CSK’s last win against the Mumbai Indians came on yesterday night at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, chasing a formidable total of 183/7.
The men-in-yellow (CSK) got over the line with ease with six wickets and 20 deliveries in hand. Rajasthan Royals on the other hand had to face a few setbacks in their hunt for 127 runs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their last encounter. They eventually got home on the last ball, courtesy a James Faulkner boundary.
The Chennai-based team will once again rely on their batting firepower with New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and West Indies opener Dwayne Smith joining forces atop the batting order. Both have come good in the last few games with the former even scoring a hundred. The middle order looks set to sizzle too with the likes of South African Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni.
Bowling can be a concern for the Dhoni-led side as neither pacer Mohit Sharma nor his peer Ishwar Pandey have been consistent with the leather. The only exception has been old war horse Ashish Nehra, who is utilising his experience to the limit. The left-arm seamer picked up 3/23 in his last outing.
The Rajasthan Royals on the other hand will look to continue basking on their ‘royal’ glory that they have clinched off late, winning four games in a row. The Steve Smith-led team has hardly put a foot wrong in absence of their regular skipper Shane Watson. But they know they will have muddy patches to tread through when they face the formidable CSK side.
The Royals would want their talismanic stand-in skipper to come good, backed by some strong performances from youngsters Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda. The bowling line-up too looks strong with New Zealand pacer Tim Southee leading the pack. For company he has the likes of medio Dhawal Kulkarni and Australian all-rounder James Faulkner. Pravin Tambe, the 43-year-old leg spinner, also has been at his best too.
( Source: Cricketcountry.com)