game

  • on April 23, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    hi watson bowling not why pls

  • vipinchirackal on April 23, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    RR is an average side with average bowling and batting strength.but these average players can be turned to real dangerous demons once the match started.in batting we can say who all to be afraid.sanju rahane and may be watson.but in bowling its really hard to say who will come with a surprise package.they have atleast four bowlers who can change the turn of the match with their average bowling.either in favor of the team or against the team

  • Mrcricketbutnothussey on April 23, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    why Shane Watson is not bowling ? binny - Bhatiya - watson can bowl 3 over each and Faulkner and richarson can bowl 4 each

  • Mrcricketbutnothussey on April 23, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    why does whato is not bowling?? 4 overs from richardson ,foulkner,tambe,2 from bhatiya,2 from binny,4 or 2 from whato and 3-3 from binny - bhatiya.

  • on April 23, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Can CSK testing S.Badree (WI) and B Aparajith..........both are talented and consistent players

  • on April 23, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    funny how people think csk have weak bowling...yes bravo is out but that gves csk the oppoprtunity to play badree and ben now...and ishwar and mohit are more than handy bowlers...with all the bowling kkr and srh have they will get belted by teams like csk RCB etc...and i saw a comment saying MI has batting equal to RCB and CSK...lol hussey is way past his time...rohit can perform now and then pollard once again one in a 10 innings he will score...there no consistency in MI batting unlike csk and rcb where u know one of the batsmen will definitly get going...

  • on April 23, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    i think rr may find tough if shane didnot open , csk i think will sort out things perfectly now they have to perform the best they are known for

  • Anwy on April 22, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    MsD should bowl Ishwar at the death overs too. Last match he bowled out Ishwar in his first spell

  • viru-319-219 on April 22, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    CSK to me has the worst bowling attack of all teams. No reliable bowler except Ashwin ( Considering Badree will be on bench). Batting of MI,KXIP,RCB looks as good as CSK with SRH,KKR and DD not far behind. So it's just matter of 1 batsmen coming good for all these teams.

    KKR and SRH have great bowling attacks followed by MI. KXIP,RCB have decent attacks and CSK's attack is worst of all teams.

    So CSK fans dont brag about batting every team needs one batting performance to win a game and every team has 5 match winning batsmen this time.

  • gaurav_92 on April 22, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    CSK should trounce RR in this game. Their all-round prowess overwhelms the well balanced Royals team. RR do not have impact players like a McCullum, Dwyane Smith or Dhoni. Faulkner, Watson and Rahane are promising, but they aren't as enigmatic as their CSK counterparts. However CSK should sacrifice Hilfenhaus in place of Samuel Badree. The dry UAE pitches are conducive to gripping spin bowling as previous exploits of Chahal, Narine and Ashwin have shown. Moreover the Royals will field 4 Aussies, who would prefer some pace coming onto the bat.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    No Doubt. Rajasthan is the favourite with Shane Watson back to form. Surely good batting from samson, rahane, watson, binny and smith will trouble CSK. Lack of good fast bowlers in CSK is advantage and definitely it's going to be RR winning the match

  • BigINDFan on April 22, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    CSK are favorites but Shane Watson has enjoyed some good form against CSK in the past. I still feel Jadeja is the weak link in CSK bowling line up right now. He needs to try variations and improve his game since people have figured out how to play his darts. Ashwin should practice bowling more leg spinners since MSD refuses to bring Badree in. I really hope Ishwar Pandey and Mohit Sharma perform consistently to give India good options for WC2015.

    The man to watch out for in this game is B McCullum. He can go crazy and run away with the game or play stupid shots and get out early.

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    royals very very talented side it ll be tough fight hope csk roar again

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    hoping watto opens the batting and what wrong with watto bowling a few overs???...Nayar should be replaced, kevon cooper should also be considered..i like RR but something seems missing...the legend Dravid is still there...!!!

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 22, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    @Varun Venkatkrishnan KKR has anything but the right balance. They are playing Vinay Kumar ahead of Umesh Yadav and not playing Pat Cummins at all. Cummins has a much better T20 record than Morkel's and Tendo is one of the premier T20 all-rounders in the world but he is being kept out. KKR really need to look at their side. This match should be interesting though. RR have shown that they can make big scores as well, and Smith really shores up that middle order. Their bowling might is similar too. So this match should be good entertainment.

  • StuddSundar on April 22, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    CSK should pull this off too. The best thing about the CSK side, that played against DD is their composition - 8 batsmen, 5 medium pace bowlers, 4 spinners, 2 wicket keepers. Not to forget their top class fielders - out of the playing eleven, 6-7 are very good to exceptional fielders. How will any team tackle this might? Unless CSK has a bad day they can't lose. So, the nature of wicket also doesn't matter. Go CSK go.....

  • on April 22, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    rajasthan royals will win

  • SRAM20 on April 22, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Should be a good game. Hope its not as one sided as the CSK vs DD game. But I still think CSK is blooming up very well with their new additions (Smith, McCullum, Ishwar Pandey) adding a lot of value. If Mohit and Ishwar keep up their good work, CSK would be the first IPL team to have two top notch Indian bowlers troubling opposition. No other team has been able to find an Indian bowling combination that worked consistently for them.

    One change I would make - Aparajith for Manhas. Hope Dhoni trusts Aparajith. He is also a useful off spinner, to complement Ashwin and Jaddu.

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    loss of bravo is a big blow for CSK. but still they got very good balanced side. csk should try Henry. ishwar brilliant in last game. Shane should bowl. hope will have a good match..

  • ramz30380 on April 22, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    CSK hot favorites - but they wont forget the thrashin they got from RR in the Champions League last year and wud want to make amends..... RR will have to play out of their skins to win this one! I think CSK will play the same XI....

  • nabeeltk on April 22, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    CSK are really above RR and could win the match easily.Their bowlers came back brilliantly after maxwell's top innings. sanju samson is unpredictable because he holds the duck in first match and took 50plus in the second as well . WATSON 's form was well needed for RR because of the lack of experience in their batting line-up

  • on April 22, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Its all about building up the momentum and by the time each team plays their 6th or 7th match they shall find their best team. I think CSK has the right balance along with RCB, KKR. RR somehow does not have the spunk to lift the IPL. However they are the dark horses as usual. This will certainly be a close game.

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    should be an easy outing for CSK with batsmen returning to form against DD

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    I dont know the reason behind shane watsons absence in bowling

  • VVSR92 on April 22, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Loss of bravo may affect csk prospects in death,an exciting clash never the less

  • Pavinasen on April 22, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    I think that CSK have a good balanced side ,ie batting,bowling , fielding and one of the greatest captains in the modern day cricket.One asks what more do they need ??They have learnt from their mistakes pretty quickly ie fielding & top class bowling.

    I think the only problem that they have on their hand is , Who will play them in the final's ??

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    EaSy win for RR,CSL Will be over confident

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    CSK hold an upper hand here.. If they bat first, as Mccullum said, there's no stopping for CSK and they can defend despite watson and binny ( their bowling is weak but not ordinary!!). Even if they bat second they have ability to restrict RR to atmost 170 and chase it down as lack of good bowler barring faulker, as though any bowler will look ordinary against this CSK batting line up.

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  • on April 22, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    CSK hold an upper hand here.. If they bat first, as Mccullum said, there's no stopping for CSK and they can defend despite watson and binny ( their bowling is weak but not ordinary!!). Even if they bat second they have ability to restrict RR to atmost 170 and chase it down as lack of good bowler barring faulker, as though any bowler will look ordinary against this CSK batting line up.

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    EaSy win for RR,CSL Will be over confident

  • Pavinasen on April 22, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    I think that CSK have a good balanced side ,ie batting,bowling , fielding and one of the greatest captains in the modern day cricket.One asks what more do they need ??They have learnt from their mistakes pretty quickly ie fielding & top class bowling.

    I think the only problem that they have on their hand is , Who will play them in the final's ??

  • VVSR92 on April 22, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Loss of bravo may affect csk prospects in death,an exciting clash never the less

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    I dont know the reason behind shane watsons absence in bowling

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    should be an easy outing for CSK with batsmen returning to form against DD

  • on April 22, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Its all about building up the momentum and by the time each team plays their 6th or 7th match they shall find their best team. I think CSK has the right balance along with RCB, KKR. RR somehow does not have the spunk to lift the IPL. However they are the dark horses as usual. This will certainly be a close game.

  • nabeeltk on April 22, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    CSK are really above RR and could win the match easily.Their bowlers came back brilliantly after maxwell's top innings. sanju samson is unpredictable because he holds the duck in first match and took 50plus in the second as well . WATSON 's form was well needed for RR because of the lack of experience in their batting line-up

  • ramz30380 on April 22, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    CSK hot favorites - but they wont forget the thrashin they got from RR in the Champions League last year and wud want to make amends..... RR will have to play out of their skins to win this one! I think CSK will play the same XI....

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    loss of bravo is a big blow for CSK. but still they got very good balanced side. csk should try Henry. ishwar brilliant in last game. Shane should bowl. hope will have a good match..