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May 13, 2014
Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bat against Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match at the JSCA International stadium, on Tuesday.CSK have dropped Mithun Manhas to give IPL debut to batsman Vijay Shankar. RR have made three changes to their playing eleven. They dropped Sanju Samson, Kane Richardson and Rahul Tewatia, brought in wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik, Trinidad & Tobago all-rounder Kevon Cooper and left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma. Catch Live Blog of the IPL 2014 match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals here.
Tied on points with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Chennai are second on the table due to a slightly lower net run-rate. Chennai have won seven of their nine games and are aiming for their third title. Rajasthan are not too far behind, occupying the third spot with six wins from nine matches. Given their fine run, both the teams would start as equals in the match even though it was Chennai who came out trumps the first time the two sides came face to face in this season. Catch Live Scorecard and the ball by ball commentary of the IPL 2014 match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals here.
The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Sanju Samson have also been coming good, making Rajasthan a reasonbaly strong line-up to deal with for any opposition attack. Skipper Shane Watson is, however, due to make a big impact in the tournament even though he has been producing fine cameos. On the other hand, Chennai 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.
Chennai Super Kings: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c,wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Shane Watson (c), Stuart Binny, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Steven Smith, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Rajat Bhatia, Pravin Tambe, Ankit Sharma.
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