RCB vs CSK Today Match Prediction & Tips

Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Chennai Super Kings T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips, IPL 2024

RCB will play CSK in the 68th match of the IPL 2024. The game will be played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and will start at 7:30 PM IST on May 18th.

RCB and CSK will face off in a virtual knockout for the final place in IPL playoffs. RCB are placed sixth on the points table, with 12 points, however, if they beat CSK, they will reach 14 points, on par with CSK. The fourth qualifier will then be decided by the net run rate. For RCB to topple CSK in run rate, they need to beat CSK by 18 or more runs or ensure they chase the target inside 18.1 overs. 

For CSK, the equation is pretty simple. The Gaikwad-led side just need a win to qualify for the playoffs. RCB have been in great form of late and they would certainly back themselves to get the better of CSK. However, the Yellow Army have been a stiff opposition to beat for RCB, who have lost 22 out of the 33 games against CSK. 

Another massive aspect to consider is the weather. As per the weather forecast, there is a prediction of heavy rain on the match day and if the match gets washed out, CSK will qualify for the playoffs.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Chennai Super Kings T20 Live Streaming

TV channels: In India, RCB vs CSK match will be available on Star Network. The match will also be available on Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (South Africa) and Willow TV (USA)

IPL 2024 Live Streaming: RCB vs CSK fixture will be live-streamed on Jio Cinema in India. In Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the matches can be watched live on Yupp TV. Other channels where the match will be streamed live are Willow, Foxtel Go and Kayo.

RCB vs CSK Match Toss Prediction

Chinnaswamy Stadium is not an easy ground to defend. Also, with rain around, captains will prefer to bowl.

RCB vs CSK Pitch Report

The wicket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium will be good for batting, however, there is some rain around and the overcast conditions can help the fast bowlers get some swing and movement, making it a bit more challenging for the batters.

Bengaluru Weather Report

The weather is not very promising as there is over 80 per cent chance of rain on the match day. The IMD has issued an Orange Alert for Bengaluru on May 18.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Chennai Super Kings, Indian Premier League 2024

RCB Team News & Playing 11

RCB Team News

Will Jacks has returned to the UK along with Reece Topley thus RCB will have to make a forced change to the playing XI. Glenn Maxwell is likely to replace Jacks in the playing XI.

RCB Key Players

  • Virat Kohli- Virat Kohli has been in sublime form. He has single handedly kept RCB in hunt for the playoffs. Kohli is the leading run scorer of the tournament, with 661 runs to his name in 13 matches.
  • Rajat Patidar- Rajat Patidar had a slow start to the campaign but he picked up great form at the backend of the tournament. Patidar has scored 320 runs in the tournament, including five fifties at a strike rate of 180. Most of Patidar’s blazing knocks have come in the past few matches for the team.
  • Glenn Maxwell-  Glenn Maxwell was left out of the team due to inconsistent performances but he is a big game player and has a habit of performing well when the chips are down. Maxwell’s ability and experience to deliver in a do or die situation will be a massive plus for RCB.
  • Mohammed Siraj- The conditions will be overcast and fast bowlers can get help from the surface. Siraj can be deadly when the ball is moving around. Siraj has also shown good form of late. Overall, he has taken 12 wickets this season.

RCB Possible Impact Player Substitutes

Swapnil Singh, Anuj Rawat, Suyash Prabhudessai, V Vyshak, Himanshu Sharma

Suyash Prabhudessai or Anuj Rawat could be used as an impact player if RCB require a batter while the team should go with V Vyshak if they need a fast bowler.

RCB Team Form

RCB had a poor start to the IPL 2024 and lost seven out of the eight games, however, they bounced back to win the following five games..

RCB Predicted Playing 11

Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Mahipal Lomror, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Swapnil Singh, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Lockie Ferguson

CSK Team News & Playing 11

CSK Team News

There is a massive doubt about Moeen Ali’s availability as he is part of the England squad for Pakistan series and is expected to leave for England this week. If Ali misses out, CSK could bring Mitchell Santner in the playing XI.

CSK Key Players

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad- Ruturaj Gaikwad has carried the team’s batting ably this season. The captain has led from the front, scoring 583 runs in 13 games.
  • Shivam Dube- Shivam Dube has ran out of gas in the last few games, however, he is a dangerous player and very capable of changing the complexion of the game within a blink of an eye. Dube has scored 389 runs this season.
  • Ravindra Jadeja- Ravindra Jadeja adds a lot of value to the side. He is a handy batter down the order and a potent left arm spinner. With 225 runs and eight wickets, Jadeja hasn’t set the stage on fire in IPL 2024, however, there is no doubt about his match winning skills and CSK would hope that he brings out his A game in a must win match.
  • Tushar Deshpande- Tushar Deshpande has been impressive for CSK. The conditions should be helpful for pacers and Deshpande could create a lot of problems for the RCB batters. Overall, he has taken 16 wickets in IPL 2024 season.

CSK Possible Impact Player Substitutes

Ajinkya Rahane, Sameer Rizvi, Mukesh Chaudhary, Prashant Solanki, Ajay Manda

CSK are short on batters thus it is very likely that the team will use either Ajinkya Rahane or Sameer Rizvi as impact player. If they need a bowler, Mukesh Chaudhary can be used.

CSK Team Form

CSK have been inconsistent throughout the season. They have played 13 games, winning seven and losing six matches.

CSK Predicted Playing 11

Rachin Ravindra, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk), Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana

RCB vs CSK Head to Head

CSK have historically enjoyed great success over RCB in IPL, winning 22 out of the 33 games.

RCB vs CSK Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played RCB Won CSK Won Tie NR
Overall 33 10 22 0 1
Last 5 5 1 4 0 0

RCB vs CSK Betting Odds

RCB are being backed as favourites for this crucial clash. The home team is on a five match winning streak and have played top notch cricket in recent times.

Who will win Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Chennai Super Kings T20 Match?

We would suggest backing RCB as winners. RCB have form and momentum by their side. They have won the last five games. Also, the form of Virat Kohli makes a lot of difference. CSK have lost two of their key bowlers, Mustafizur Rahman and Matheesha Pathirana and might struggle on the Chinnaswamy surface.

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