The Sharjah pitch will be completely different to the ones in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Not only will it be more batting-friendly, but it will also help in getting more runs on the board owing to shorter boundaries.
The weather will be hot and humid with evening temperatures varying between 33 and 32 degress celsius. There isn't any possibility of rain, so we are in for full 40 overs.
After winning the opening match against MI, CSK will be high on confidence against an RR side devoid of star players Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. While CSK have the experience and variety in their line-up, RR have the firepower to dismantle any opposition. Batting second will be an advantage because the shorter boundaries and dew factor will make life increasingly difficult for bowlers. While CSK have to make early inroads, RR will have to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs.
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Smaller boundaries and flatter wicket mean that a high scorer is on the cards. CSK hold the edge over RR, considering they bat really deep and that RR lack spin options. However, if the top order of RR can fire, they will make CSK sweat.