After winning the first game sans Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, MS Dhoni-led CSK made a solid statement. Now, they will take on 2008 finalists, Rajasthan Royals, who would look to open their tournament with a win as both the sides clash at the iconic Sharjah cricket stadium.
MS Dhoni, Runs over 19.50- 1.83
Last five IPL kncoks - 2, 9, 37, 10*, 44
Head-to-Head against RR- 58, 75*
Overall record against RR- 420 runs, Avg- 42, SR- 131.25
At Sharjah- 13*
IPL 2020- *0
IPL 2019- Avg- 83.20, SR- 134.63
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is even more crucial for his side this year given the absence of Suresh Raina. There are high chances of him making more than 19 runs as his average in the last five IPL games suggest, which has been 25.5. But the picture becomes crystal clear with one statistic and that is the fact that his last two outings against Rajasthan Royals have resulted in scores of 58 and 75*. In fact, he loves thrashing the RR side and has 420 runs against them at 42 with a strike-rate of 131.25. As the CSK vs RR game will be played in Sharjah, where pacers have taken 58.1% wickets as opposed to 41.9% wickets by spinners, it will also help Dhoni as he strikes at 152.8 versus pacers that rockets down to 114 against spin. Last year, the former Indian cricketer had averaged 83.2 with the bat with a strike-rate of 134.63 and will be itching to get going against his favourite RR after making an unbeaten 0 in the tourney opener. Head to SBOTOP and place your bet right away.
Match Sixes - Under 11.50- 1.82
Last five IPL games
CSK- 15, 9, 5, 16, 10
RR- 11, 7, 6, 19, 11
Head-to-head -10, 15
IPL 2020- 12, 9
Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host the encounter between the inaugural edition finalists of the IPL, RR and CSK in what will be the first game of tourney there. If we take a look at both Chennai and Rajasthan's tally of sixes in their last five games, then the average comes out at 11 and 10.8 sixes per game respectively. In the first two games of the 2020 IPL as well, the wicket seemed slightly two-paced and there weren't very high scoring games as scores of 157 and 166 were made with an average of 10.5 sixes per game. Even in CSK's first game, there were only nine sixes hit despite the opponent being MI, which boasts some big hitters. In the head-to-head games between both the sides, in one game there were 10 sixes hit while in other there were 15 sixes, albeit, how Sharjah wicket will play still remains a point of quandary. Talking about the two big hitters from both the sides, Jos Buttler and MS Dhoni, the former managed 12 ODI runs at 4 in the last series he played against Australia while MS Dhoni hasn't got quality game time in the middle ever since the 2019 World Cup, so he will also need time to get back to his ballistic six hitting form. This is a must-place bet, and SBOTOP is the place where you'll need to go and do the same.
Highest Individual Score, Over 64.50- 1.83
Last five IPL games
CSK- 80, 50, 71, 96, 59
RR- 53, 28, 61, 97, 105
Head-to-head- 58, 75
IPL 2020- 89, 71
We have witnessed the highest individual scores of 89 and 71 respectively in the first two games of the tournament so far. They weren't high scoring games but once the batsman got in, they found it easy to make a good score. Be it Ambati Rayudu's 71 or Mayank Agarwal's 89, batters have found it easier to get going as the innings has progressed. If we take into consideration the last five games of both the sides in IPL, the average of CSK's highest individual score per innings has been 71.2 while for RR, it's been 68.8. In last two head-to-head encounters between both the sides, 58 and 75 were the highest scores, both made by MS Dhoni. Sharjah has shorter boundaries and is expected to be slightly easier for the batsman to score and given the early trends of the tournament, it's likely that highest individual score will breach the 64-run-mark in this game. It also likely that you'll win cash if you place this bet on SBOTOP.