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Indian Premier League on Sky Sports Cricket - today's action

Chennai take on Rajasthan from 3pm on Sky Sports Cricket, when Mark Ramprakash and Michael Lumb will join us in the studio

Jos Buttler cracks one of two sixes in his enterprising innings for Rajasthan Royals (Credit: AFP)
Image: Jos Buttler goes on the offensive for Rajasthan Royals (Credit: AFP)

Here's what's in store in the Indian Premier League today...

Today's Game

It's all to play for in Pune ahead of this weekend's double-headers as two teams, showing signs of struggling for consistency, strive to keep pace with the tournament's early pace-setters.

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have both had their moments in the competition so far - most noticeably CSK out-gunning an Andre Russell-inspired Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royals picking off RCB after Sanju Samson's mighty 92no - but now need to put a run together.

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How have the teams done so far?

Since beating Mumbai in the opening match of the tournament and turning over Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai have tasted defeat for the first time - going down to Kings XI Punjab by four runs as Chris Gayle smashed 63. So what are they made of?

Rajasthan's form is a mixed bag, with two wins and two defeats from their opening four matches. Defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in their most recent outing, on Wednesday, once again exposed their all-round fragility - especially when Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes fail to fire.

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Watch the pick of the action from Jaipur as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the IPL.

Ones to watch

Beware the old-stager. Shane Watson has only fired in one of his three knocks so far but with five wickets to his name has just the nous and ability to drag Chennai up by their boot-laces.

Sticking with the all-rounders, keep an eye out for off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham who has the potential to be Rajasthan's trump card if he beds in at the wicket.

Which England players could feature?

In Sam Billings, Chennai have a batsman born to excel in the IPL - as his stunning 56 off 23 balls against KKR proved. That was exactly the type of knock that England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said he'd love to see more of - and this is the perfect stage to do it.

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Sam Billings' brilliant 56 from 23 balls helped Chennai Super Kings defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in a high-scoring IPL thriller.

Paceman Mark Wood has featured just once - and David Willey not at all - for the franchise so far, his four overs against Mumbai Indians costing 49.

Stokes and Buttler have failed to score 30 yet in Rajasthan's middle-order and surely it's only a matter of time before one of them tees off? Stokes has just one wicket to his name as well, but did pull off this blinder of a boundary catch against Kolkata.

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Ben Stokes added another stunning IPL boundary catch to his CV with this cracker for Rajasthan against KKR.

Who's in the Sky Cricket Studio?

It's a powerful top three as presenter and former England opener Nick Knight is joined by Michael Lumb and current England Test batting coach Mark Ramprakash.

Sky Sports will continue to show every IPL game live, so fans from all over can enjoy the best of Indian cricket.

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