The 2015 season of the Indian Premier League (abbreviated as IPL 8 or Pepsi IPL 2015) is the eighth season of the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders are the defending champions having won the title in the 2014 season. The complete tournament is expected to be held across different cities in India unlike the previous season. The tournament was started on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 after the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. A total of 60 T20 matches will be held in the entire tournament. No matches will be held in Kolkata between April 12 and April 25 due to Municipal Elections.
Franchises retained 123 players 8th IPL season before moving into auction. The released players provided an option to register themselves for auction. 6 Players were transferred across teams before the auction took place. In the Pepsi IPL 2015 auction held on February 16 at Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh was sold to Delhi Daredevils for 16 crores INR, for a record bid in IPL auction history. A total of 67 players were sold out in the auction and all franchises spent total of 87.60 Crores to buy players.
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Chennai take on Rajasthan in a crucial IPL tie
Chennai are on 12 points from 10 matches, third in the IPL table and they come into Monday's match after their four- game winning streak was snapped by Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are on 11 points from 10 matches and a win will take them closer to a play- off berth. Besides, the Shane Warne- led side has a formidable record at home, having won 12 games out of 15 in the IPL. They have won four out of five games in Jaipur this year.
Chennai, on the other hand, have been poor travellers having won only one out of their five away games this season and they would look to breach the Rajasthan Royals stranglehold at Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
The match will be played on a new strip after the pitch controversy generated by the remarks from Sachin Tendulkar, the skipper of Mumbai Indians who were restricted to 94 for eight on April 29.
Chennai beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in their last meeting on May 4 in Chennai.
The Royals must be ruing the manner in which they squandered the advantage after being 92 for one in 13th over to post just 147 in 20 overs after batting first and subsequently lost the match.
Rajasthan Royals would, however, take positives from that match with Rahul Dravid cracking 66 of 51 balls and sharing a 92- run opening wicket partnership with Shane Watson.
They will look up to Warne usual in the bowling department and to extract the best out of his players at the home conditions with his tactical moves. Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, Johan Botha and Ashok Menaria will have to fire in tandem while batting.
Chennai, on the other hand, look formidable with likes Michael Hussey, Murli Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath and skipper MS Dhoni capable posting big scores and chasing down stiff targets.
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