ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Virat Kohli played the inning of the tournament so far on a slow and difficult to bat on pitch. He made 90 not out and was single-handedly responsible for winning RCB the match against CSK. In fact, RCB scored 74 in its last five overs without losing a wicket, the bulk of those runs being scored by Virat Kohli.
In essence, Kohli is not the typical T20 player that teams look for. He is incredibly consistent but he is not someone who is going to smash sixes from the start on most occasions. That is where Sharjah is going to be another unique challenge for him.
RCB has made a lot of changes to its team but find itself too dependent on Virat and AB de Villiers once more. Everything seems to revolve around the both of them. Devdutt Padikkal is going to be targeted with some spin from the KKR camp, as that seems to be a clear weakness that is emerging.
Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers could be very dangerous on the small ground of Sharjah even though the pitch there was a bit on the slower side.
This is the first match that RCB is going to be playing at Sharjah and they would be happy to have a strong batting at their disposal. The challenge is going to be for the bowlers to adapt against an equally strong batting lineup.
With Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, and Yuzvendra Chahal in the lineup, it really seems like RCB has found a solution to its bowling woes.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Dinesh Karthiuk played a spectacular inning in the previous match to lead his side to a competitive total against KXIP. If it were not for his blast at the end, KKR would not have come close to winning the match.
As it turned out, the victory still needed a special kind of collapse from KXIP but that is a conversation for another time.
KKR is going to be tested in this match against RCB for sure. Shubman Gill is a traditional player and still has to showcase the next gear in his cricket while Rahul Tripathi was made to look very average against sharp pace in the previous match.
The likes of Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, and Dinesh Karthik all now have one inning of note but nothing much else to show in IPL 2020. The fact that Andre Russell has not been getting the runs so far only adds to the pressure on everyone else around him.
The KKR batting is a little frail and we can see it coming under pressure from the RCB bowlers.
KKr also has some issues to sort out with its bowling. Andre Russell was injured in the previous match and did not bowl. He may be fine to play against RCB but may not bowl. Sunil Narine has been called out for an illegal action and may not bowl at all. This leaves KKR definitely short of some options and a lot of work need to be done by the young Indian bowlers like Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Varun Chakravarthy.
KKR seems to be coming into this game with a lot more problems in its side and that is something that you must consider while placing your bets.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The ground dimensions at Sharjah are very small compared to the other two venues. 184 is the lowest score that has been defended at Sharjah so far and the majority of the total have been over 200.
Six-hitting is an absolute must here but we also think teams need to avoid going overboard in their attempt to get a massive total.
The pitch being used for this match is different from the previous match and so we could once again see some more runs being scored. There is no doubt, however, that the square will start to dry up a bit as the matches keep getting played.
RCB VS KKR BETTING TIPS
We think that the Royal Challengers Bangalore team comes into this match with the better chance of winning. It has a strong batting lineup led by an in-form Virat Kohli once more. That is a big boost to a team that depends so much on him. The addition of Chros Morris also adds a lot of balance.
Similarly, the potential unavailability of Russell and Narine in the bowling attack for KKR complicates things a lot for them.
Bet on the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win.
Our Favorite Bets
O/U Highest Individual Score – Over 72.5 ($2.05) (10Cric)
45 was the highest individual score in the previous match played at Sharjah. This is probably why we are getting such great odds on this bet. No doubt that the 73 is a big individual score for a T20 match, however, Sharjah is the place to bet for someone to get it.
With Virat, AB, Morgan, and a number of other hitters in the lineups, we think this is a score that can be beaten with ease.
Aaron Finch Total Sixes – Over 0.5 ($1.50) (Betway)
Aaron Finch is a fearsome hitter of the ball. He also backs himself to go big from the very start. It is not by fluke that one gets a 150 plus score in T20 cricket multiple times! The conditions seem tailor-made for FInch and this is why we are backing him to get a good score in this match.
Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill to Score 50 or More Runs ($9.00) (1xBet)
The odds on this bet are just ridiculous, especially now that Kohli is in prime form as well. There are a number of things going for this bet. Both the batsmen are top-order players that are certain to get a chance to get these 50 runs. They are in fine form and are both very consistent. The pressure to score quickly is something that can go against them but we would still advise placing a small bet here. Even a small bit of Rs.1000 could fetch you Rs. 9000 back
RCB VS KKR TOSS PREDICTION
We think the team winning the toss is going to want to bat first. The short boundaries make defending a total difficult but the previous match played here was won by the team batting first. It was also a match where the pitch slowed up considerably and made batting second difficult.