CSK vs RR Predictions and Betting :The IPL is at an interesting juncture where the top teams are pulling away from the rest of the field while the bottom half of the table are in a spat to grab the ticket to the play offs with less than two weeks for the league stage to conclude.
On Monday, there’s one such clash between CSK and RR where both the teams are in dire need of a triumph for them to stay in the tournament. With RR losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game and CSK losing to Delhi Capitals, the time is running out quickly for both the sides.
Tomorrow’s game most certainly looks like a virtual knockout with very little left for the losing side in the tournament.
CSK vs RR Predictions and Betting Summary
CSK vs RR Predictions and Betting : Recent form and head-to-head
CSK haven’t been their original self with ageing and lack of form of the players affecting the team’s morale and performance directly.
Apart from the three wins that came against Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad, they were clearly outplayed in one or the other department in addition to the lack of intent that was clearly visible in the chases. They are currently sitting at 6th position and will have to win every game from now on along with prayers that their competitors lose a couple of them.
RR looked like they have a strong line up this year with two wins in two games early in the season. From then on, it has been downhill for the team with a lone victory against SRH in 7 games. In fact, they lost two of them from a very comfortable position where the opponents looked out of picture. With a settled side, they will have to tighten the screws in the coming games to hope for a playoff spot.
The head-to-head suggests that the CSK have a clear advantage against their rivals with 14 wins in 23 games as opposed to just 9 losses. On the flip side, RR won their most recent meeting at the Sharjah Stadium with their top order firing. Even though it seems like both the teams are in a sticky situation, they will have to turn this situation into momentum for them to stay alive in this season.
CSK vs RR prediction and betting : Team News
Even though the CSK core hasn’t changed much, they are yet to sort their batting order. It was obvious that the absence of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh would leave a big void, but nobody expected it would put them in such a situation.
Captain MS Dhoni will continue to back Sam Curran at the top for some cheap runs inside 6 overs. The duo of Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson have done their job reasonably, but they will have to bat with more authority. Ambati Rayudu has been their best batsman with consistent performances even when the ship seems to be sinking. The captain has struggled to time the balls and has not finished games for the team this season.
Ravindra Jadeja has looked an improved batsman striking at more than 150 in this season along with his bowling skills. In a toss up between Kedar Jadhav and Piyush Chawla, someone like Piyush would prove to be vital when the ball keeps low and the pitch is slow who will be supported by Karn Sharma at the other end.
On the other hand, Dwayne Bravo might miss out the next couple of games which means Imran Tahir or Josh Hazlewood will make the side next game. The Indian pace duo of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur have done their job quite well in the powerplay and in the death.
The RR have got a settled squad overall with little tweaks here and there. The batting looks set with a good decision to back Robin Uthappa at the top where he is given the license to go hard at the bowlers. He should be accompanied by Jos Buttler that puts pressure on the opponents.
At 3, Sanju Samson should really stop throwing his wicket for granted and stick around for a while for him to calm the nerves. The captain Steve Smith coming in at 4 finally broke the jinx with a well made 50 against RCB that will instill confidence in him.
Ben Stokes should come in at 5 followed by yet another big hitter Tewatia who can tonk any pacer at will. But their biggest worry has been their bowling. Apart from Jofra Archer, there is little that the others have done to keep the run rate down or have supported Archer with wickets.
Even though the spin duo of Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia haven’t been on the expensive side, they have failed to get crucial breakthroughs.
Kartik Tyagi is an exciting talent who will be backed for the remainder of the season but the third pacer Jaydev Unadkat was the difference between a win and loss for the side. They will have to go with either Varun Aaron or Ankit Rajpoot depending on who is more likely ready to bowl in the death.
CSK vs RR predictions and Cricket betting Tips
The game between CSK and RR is scheduled on 19th October in the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi at 7.30pm IST. The pitch is on the drier side with a little bit of grass that will help the quick bowlers initially.
The spinners will come into play with the slowness of the surface and long boundaries. It is wise to bat first and put somewhere around 180 that gives freedom to your bowlers to attack without any hesitation.
The prediction and online betting sites are favoring Chennai Super Kings over RR. As per Bet365, the betting odds for CSK is at 1.80 and for RR the odds are 2.0.