Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bowl in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.
CSK have made two changes from their last match playing eleven with Mitchell Santner and Shardul Thakur coming in for Harbhajan Singh and Scott Kuggeleijn.
Rajasthan Royals made three changes, Sanju Sampson, debutant Riyan Parag and Jaydev Unadkat replace Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham and Sudhesan Midhun.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Riyan Parag, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Last weekend, Rajasthan Royals gave an exhibition of how not to play Twenty20 cricket.
Grinding its way to a record-breaking, below par score — with seven wickets intact — against a Kolkata Knight Riders team packed with power-hitters like Andre Russell, proved costly: an eight-wicket defeat with over six overs to spare.
Ajinkya Rahane’s men cannot afford another show like that as they get ready to take on an even more formidable opposition. Table-topper Chennai Super Kings is looking unstoppable at the moment.