Rajasthan Royals won the crucial toss at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai against Chennai Super Kings in match no. 12.
Both the teams have played 2 matches and won 1 match till now in the campaign. It’s a must win match for both the teams as their next matches are against inform Royal Challengers Bangalore and victory at this stage of league will make a difference in the mindset.
Two bottom teams of last year’s IPL will fight today against each other. Both teams haven’t made any changes in their playing XI. Toss winner Sanju Samson said, “We’re going to bowl first. It suits well in these conditions. We just need to keep it simple, we trust our team and teammates. We bat really deep. Knowing that you have a deep batting line-up allows you to express yourself. Same team.”
While Dhoni on Ruturaj Gaikwad who is struggling to score runs said, “Getting out on good deliveries is okay. Last year would have taught him (Ruturaj) on the highs and lows. As support staff, you can motivate all you want but once you are out there, you are on your own.”
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Pitch Report: 5 games played, 4 of them have won by the teams chasing and the other game separated by a solitary run. It means pitches here have offered either swing or seam to those bowling first or it’s been generally a good chasing ground because of moisture later on. It looks drier and warmer today. If the ball swings, it won’t be because of the moisture on the surface.