Ranchi: Chennai Super Kings would be aiming to go top of the table but a determined Rajasthan Royals stand in the way as the two sides gear up to clash in an IPL match here today.
Tied on points with Kings XI Punjab, 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
Rajasthan are flying high after scoring an impressive win against Royal Challengers Bangalore against whom they chased down a massive 191-run target last night.
In Karun Nair, they have discovered a fairly consistent batsman at the top who has silently worked towards cemeting his place in the side.
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
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.
On the bowling front too, both the teams are evenly matched, but none of the sides feature any big name.
Off-spinning all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is, however, Chennai's ex-factor and interestingly, he clinched the best bowling figures of the tournament so far, in the match against Rajasthan.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, have discovered a late bloomer in 42-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, who has been in sparkling form.