The first match of the double-header on Saturday will see Rajasthan Royals, winners of the inaugural season, take on Chennai Super Kings, the current defending champions in the Indian Premier League. Rajasthan Royals have been in better form than their counterparts, though both teams have experienced ups and downs along the way.
Rajasthan Royals have eight points from six matches that places them in second place, behind Delhi Daredevils. The Royals also have a two-match winning streak to extend when they play Chennai Super Kings. In the last match, Royals came out on top of Deccan Chargers successfully chasing down 196.
Rahul Dravid’s captaincy will be crucial against a team that has arguably the best captain in MS Dhoni. Dravid’s own form has been good too with a half-century in the last match while Ajinkya Rahane is amongst the top run scorers this season so far. With Brad Hodge unleashing himself in a 21-ball 48-run innings, the Super Kings will have their work cut out to stop the Rajasthan batsmen.
With three wins from six matches, Chennai Super Kings are moderately placed on the points table. Given their campaign so far has followed a pattern that reads a defeat followed by a win, they will hope to break the jinx on Saturday in their seventh match. Against Pune Warriors, they managed to win by 13 runs.
MS Dhoni, the captain, looked sharp in the field while will be expecting similar goods from Dwayne Bravo, Nuwan Kulasekara and Faf du Plessis. Albie Morkel sat out the last match but could come in for Doug Bollinger who has looked mostly out of sorts so far. Du Plessis and Subramaniam Badrinath scored half centuries in a 116-run opening partnership, after Murali Vijay had struggled in the earlier matches.
The match starts at 4.00pm in Chennai and plenty of support is expected for the home side.