Upbeat after their two consecutive victories, Rajasthan Royalswould aim for a hat-trick of wins and inch closer to a playoffsspot when they take on an insipid Chennai Super Kings in an IPLmatch on Thursday. Rajasthan have the winning momentum with them and have emerged fromthe shock of four consecutive defeats by posting two impressivewins over Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors. The match will be a keenly-fought contest because a defeat mightjust spoil the chances of either team to make it to playoffs. The team composition for the previous two matches has beenremarkable for Rajasthan Royals. Deck Roll Forming Machine
With Australian all-rounder ShaneWatson and pacer Shaun Tait in the side, they have proved that theyare better as a team than their more fancied rivals. Shane Watson has been in fine form both with the bat and ball whileTait has proved that he is more than a handful in conditions thatsuit him. The batting of the hosts revolves round the opening partnership ofskipper Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane who has surrendered hisorange cap to Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag. Shane Watson, at number three, has added strength by smashing thebowlers while Ashok Menaria, Brad Hodge and Owais Shah have playedtheir role to perfection. The bowling has been consistent and Shaun Tait, who had to wait fora couple of games to get a chance, has been lethal in the past twomatches. Roof Panel Roll Forming Machine
The reliable Sidhartha Trivedi and Watson give a settledlook to bowling. On the other hand, champions for the past two years, Chennai SuperKings have not been in prime form this season and are languishingat sixth with five victories and six defeats. They have not been able to finish off close games and have lackedconsistency. But Chennai have enjoyed a three-day break which might haveprovided them with enough time to regroup and plan for theirremaining four games. China Roll Forming Machinery
The fact that they are the most successfulIPL team, having played in three finals and have been victorioustwice, should also give them confidence. Besides, Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads a team that boasts of severalinternational stars who have the ability to turn games. Their batting has a solid look on paper with Faf du Plessis andMurali Vijay at the top and the likes of Suresh Raina, DwayneBravo, Dhoni and S Badrinath coming down the order. All-rounders such as Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel and R Ashwin adddepth to the line-up.
The bowling appears strong with BenHilfenhaus, Morkel, Bravo, Jadeja and Ashwin. The fact that Chennai beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets athome should also give the visitors some confidence. The slight drizzle last night has increased the humidity whichmight also help the visitors. Squads: Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (C), Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait,Dishant Yagnik, Paul Collingwood, S Sreesanth, Brad Hodge,Shreevats Goswami, Faiz Fazal, Samad Fallah, Aditya Dole, KevonCooper, Brad Hogg, Aakash Chopra, Ankeet Chavan, Dinesh Chandimal,Deepak Chahar, Johan Botha, Stuart Binny, Ashok Menaria, SumitNarwal, Pankaj Singh, Pinal Shah, Owais Shah, Abhishek Raut,Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Singh, Amit Paunikar. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Srikkanth Anirudha, RavichandranAshwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, George Bailey, Doug Bollinger,Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey,Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Suraj Randiv,Nuwan Kulasekara, Yo Mahesh, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, WriddhimanSaha, Scott Styris, Sudeep Tyagi, Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas,Ganapathi Vignesh, Murali Vijay.