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  • 11:12 PM IST

    OUT! Ben Stokes falls for 45. Imran Tahir gets his first wicket. Rajasthan Royals are in a mountain full of trouble. Chennai are looking good to notch up a win here.

  • 10:58 PM IST
    CSK v s RR, Updates: Fall of Jos Buttler’s wicket sees that Rajasthan Royals are rolling deep into trouble. Ben Stokes is their only hope. He is batting on 34. Rahul Tripathi has joined him.
  • 10:36 PM IST
    CSK v s RR, Updates: Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are out in the middle for Rajasthan Royals. They could take the game away from Chennai Super Kings. Luckily for CSK, they have Imran Tahir and Karn Sharma in the kitty.
  • 10:20 PM IST

  • 10:12 PM IST

    OUT! Sanju Samson falls for 2. For the second time he falls off a pull shot. Deepak Chahar gets his first wicket. Rahane stands alone at one end,

  • 10:04 PM IST

    OUT! Heinrich Klaasen has been bamboozled. He was nowhere with his footwork. Shardul Thakur gets his first wicket.

  • 9:59 PM IST

    CSK v s RR, Updates: Eventful first over from CSK. Heinrich Klaasen could have been back in the hut, had Watson not dropped his catch at first slip. Important that Klaasen scores briskly. Ajinkya Rahane needs to play the sheet anchor role.

  • 9:39 PM IST
    THAT’S IT! Chennai Super Kings close their innings on 204 for 5. OUT! Shane Watson falls for 106. This is his highest IPL score and also of this edition of IPL. Ben Laughlin gets the wicket of his fellow countryman.
  • 9:26 PM IST

    100! Shane Watson reaches his 100 in 51 balls. His knock includes 9 fours and 6 sixes. He had two 50+ stands with Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina.

  • 9:08 PM IST

  • 8:54 PM IST

    OUT! Shreyas Gopal gets Suresh Raina’s wicket against the run of play. The wicket was more to do with Krishnappa Gowtham taking a blinder. Raina made 28-ball 46.

  • 8:38 PM IST

    FIFTY! Shane Watson is in his groove. His fifty coming in just 28 balls. He is unstoppable right now. Suresh Raina is enjoying his innings from the best spot in the stadium.

  • 8:20 PM IST

    OUT! Ben Laughlin gets the wicket RR was waiting for. Ambati Rayudu falls for 12. Rayudu’s innings was going nowhere. Shane Watson is batting on 37. Suresh Raina joins Watson in the middle.

  • 8:12 PM IST

    CSK v s RR, Updates: Shane Watson has come out all gun blazing. Watson came back into international scene playing for Rajasthan Royals in inaugural season. It is hard to find any relief for the bowlers here. Sadly, Pune does not have a full house.

  • 8:01 PM IST

    CSK v s RR, Updates: Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu are out in the middle. New opening pair for CSK. Stuart Binny will start proceeding for RR. He will look to take full advantage of early swing.

  • 7:47 PM IST

    Dhoni: “I can tell you more about it in three and a half hours time (when asked about his back problem). We have got couple of changes. Raina is fit and he replaces Vijay, Harbhajan sits out, he’s replaced by Karn Sharma.”

  • 7:47 PM IST
    Chennai Super Kings (XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(wk/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

    Rajasthan Royals (XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Heinrich Klaasen, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
  • 7:33 PM IST

    Rahane: “We will bowl first. It’s a good track and will last 40 overs. No pressure really, the mood in the camp is good. Looking forward to the game. Two changes for us, Klaasen replaces Darcy Short, Binny replaces Dhawal Kulkarni.”

  • 7:32 PM IST

    Changes: Suresh Raina, Karn Sharma playing for CSK. Heinrich Klaasen and Stuart Binny come in for RR.

  • 7:31 PM IST

    TOSS: Rajasthan Royals win toss, Ajinkya Rahane to field.

  • 7:29 PM IST

    Heinrich Klaasen receives his RR cap from Ajinkya Rahane.

  • 7:12 PM IST

    Pitch Report: “There’s a nice covering of grass, the ball will carry through to the keeper nicely, there will be a bit of spin on offer. Expect the captain winning the toss to have a bowl first on what looks like a good pitch with short boundaries on one side of the ground.” – Vaughan

MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, RR, CSK, IPL 2018
The two teams are all set to face each other after three long years © AFP

In the Match 17 of VIVO IPL 2018, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals(RR) after three long years. Both the teams have won two games each and have four points to their name with RR playing an extra game. CSK look like a very balanced side but have been injury prone from the start of IPL. Suresh Raina  will most likely miss today’s game as well due to the injury. For CSK the most important thing will be the fitness of MS Dhoni. Dhoni was seen having back problems in CSK’s last clash against Kings XI Punjab where he almost took CSK home.

The match has already taken a dramatic turn when CSK’s home venue was shifted to Pune due to Cauvery controversy. However, the franchise has arranged train for fans with all expenses inclusive for the match. For RR, Ajinkya Rahane has been providing them good starts with D’Arcy Short finding his form in the last match. They even have Heinrich Klaasen who has been warming the bench as another option. He might get a chance in today’s game.

Likely XIs

Chennai Super Kings:  Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.

Rajasthan Royals:  Ajinkya Rahane (c),Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Heinrich Klassen, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin.