After two wins from their opening two matches, CSK welcome a Royals side to the MA Chidambaram Stadium who have lost both of their IPL matches so far. Will it be a Royal outing for the away side on Sunday or will the Super Kings come up trumps once again to make it three in a row?
CSK vs RR – IPL 2019
Where to Watch
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date: 31 March 2019
Match Begins: 14:30 GMT / 20:00 IST
TV Channel / Live Stream: The match will be live on BT Sport ESPN in the UK. Live streaming will also be possible via the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device.
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals – The Form Guide
CSK have started the new IPL season very well indeed. After a seven-wicket win in their first match against the Royal Challengers, they followed that up on Tuesday with another convincing display away at the Captials. They won by six wickets with two balls to spare after chasing down 147.
It was one win a piece when the two sides met in the IPL last season, but last season’s champions have started well, which makes it difficult for their opponents. Especially seeing as their opponents are yet to win a game.
RR struggled to make any sort of impact against Friday’s opponents SRH. It was once again the batting brilliance of David Warner that helped the Sunrisers come away with the win. Sanju Samson managed 102 not out but RR’s total of 198 after deciding to bat first wasn’t enough.
CSK all-rounder David Willey has had to pull out of the IPL for personal reasons, so here’s how their squad looks at the time of writing before Sunday’s match.
Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mitchell Santner, Sam Billings, N Jagadeesan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Monu Kumar, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Mohit Sharma.
Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
It’s going to be hot and dry in Chennai on Sunday, which will only mean one thing. A good wicket to bat on first and the ideal one for a spinner in the second half of the match. The toss will play a huge part in terms of who might win this one.
The Super Kings are odds on favourites to win on their own patch this weekend at 4/6. The Royals have been priced up by the bookies at 6/5.
Without my crystal ball as to who will bat first, I’m just going to put it out there that it will go to form. The odds suggest a home win and if RR play like they have done in their last two matches, it won’t be them going home with the win under their belt.
CSK will win this. Maybe not with as much ease as many predict, but they’ll get the win.
CSK are a little short for my liking in the Match Odds market, so I’m going to leave that one alone. Sanju Samson produced a great knock last time out, but Buttler struggled and was dismissed for just five.
With that in mind, I think CSK’s opening partnership will have the better of it. I expect Shane Watson to play well, so the bet for me in this one is for the Chennai Super Kings to have the highest opening partnership at odds of 5/6.