CSK vs RR Live: Chennai Super Kings opt to bat vs Rajasthan Royals

CSK vs RR: Live Blog
Playing XIs:
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (w), Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood
TOSS | Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni wins toss, opts to bat against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi
Captains at the toss:
Steve Smith: “He (Stokes) has put up okay fortunately, good to go tonight. The equation is pretty simple for us. We need to keep winning, hopefully we can start tonight. We have to bowl first, restrict them and chase it down. We will see how we go (about his batting position). I found a bit of rhythm the other day which was nice and hopefully can carry on. We have got one change – Rajpoot comes in for Unadkat.
MS Dhoni:“We will bat first. It is a used wicket and chances are it may slow down as the game progresses. He won’t be available for the next few games. Injuries are not only our concern but the other franchises as well, that’s because the players have not played for a long time. You spoke about it and that’s how I got to know. It’s just a number. I have been fortunate to have played so many games. We have a couple of changes – Hazlewood and Chawla in.”

Pitch Report:
“It is the same pitch that was used yesterday, so the dimensions also don’t change. Teams will be looking to that short boundary which is 63 meters and also there’s a short straight boundary which is 59 meters. It looks a lot drier than yesterday, there’s an uneven covering of grass which will play into the hands of the bowlers. The average first innings score here is 167”Daren Ganga and JP Duminy
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 37 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.
* MS Dhoni will become the first player to feature in 200 IPL games.
* CSK have lost the fewest wickets in the middle-overs (12) while RR have lost the most (27). Interestingly, both score at the same rate in this phase – 7.68.
* Sanju Samson, the man-of-the-match in the reverse fixture, has scored just 77 runs in his last seven innings and has batted just 73 balls.

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