The Chennai Super Kings will open the 2019 IPL season as they host the Royal Challenger Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
CSK were the champions of the IPL last season and the team has managed to retain its core players for this season. The captain, MS Dhoni enters this match in supreme form after playing some vital knocks for India in the recent series against Australia. Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo have both also returned for CSK and both players are playing very well. Bravo had a very strong Big Bash League where he impressed with the ball while Shane Watson performed very well at the PSL where he scored a vital 71 in the qualifier. CSK have a well-balanced side and will be confident they can start their season with a win.
On the other side of the coin, RCB will want to improve after they had a very poor tournament last season. Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers are both still playing for RCB and that should ensure the team will score plenty of runs. Unfortunately for RCB, the team still has the same problems which are regarding its bowling. Chahal has not been at his best and the team lacks any quality T20 bowlers. It is going to be very tough for RCB to compete against CSK with the captain not having any high-quality bowling to lean upon.
The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium should be suited for batting and I am expecting both teams to score heavily.
All in all, I am going to pick the Chennai Super Kings to win this match. CSK have a much better balance to their team and their advantage in bowling quality will be decisive. Chennai will have the advantage of playing at home and I see them taking the win from this fixture.