Preview: Rajasthan out for revenge against Chennai

Rajasthan will hope to get a brisk start from Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson. AFP

By Jamie Alter


Jaipur: May 8, 2011

With five sides involved in a battle for the knock-out places, Rajasthan Royals will look to get a leg-up in the table after this match against Chennai Super Kings who defeated them in their last match five days ago. CSK have since been defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders and will look to get back some momentum against the hosts in Jaipur. Expect a crackerjack of a contest given RR s desire to extract revenge and gain a bit of leverage on the league table.

Both RR and CSK are in with good chances to make the next round, and the big picture for the tournament won t change drastically with the result of this match. A win for CSK will give them 14 points, which will put them level with KKR. They will also monitor Royal Challengers Bangalore s match today against Kochi Tuskers Kerala; should RCB win, they will have 13 points, but if they lose they will remain on 11 which is one less than CSK.

RR, currently on 11 points, have three more matches after tomorrow s fixture. Two of those are against table-toppers Mumbai Indians and a resurgent RCB, so they know there is little margin for error. What is pleasing for RR is that they are among the top teams despite two of their key players, Shane Watson and Ross Taylor, performing well below par. Rahul Dravid is the team s highest run-scorer with 242, followed by Johan Botha s 197 at a whopping 65.66, the highest average on the side. If Watson and Taylor can fire on Monday it will allow RR to aim for resurgence as the battle heats up.

CSK were a middle-of-the-road team for much of the tournament before they picked up four wins in a row to break into the top four. Rain brought about defeat to KKR at the Eden Gardens on Saturday evening, and no doubt CSK will aim at getting back on track against a side they knocked aside earlier in the tournament.

Teams:

RR (Probable): Shane Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ashok Menaria, Johan Botha, Ross Taylor, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Shane Warne (c), Dinesh Yagnik (wk), Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi, Nayan Doshi.

CSK (Probable): Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Subramanian Badrinath, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Srikkanth Anirudha, Albie Morkel, Shadab Jakati, Suraj Randiv, Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger.

Time: 20.00 local (14.30 GMT)

(Jamie Alter is a freelance cricket writer, having worked at ESPNcricinfo and All Sports Magazine. He is the author of two books, The History of World Cup Cricket and Field of Dreams: The Story of the Dr. DY Patil Sports Stadium. His twitter feed is @jamie_alter)