The IPL tournament which can also be called a Vacation plan for many of us is starting with its Grand opening match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.
Nobody can guess who will win the battle between the Reds and Yellows? It is going to be a massive game between Dhoni’s Super Kings against the Virat’s Bold Army. Today’s Match prediction is as follows:-
The Pitch report for M Chinnaswamy is moreover batting friendly than a bowling pitch so whoever wins the toss would want to bat first to put a 200+ score to defend easily in the 2nd innings. The toss will have a massive effect on the result of the match and could change the match prediction in either direction.
If RCB bats first (predicted score: 200-210)
Looking at the batting line-up of Bangalore right from the start they will aim to go after the opposition bowlers as they have big hitters till No.7 and the key innings will be played in the middle-order by De Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer. Our Ipl match predictions suggest that someone like Marcus Stoinis who can come to bat at 6 and play a big inning which can add handful runs to the team. Death overs will be crucial and could change the course and match prediction for RCB vs CSK.
If CSK bats first (predicted score: 170-190)
The top order of Super Kings plays very slow and defensive kind of innings, apart from Ambati Rayudu no one is seen taking any risk. Even when the batting comes to MS Dhoni or Dwayne Bravo it becomes difficult for them as they play very slow and cannot clear many boundaries, it also depends on their form. CSK are cut out for defending small totals with their tricky bowling options. Our prediction for this IPL is that CSK will elect to bat first.
Csk:- They would like to keep Rayudu as the opening choice alongside Shane Watson so Faf Du Plessis might sit on the bench. Dhoni will wish to play 3 spinners taking Imran Tahir as the first option and Harbhajan Singh with all-rounder Jadeja to support Tahir.
Csk predicted playing XI:- Watson, Rayudu, Raina, Billings, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Chahar, Harbhajan, Mohit Sharma, Tahir.
Rcb:- The team has plenty of foreign player choices to make, like the all-rounder choice between Marcus Stoinis, De Grandhomme, and Mooen Ali, they can play anyone out of them. There will also be an option among Tim Southee and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Parthiv Patel will be the first choice wicketkeeper and is expected to open with skipper Virat Kohli.
Rcb predicted playing XI:- Parthiv Patel, Kohli, De Villiers, Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Southee, Siraj, Umesh, Chahal.
Key Player Battles:-
Kohli Vs Rayudu
The second most IPL run-scorer of all time and also the skipper of RCB is always expected to lead the pressure from the front, his wicket affects the team’s scoreboard. But in Chennai’s case although Rayudu is a big hitter but despite his wicket going down, there are others to support. Our IPL match predictions suggest Rayudu will this year also be CSK’s top-run scorer, looking at Rayudu’s last season performance especially when he opened the innings for CSK, the team will rely on his skills.
Chahal vs Tahir
Both the leg breakers have the ability to come in between the attack and get crucial break-throughs. We have seen them playing their big part for their respective countries. Our IPL predictions suggest Tahir will pick more wickets than Chahal as Tahir will be having the guidance of MS Dhoni who knows very well what fields to be set up for spinners.
Head to Head:-
Our Match Predictions:
The match prediction will be more into Csk’s court as we can see the past meetings and how heavy Csk has been on Rcb. Dhoni is the X-factor for Csk as he has individual plans for key players of RCB batsmen like De Villiers and Kohli. Csk will win the opening battle tomorrow according to our match predictions.
So this was our Match Predictions, what is your match prediction for Rcb vs Csk?
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