Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Superkings have turned to this season after a two-year ban. This time their first encounter is going to be on today on 20 April 2018. In the previous match, both former champions had to suffer defeat. Both teams will be extreme to get the winning goal. With two wins and two losses, Rajasthan Royals are at the fifth position with four points. The team was defeated in the first game under the guidance of new captain Ajinkya Rahane, but after that, the team won two back-to-back matches. In the previous game, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated them by seven wickets. Rahane and company failed to make partnerships on slow wickets and scored 160 runs for eight wickets. Chennai has four points in three matches; it is also the same number. Due to healthier run-rate, the team is in the fourth position.
So far Sanju Samson has been the batting pitch of Rajasthan. He has played an innings of 92 not out against RCB in their home ground. Captain Rahane has also made useful contributions, but he has not been able to convert the good start into a big inning. Gautam and Ben Laughlin are leading the bowling dept. They have been able to control heavyweight batsmen like Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ben Stokes a Headache for Rajasthan?
Rajasthan bought England all-rounder Ben Stokes for 12.5 million rupees. So far he has not been strong to fulfil the team’s expectations. His highest score in four matches is 27 runs, while he has still managed to get one wicket in his bowling spell.
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Chennai Super Kings Department
Two-time champion Chennai Super Kings have won two consecutive matches against defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. Against Mumbai, Dwayne Bravo scored 68 runs in 30 balls. Batsman Sam Billings played a good inning chasing the target in a high scoring match against Kolkata Knight Riders. In the bowling department, Shane Watson and Shardul Thakur have taken five and three wickets respectively while Imran Tahir is showing the effect of his leg break googly. Experienced spinners Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja are also strengthening the team.
Probable XI- Rajasthan Royals– Ajinkya Rahane (captain) Darcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, K Gautam, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat and Ben Laughlin
Probable XI- Chennai Super Kings– Shane Watson, Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni (Captain), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.