Crisscrossing the country to play the IPL matches can take a toll on players. If there’s just a day’s recovery time between matches, the damage can be even worse.
But the Rajasthan Royals, after initial hiccups, seem to have tuned themselves to the grind of this high-profile event. If they could rout the Deccan Chargers a day after mauling Punjab in Mohali, facing the Chennai Super Kings in less than 45 hours of playing a match shouldn’t be a big deal.
While the confidence and the momentum can push Shane Warne’s army further up in the league table, the latent fatigue could be their undoing in the long run.
High on morale, the Royals will be ready to up the ante with one more win under their belt, but MS Dhoni will look to capitalise on their weaknesses on Sunday.
Statistically speaking, the Royals are slightly ahead given their three straight wins, while Chennai have slumped to three consecutive defeats.
The Royals are showing a better bonding and have executed their plans to perfection.
Chennai paid the price of losing Dhoni to injury for a couple of matches and their bowling department seems to have lost the sting.
Barring Muttiah Muralitharan and Lakshmipati Balaji, the other bowlers have been pretty flat.
All-rounder Albie Morkel is yet to leave an impression with a performance befitting his talent.
He has picked up just four wickets in six matches and has accumulated 73 runs.
If Chennai have to win Sunday’s match, they will not only require a blazing knock from Matthew Hayden, but at least two or more cameos from the other batsmen.
With the kind of form Yusuf Pathan is in, the Royals can post or chase down any total.
The Royals are ready for an encore, but can Chennai win back their glory?