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IPL 2019 - Match 12 - Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 31/3/2019 8:00 PM IST

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Preview by Gokul Gopal

Cricket is a game of fine lines, in every sense of the word. In the first week of the IPL, the run-ins with the lines have happened a few times - be it Jos Buttler's ill-timed crossing of the non-striker's line, the umpire failing to spot Lasith Malinga overstep the line, or R Ashwin's team's ignorance of the number of fielders required to be in line with the fielding restrictions. Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings have toyed with the finish line in their wins against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals, preferring a stroll instead of a dash on both occasions. And, as they get set to host Rajasthan Royals for their second home game of the season on Sunday, the focus will be on whether the 22-yards is in line with what they expect.

After all the anticipation and fanfare leading up to the opening game of the season between the Super Kings and the Royal Challengers, the match itself turned out to be a damp squib. A spin-friendly, slow pitch caused Royal Challengers' surrender for a meagre total of 70, which the Super Kings took their own sweet time to chase down. Skipper MS Dhoni was frank in his assessment of the pitch and stressed on the need for it to be better going forward in the IPL.

So, while the Super Kings will be concerned with what lies beneath, the Royals will be hoping to do a number on the home team behind enemy lines. They will be up against vociferous CSK loyals, who attend practice games like it's an IPL final, and also a fortress called Chepauk, which was breached by the Royals only once - dating as far back as 2008. Adding more pressure on the Royals is the fact that they are entering this game on the back of two losses.

For the Super Kings things have moved along smoothly, with the defending champions having extended their winning streak to five games across two seasons. With Shane Watson and Suresh Raina coming up with explosive knocks in the previous game, plenty of finishing options down the order, and the bowlers doing the job expected of them, the Super Kings have little to worry about.

When:Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 PM IST

Where:MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

What to expect:A high of 31 degree Celsius with the humidity in excess of 60 percent, the teams can expect it to be warm out there. While little is known of the pitch thus far, the Super Kings coach expects it to be much better that what was on offer in the opening game.

Team news:

Chennai Super Kings:The team and the captain swear by process and continuity, which means the hosts are likely to retain the same eleven that played in the previous two games.

Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.

Rajasthan Royals:The pacers are coming off an expensive outing, with Ben Stokes having conceded plenty in both matches played by the Royals, which comes as a concern for the team. The Royals might be unchanged as well, although the idea of bringing in an extra spinner would be tempting. If they decide to go in with a tweaker, they have a few options - Ish Sodhi, Kerala leggie Sudeshan Midhun or left-handed all-rounder Mahipal Lomror. But for Sodhi to come in, a big player like Steven Smith might have to make way.

Probable XI:Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni

Did you know?

Suresh Raina is the leading run-getter against RR in IPL having scored 569 runs in 19 matches against them.

MS Dhoni hasn't scored a fifty against RR in 17 innings.

CSK spinners have ten wickets in their first two games - the most by any team in the tournament.

What they said:

"It (the pitch) certainly wasn't up to the scratch in the first game and contrary to belief, that wasn't by design by us. I've looked at the surface, it looks a lot better, it looks a lot harder and a lot more compact. But we just have to be flexible as soon as the first ball is bowled and play accordingly" - Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings head coach.




Chennai Super Kings (From): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar


Rajasthan Royals (From): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Stuart Binny, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun

Source: https://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scores/22407/chennai-vs-rajasthan-12th-match-indian-premier-league-2019

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2 minutes ago, bowl_out said:

Looking forward to Santner. At least one exciting talent in csk

Even though we're winning, there is no excitement like yesteryears. Miss Haydos, Baz, DR Smith, old Raina/MS, Albie  :bebored: 


Squad should be revamped in next auction. :pray: 

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Just now, vvvslaxman said:

When are they going to fix the one side of the stand. It has always been empty.

Nothing. Mama isn't ready to give pottis to corporation. So it's just continuing to stay 


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