Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings — Dhoni’s Return as Skipper Gives Lends New Lease of Life to Defending Champs

May 4, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Indian Premier League 2022
Match 49
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Chennai Super Kings Chennai Super Kings

It took them more than half a tournament but normal service finally appears to have resumed in Chennai Super Kings’ camp, thanks to the captaincy switch from Ravindra Jadeja to MS Dhoni, who is back in charge. Under Thala, CSK, looking a lot like their usual self, defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last game for only their third win of the season. They can now go on a winning spree when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on May 4 (Wednesday). The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Chennai Super Kings

Let’s be honest. CSK’s decision to hand over the leadership baton to Jadeja backfired big time. That said, they now have the best brains in the business calling their shots again. Question is … is there enough time left for them to make a playoff run?

As things stand, CSK are second-last on the points table, with six points to their name. In their remaining five games of the round-robin stage, they will have to erase the four-point gap that exists between themselves and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who occupy the fourth and final playoff spot.

While much was made of Dhoni’s return as captain, the truth is that CSK owed their win over Hyderabad to their openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (99) and Devon Conway (85*). Their 182-run stand for the opening wicket had pretty much killed the game there and then. Some of their bowlers again struggled but it’s a point that can be sidestepped in the larger scheme of things. For now, the point remains that the CSK of old are back.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore sit just outside the playoff spots but they are pretty much in the hunt as they trail Hyderabad only on net run rate, although they have played a game more.

However, a big cause of concern for them is their alarming loss of form of late as they have lost all of their last three matches.

After being embarrassed by Hyderabad when they were bowled out for a mere 68 on April 23, they have lost two more and none of their defeats can be sugarcoated by saying they were very close.

Granted that in the last game they had Gujarat Titans a little wobbled at 95-4 in pursuit of 171 but then David Miller and Rahul Tewatia expertly ruined their hopes of snapping their slide.

One minor silver lining is that Virat Kohli got a half century in that game but then it took him 53 balls to score 58 runs so it’s hardly a thing to celebrate.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai Super Kings
PariMatch 1.85 1.92
PariPesa 1.86 2.068 1.87 1.94
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Chennai appear to be on their way up but it’s still a bit soon to say if they are back to their usual best. Perhaps, this is why they are the underdogs in this IPL match. Parimatch has Bangalore priced at 1.85 and Chennai at 1.92. Paripesa has Bangalore available for 1.86 and Chennai for 2.068. Lastly, Sportsbet has Bangalore priced at 1.87 and Chennai at 1.94.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Ravindra Jadeja to score more than 17.5 runs @ 1.87

Now that Jadeja is free from the captaincy burden, theoretically speaking, his form should also see a boost. Provided that he gets some overs to bat, we expect him to cover the spread and mend his reputation that has taken a few hits these past few weeks. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: CSK to win @ 2.068

Chennai have won all of their last four matches against Bangalore. Even when they couldn’t buy a win at the start of this tournament, they found a way to beat Bangalore. There is an off comfort that CSK enjoy against Bangalore. Keeping that in mind and also being aware of Bangalore’s recent troubles, we recommend a play on CSK. The odds for this play have been sourced from Paripesa.


Chennai have 19 victories against Bangalore, who have only nine victories against Chennai. It’s clear which side has dominated the other. Chennai has our backing here.

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