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Rajasthan Royals will play their first match of 2020 IPL season against the formidable Chennai Super Kings. After defeating the defending champions Mumbai Indians in a thriller, Chennai would want to continue the momentum in Dubai. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals, while boasting a strong and affective bowling attack with the likes of Archer and Unadkat. The batting and middle order of Rajasthan is a different story. Captained by Steve Smith, the Royals will not have Jos Butler and Ben Stokes, two key foreign players who could turn the fortune of Rajasthan if push comes to shove in IPL matches.

Steve Smith is in poor form and the absence of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh will be surely felt even though the latter’s experience and guidance will provide ample strength to Rajasthan rather than his bowling talents.

The batting order of Chennai is strong as ever. With players like Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu and the always formidable captain MS Dhoni looms in the middle order. Chennai team is predicted to win in this what could be a tepid affair considering Rajasthan skeletal batting attack, but if there’s anything right about IPL is that it’s unpredictable right down to the last ball bowled.