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The two former IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) are all set to lock horns against each other at Pune ground.

Rajasthan was completely outplayed at their den by an all-round performance by Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.

Both the teams were missing in action owing to a two-year ban for corruption.

Chennai and Rajasthan are at fourth and fifth positions respectively in the IPL standings with four points. Chennai were unlucky to have lost their last match by a whisker to Kings XI Punjab in Mohali, despite a stellar knock from MS Dhoni, while the Royals suffered a comprehensive defeat at home at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous match.

Rajasthan began their IPL 2018 crusade on a poor note, pounded by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets.

But with two back-to-back wins against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan will be high on confidence against Chennai today. A lot was expected from these two, however, they have failed to dominate the bowlers in the four matches that they have played.

Later, Kolkata outclassed them by seven wickets. So far skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson have done most of the work in the batting department.

It would be hard for Chennai to made changes to their team as they picked their squad according to "actual" home ground, Chepauk.

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan. In their head to head match-ups, CSK has 11 wins and RR boasts 6.

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