The two bottom-placed sides from IPL 2020 who have made a somewhat-promising start to this year’s campaign, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will clash with each other in Mumbai on Monday. There has, of late, been a six-drought in Wankhede, but there is no paucity of cash.
Ruturaj Gaikwad to score under 20.5 @ 1.85
The word ‘spark’ took over the internet as soon as Ruturaj Gaikwad hit back-to-back-to-back fifties towards the end of IPL 2020, but the right-hander’s performances since then have left a lot to be desired. His showings make one wonder if he went on a freak run he’ll struggle to replicate. Gaikwad has started his season off with scores of 5 and 5, but his form has been poor for quite a while now. Post-IPL 2020, he averaged a mere 18.80 in SMAT, and only averaged 36.40 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where 56% of his tournament-tally came in a single innings. He’s a slow starter in general, in terms of shrugging off rust, and he showed that last season, where his first 3 scores read 0, 5 and 0. In the last match, he was dismissed by the left-arm seam of Arshdeep, and thus far in his IPL career, left-arm pace has tormented Gaikwad. He averages a mere 0.5 versus left-armers (1 run in 10 balls, 2 dismissals) and he is bound to encounter his worst nightmare, with RR boasting three left-armers in their unit. Not to forget, Rajasthan have been potent with the new ball this season, having taken the first wicket inside 3 overs in both their games, so everything points towards yet another Gaikwad no-show. This is a pretty safe bet to place, so head to Betbarter right now to capitalize on this market.
Chennai to score under 43.5 in the powerplay @ 2.56
We all know Chennai are a very stubborn side. They seldom make changes, they never change their strategy and are completely okay with being one-dimensional. IPL 2020 has gone by, but CSK seems hell-bent on playing torturously slow in the powerplay. Thus far this season, CSK have racked up just 33 and 32 in the powerplay. Now in one of those games they were chasing just over a 100, so it’s okay, but the other game oversaw the flattest wicket in the competition, in which Delhi just down 190 in 18 overs. Basically, it’s not “just” because of the pitch that CSK batted slow in the first six overs. Last season they were the slowest scoring side in the powerplay, averaging just 40.07 per game, and with Gaikwad striking at 84.4 in the first six overs this season, CSK looks like they could fall below their 2020 tally this time around. To add to their woes, the Wankhede has significantly slowed down. Not once in the last 4 innings at the venue has a side scored over 43.5 in the powerplay and the last 2 games at the Wankhede have overseen an average PP score of 30. That’s right, JUST THIRTY. This is the safest of safe bets one can place, so it’d be criminal to not go to Betbarter RIGHT NOW and place this bet.
Rajasthan first wicket partnership under 23.5 @ 1.83
With regards to Rajasthan’s opening partnerships, we’ve gone on and on and on and on like a broken tape. But it doesn’t matter, we’ll do it again. Long story short, their openers are the most unreliable lot in the entire competition. This ongoing pair, of Buttler and Manan Vohra, is their SEVENTH since the IPL 2020 and the duo started their journey by stringing together 13. This after an opening partnership of 0 in the first game versus Punjab. As a whole RR’s openers have been extremely disappointing this season, with none of them crossing even 15. And this opening partnership problem is an issue that’s been plaguing them since last season, as RR have scored below 23.5 for the first wicket in 4 of their last 5 IPL games. The slowed-down Wankhede has also made life hell for openers, with the last 4 opening partnerships at the venue reading 1, 24, 5 and 13. More than anything, CSK will also be confident about nipping out the RR openers early, with Deepak Chahar having rediscovered his groove. In the last game, Chahar struck in the first over and picked three wickets inside the powerplay. Laying your trust on the RR openers is a waste of time and money, so it’d be wise to instead head to Betbarter and bet AGAINST them.