In the 17th match of the Indian Premier League Chennai Super Kings will meet Rajasthan Royals tomorrow at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. This is the ‘home’ match for the Chennai outfit. The IPL authorities are forced to shift matches from Chennai – their actual home – on account of protests in Tamil Nadu over Cauveri river water sharing. It will be hard to replicate the same atmosphere as Chennai here. But the hardcore CSK supporters will be at the venue to make the atmosphere as homely as possible for the yellow brigade.
CSK still are the bookmakers’ favorites for cricket betting. Check out the best odds available here: for outright win, 1.76 for Super Kings and 2.28 for Rajasthan Royals. If you have not yet taken account at 12BET, do it right away here.
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MS Dhoni  did not train with the team yesterday. But he is expected to be fit for the match. CSK’s unconventional approach of stuffing the team with all-rounders seems to have been working well. Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and Shane Watson can change the game with bat and/or ball. There is belief in CSK camp. One thing is for sure: They will fight till the last ball and often walk away with a win. Is it wise to back in them for online betting? Yes, very much.
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Royals are struggling to find consistency. They appear world-beaters one day and a bunch of also-rans the other day. They have not figured out their best batting order. When Sanju Samson finds form, they look a formidable batting side. But when he gets out cheaply, the fizz goes out of their stroke play. What they need is game-changing performance from three of their stalwarts: Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat.
They have played four matches, having won two and lost two. They need to win the match against CSK, who could turn out to be a direct competitor for play-offs berth, especially as Sunrisers and Knight Riders appear like going through without much fuzz.
What Royals need is a strong batting performance. If that comes, the rest will fall in place.
Prediction for cricket betting: Chennai have the edge. But don’t be surprised if Rajasthan Royals manage to win this.