IPL 2024 – Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Chennai Super Kings – 68th T20 Match Prediction

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face off against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 68th match of the IPL 2024 on May 18th. The high-stakes encounter will take place at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, starting at 7:30 PM IST.

Match Context

This match is essentially a knockout for the final playoff spot. RCB, currently sixth with 12 points, need a victory to reach 14 points, equalling CSK’s tally. However, to surpass CSK’s net run rate, RCB must win by 18 or more runs or chase the target within 18.1 overs. For CSK, a straightforward win secures their playoff berth. Historically, CSK has dominated this rivalry, winning 22 of the 33 encounters.

Weather Forecast

The weather could play a crucial role, with predictions of heavy rain on match day. If the game is washed out, CSK will advance to the playoffs due to their higher position on the points table.

Broadcasting Details

TV Channels:

  • India: Star Network
  • UK: Sky Sports
  • Australia: Fox Sports
  • New Zealand: Sky Sport NZ
  • South Africa: SuperSport
  • USA: Willow TV

Live Streaming:

  • India: Jio Cinema
  • Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal: Yupp TV
  • Other Regions: Willow, Foxtel Go, Kayo

Toss and Pitch Report

At Chinnaswamy Stadium, teams prefer chasing due to the challenging nature of defending scores and potential rain interruptions. The pitch is expected to be batting-friendly but overcast conditions may offer some assistance to fast bowlers.

Team Previews

RCB Team News: RCB will miss Will Jacks and Reece Topley, who have returned to the UK. Glenn Maxwell is expected to replace Jacks in the lineup.

Key Players:

  • Virat Kohli: Leading the tournament’s run charts with 661 runs.
  • Rajat Patidar: Gained form with 320 runs, including five fifties.
  • Glenn Maxwell: Known for big-match performances.
  • Mohammed Siraj: Effective in swinging conditions, with 12 wickets this season.

Possible Playing XI: 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: Moeen Ali might miss out due to national duties. If so, Mitchell Santner could fill in.

Key Players:

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad: Leading CSK’s batting with 583 runs.
  • Shivam Dube: Key middle-order batsman with 389 runs.
  • Ravindra Jadeja: All-rounder with 225 runs and eight wickets.
  • Tushar Deshpande: Leading CSK’s bowling with 16 wickets.

Possible Playing XI: 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 are favorites to win. Their recent form, home advantage, and Virat Kohli’s exceptional performances bolster their chances. CSK’s inconsistency and key player absences might tilt the balance in RCB’s favor.

Betting Tips:

  • Top Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell (RCB); Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube (CSK).
  • Top Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal (RCB); Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Ravindra Jadeja (CSK).

Match Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore to win.

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