The Chennai Super Kings got off to a winning start against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. Ambati Rayudu hit a scintillating 48-ball 71 to guide them to victory and they’ll be confident heading into this one.
The Royals are yet to get their campaign started, though they’ll certainly want to improve on their poor seventh place finish last year and with an attack spearheaded by captain Steve Smith, you’d think they should have a chance.
Good news for Rajasthan is that Steve Smith will take the field, however both Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will miss the opener, leaving a reliance on the likes of Sanju Samson and David Miller to get the runs.
That has to be a huge blow for Smith’s men considering the form that Buttler was showing back in England, while missing the class of probably the two best batsmen in the world Smith and Stokes is going to weaken any side.
Chennai To Win Draw No Bet
Having a game under your belt has to be a hugely advantageous factor with the tournament being played out in UAE and considering CSK have won 14 of 21 head-to-heads between these two down the years, including four of five since May 2015, they certainly deserve to be at a shorter price.
Rajasthan Royals Highest Opening Partnership
Although we feel the Super Kings will take the proceedings, from a betting angle we certainly like the look of the Royals to have the highest opening partnership.
Indeed, Murali Vijay and Shane Watson managed just five runs between them in their opener and looked out of touch, not to mention they’ll now have to face the in-form bowling of Jofra Archer.
That compares to a more composed and fresh Royals’ opening batting pair whoever they decide to opt with, against what is a less daunting bowling line-up.