new Delhi: The competition of IPL 2020 has been very exciting so far. A similar surprise is expected in the fourth match of the tournament as well, although cricket experts believe that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have a heavy upper hand, as MS Dhoni’s team are strong after winning the opening match.
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At the same time, many star foreign players will be absent in Rajasthan Royals (RR) team in this match to be played in Sharjah. Ben Stokes is present in New Zealand to care for his ailing father. Jos Buttler will also be out of the first match as he has come separately with his family and will have to stay in Dubai for 36 hours in mandatory quarantine. Steve Smith has recovered from ‘Concussion’, in which Rajasthan has got some relief.
The absence of Stokes would have affected the Royals’ campaign in the tournament, at least in the first stage, but Smith’s presence in the playing XI meant the team would not be able to kneel easily. Smith suffered a head injury during the net session on the England tour due to which he did not play in the ODI series. Now, under the rules, he has passed the ‘Kankashan’ (faint condition due to head injury) test and is ready to play.
There is little hope of a change in the playing eleven of Chennai Super Kings as Dhoni would not like to tamper with the winning combination. On the other hand, Rajasthan team will have to find the option of Ben Stokes and Jose Butler. Although Steve Smith has high expectations from young players, young players can do wonders for the team.
Chennai Super Kings probable playing XI
Batter: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessi, Ambati Rayudu
Bowler: Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Engidi
All-rounder: Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Karan
wicket keeper: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Rajasthan Royals probable playing XI
Batter: Steve Smith, David Miller, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa
Bowler: Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curren, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer
All-rounder: Ryan Pollen, Mahipal Lomror
wicket keeper: Sanju Samson