IPL 2018: CSK vs RR, Apr 20, 17th IPL 2018 Match Preview & Prediction

On 20 April 2018, Chennai Super Kings will be taking on Rajasthan Royals in Chennai, at MA Chidambaram Stadium, better known as Chepauk. Both teams are making a comeback to the IPL after serving out their two-year suspension. So, fans are eagerly waiting to see their favorite team and players in action.

Here is the match preview and prediction that will help fantasy cricket fans to build the ideal team for the match.

Match Preview

MatchChennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 17th Match
DateFriday, April 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )
VenueMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Weather ForecastSunny

Chepauk is renowned for having some of the best cricket fans in the world. Not only are they sporting, but they are also knowledgeable. This means that you cannot fool Chennai spectators with lacklustre performance. That is why the match between CSK and RR will be a highly charged game.

Captain Cool, MS Dhoni, will be once again captaining Chennai Super Kings while Rajasthan Royals will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane after Steve Smith was banned for ball tampering in South Africa.

Match Prediction

Rajasthan Royals may not miss Steve Smith at all, with players like Heinrich Klaasen, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. They also have Jaydev Unadkat along with Dushmantha Chameera. However, this may not be enough against Chennai Super Kings.

  • Dhoni is one of the most successful captains that India has ever had and he has tons of experience captaining in high-stress situations in the limited-over formats.

  • Ajinkya Rahane is struggling in form and may not be able to elevate the team to perform against CSK.

  • Chennai Super Kings has a strong batting lineup with Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina.

  • It can also call up Sam Billings, Murali Vijay and Ambati Rayudu to bat, if the need arises.

  • The only chink in the armor is spin, as the team relies too much on Harbhajan Singh. However, this time, CSK may use Imran Tahir from South Africa.


Sarmad is a cricket enthusiast who loves to observe each match keenly. He is an editor and a regular contributor for Apne11. Apart from this, Sarmad loves to explore and read about Human Psychology and that is why he provides the prediction for upcoming matches too. He feels excited to share his review, prediction and feedback with sports lovers.

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