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IPL 2020: Match 4 – Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings – Match Preview

Steve Smith with MS Dhoni. (Photo Credit: BCCI)

Match 4 of IPL 2020 will see Chennai Super Kings play their second match of the season. They will take on Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on September 22, Tuesday. This will be a home game for the Royals who are all set for this season.

The Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings is a much-awaited encounter, especially after the way the two matches panned out last year. An angry MS Dhoni walking out to defend his team at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in the last over of Chennai’s innings is a sight CSK fans still have fresh in their memories. Thus amidst the big battle, the two teams lie many other battles in different layers.

Team Chennai Super Kings

CSK will be fresh from their win over Mumbai Indians in the opening encounter of IPL 2020. MS Dhoni fans were elated t see him come back to cricket after over 400 days. Dhoni had an instant impact on the game as he was sharp with his field placements and captaincy.

He also took a catch diving to his right as his fans enjoyed the moment. The CSK skipper capped off a memorable win for CSK by sending in Sam Curran as a pinch hitter who did his job to perfection, ensuring a win for his team.

Heading into the Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings encounter, coach Stephen Fleming and co will have set plans to encounter the Jos Buttler threat. As MS Dhoni is, he will not like to tinker with the side too much. All his players performed their roles which was defined to them. Thala Dhoni will expect them to stick to the process and as he always says, the results will take care of themselves.

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Team Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals also have their preparations in place for their opening encounter. They have a well-rounded squad for the season, with some really seasoned campaigners as part of their team. Also, they have the core of their team in Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.

The addition of Robin Uthappa and David Miller have given their batting order all the more steel. In Andrew Tye and Tom Curran, they have good overseas T20 bowlers and Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron and Shreyas Gopal provide them with the Indian core of bowlers.

Ahead of the Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings matchup, Rajasthan too have a number of options to choose from.

Head to Head- Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

Both teams have played 22 times in the league with Chennai emerging victorious in 14 occasions, while Rajasthan have won 8 games. However, this Royals squad has a new look it and this is a new season. CSK won both their games against the Royals last year. The Royals won against CSK ack in 2018.

Weather and Pitch Conditions

Temperatures will be around 40 degrees in Sharjah for the Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings match. As per latest reports, a high-scoring encounter is on the cards in Sharjah with the pitch better suited for batsmen and the bigger ground dimensions. Not so much a wicket for the pacers or the spinners either.

Team News For Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

Both teams will miss key players going into this game. While CSK will miss Dwayne Bravo due to a knee injury, Royals will miss the services of Ben Stokes who is yet to join their squad. Also, they will miss Jos Buttler who is yet to complete his mandatory quarantine upon reaching the UAE.

David Miller might replace Buttler in the playing XI given that both are like for like replacements. Also as per reports, Robin Uthappa might open the batting with Yashasvi Jaiswal for the Royals. As said earlier, MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings might not like to tinker with the winning combination going into this game.

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Squads

Rajasthan Royals

Steve Smith (C), Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, , Varun Aaron, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Anuj Rawat, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Oshane Thomas, Robin Uthappa, Tom Curran, Yashasvi Jaiswal

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni (C/WK), Sam Curran, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazelwood, R Sai Kishore, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf Du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Rituraj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Monu Singh, Lungi Ngidi, N Jagadeesan.

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