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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • on May 13, 2014, 8:47 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • on May 13, 2014, 8:47 GMT

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

  • 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

  • on May 13, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    RR shd field d following team as per me :

    1) Rahane 2) Nair 3) Watson 4) Smith 5) Samson 6) Binny 7) Faulkner 8) Cutting

    9) Bhatia 10)Vikramjeet Malik/Tewatia (DEPENDING ON PITCH ) 11) Tambe

    I think Vikramjeet malik deserves a chance as he had bowled preety well last season in watever chances he got..

  • on May 13, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    RR should pick Ben Cutting, however if they do pick him, It'll be interesting to see where he bats considering Faulkner's latest innings. If he bats at 7th drop, RR will have the deepest batting order by a country mile.

  • on May 13, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    replace hilfy n mithun with Hastings n baba...it will add more fire power in lower order(wat csk lacks this season w/o albie n bravo)..since hilfy giving away 35+ in every match its not a bad idea to replace him with Hastings. he can open bowling with iswar.even if he gives away 10 more runs than hilfy,he can make it up with his power hits.and if he makes so much errors in bowling they have baba/smith/raina as back ups.mohit n ash should take care of the death overs.

  • shahulcam on May 13, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @by vivekanandanarulmozhi .....yes CSK bought it recently... look in to this link ..... http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/content/story/744175.html

  • on May 13, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    i think csk is really missing their all rounder bravo he was in superb form in the t20 world cup. I heard david hussy has been sighn by csk for up coming matches. lets see on whose cost he is going to play. I think its samuel badree will vacant the place for him. good for csk it will give there batting strenth. actually they need it. I think today csk is going to win.

  • Azizul84 on May 13, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    RCB Has the worst bowling attack. Therefore They can't win matches after posting a huge total. Sorry rcb fans, they are out of the tournament.

  • vivekanandanarulmozhi on May 13, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    I heard David hussuy was bought by CSK, Is it true? bcoz there is no official news on this.

    Both the teams have no of match winners, so today is the another treat for cricket lovers. This game will decide the second spot in points table

  • on May 13, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Brat Iyengar.......Remember CSK played against MI with no Aussie in the team

  • VVSR92 on May 13, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Crucial game to decide top 2 positions, this is rr's best chance to stake a claim.

  • on May 13, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Aussies rule IPL , rest are pedestrian

  • on May 12, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    super kings can produce a comfortable victory against rajasthan this time, coa they r showing an all rounding performance this year, which was their strength in previous y ears.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 12, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    It's RR all the way. Halla bol halla bol.......

  • Snambidi on May 12, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    This IPL SEASON NOTWITHSTANDING THE HISTORICAL KNOCK FROM THE VETERAN YUVARAJ SINGH,MY ALL TIME HERO, IS NOW BEING SHORT LISTED TO Kolkatta& Hyderabad who are fighting to survive. RCB,I always favored exclusively due to the presence of he king of Indian CricketYUVARAJ SINGH,IS NOW INa matter ofAgony not merely for them but me too. Their last defeat was most unexpected& has the effect of getting eliminated unless a miracle helps them in the next outings.Chris Gayl's shoulder injury adds one more foe for them. But,somehow,the Presence of Yuvraj still makes me hoping & hoping against hopes.

    It was an unkindest cut of all for RCB!. I really feel sorry for Yuvaraj who with just the last performance with bat& ball equally well,proved his selection as the highest paid Indian justified. Now, Yuvaraj Singh should be considered purely based on his calibre alone,for the inclusion in all versions of cricket.He won't disappoint.He is the Gem of Indian Cricket. All the Best to Yuvaraj.

  • Muratza on May 12, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    RR must bring hodge / copper in place of Richardson and dhawal kulkarni in place of twetia...they have binny bhatia faulkner Watson tambe as bowlers...but their batting is lacking...Watson must come as opener or no3 against Chennai for powerful hitting..

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Hoping Rajastan will win, please play Cutting for this match. Bcz he is a real hard hitter player for Aus ever produced.

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    chennai is depand on first 5 and rajshtan depand on middal order.

  • TurboKat on May 12, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I believe tomorrow's match will yield 200+ scores. Should be fun. Hope David Hussey gets to play for CSK probably at the expense of Badree or Hilfy.

  • Jackjin on May 12, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    It is not about where we play.. Its all about how we play.. Play up to your fullest, then no one can beat yourself..#whistlepodu Silent Kings...

  • Samychennai on May 12, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Royals are competitive side for SuperKings! They don't have super stars but they are doing star performance with the young guns. Sanju, Rahane, Faulkner, Smith and Karun are doing well with the old mates Watson and Bhatia.

    Anyhow SuperKings are favor against any side in the IPL for sure except Kings11 in the league round. Raina is having a quite game this season as mentioned in the article that he never had fewer than 17 sixes. Both openers are doing well and Raina don't have much work to do. Lions are Kings! Whistle podu#

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  • Samychennai on May 12, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Royals are competitive side for SuperKings! They don't have super stars but they are doing star performance with the young guns. Sanju, Rahane, Faulkner, Smith and Karun are doing well with the old mates Watson and Bhatia.

    Anyhow SuperKings are favor against any side in the IPL for sure except Kings11 in the league round. Raina is having a quite game this season as mentioned in the article that he never had fewer than 17 sixes. Both openers are doing well and Raina don't have much work to do. Lions are Kings! Whistle podu#

  • Jackjin on May 12, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    It is not about where we play.. Its all about how we play.. Play up to your fullest, then no one can beat yourself..#whistlepodu Silent Kings...

  • TurboKat on May 12, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I believe tomorrow's match will yield 200+ scores. Should be fun. Hope David Hussey gets to play for CSK probably at the expense of Badree or Hilfy.

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    chennai is depand on first 5 and rajshtan depand on middal order.

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Hoping Rajastan will win, please play Cutting for this match. Bcz he is a real hard hitter player for Aus ever produced.

  • Muratza on May 12, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    RR must bring hodge / copper in place of Richardson and dhawal kulkarni in place of twetia...they have binny bhatia faulkner Watson tambe as bowlers...but their batting is lacking...Watson must come as opener or no3 against Chennai for powerful hitting..

  • Snambidi on May 12, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    This IPL SEASON NOTWITHSTANDING THE HISTORICAL KNOCK FROM THE VETERAN YUVARAJ SINGH,MY ALL TIME HERO, IS NOW BEING SHORT LISTED TO Kolkatta& Hyderabad who are fighting to survive. RCB,I always favored exclusively due to the presence of he king of Indian CricketYUVARAJ SINGH,IS NOW INa matter ofAgony not merely for them but me too. Their last defeat was most unexpected& has the effect of getting eliminated unless a miracle helps them in the next outings.Chris Gayl's shoulder injury adds one more foe for them. But,somehow,the Presence of Yuvraj still makes me hoping & hoping against hopes.

    It was an unkindest cut of all for RCB!. I really feel sorry for Yuvaraj who with just the last performance with bat& ball equally well,proved his selection as the highest paid Indian justified. Now, Yuvaraj Singh should be considered purely based on his calibre alone,for the inclusion in all versions of cricket.He won't disappoint.He is the Gem of Indian Cricket. All the Best to Yuvaraj.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 12, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    It's RR all the way. Halla bol halla bol.......

  • on May 12, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    super kings can produce a comfortable victory against rajasthan this time, coa they r showing an all rounding performance this year, which was their strength in previous y ears.

  • on May 13, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Aussies rule IPL , rest are pedestrian