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IPL 2020 Match 44 – Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

IPL 2020 Match 44 – Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

The 44th match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between 2 teams on the opposite ends of the league table. RCB are currently in 3rd place and would be looking to confirm a top 4 spot, while CSK are rock bottom of the league and cannot qualify for the play-offs anymore. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by LeoVegas India

Our Top Betting Picks:

  • RCB to win the match @1.65
  • RCB to hit the most sixes @1.80
  • RCB to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.84
  • Chahal to be RCB’s top bowler @3.25
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Why should I bet on RCB to win this match at 1.65 ?
RCB are the favourites to win this match, and are one of the most in-form sides in the tournament right now, with 4 wins in their last 5 matches. They hammered KKR by 8 wickets in their previous match, and we expect them to overcome CSK in this match.
Why should I bet on RCB to hit the most sixes at 1.80 ?
RCB have been in imperious batting form of late, with ABD back to his best as well. The South African can pelt sixes all over the pitch, and he is the sole reason why RCB are more likely to hit more sixes in this match.
Why should I bet on Chahal to be RCB’s top bowler @3.25 ?
Chahal has been bamboozling batsmen throughout the season with his impressive variations. He has picked up several wickets and is RCB’s top bowler this season.


RCB are one of only 3 teams that have never won the IPL, while Chennai have reached a record 8 finals and won the trophy 3 different times, to become the second-most successful team in the IPL These two teams have faced each other 25 times in the IPL, with CSK winning 15 of those, and RCB winning only 9, with one match being abandoned. However, RCB comfortably beat CSK in their previous match earlier this season.

Team News

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. This was followed by another pathetic and one-sided defeat against fellow strugglers Rajasthan Royals. Further humiliation followed against table-toppers Mumbai Indians as CSK failed to score beyond 125 for a second game in a row, and lost by 10 wickets.

RCB had a nightmare start to the tournament in contrast, being thrashed by KXIP by a mammoth 97 runs in their opening game. However, they bounced back well with impressive victories over Hyderabad and Mumbai. Virat Kohli finally delivered after 3 poor performances, and he along with the very impressive Devdutt Padikkal took RCB to glory against the Rajasthan Royals.

However, Delhi Capitals beat RCB by a huge margin after that. Kohli again hit top gear to hit a match-winning knock as RCB defeated CSK comfortably.  A vintage ABD blast got RCB another impressive victory over KKR, to put them 3rd in the table. They lost to bottom of the table KXIP, but managed to retain their 3rd place in the league table. This was followed by a 22 ball blast by ABD (55*) that led RCB to an impressive win against RR. In their previous match they restricted KKR to a mere 82, and chased it down to win by 8 wickets.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

RCB are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.65 as per LeoVegas, which is not surprising considering they are in decent form of late comparatively, with 4 wins in their last 5 matches. CSK have been struggling, in comparison, winning just 1 match out of their last 6 matches this season, and are 2.24 to win this match. They lost their last match with a very poor batting performance against MI.

Top Team Batsman

Faf Du Plessis is the favourite from CSK to be the top scorer, with odds of 3.75, while his fellow opener Shane Watson, who was the top scorer in the previous match, has odds of 4.50. The impressive Rayudu has odds of 4.00, and would be looking bounce back with a solid innings.

Captain Virat Kohli is the favourite from RCB to be the top scorer as he is now back in form, with odds of 3.25. AB Devilliers is 3.75 to finish as the top scorer again. He went berserk against the RR bowlers with sixes all over the pitch in trademark style. Youth sensation Devdutt Padikkal has been in brilliant form and is 4.00 to be the top scorer as per LeoVegas.

Highest Opening Partnership

RCB are favourites at 1.75 to have the highest opening partnership in this match. This is primarily because Devdutt and Finch have been brilliant as an opening pair, and have given RCB some steady starts throughout the tournament.

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 5.00, Josh Hazelwood at 4.50 and Chahar at 4.50.

Yuzvendra Chahal is the undisputed favourite to be RCB’s top bowler in this match, with odds of 3.25 after a wicket-laden tournament so far. He is followed by Christ Morris at 4.00, who finally made his much-awaited RCB debut and enjoyed a wicket-laden spell.  

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 326.5 runs in this match are 1.67, 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

  • Virat Kohli to score more than 30.5 runs has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form. 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 end his poor run with a fine innings.
  • RCB to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.80, which is understandable as they have ABD and Finch, who prefer the aerial route more often than not. CSK to hit the most sixes also has odds of 2.38, which can be tempting with Dhoni, Watson and Du Plessis all capable of hitting many sixes.
  • Chahal to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.20, which is attractive as he can snap up key middle-over wickets. Curran to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.40, which is attractive as he can bowl in the powerplay as well as death overs.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • RCB to win the match @1.65
  • RCB to hit the most sixes @1.80
  • RCB to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.84
  • Chahal to be RCB’s top bowler @3.25
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Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is top-heavy with 2 wicket-keepers, 4 batsmen, 2 all-rounders and 3 bowlers.

Wicket Keeper – ABD and Jagadeesan

ABD is RCB’s second-favourite to be the top scorer with odds of 3.75, and as the wicket-keeper now he guarantees additional points for dismissals as well. He is joined by Jagadeesan, who hasn’t had a great IPL so far but will be given another chance to impress.


Virat Kohli seems to be back in top form now, and is 3.25 to be RCB’s top batsman. Hence, we have captained him as we expect another top innings from him in this match. Padikkal is our second pick from RCB as he has been fairly consistent all season and can be very destructive. From CSK, we have included the consistent Rayudu as well as Du Plessis, who we have Vice Captained.


From CSK we have picked Sam Curran, who is a very important player as he opened the innings with the bat as well as ball in the previous match, contributing in both aspects. We have also taken 1 bowling-all-rounder from RCB for our squad. Chris Morris is very important with the ball and can also be very handy with the bat. He is an extremely valuable addition to our team.


Our bowling line-up is led by Chahar (4.50 to be CSK’s top bowler), who is in exceptional form. We also have Siraj and Udana to complete our line-up.

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Akshay Malhotra

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