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Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 22 April 2014 - 11:04pm IST

Preview: Match 10 – RR v CSK

Watson and co. face inspired CSK in Dubai

What

The Chennai Super Kings, who opened their account in Pepsi IPL 2014 with a 93-run win over the Delhi Daredevils, clash with the Rajasthan Royals in the 10th match of the season.

Both teams have a solitary win from two outings – RR got the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening game – and a win for either team will mean a move up the ladder.

CSK will want a repeat of their clinical performance that saw them post 177 runs on the board and then demolish the Delhi Daredevils for 84. All their key batsmen were among the runs, the bowlers maintained their line and length, and the fielders turned into supermen while pulling off sensational catches. MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming couldn’t have asked for anything more from the CSK lads.

RR, on the other hand, did well to post 191 runs on the board but were blown away by some out-of-the-world hitting by Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson and co. would have worked out areas they need to improve on and will be hoping they can keep things simple and do the basics right more often than they did in their previous outing.

When

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8 pm IST

Where

Dubai International Stadium, Dubai

The Protagonists

Given how important quick runs from the top order are in this form of the game, it is surprising that Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson doesn’t bat in the top three. Given the kind of impact he can have on a match – which was evident with his half-century against KXIP – it will be important that he gives himself as many overs as possible.

Chennai Super Kings have a loaded batting line-up. But the one man who has been a constant through the years is Suresh Raina. Batting at No.3, the southpaw has the game to go hammer and tongs from the outset, or play himself in if he happens to walk in early and then step on the accelerator when the time comes.

Notes from Previous Match

Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab: The RR bowlers dished out as many as 41 full-length deliveries, which cost them an incredible 92 runs in their previous match. They must also work a means to not concede too many sixes – Maxwell and Miller together deposited the cricket ball into the stands on 12 occasions.

Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils: It was the ideal match for CSK last time they took the park. The one possible area that they could improve – given the trend of high scores in Pepsi IPL 2014 – is the number of dot balls faced by their batsmen. In the match against DD, the CSK innings had 33 dot balls – 15 of which came in the period when the fielding restrictions were in force.

Previous Meetings

Chennai Super Kings have an 8-5 win-loss record in matches against the Rajasthan Royals.

The most memorable match between the two teams was title clash in the inaugural season. Batting first, CSK posted 163/5 and looked firm favourites to clinch the title, before Yusuf Pathan played a match-winning hand to help RR overhaul the target off the last ball of the match.

Among other memorable performances in CSK-RR meetings are Murali Vijay’s 127 for CSK in 2010 and Shane Watson’s 101 for RR in 2013. On the bowling front, Sohail Tanvir’s six-wicket haul for RR in the inaugural season stands out.

Trivia

Shane Watson scored his only century in T20 cricket against the Chennai Super Kings. In eight innings against CSK, he has scored 321 runs – including two half-centuries and a century – at a strike rate of 165.46.

What Next

Rajasthan Royals head to Abu Dhabi for their next fixture – scheduled against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 26. Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, stay put in Dubai and square off against defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 25.

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