CSK vs RR Live Score - IPL 6 Match 30 Chennai vs Rajasthan Royals
CSK vs RR Live Scorecard – Get Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Live Score and Ball by Ball Commentary of Pepsi IPL 2013, 30th T20 Match played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on 22nd April 2013.
Having shed the patchy, inconsistent form they showed at the start of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, Chennai Super Kings seem to have revved up their machinery in recent days, putting in some hugely impressive displays to go up to third in the points table. However, the true test of their supposed revival will be put to the test when Rajasthan Royals invite themselves in at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Monday (April 22) night.
Chennai come into the game on the back of two consecutive victories away from home in three days. After a 24-run loss to Pune Warriors India, Chennai came out with flying colours with an 86-run win over Delhi Daredevils and then, at Eden Gardens, putting up a resilient display to bowl out Kolkata Knight Riders, the defending champions, for 119, they completed a five-wicket win.
Mike Hussey can be said to be the architect of both those successes. Batting solidity had been an issue for Chennai at the start, but they surprisingly dropped Hussey in favour of Srikkanth Anirudha against Pune, only to see everything fall apart. However, on his comeback against Delhi, Hussey scored an important 45, which was the bedrock of the team’s effort. Hussey then backed it up with an important 40 against Kolkata. While his knocks helped Chennai keep one end intact, what it also did was to help set up a foundation for the likes of MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo to capitalise on, which they did.
Jadeja has been another of Chennai’s stars so far this season. He’s carried forward the form, which helped him stitch a landmark year in his career with the national team. In his six matches so far, he’s added 117 runs from lower down the order and also has six wickets to boot. Against Kolkata, he claimed three wickets before coming in at a crucial juncture in the game to hit an unbeaten 14-ball 36 to take Chennai past the finish line.
Rajasthan’s plans in nullifying Hussey and Jadeja will play a significant role in the outcome of the match. Rajasthan have done extremely well so far in the tournament, punching above their weight. Rahul Dravid, their captain, however, hasn’t stressed much on the underdog factor, admitting his team was devoid of a proven international star but that it was a well-balanced unit.
A look at the statistics adds weight to Dravid’s argument. Among the top scorers in IPL VI so far, Ajinkya Rahane is eighth with 210 runs in six matches. Three places behind him is Dravid with 180 runs, including two half-centuries. Among the bowlers, Kevon Cooper is Rajasthan’s representative in the top ten, sitting at sixth place with nine wickets in just five matches. James Faulkner isn’t too far behind with eight to his name. Meanwhile, Shane Watson has been quietly ploughing away, scoring thirties every now and then, without quite adding too many more. The likes of Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge and Cooper have been solid in the middle order, and in S Sreesanth and Shaun Tait, they possess pace, all adding to a well-rounded unit.
Rajasthan come into the game on the back of a hard loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but that remains one of just two blemishes so far this season. They have as many points as Chennai and are below them only due to a marginally inferior Net Run Rate. And both teams head into the game knowing that a big enough win can take them to the top of the table.
It’s a clash of two philosophies – power against balance. How it unfolds could make for engrossing viewing.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Albie Morkel, Dirk Nannes, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma, Chris Morris, Shadab Jakati, Anirudha Srikkanth, Baba Aparajith, Imtiaz Ahmed, R Karthikeyan, Ronit More, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Ben Hilfenhaus, Jason Holder, Ben Laughlin.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (capt), Samuel Badree, Stuart Binny, Kumar Boresa, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan, Kevon Cooper, Fidel Edwards, James Faulkner, Shreevats Goswami, Harmeet Singh, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Vikramjeet Malik, Ashok Menaria, Kushal Perera, Ajinkya Rahane, Sachin Baby, Sanju Samson, Owais Shah, Rahul Shukla, Amit Singh, S Sreesanth, Shaun Tait, Pravin Tambe, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Dishant Yagnik (wk).