Chennai Super Kings are set to host their second match in succession on Saturday, April 21, 2012, when Rajasthan Royals take them on in match 26 of the IPL.
CSK’s superior batting will be up against a RR bowling attack that has performed better than their own, this season. That said, their batting is beginning to settle down, and with Badrinath promoted up the order to partner the in-form Du Pleissis, their batting order appears set. It is not known whether Morkel will be available after the South African flew home last week owing to personal reasons. But with Bollinger back in the squad and Kulasekara giving a good account of himself in the last match against PW, Dhoni has sufficient bowling resources to restrict the opposition, provided his batsmen back them up with runs n the board.
RR have been the surprise packet of the season with no pressure of expectation riding on a team bereft of marquee names. their bowling has been outstanding while their top order batsmen have stood up to be counted. Rahane has had several good knocks, including a 98 in is first game and 103 in a subsequent one, making him the top scorer of the tournament so far.
For RR to win, they will need to bat first on a Chennai wicket that gets slower as the game progresses. CSK are clear favourites on their home ground but are by no means unbeatable at home, as Mumbai Indians proved in the opening game of the tournament.
CSK’s probable eleven: Du Pleissis, Badrinath, Reina, Dhoni, Saha, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Jakati, Kulasekara, Bollinger.
RR’s probable eleven: Rahane, Dravid, Menaria, Shah, Goswami, Hodge, Botha, Hogg, Fazal, Trivedi, Raut.
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