RR vs CSK predictions and betting : The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will finally start on 19th September after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the BCCI to cancel the IPL in the month of April and postponed the season. The venue of IPL isn't India as the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the nation. To ensure safety of players, the BCCI relocated the IPL to the UAE thereby making their safety a top priority.
Fourth match of the season is between the finalists of the inaugural IPL edition. Match between Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings scheduled on 22nd September in Sharjah. Players of both the camps look fit and appear to be ready for some blast on the ground.
This match won't be anything like the finals of the inaugural edition as both the sides have changed alot over the time. Rajasthan Royals managed to win the IPL trophy in the inaugural edition under Shane Warne's captaincy but from then on they have went haywire. Chennai Super Kings are one of the most successful teams in the IPL with three IPL trophies. They are one of the most consistent team with a large and loyal fan base. Rajasthan Royals are well-known for their unpredictability and on a neutral venue this match may turn into a nail-biting thriller.
IPL RR vs CSK predictions and betting Analysis : Previous IPL edition information
Chennai Super kings had a dominating performance in the last season of the IPL with nine wins and continued to be the most successful team in the IPL in terms of making it to the playoffs. CSK made it to the playoffs owing to the performances of Imran Tahir (Purple cap holder) and Deepak Chahar who ended up as the third highest wicket-taker of the 2019 season. Whereas in batting department MS Dhoni emerged as the highest run scorer for CSK. Shane Watson emerged as a suprise package in the playoffs as he previously had a very bad stint in the league stage. Overall team performance and Thala's captaincy played a big hand in taking the team to the final where they finished runner-up for the record fifth time.
On the other hand Rajasthan Royals lost both their matches against Chennai Super Kings. Both the matches were close encounters which went till the last over with CSK triumphing both of them. Rajasthan Royals ended its tournament at seventh position with five wins with a slightly better position than RCB due to net run rate. RR had only a single star performer last season in the form of Shreyas Gopal who ended as fourth highest wicket taking bowler.
IPL RR vs CSK Predictions and betting : Head-to-head
Till date, 21 matches have been played between CSK and RR out of which the former has won 14 of them. While the CSK vs RR matches are quite underestimated, they prove to be one of the most entertaining matches of IPL. Be it the inaugural edition finale or their matches in 2019, both the teams have fought tooth and nail to taste victory. In 2014 when these two teams played in Dubai, it was another close encounter where again CSK had to fight till the last over to beat RR.
IPL RR vs CSK Predictions and Betting : Team News
Even though the teams have won several matches in India, the conditions in the UAE are quite different with high temperatures and humid conditions influencing the play.
With the trade of Ajinkya Rahane who was their highest run-getter, RR had to get a proper replacement for him. RR fared well in the auction and acquired players like Robin Uthappa and Yashashvi Jaiswal as Ajinkya Rahane's replacements.
RR and Jaydev Unadkat's love story will end in books for sure with the the Saurashtra captain ensuring his place in the side. Akash Singh and Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Tom Curran, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Aniruddha Joshi and Anuj Rawat are other players added to the formidable RR lineup. This makes 11 new faces in the RR squad thus making them a suprise package in this edition. It is sure that Coach Andrew McDonald and Steven Smith will work out among these players by assessing the pitch while deciding the eventual starting line-up.
Jos Butler will surely keep the wickets for RR if he is available for the match. He played only 8 matches last season and scored 311 runs. Yashashvi Jaiswal or Robin Uthappa will open with Butler. It will be interesting to see whether RR goes with experienced Robin or talented Jaiswal.
With the skipper Steve Smith and dynamic Keralite Sanju Samson picking one and two down spots, RR will have a balanced top order. While Ben Stokes, the IPL MVP award winner in 2017 filling the boots of the all-rounder will be assisted by young Riyan Parag who is well-known as the one-man army for Assam in domestic cricket.
Spin department will be handed over to bowling all-rounder and leggie Shreyas Gopal with Mayank Markande and Rahul Tewatia available as the leg spin duo. Jofra Archer had a successful 2019 IPL season wherein he played 11 matches and picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.76. He will be there strike bowler along with the likes of Jaidev Unadkat, Varun Aaron and Ankit Rajpoot to assist him.
CSK has lost its balance with Raina and Harbhajan pulling out just before the start. But it seems that they will have to ticker there lineup a little to find the perfect eleven. It is a sure thing that Shane Watson and FAF Du Plessis will open the innings for the team with Rayudu most likely to fill-in the no.3 spot and with chances of Thala promoting himself up the order at no.4 spot. This leaves Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja at No.5 and No.6 spots. The middle order isn't very stable and depends highly upon Dhoni's performance.
The bowling department of CSK is sorted with Deepak Chahar and Lungisani Ngidi sharing the new ball. Imran Tahir will lead the spin department along with either Karn Sharma or Piyush Chawla with Jadeja giving the left-arm off-spin option. Dwayne Bravo will be their go-to death bowler and pinch hitter. Shardul Thakur may fill-in the role.of extra seamer if required. CSK have players high on experience making this match very interesting as they are going against comparatively young, inexperienced and agile RR team.
IPL RR vs CSK Predictions and betting analysis
Most of the predictions and betting platforms are yet to reveal the odds for upcoming match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. As this will be the second match for CSK there the odds are expected to be out after the result of first matcch.
However, the OnlineCricketBetting platform gives an edge to CSK for their match against RR. The odds for CSK as of now stands at 1.66 and for Rajasthan the odds stands at 2.24.