A tough challenge for Rajasthan Royals to overcome Chennai without Stokes and Smith!


Ben Stokes is out of the team in the first leg and it is doubtful to play concussion injury victim Steve Smith, so it will be very difficult for Rajasthan Royals to overcome Chennai Super Kings in their first match of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.

Jose Butler will also be out of the first match as he has come separately with his family and will have to remain in Dubai for 36 hours of compulsory segregation.

The previous runners-up Chennai defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the first match. The three-time winner will have the upper hand against the Royals as the Royals do not have Stokes and opener Butler is also out of the first match.

Stokes is in New Zealand to take care of his ailing father. His absence in the first match of the league has upset the balance of the team. In such a situation, if Cricket Australia's medical team does not allow Smith to play in the first match, it will be a shock for the Royals.