Royal Challengers Bangalore hope to seal four spot
Royal Challengers Bangalore come off the back of morale boosting wins and are looking more sharp than they have ever appeared to be in the league’s history. Most of this is down to the impressive bowling unit that has stepped up to match the batsmen. Aside from Chris Morris and Yuzvendra Chahal, the fringe spinners and Indian pacers have also impressed. Their odds of winning this game stand at 1.71.
KKR, despite the Super Over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, are short on firepower, particularly with the concern over Andre Russell’s dodgy knee. Lockie Ferguson stepping up is great news for KKR but they will want their batsmen firing to make a contest out of this game. Their odds of beating RCB lie at 2.10.
Overall record in favour of Kolkata Knight Riders
The overall record is in favour of Kolkata Knight Riders with them side having 15 wins as against 11 losses in 26 matches in the history of the Indian Premier League. Kolkata and Bangalore have both underachieved in the league’s history but are looking sharper this season. In their head to head records, the Kolkata-based franchise has had better returns.
RECOMMENDED BET: RCB have a terrific bowling attack, some compelling match-winners in the batting department and have odds of 1.71 to win this game
Since 2018 too, KKR hold the aces with a 3-2 win-loss record. Earlier this year when these sides met, though, Royal Challengers Bangalore kept KKR at bay and raced away to a comfortable win.
Keep an eye on…
Lockie Ferguson: He came in last game and made an immediate impact with his pace, bowling consistently over 150kmph. The Kiwi pacer then went on to win them the game with his Super Over performance.
AB de Villiers: He’s won them four out of the six wins they have had this year. The South African superstar is striking the ball cleanly and is the most threatening batsman in that RCB line-up. His incredible form will put pressure on KKR to not err against him.
TIP: AB de Villiers has won RCB four of their six wins this year and is tipped at 6.50 to win the Man of the Match for this game.