IPL 2013: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings – Live IPL Score
This is one top-of-the-table clash that has a lot at stake. Rajasthan Royals take on Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday and a win for the home team will surely take them into the playoffs.
Victory and defeat are not the only two possibilities on Sunday though, going by the weather forecast. Rain has been predicted in the afternoon and evening.
That will surely queer the pitch here. However, in the desert-like conditions, the ground dries up very fast and a washout is unlikely.
It rained on Saturday and ground staff admitted that a repeat on Sunday might make the wicket unpredictable. If there is moisture on the wicket, the team fielding first may have the advantage.
Coincidentally, last year too the Royals-Super Kings match had been hit by rain, forcing three stoppages. The match had to extend well beyond the scheduled close.
Chennai Super Kings are already in the playoffs, yet they will be going all out for a win, if not to assert their supremacy then at least to ensure they finish among the top two teams.
Royals, however, won’t bank on just hope since they do have a few weapons of their own to counter CSK. At stake will be the aura of invincibility that Royals have built at the SMS.
They have won all seven matches here and that has contributed significantly to their rather successful campaign. This is their last home match and they would want to keep the aura intact.
The first leg between the two teams produced a cracker of a contest. The Royals lost a high-scoring game after being within hand-shaking distance of victory.
For the Royals, the worry has been the inconsistent bowling. Too many extras have been conceded through wides, which also means they have had to bowl that many additional balls.