Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made a winning start in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they defeated Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the IPL tournament by five wickets and are looking favourites against Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Steve Smith who got hit on the head during net session before the first ODI in Manchester and missed the whole series, is all set to return to action against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.

Smith posted a picture of himself ahead of CSK clash and captioned it, “All smiles here in Dubai. So excited to be starting our campaign tonight.” Having successfully recovered from the concussion injury sustained prior to ODI series against

Stadium Stats:-

The Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is likely to assist spin bowlers. Teams batting first will aim to score 150-160 as the dew factor will make batting much more easy in second innings. The Average Batting scoring rate at this venue in T20s is 7.20.

Teams

CSK XI:
Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Lungi Ngidi

RR XI:
Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande/Rahul Tewatia and Tom Curran

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