Chennai Super Kings lock horns with Rajasthan Royals at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. The match starts at 4 pm. Follow this link for live scores and updates.
Chennai Super Kings go into the match on the back of a victory against Mumbai Indians. They sit at 2nd position in the table with 14 points (same as table toppers KXIP). They would look to continue the winning momentum. David Hussey has replaced the injured Dwayne Bravo in the squad.
RR too go into the match on the back of a thrilling win over RCB. They are third in the table with 12 points. We can expect a mouth-watering contest today.
RR have won the toss and elected to bat!
One change for CSK as Vijay Shankar replaces Mithun Manhas.
Three changes for RR as Yagnik replaces Samson. Ankit Sharma comes in for Tewatia, Kevon Cooper replaces Richardson.
CSK XI: Smith, McCullum, Raina, du Plessis, Dhoni, Jadeja, V Shankar, Ashwin, I Pandey, M Sharma, Badree.
RR XI: Rahane, K Nair, Watson, Binny, D Yagnik, S Smith, Faulkner, Cooper, R Bhatia, Tambe, Ankit Sharma.
Right! The RR openers Shane Watson and Ankit Sharma are striding out to the middle. Samuel Badree will start off proceedings for CSK.
Good first over from Badree, just two runs off it.
Ishwar Pandey will bowl from the other end.
Short and wide outside off, Watson cuts it powerfully to point, Jadeja dives and makes a good stop.
Lovely delivery! Short of a good length delivery outside off, snakes off the surface and zips away. Watson is surprised, he feels for it and gets beaten.
RR have experimented with their opening partnership, don't know what would have prompted them to do that considering the fact that Karun Nair was doing well!
SIX! Thumped! A touch short from Pandey, Watson pulls it over wide long on for a maximum.
6 runs off the Pandey over.
Ankit Sharma is finding it difficult to connect against Badree.
Full on off, Ankit whips it wide of long on for a single.
FIVE WIDES! Poor delivery, Badree drifts down the leg side, Watson misses his clip, the keeper too misses it and it runs away to the fence.
Play and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Ankit looks to cut close to his body but misses.
8 runs off the Badree over - RR - 16/0 after 3 overs.
Mohit Sharma into the attack now. He has bowled superbly in the tournament so far.
FOUR! Finally, Ankit connects one. It's good length delivery from Mohit and Ankit slaps it over mid off.
FOUR! Terrific placement! Ankit stands tall & punches it wide of mid off off Mohit, it races away to fence.
8 runs off the Mohit over.
Just one run off the Badree over. RR - 25/0 after 5 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now.
FOUR! Ankit gets down and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
FOUR! Deft from Ankit! On the pads, Ankit nudges it wide of short fine leg fielder. Ashwin is not happy with the fielder's effort.
SIX! Hammered! Full on off from Ashwin, Ankit sits down and clobbers it over deep mid-wicket.
Ankit Sharma attacks Ashwin, hits a couple of boundaries & a six, 17 runs off the 6th over.
FOUR! Full outside off, Watson squeezes it through point for a boundary.
Full outside off, Watson drills it to long off for a couple. 8 runs off the Pandey over. RR - 50/0 after 7 overs.
FOUR! Poor delivery, Ashwin drifts it way down the leg side, Watson sweeps it powerfully wide of short fine leg for a boundary.
Another WIDE down the leg side. Ashwin is not getting his lines right!
OUT! Ashwin breaks the opening stand, Ankit holes out to long on. RR - 60/1 (7.5 overs). Loopy and full on off, Ankit goes for a heave but ends up mistiming it to long on where Smith accepts it calmly. Ankit Sharma c Smith b Ashwin 30 (27b 4x4 1x6)
Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman.
11 runs off the Ashwin over and a wicket.
Jadeja into the attack now.