With a match against Chennai Super Kings, the Rajasthan Royals open their 2020 Indian Premier League campaign. The game, on September 22 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, starts at 19:30 local time.
Rajasthan has not yet played in the tournament, but from the beginning, they have already received the boost of getting their English and Australian players available. The Royals were the teams that, if their star overseas players were trapped in isolation, would otherwise have been very severely affected.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings go into this game, having already begun the tournament with a victory. Some courageous selection decisions paid off after a disrupted build-up, as Sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi impressed. In a five-wicket win against the Mumbai Indians, Faf du Plessis (58*) and Ambati Rayudu (71) led the batting.
During this match in Sharjah, there is no risk of rain. The temperature, meanwhile, will be in the high-30s by the time the game ends and will fall to 32 degrees Celsius.
In 2019, in Sharjah, 8 Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches were played, and the chasing teams won six of them. In the last five T20 games at the venue, 186 was the highest score in the first innings, and even that score has been chased down.
Chennai Super Kings:
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar
Rajasthan Royals :
Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Dream 11:
Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja, Riyan Parag, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Jofra Archer, Lungi Ngidi, Shreyas Gopal
In the IPL 2020 UAE, Chennai Super Kings have made a winning start, and they can continue that with another victory in this game.