IPL 7: Upbeat CSK face Rajasthan challenge

  • PTI, Dubai
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2014 01:18 IST

Back in familiar territory after recording their biggest-ever win in terms of runs, Chennai Super Kings will fancy their chances when they lock horns with Rajasthan Royals, a team seeking to get back to winning ways, in the Indian Premier League in Dubai on Wednesday.

Two-time winners CSK will be high on confidence after inflicting on Delhi Daredevils an embarrassing 93-defeat on Monday. The Super Kings needed a morale-booster like that after starting the campaign with a defeat.

On the other hand, inaugural edition champions Rajasthan Royals tasted success to start with, but failed to stop Kings XI Punjab from chasing down a 190-plus total in their last match.

Both teams have notched up a win each, to go with a defeat each from two outings.

The Super Kings will be banking on their strong batting to give them a flying start. Suresh Raina, who struck his 20th fifty in IPL the other day, will again be the man to watch out for. The left-handed batsman has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the IPL.

The experienced Brendon McCullum is always expected to give the team brisk starts and lending him support at the top will be Dwayne Smith, who can play the big shots as well as anchor the innings.

Faf du Plessis is always dangerous and Ravindra Jadeja is a dependable bat as well. And then there is skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he will be eager to have a good hit in the middle. The India captain smashed 32 off a mere 15 balls against Delhi.

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