IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings fans welcome back MS Dhoni and co for first home game against Kolkata Knight Riders

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MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings were back at their home ground for the first time since the beginning of IPL 2018 on Tuesday.

And as expected, the yellow brigade was welcomed by fans in the city with much joy, love and a lot of noise.

As the team warmed-up, the crowd gathered in massive numbers at CSK’s home stadium for their first home game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Here we take a look at some of the best pictures and tweet as Lions reached their den.

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IPL 2018: Andre Russell hits CSK's Dwayne Bravo onto the roof twice in stunning KKR innings

David Cooper 10/04/2018
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Dwayne Bravo put on a great exhibition of big-hitting against Mumbai Indians when he scored a match-winning 68 off just 30 balls.

However, in Chennai Super Kings‘ second match, the Trinidadian was on the receiving end of some fine slogging from Andre Russell.

Kolkata Knight Riders batted first and struggled to get going. They needed to accelerate at the death and Russell was just the man for the job.

In the 16th over, he really went after Bravo and on one occasion, launched a massive strike out of the stadium. The six travelled 105 metres and forced the umpires to call for another ball.

He really put Bravo to the sword in the 18th over when he smashed the first three balls for six, the first of which hit the roof again, but this knocking back in off the advertising board.

Russell hit a remarkable 88 off just 36 balls, including 11 sixes, to power KKR to a total of 202/6.

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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals to bank on 'Fortress Jaipur' as they host Delhi Daredevils

Ashish Peter 10/04/2018
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The Royals will be back on their favoured turf. Image - RR/Twitter

Rajasthan Royals will once again return to their original home at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (SMS) in Jaipur as they host Delhi Daredevils in their second IPL match on Wednesday (18:30).

Returning after a two-year suspension from the competition, the Royals have not played at their ‘home’ ground since 2013.

Both sides come into the game on the back of defeats in their opening matches and will be keen to get their first points on the board for 2018.

TALKING POINTS

Having been thrashed by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday, the Royals will take comfort from their excellent record at ‘fortress SMS’ where they have won a staggering 24 of their 33 IPL matches at a win-rate of 72.73.

Having had to cope with the loss of Steve Smith – the only player they retained heading into the season – Royals will want a more significant contribution from their overseas stars like D’Arcy Short, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler who were all abject in defeat to Hyderabad.

On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils first outing under skipper Gautam Gambhir did not go to plan as KL Rahul’s record fifty steered Kings XI Punjab to victory. This will be their second successive match on the road but they will be bolstered by the arrival of Liam Plunkett as a late replacement for the injured Kagiso Rabada.

PLAYERS IN FOCUS

In their loss to Hyderabad, the Royals did not include star-man Jofra Archer in the line-up which could have something to do with the injury he suffered in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They will be hoping that the West Indies-born man can recover in time for the clash as he provides a greater degree of balance to the squad.

The most expensive IPL signing this year in Ben Stokes failed to deliver the goods in their campaign opener and he will be keen to prove his worth to the franchise on Wednesday.

For the Daredevils, Blackcaps opener Colin Munro was dismissed cheaply in the loss to Kings XI but the left-hander remains one of the most dangerous batsmen in the T20 format. If he gets going at the top for Delhi, it might not matter how far the boundary ropes are placed at the SMS stadium.

LIKELY LINE-UPS

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C), D’Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler (Wk), K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat.

Delhi Daredevils: Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir (C), Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Rishab Pant (Wk), Rahul Tewatia, Daniel Christian, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami.

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