The IPL 2021 season, the 14th edition of the cash-rich cricket league has its 19th matchday on 25th April when Chennai Super Kings will lock horns against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK have been on a three-game winning streak and have shown stunning performance in both departments, from halting PBKS to 106 runs to putting up scores in the region of 200 against both RR and KKR.
The in-form Faf du Plessis has been a driving force in the batting order who posted an unbeaten 95-off-60 against KKR, while Deepak Chahar’s exquisite bowling saw him picking four Kolkata scalps.
Full Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Robin Uthappa, Imran Tahir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Bhagath Varma, Harishankar Reddy, KM Asif, N Jagadeesan, Hari Nishanth, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Lungi Ngidi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Currently leading the league table, RCB have been undefeated so far and are on a heap of confidence coming from a remarkable 10-wicket chase win over RR on Thursday thanks to Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal’s heroics.
Padikkal’s maiden IPL century was complemented by Kohli’s swift knock of 72 that helped them reach the target of 178 within the 17th over.
Full Squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Finn Allen, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Daniel Christian, KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel.
Waging Odds: Chennai Super Kings (2.12) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (1.77)
Chennai Super Kings are priced at 2.12 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹212 if they come out as winners.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are the favourites and are priced at 1.77, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹177.
While RCB’s 10-wicket victory will be a major confidence boost, CSK’s big runs games have earned them the current highest NRR in the league and a win will put them on top of the table. And with the Wankhede stadium known for its batting-friendly nature, another high-scoring game is expected although the team fielding first will have the edge.
It will be a win for Royal Challengers Bangalore.