Both of these sides go into Friday’s game with four points although CSK have the slight advantage having played just three matches as opposed to Rajasthan’s four. The Super Kings are technically at home and have made a positive start to IPL 11 but we’re about to see whether an enforced switch to Pune will affect their chances moving through the tournament.
The bookmakers are relying on form alone in a market where Chennai are favourites for the win at best industry odds of 1.75 with Betfair. That figure leaves the Royals at 2.10 with Betway and with games starting to follow a pattern, Rajasthan seem unlikely to cause an upset.
There is plenty of talent in this Royals side but while the overseas players including Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and D’Arcy Short have had reasonable starts, they haven’t provided the explosive contributions that their franchise needs. With Jofra Archer nearing full fitness and Heinrich Klassen also pushing for a start, it’s time for Rajasthan to consider their selection but it may not be enough to seal the points against a consistent CSK unit.
Match Odds Summary: Chennai Super Kings: 1.75 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Rajasthan Royals 2.10 (Betway).
Chennai’s top batter profits have come from the middle order so far with Dwayne Bravo, Sam Billings and MS Dhoni sharing the returns so while they have those two wins, there is some pressure on the top three. For Friday’s match, there are some good prices as a result of that mixed form with Suresh Raina listed as favourite at 4.33 with Betway.
The only issue with that is that Raina is not likely to be back to full fitness in time so instead, we should consider Shane Watson at 4.75 or Ambati Rayudu at 5.00, both with Betway. MS Dhoni was also struggling at the crease during his unbeaten 79 last time out so this isn’t the healthiest of Super Kings outfits but the skipper could provide value here at 7.00 with Betfair, along with Dwayne Bravo at an excellent 21.00 with Betfair again.
For the Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane has been in decent touch and he goes off as favourite to top score against CSK at 4.00 with Betfair. Sanju Samson has been the standout overall and he is at 4.20 with Betfair again while D’Arcy Short, who top scored against KKR with a relatively slow 44, is at 4.50 with Betway.
Our pick from the last match was Ben Stokes and we’ll give him one more chance today. The left hander has got starts without kicking on and making those big scores but he will find batting form at some point. For some reason he’s shortened for Friday’s game to 5.50 with Betfair but if you disagree with our pick and want to look elsewhere, Jos Buttler is at 8.00 and Rahul Tripathi at 12.00, both with Betway.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Chennai Super Kings: Watson 4.75 (Betway), Rayudu 5.00 (Betway), Vijay 5.50 (Betway), Billings 7.00 (Betway), Dhoni 7.00 (Betfair), Bravo 21.00 (Betfair).
Rajasthan Royals: Rahane 4.00 (Betfair), Samson 4.20 (Betfair), Short 4.50 (Betway), Stokes 5.50 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Buttler 8.00 (Betway), Tripathi 12.00 (Betway).
Other Side Bets
A number of batsmen have made scores in the nineties so it may not be long before we get our first individual centurion of IPL 11. Betfair are currently offering odds of 12.00 on a ton to be scored on first innings or, you could play safer here with a 100 in either innings which is available at 7.00 with Betway.
At some point we will see a century but it’s not a bet we recommend using regularly so we’ll just finish with the most sixes betting. Rajasthan may field a changed side but in general they have the power hitters where CSK might keep the ball on the deck so we’re taking the Royals to hit most maximums which is at a generous 2.20 with Betfair.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: Chennai Super Kings 1.90 (Betfair), Rajasthan Royals 2.20 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 6.50 (Betfair).