CSK vs RCB Match Preview

CSK at home is always going to be a tough team to come up against. That is typically down to the nature of the surface there but at the start of IPL 2024, we expect some pretty good batting surfaces to be served up. For starters, we think the newly acquired pair of Rachin Ravindra and Daryll Mitchell will both walk into the playing eleven. 

We are definitely going to include them in our lineup since they are in terrific form and could suite the conditions perfectly. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad is a dependable batter while someone like Mitchell Santner could prove to be a very useful pick (and a differentiator as well). 

RCB always boasts of a strong batting lineup and that is not going to change this year either. Virat Kohli should open the inning while Faf du Plessis (a former CSK legend), Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron Green add heft to the middle. 

We think Maxwell is the real big name in this lineup with his ability both smash spin and bowl decent spin as well!

RCB's bowling attack could be a bit vulnerable and this is why we would stack our picks with their all-rounders instead. 

Weather Report

The weather in Chennai will be warm and humid, with temperatures of around 30 degrees. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at Chennai is generally good to bat on and we can expect a similar surface for this match. The ball comes nicely onto the bat and the batsmen can play their shots with ease. That said, the quicker bowlers can expect some help from the new ball, while the spinners will come into action during the second half.

A score of around 180 is a par score on this ground.

Notable stats

Tushar Deshpande: Value Pick

Tushar Deshpande had a brilliant season for the Chennai Super Kings last time around. He was the leading wicket-taker for the team, picking up 21 wickets at an average of 26.87 and a strike rate of 16.23.

Team News

The Chennai Super Kings will be playing without the services of Devon Conway and Matheesha Pathirana. RCB are likely to have a full-strength squad at their disposal. 


CSK vs RCB Probable 11

CSK Playing 11

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad
  • Rachin Ravindra
  • MS Dhoni (C)
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Shivam Dube
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Moeen Ali
  • Deepak Chahar
  • Tushar Deshpande
  • Maheesh Theekshana

RCB Playing 11

  • Faf du Plessis (C)
  • Virat Kohli
  • Rajat Patidar
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Cameron Green
  • Dinesh Karthik (Wk)
  • Karn Sharma
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Akash Deep
  • Mahipal Lomror
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing the Chennai Super Kings to win this match. They are unarguably the most successful team in the history of the IPL and enjoy an excellent record against RCB. The Chennai Super Kings have a well-balanced team at its disposal with plenty of depth in batting. On the other hand, a lot will depend on the form of Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis for RCB. 


Top Picks

Ravindra Jadeja: One of the best all-rounders in the IPL, Jadeja has scored 2692 runs in his IPL career at a strike rate of 128.56 and has also picked up 152 wickets.

Shivam Dube: Dube was in excellent form last season as he scored 418 runs at an average of 38.00 and a strike rate of 158.33.

Faf du Plessis: Du Plessis was the leading run-scorer for RCB last season, scoring 730 runs at a strike rate of 153.68. His knocks included 8 half-centuries in 14 innings. 


CSK vs RCB Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: M Dhoni

Batters: V Kohli, D Mitchell, F du Plessis (C), S Dube

All-rounders: R Jadeja (VC), G Maxwell, C Green, R Ravindra

Bowlers: D Chahar, T Deshpande

CSK vs RCB Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction