A confident Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will aim to maintain their dominance in the IPL when they host bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.
While the defending champions are sitting at the second spotin the points table with two wins from as many games, Rajasthan have lost boththeir games and it will be a herculean task for the Ajinkya Rahane-led side tostop Chennai, one of the most successful teams in IPL history.
Meanwhile, all eyes will also be on the Chepauk wicket asjust 141 runs were scored here in the first game of the season featuring RoyalChallengers Bangalore and Chennai. Rajasthan's batting unit has done anexcellent job so far, but their bowlers have let them down.
Despite posting a challenging 198/2 against SunrisersHyderabad on Friday, the Rajasthan bowlers failed to restrict their opponentsas most of them leaked runs. Only Shreyas Gopal had a perfect outing withimpressive figures of 3/27 and the team management would expect him toreplicate the show on Sunday.
Rajasthan batsmen Sanju Samson, Jos Butler and Rahane haveperformed on expected lines, but will have to come out with something specialwhen they face the experienced Chennai bowlers.
On the other hand, the Chennai bowlers have done a fair jobtill now and are likely to give a difficult time to the visiting batsmen on theChepauk wicket.
Veteran Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo have impressed in both the matches and will look to keep the momentum going. While Tahir and Bravo have four wickets each from the two games, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan have three each.