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Rajasthan Royals to begin IPL 2020 journey against CSK

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The Rajathan Royals (RR) will begin their IPL 2020 journey on Tuesday by fighting it out with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). While it will be the first match for Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings has already defeated the mighty Mumbai Indians in their maiden game of the tournament.

Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith will return to the ground after missing the whole ODI series against England due to a head injury in the first ODI in Manchester. He has recovered from the concussion injury and has been deemed fit for the game.

Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler not to play the opening game for RR

While there is no change expected in the playing XI for CSK, Rajasthan Royals will be missing their all-rounder Ben Stokes for an unspecified period and opener Jos Buttler in the opening game due to the quarantine rules.

In such a situation, CSK is likely to remain the favourite of cricket fans, especially after the win against Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener.

Steve Smith hopeful of a good start for Rajasthan Royals

In a media statement issued by the Rajasthan Royals, Steve Smith said: “Yeah obviously missed the last three one-dayers in England. (I have) been in Dubai for a couple of days now with some good rest and then got into a bit of running.”

“Yesterday I did a bit of zig-zag running, which is part of the protocols to pass to get back to play and today I’ll have a hit in the nets. Hopefully, pull up well from the hit and be good to play tomorrow,” Smith said.

The skipper is confident that the team is in a very good space to begin with and can’t wait to get cracking.

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“The guys have been here for a month now and from all reports, the training has been magnificent. It’s been good to catch up with both the old and the new Royals. We’re in a good place and have got a really good squad this year, really strong and we’re ready to get going.”

“Chennai and Mumbai both have been two really strong teams for a long time now. We obviously watched a bit of the game the other night, the Super Kings played really well to get over the line in the end. Hopefully, we can put on a really good show and get our campaign off to a good start,” the Rajasthan Royals skipper said.

RR and CSK squad

CSK: MS Dhoni (captain, wk), M 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 Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma

RR: Steve Smith (captain), Jos Buttler, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Tom Curran, Aniruddha Joshi, Shreyas Gopal, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande

 

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