The surface at MA Chidambaram Stadium is believed to remain slow and sluggish. But this was proved wrong in the first game here between CSK and LSG, as a total of 422 runs were scored in total. The pitch will remain balanced throughout the game, with the average first innings score in the last five games here being 158 runs.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has maintained his purple patch in the competition in the three matches thus far. Additionally, he is among the leading run-getters and will look to put his best foot forward to earn the Orange Cap this season. The right-hander understands the dynamics and performances as per the requirements of the game. In three outings, he has aggregated 189 runs with two half-centuries under his belt and will look to maintain his fine run.
Ravindra Jadeja: A genius with the bat and with the ball, star all-rounder Jadeja seems to have struck the perfect balance since his return from a long injury stint. In the previous game against Mumbai, skipper Dhoni introduced him after the rival side got a brisk start in the powerplay. Jadeja quickly took the onus of denting the innings and returned with a three-wicket haul in his four overs for mere 20 runs. The left-arm spinner will aim to maintain this in the turning track in Chennai against Rajasthan.
Deepak Chahar and Ben Stokes will likely miss this game. Moeen Ali is available for selection.
Ambati Rayudu CSK | BAT He has scored 59 runs so far and has played as an impact player in all three games.
Riyan Parag RR | BAT He has not bowled a single over so far and has managed just 34 runs in three games.