Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab in match number 31 of the Indian Premier League 2020 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, on October 15, on Thursday evening.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been on top of their game in this ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. They are at par with the top two teams on the points table when it comes to points but they still have more chance to improve on their net run rate, which becomes a crucial factor by the end of the group stage of this enthralling competition. Kings XI Punjab have had to face a completely different fortune as they have now lost 6 out of their 7 games and they need to win all of their remaining games to make it to the playoffs. So, if they lose this game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, that will deal a severe blow to their chances of making it to the playoffs. To make your Thursday evening a little more happening, I am going to share with you three of the best team markets to bet on. So, without any further ado, let us get going?
Yeah, looks scary right? You must be thinking I have totally lost it as I have chosen this particular market that too in favour of Kings XI Punjab, who have suffered defeats in 6 out of their 7 matches in IPL 2020! Firstly, there's no fun without a little bit of risk in cricket betting and secondly I have other statistical reasons to back my claim. The two teams have collided on 25 occasions in the previous seasons of the IPL and Kings XI Punjab have edged ahead in this head-to-head contest with 13 wins leaving 12 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the last 16 head-to-head clashes, Kings XI Punjab have won on 9 occasions and Royal Challengers have won 7 of them. The last time these two sides met, Kings XI Punjab thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by a whopping 97 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium earlier this season. With Chris Gayle likely to come back into the mix, Kings XI Punjab do have the psychological edge over Virat Kohli and his Men in Red and Gold. Sportsbet is offering odds of 2.24 for a Kings XI Punjab win and that looks like a very very lucrative deal!
Yet another interesting market that I have opted for you to bet on today - the pitches here in the United Arab Emirates are getting slower, lower and drier as we have already crossed the halfway stage of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. As a result, batting on these wickets are going to become difficult as the tournament progresses towards the business end. The specialists would need ultra special effort to bat their skin out and post those big individual scores. To substantiate my previous statement, the 71 run-mark was breached by a batsman only ONCE in the last 7 innings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium! The 71 run-mark has been crossed 20 times in 29* matches so far in this tournament and only 6 of them have been scored at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. In the last 5 head-to-head matches and 10 innings of course between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore, only 3 times a batsman could go past that 71-run mark. Sportsbet yet again is offering the best odds of 1.83 for top batter to score under 71 runs and I believe this could well be the scene tomorrow evening!
No, I am not a Kings XI Punjab fan just in case you are wondering whether I am one of them! I only sniff opportunities to mint money as and when I can from cricket betting and in return I help you guys as well everyday. Kings XI Punjab may have been lagging behind in several aspects from their opponent, but their run of form when it comes to hitting fours have not taken any sort of hit. Kings XI Punjab have smashed 102 fours compared to Royal Challengers Bangalore's 89 hits in Indian Premier League 2020. The last time Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore met at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium earlier this season, the former smashed 21 fours and the latter could only hit 10 of them. In the last five head-to-head encounters between these two powerhouse teams, Kings XI Punjab have clobbered 72 fours and Royal Challengers Bangalore have 75 hits against their name. This is the only scenario where RCB have edged the Kings but when we are talking about an inclusion of the might of Chris Gayle, we are talking business! LeoVegas is offering staggering odds of 2.25 for Kings XI Punjab to hit more boundaries against Royal Challengers Bangalore and there lies your opportunity to make more than double the investment.
Kings XI Punjab to win - @ 2.24 (Sportsbet.io)
Top batter total to be under 70.5 runs - @ 1.83 (Sportsbet.io)
Kings XI Punjab to hit more 4s - @ 2.25 (LeoVegas)