Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bowl against Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match, here Sunday.
Chennai have left out off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and replaced him with Mitchell Santner while the Royals are unchanged.
CSK XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, M.S. Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir
Rajasthan Royals XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, going into their third match of IPL-12 at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday, have had contrasting starts with two wins and two losses respectively.
However, more than the two teams, it will be the pitch that will be watched closely after the season opener between the home team and Royal Challengers Bangalore came under criticism for the slow nature of the wicket that heavily assisted the spinners. Sunday’s match, though, will be played on a different pitch.
The defending champion has largely been untested in both its games and the team’s bowling performance has helped set the match up for the batsmen.
In both games, CSK’s spinners did the heavy lifting on friendly wickets, though pacers Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo too did their bit against Delhi Capitals. With the bat, Shane Watson looked good setting up the chase before Kedar Jadhav and M.S. Dhoni got the job done.