Ben Stokes is out of the team in the first phase, and it is not clear that Rajasthan Royal's caption Steve Smith will play or not as he is injured from a concussion (head injury). It will be very difficult for Rajasthan Royals to win against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their first match of the IPL on Tuesday. 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 of compulsory quarantine. In the first match, the last year runners-up CSK defeated defending champion Mumbai Indians by five wickets. The three-time winner CSK side looks strong against the Rajasthan Royals as the Royals do not have Stokes, and opener Butler is also out of the first match.
Stokes is in New Zealand with his ailing father. His absence in the first phase of the league has impaired the team's balance. If Cricket Australia's medical team does not allow Smith to play in the first match, it will be an additional setback for the Royals.
Royals relying on foreign players:
The Royals' performance depends largely on foreign players. In bowling, England's Jofra Archer and Andrew Tie of Australia will have the responsibility to stop the opponent on a decent score and David Miller of South Africa to make runs. The Indian players of the Royals have not been able to perform consistently well. Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron have failed to meet the expectations.
Chennai started the tournament very well:
On the other hand, CSK's impressive performance in the first match. Dwayne Bravo did not miss by team management as Sam Curran performing a superb all-rounder inning. Bravo will be out in a few more matches due to injury. Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plessis performed as expected. Piyush Chawla, the successful IPL bowler, proved the team management's decision right to buy him.
Rajasthan is flooded with young players:
The Rajasthan team has a glut of many young players who can contribute to the team in foreign players' absence. Young Pacer Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, has a lot of skills, while in batting, Rajasthan has aggressive batsmen like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuraj Rawat, Ryan Parag, Shashank Singh.
Steve Smith (captain), Jos Butler, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Kartik Tyagi, Aakash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tie, David Miller, Tom Curran, Aniruddha Joshi, Shreyas Gopal, Ryan Parag, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomrorr, Mayank Markande.
Chennai Super Kings:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf Du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hejalwood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, N Jagadejan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Raturaj Gaykavad, Karan Sharma.
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