Ranchi: Chennai Super Kings would be aiming to go top of the table but a determined Rajasthan Royals stand in the way as the two sides gear up to clash here today.
Tied on points with Kings XI Punjab, Chennai are second due to a slightly lower net run-rate. Rajasthan are not too far behind, occupying the third spot with six wins.
In Karun Nair, Rajasthan have discovered a fairly consistent batsman at the top who has silently worked towards cemeting his place in the side.
The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Sanju Samson have also been coming good, making RR a reasonbaly strong line-up to deal with for any opposition attack. CSK are not any less when it comes to batting with an array of power-hitters such as Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis besides skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. All these batsmen have been in fine form and it would take some effort by Rajasthan bowlers to contain them.
Last match key moments (23-4-2014)
>> Dwayne Smith started cautiously, scoring 17 from the first 18 balls. He scored 33 off his next nine balls!
>> Despite Smith’s fireworks, CSK were teetering at 74-5. It was Ravindra Jadeja’s fighting 36 that took CSK to 140-6
>> Jadeja dismissed Shane Watson and Sanju Samson in two balls off his first over to swing the pendulum in favour of CSK. Royals never recovered from the jolt as CSK won by seven runs