When Rajasthan Royals finished on top of the table in Group A and booked themselves a home semifinal in the Champions League Twenty20 2013 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday (October 4), they would have likely thought their opponents would be the Titans or Trinidad & Tobago. While both are fine teams, Chennai Super Kings as opponents carry a greater aura, especially in India, and Rajasthan's final match at home in 2013 is also likely to be their toughest.
Not that Rajasthan will be underdogs by any stretch, coming in with a perfect 12-0 record at home this year, but as Chennai have shown, they more than any other team in the short history of franchise cricket in India are able to raise their game when it counts.
Chennai are also not generally in the habit of having two consecutive bad games, and the collapse against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday could be seen as the bad day out of the way. While being bowled out for 118 is cause for worry, Chennai might have gone into the match a little undercooked and with their intensity off, as Stephen Fleming, the coach, suggested.