Three consecutive wins in the previous matches,invincibles at home,a side with momentum,dynamic captains at helm and a lot of domestic talent to choose from.Its not often that you can use same set of words to describe two different teams but this is exactly what you get if you dissect Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.If one adds the fact that Chepauk wicket the venue of todays match is a slow and dry surface and the fact that both the teams rely heavily on spin we can be rest assured it would be a cracker of a match.
Shane Warne has this ability to unearth hidden talents in players and he is doing the same with Maneria this year.Everyone knew the guy is a decent bat but by discovering a left arm spinner in him Warnie has been able to play with three spinners including himself and Botha.Talking about Botha he has been a complete revelation as a batsman and along with Dravid has been able to provide much needed stability factor at the top.Ross taylor is doing what he does best,finishing the matches by tonking the ball all over the park.He is been ably supported by an impressive Maneria.Now only if Watson can rediscover that lethal form of his Dhoni can have a slight problem as his fourth and fifth bowlers which are Randiv and jakati have struggled so far so if Watson can take one of his faster bowlers to cleaners at the top it could disrupt Dhoni’s plans.
On the other hand Rajasthan Royals bowling though devoid of not many big names has more often than not deliever the goods.Trivedi has always enjoyed bowling in the IPL and this season even Amit Singh has joined the party.With botha and Warne and now even Maneria contributing handsomely things are looking good.But you can not take a line up which include Michael Hussey,Dhoni,Vijay and Raina lightly and Warne would be aware of this.Any way you look at it these are two evenly matched sides and this could go all the way to the last ball.
Captaincy skills of two of the coolest captains in the game today will be tested.Warne is great motivator and the best mentor one can go to,Dhoni leads from the front and invariably makes people perform at their highest abilities.Though not much to choose from bit I would stick my nech out and say its Chennai for me today.
Dare to speak:
We might have the first match of this season to be decided by Super over.