CSK Vs RR Match Prediction 20 April: Who Will Win today’s Match Between Chennai Superkings and Rajasthan Royal?

CSK Vs RR Match Prediction 20 April: Who Will Win today’s Match Between Chennai Superkings and Rajasthan Royal?

Chennai Super Kings are all set to lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in Match 17 of IPL 2018. It signals the first match for CSK at their new home ground Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune after the Chidambaram Stadium was stripped off all its games following huge Cauvery protests in the state of Tamil Nadu. Both teams are returning to the IPL after a hiatus of two years and would be looking to get the upper hand in this much-awaited tie. A look at both teams followed by our coverage of what we can expect from this mid-table clash.

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CSK (Chennai Super Kings)

The Super Kings had an impressive start to the season with two wins on the trot. They lost some of their momentum, however, as they lost at Mohali. They have collected 4 points out of a possible 6. However, times aren’t exactly rosy for the outfit from Chennai. After being hit with two major injuries right at the beginning, all home games of CSK have been shifted from the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai following unrest in the city because of massive Cauvery protests. MS Dhoni, often regarded the best captain the IPL has ever seen, has a massive task in his hands as his team needs inspiration and leadership. Murali Vijay replaced the injured Suresh Raina, who won’t feature against the Royals either and is expected to keep his place.

Although CSK lost their last game, there were some encouraging signs, the biggest of them being the spectacular return to form of their skipper with a score of 79 not out. Their batting order looks assured and it is their bowling that has been leaking too many runs. In both of their last two matches, they’ve bowled first and conceded around 200 runs making it difficult for their batting side to chase it down. Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar need to take more responsibility as the CSK bowling department clearly lacks the star power of earlier reasons. Tahir and Jadeja have been impressive and would look to continue their good form. Harbhajan and Bravo need to have stronger impacts during their bowling.

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All batsmen of CSK have had starts and Rayudu, Watson, and Billings, in particular, look in fantastic touch. This will be the first game to be played in Pune this season and the condition of the track would be a mystery for both teams. Dhoni may look for some change in strategy. It wouldn’t be surprising to see CSK try their hand at batting first on the unknown Pune wicket if they win the toss again, considering the fact that CSK has a lot of firepower in their batting. A total in excess of 200 can put RR under pressure while chasing. Our prediction is that CSK would field an unchanged side as Dhoni doesn’t like chopping and changing. The key could be Imran Tahir’s canny ability to pick up crucial wickets and the skipper himself who looks to be back in form.

CSK Playing XI against Rajasthan Royals

Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (C &WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir

RR (Rajasthan Royals)

The Rajasthan Royals have had a reasonable start to their campaign after 2 years out of IPL, with 2 wins and 2 defeats and would be looking for some consistency. They have found it a bit difficult after the tragic events concerning their skipper Steve Smith. New captain Ajinkya Rahane has done a commendable job in the absence of the Aussie star. He has batted well too and has looked to provide a solid foundation. He needs to convert his starts to have a bigger impact on his team. Big Bash star D’Arcy Short found some form at last against the Knight Riders in their last game and would be eager to show India what he’s made off. Sanju Samson, though, has been the star so far with a blistering 92 against the Royal Challengers. They have a lot of firepower in their batting which they must utilize to some good effect. Jos Buttler hasn’t had much time in the middle. Players like Stokes and Buttler need to spend more time on the crease to be as destructive as they can be.

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Most impressive, however, have been the performances by young Indians. Rahul Tripathi and Krishnappa Gowtham have been magnificent both with and ball and need to sustain their high level of performance. Their pace department looks the strongest as Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, Ben Stokes, and Jaydev Unadkat all look imposing though they lacked the cutting-edge against the Knight Riders. Their fielding looks spectacular too and the Royals look like a team with a lot of potentials. Their starting line up looks settled, which is key for any team in a major tournament and without any disastrous performance by anyone or without any injury, no one seems likely to lose his place. The form of Rahane is important for the team and if he hangs around for more than 14-15 overs every match, playing anchor to big hitters like Short, Samson, Stokes, and Buttler, RR is extremely likely to win. The key players are the skipper and Dhawal Kulkarni with his smart bowling throughout the innings.

Rajasthan Royal Vs Chennai Superkings: Where to Watch/Live Streaming

TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Sky Sports.

Live Streaming: Hotstar, Bet365, Sky Go, OSN Play

Rajasthan Royals Playing XI

Ajinkya Rahane( C ), D’Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(WK), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

CSK Vs RR Match Prediction: Who Will today’s IPL Match? 

Although the unanimous decision after winning the toss has been to bowl first so far, it is our prediction that the team which bats first will win on this unknown Pune pitch. Fans of both teams will see this much-anticipated repeat of IPL 10 finals after a long long time. Both teams have had synonymous starts to their respective season, though RR has played one extra game. CSK have had the better in previous encounters, winning 11 of 18 matches played between the sides and start as favorite having had the better of RR in all 4 of their previous encounters. 

CSK (Chennai Super Kings) is favorites to win today’s match.

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