The Recent Form shown in the 1st match of the Tournament by CSK is an indicator how balanced and confidence the team is feeling . Replacement of Dj Bravo cannot have been any better than Sam Curran
Rajasthan Royals would miss their two key England player as Jos Butler and Ben Stokes are currently unavailable and will join the squad later on. This can be a worrying factor for the Royals as Ben Stokes is their Ace player with both Bat and Ball.
As the Pitches in UAE are generally slow and spinner friendly , Royals don't have the best of spinners which can cause trouble for the Batters though they have a good pace attack headed by Jofra Archer and newly signed Tom Curran.
Finally the long wait for IPL 2020 is over an the Tournament is up and running , In today's Match Rajasthan Royals will square off against the Chennai Super Kings at the Historical Sharjah Cricket Ground. Having won their opening encounter against their arch rivals Mumbai Indians , Chennai Super kings are flying high . The team balance seems perfectly fine as Faf Du Plesis and seasoned campaigner Ambati Rayudu were in tremendous touch . Spin attack of chennai seems very strong as compared to the Royals as they have some quality spinners in the form of Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja . Talking about the pace attack both teams have some quality overseas bowlers as CSK have sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi whereas for the Royals Jofra Archer and Tom Curran will be in action today.
Royals are being Captained by Steve Smith , Whose performance in the recently concluded series against England was not good at all . But the kind of player steve Smith is surely he will comeback strongly . Sanju Samson , newly signed Robin Uthappa and Yasaswi Jaiswal will have the responsibility to score runs along side steve smith . bating lineup of Royals looks incomplete as their attacking opening batsman Jos Butler is currently unavailable and Star All Rounder Ben Stokes will also join the squad from next month. David Miller may get a chance to strengthen the batting lineup for the Royals .
RR VS CSK TOSS PREDICTION
Both sides preferred to field first in the two matches gone so far and those decisions eventually made sense with dew coming into the picture in both those matches. Even though the surface is likely to get slower with the passage of play, dew might just make the batting a whole lot easier in the second match. Also, this is the first match on this surface and both sides will want to take a look before batting on it. Therefore, we expect the captain winning the toss to bowl first.
The average first innings scores in UAE hover around the 155-run mark and the average winning scores in the first innings hover a shade under 170. Albeit at different venues, the totals in the first two matches were both around the 160-run mark and made for exciting contests. We expect the surface at Sharjah a little more batting-friendly and the bowlers will have to toil a bit harder, especially in the death overs. The weather is likely to be hot and the fitness of players will be tested yet again. Needless to say, there are negligible chances of rain. As was the case in the first two matches, dew could be a factor, making the ball come onto the bat a bit better in the second half of the second innings. Considering that and the usual nature of the surface, the team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 170 runs on the board.
Head to Head
Played- 22 | CSK won- 14 | RR won- 8 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 3 | CSK won- 3 | RR won- 0 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 156 (During PSL 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 9, Lost – 3, Tied – 0