Chennai captain MS Dhoni won the toss against Bangalore in the season opener of the Indian T20 league and opted to bowl first against the Virat Kohli-led side at the MA Chidambaram stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on Saturday. (FOLLOW: Chennai vs Bangalore, Match 1)

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

Virat Kohli: We want to be a team that find ways to win cricket games. Even in Stoinis and Coulter-Nile’s absence we have a balanced team. There was lot of dew in the last few days. We would have bowled too. I will open the innings today with Parthiv Patel. Our four foreign players are ABD, Hetmyer, Moeen Ali and CDG. Either ABD or Moeen will bat at three, depending on the situation of the match.

MS Dhoni: I think it was one of the great comebacks last year. We had our challenges and we overcame them to win the trophy. We will be roaring for sure but basics are very important. We have to start from scratch this year. We will bowl first. We are not sure about the wicket. It looks slightly on the slower side. It is the first game of the tournament so we are not sure of the target to set. We are playing with three foreign players and they are: Watson, Bravo and Tahir.