These two teams contested the first ever IPL final, where Rajasthan Royals came out on top with an inspirational innings from Yusuf Pathan, and had also beaten CSK in all 3 matches that season. However, it has all gone downhill for them ever since, as they have beaten CSK only 5 more times after the first season, while CSK have beaten them 14 times. However, RR defeated CSK earlier this season after an inspired batting performance saw them post a huge total of 216.
CSK started the IPL in great fashion, by beating the favourites Mumbai Indians, however they have struggled massively ever since. Missing key players, they lost back to back matches against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, and were near the bottom of the league table.
However a comprehensive victory over KXIP had elevated them to the 5th spot, as their openers completely decimated the opposition. But then, the batting again failed as they failed to chase down a moderate score against KKR. This has become a recurring issue for Chennai as their top-order failed against RCB as well. However, they bounced back strongly with a 20 run win over SRH, before succumbing to a damaging defeat against the table-toppers DC.
Rajasthan Royals started IPL 2020 with a bang, winning their first 2 matches in dramatic fashion, scoring over 400 runs in the process. Their top order has been fairly consistent while Jofra Archer has been absolutely brilliant with the bat as well as ball.
The return of Ben Stokes will make them an even more formidable unit. They had lost 4 matches in a row, but came back brilliantly against SRH to move up to 6th in the table. However, another damaging defeat to table-toppers DC put them back in 7th place. RCB beat them convincingly in the last match as well, meaning RR are now rock bottom of the league.
Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction
To Win The Match
CSK are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.84 as per LeoVegas, which is not surprising considering they are in decent form of late comparatively, with 2 wins in their last 4 matches.RR have been struggling, in comparison, winning just 1 match out of their last 5 matches this season, and are 1.96 to win this match. They lost their last match with a very poor bowling performance against RCB.
Top Team Batsman
Faf Du Plessis is the favourite from CSK to be the top scorer, with odds of 3.50, while his fellow opener Shane Watson, who was the top scorer in the previous match, has odds of 4.00. The impressive Rayudu has odds of 4.00, and would be looking bounce back with a solid innings.
Jos Buttler is still the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.75. He was their top scorer as they succumbed to a disappointing defeat to MI. His opening partner Sanju Samson has odds of 4.50, while the dependable Steve Smith also has odds of 4.50. The return of Ben Stokes has made him the second-favourite at 4.00, as per LeoVegas
Highest Opening Partnership
RR are favourites at 1.84 to have the highest opening partnership in this match. This is primarily because they have a new opening pair that has been working well, in the form of Ben Stokes and Uthappa. CSK’s openers have been inconsistent of late.
Top Team Bowler
Sam Curran is the favourite from CSK to be the top bowler at 4.00, followed by experienced leggie Piyush Chawla at 4.33 and Chahar at 4.50.
On the other hand, Jofra Archer is the favourite to be the top bowler from RR at 3.00, followed by all-rounder Tom Curran at 4.33 and leggie Shreyas Gopal at 4.50.
Total Runs In The Match
Odds of there being more than 333.5 runs in this match are 1.64, as per LeoVegas. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and are known for posting huge totals.
Individual Player Betting
- Buttler to score more than 24.5 runs has odds of 1.87, despite his poor form of late, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to establish himself as RR’s top batter. Du Plessis to score more than 26.5 runs also has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form.
- RR to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.10, which can be tempting with Buttler, Stokes, Samson and Tewatia in the squad. CSK to hit the most sixes also has odds of 2.10, which can be tempting with Dhoni, Watson and Du Plessis all capable of hitting many sixes.
- Archer to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.15 which is a given with his form, while Curran to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.50, which is attractive as he can snap up key middle-over wickets.
Our Top Betting Picks
- CSK to win the match @1.84
- RR to hit the most sixes @2.10
- RR to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.84
- Archer to be RR’s top bowler @3.00