Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match No. 4 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah.
Good news for Rajasthan Royals is that Steve Smith is set to lead them in their first match tonight after passing a concussion test on Monday.
“Fantastic news that Steve is available. It’s fantastic especially on the back of some setbacks back in the UK. It’s obviously great to have your skipper available for the first game as I’ve said before we are in really good hands.” – Royals coach Andrew McDonald
Preview:
A depleted Rajasthan Royals will have an onerous task of stopping the mighty Chennai Super Kings in their IPL opener on a Sharjah belter with no Ben Stokes for the first part.
Add to it the absence of Jos Buttler, their impact player at the top-order, Royals have problems aplenty to deal with. The England batsman will be missing the first game as he arrived separately with his family and need to undergo mandatory 36-hour quarantine in Dubai.
Last edition’s runner-up, CSK exacted revenge on defending champions Mumbai Indians, beating them by five wickets in the tournament opener on Saturday.
The absence of Stokes would severely impact Royals’ campaign at least at the beginning because of the balance he brings to the side.
The responsibility of keeping Royals alive for the Play-offs would be on their foreign recruits since Indian players in the set up do not inspire much confidence.
Jofra Archer’s presence will be important along with seasoned T20 stars like South African batsman David Miller and Australian pacer Andrew Tye.
CSK, on the other hand, should be be brimming with confidence after their dominant show in the opener.
They have again showed how to work around with resources and Sam Curran coming good with an all-round show means that Dwayne Bravo would not be missed even if he missed a few more games due to injury.
Rayudu and Faf du Plessis maintained the CSK “run-chase template” of attacking in the back 10 by preserving wickets to perfection.
Teams (from):
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain, wk), M Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (captain), Jos Buttler, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Tom Curran, Aniruddha Joshi, Shreyas Gopal, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande.



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