CSK vs RR today may be the defining moment of IPL 2013. Both are at 8 points, eying the top position. RRs upsurge is surprising everyone so much that even after a fairly good show people love to call them underdogs, Chennai Super Kings on the other hand gave some minor heartaches to its fan, but now appears to be sailing well. CSK and RR hold 3rd and 4th position, respectively on points table, and as both have better NRR than group leader RCB, the winner is set to lead the table. Team comparisons in current tournament gives an edge to Rajasthan Royals.
Both teams have played each other at both levels, group and knockout. Except 2008 when RR won the championship and cleaned up CSK thrice, including the final, RR had registered only one more win against the IPL champions CSK. In the last 4 esitions CSK has cleaned up RR in 2009, 2011 and 2012, while in 2010 they shared honours in the two group matches they played.
Head-to-Head: CSK 7, RR 4
RR def CSK by 8 Wickets
RR def CSK by 10 Runs
RR def CSK by 3 Wickets
- CSK def RR by 38 Runs
CSK def RR by Wickets
- RR def CSK by 17 Runs
CSK def RR by 23 Runs
- CSK won by 7 wkts, MOM: Plessis
CSK won by 4 wkts, MOM: Hilfenhaus
- CSK def RR by 8 wickets, MOM: Hussey
CSK def RR by 63 runs, MOM: Murali Vijay
Overall IPL Performances
CSK has been the winner twice and reached the final on 4 occasions, except 2009. RR won the inaugral championship and since then have never came into Knockout.
2008: CSK registered 9 wins 7 losses en route to final. RR won the championship and routed almost all with 13 wins and 3 losses.
2009: CSK registered 8 wins, 6 losses, 1 no result on their way till semifinals. RR registered 6 wins, 7 losses and 1 no result.
2010: CSK lifted the championship with 9 wins and 7 losses. RR registered 6 wins, 8 losses.
2011: CSK lifted the championship with 11 wins, 5 losses. RR registered 6 wins, 7 losses, 1 no result.
2012: CSK reached the final and registered 10 wins, 8 losses and 1 no result. RR registered 7 wins 9 losses.
CSK is the best IPL teams with 51 wins and 35 losses with 2 no results, 1 each against RCB and KKR.
RR has won 42 (third best team in terms of win after CSK and MI) and lost 36 with 2 no results, one each against RCB and MI.
Michael Hussey is holding one end, Dhoni comes and increases run rate smoothly, Jadeja comes and gets whatever his team needs. Morris in the company of Bravo and Ashwin nails the opponent. That has been the story of CSKs campaign so far. Bowlers have been giving good results, even in their two losses CSK bowlers had the opponents tied at a decent gettable target of 148 (MI) and 159 (PWI). But the batsmen failed. In the first match they did not have Hussey and Dhoni fought a lonely battle, while against Warriors they had complete batting collapse.
CSK has one of the best fielding unit in the tournament, something that made KKR look helpless. Rajasthan Royals have a decent fielding unit though.
Captaincy and bowling is their biggest strength. Rahul Dravid has been the most imaginative and successful captain of current edition. He has used his limited resources to the best use. The bowling unit of his team is certainly one of the most effective.
CSK bowlers have taken 42 wickets, while RR bowlers have taken 38. RRs highest score is 179 while CSKs highest score is 169. Both have West Indies bowlers as their top wicket taker. Bravo with 10 wickets and Cooper with 9 wickets lead their bowling.
RR Team Performances
CSK Team Performances
In batting despite the best batting line up, CSK batsmen have lesser boundaries as compared to RR batsmen. RR batsmen have 111 hits to fence (115 sixes, 96 boundaries), while CSK batsmen have 97 hit to fences (21 sixes, 76 boundaries).
Dravid as Captain and Batsman, alongwith Watson, Rahane, Faulkner, Hodge, Cooper and Trivedi.
CSK: Morris in bowling, Hussey, Dhoni and Jadeja in batting
If CSK loses today, RR may shed the tag of underdog and could be considered a certainty for Knockout, and CSK fans may visit doctors as if they lose another match against minnows at home then the strong team certainly has a serious problem in team, and may fail to reach knock out.