Super Kings v Royals, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 12, 2014

Clash of leading, contrasting campaigns

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Match facts


Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Big Picture


Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have played the same number of games and are separated by only two points on the table. With five games to go each, unless they have a terrible run, they are set to make the playoffs. That is as far as the similarities go, however. Super Kings' campaign has been quite solid. The only team that has felled them, twice at that, has been the flavor of the season, Kings XI Punjab. Their victory margins have been largely emphatic, underlining the assured nature of their campaign.

Royals, on the other hand, have been up and down. Kolkata Knight Riders let it slip twice against them from strong positions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore produced an apology of a batting effort to be bowled out for 70 in Abu Dhabi. Royal Challengers seemed to be set for a comfortable win following Yuvraj Singh's all-round show last night in Bangalore before crumbling in three overs against Steven Smith and James Faulkner. Till the pair looted 65 in 17 balls, Royals had found it tough chasing this season.

They scraped their way to a target of 134 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening match and failed to chase 135 against the same opponents in Ahmedabad. Earlier, they had also fallen short of 141 against Super Kings. For such a line-up to reach 191 with more than an over to spare, after all had appeared lost, will be a tremendous boost. Still, a more balanced attack than Royal Challengers' will await them on a bigger outfield in Ranchi.

Form guide


Chennai Super Kings: WLWWW (most recent first)
Rajasthan Royals: WLWWW

Where they stand

Chennai Super Kings: 2nd on the table with seven wins in nine games
Rajasthan Royals: 3rd, with six wins in nine games

Previous encounter

Dwayne Smith hit 50 off 28 in Dubai but Super Kings were languishing at 74 for 5 in the 12th over before Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 36 took them to 140 for 6. Jadeja then took four wickets to reduce Royals to 85 for 8, but Dhawal Kulkarni gave Super Kings a scare with an unbeaten 28 off 19. Royals were eventually dismissed in the last over for 133.

Watch out for


Shane Watson's name does not figure even among the top 20 run-getters this season. Even within his own side, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair and Sanju Samson are ahead of him. At 130.37, Watson's strike-rate is also much lower than his career T20 figure of 142.47. The front-foot swatter of previous IPL seasons is yet to make his presence felt.

Ishwar Pandey has impressed many with his controlled swing bowling at decent pace this season. He is Super Kings' second-most economical bowler after R Ashwin, but unlike the offspinner who has also taken ten wickets, Pandey has only four victims to show for himself. As someone who has been handed the new ball throughout the season, Pandey needs to take more wickets.

Stats and trivia


  • Suresh Raina has hit only five sixes so far. He has never hit fewer than 17 in a full IPL season
  • James Faulkner's strike-rate of 188.88 is next only to Glenn Maxwell's this season(minimum 50 runs scored)

Quotes


"He has got incredible skills. It is very difficult to bowl to him and set a field because he can hit it anywhere he wants, along similar lines as AB de Villiers does."
Royals captain Shane Watson has lavish praise for Steven Smith

"While Ranchi has been a great home away from home and we have played beautifully there, there was an element of returning to our Chennai faithful which we won't be able to do this year."
Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming on his side not playing in their home city this season

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Even though Vijay Shankar is new all rounder but, Baba Aparajith is well form batsman in recent under 19 world cup.........Anyway welcome new comers

  • Julfi on May 13, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Rememver David Huss is also in our hut. To say it in the humblest of ways, CSK are batting fire house

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Its too tight a match. RR are high in confidence now... and if Watson open, and Smith Hodge an Faulkner bat high up I the order.... CCSK has n chance. Last time, it was a mistake from Watson to go for a successive six, and got caught in the boundary.

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Give matt henry a chance pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee....

  • Yuosufahmed on May 13, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    This is easy for RR. Just get BM out, match is yours.

  • MichaelBurton on May 13, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @Suresh Pitchaipillai:They were lucky to get away from a defeat against weaker MI in that instance. Though you not like, we have to accept the truth, Ausies and Saffas rule IPL.

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Comparing Karun and Binny to CSK batsmen ??....... No comments

  • Kashi0127 on May 13, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Go RR go! You have Karun And Binny apart from Samson, Watson, Steve Smith and Faulkner. Dhoni and men are nothing for your determination and wanting to win!

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Go CSK Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chennai Super King is always King.

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    At this stage Watson need to open..double R need not to be worried to send him as a opener anyway RR is not getting most of him .. And also ipl can get a century if he allow to give as many balls including the first 6

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