Rajasthan Royals got themselves in a terrible muddle last time out in the Indian Premier League. Against Kolkata Knight Riders they failed to pick their best players – duh! – and were then hammered by.
<p>Rajasthan Royals got themselves in a terrible muddle last time out in the Indian Premier League. Against Kolkata Knight Riders they failed to pick their best players – duh! – and were then hammered by seven wickets.</p><p>Against Chennai Super Kings on Friday they could be in a spot of bother again because, if conditions and elements are repeated, they come up woefully short.</p><p>So, here’s the thing. Rajasthan failed to pick up an international class spin bowler in the auction. Maybe someone lost the piece of paper which had suggested targets for international-class spinners. When the bidding closed they realised they’d made a rick and went out and got Ish Sodhi, the New Zealand spinner. A class signing. Problem solved.</p><p>Or rather, not. Rajasthan are yet to play Sodhi. This is bizarre because they are desperately unbalanced with him, a fact which was exposed in defeat by Kolkata. The Royals batsmen were squeezed and straightened by Kolkata’s army of spinners – deploying four - and they could only post 160.</p><p>In reply, Kolkata eased home against the Royals’s two spinners – Krish Gowtham and Shreayas Gopal. Gowtham and Gopal may well turn out to be fine spinners but they are no match for the experience and skill of KKR’s Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav. This is the best spin attack in the tournament.</p><p>The second-best spin attack in the tournament may belong to Chennai Super Kings. Ravi Jadeja, Imran Tahir, the South Africa genius, and the wily Harbhajan Singh pose a major threat. And this on a home wicket which has been designed to assist them.</p><p>Tahir should be the main beneficiary. He could be tasked with going on the attack while the other two bowl around him. So taking the +333 (Bet365) that he finishes as top Chennai bowler could be shrewd. Our statistics show that he should be around +250 given the number of times he actually wins in this market. Jadeja and Harbhjan are both +400 with the same firm.</p><p>As for runs, Sanju Samson is having a terrific tournament for the Royals and is value at +350 (Bet365) to outscore his team-mates. A word, too, for Ajinkya Rahane at +250 with the same firm.</p><p>These are the only two who appear to have some nous against the spinners. The rest are bashers and thrashes. But Samson gets the nod if you want to limit it to one wager on this market because of his price.</p>