Royal Challengers Bangalore will go head on 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.
The last time Royal Challengers Bangalore won 5 out of their first 7 matches in an IPL edition, was way back in 2013 - can you believe that? Yes, the red and gold outfit led by none other than Virat Kohli looks like a much more determined side than it was before! On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab had a lot of firepower in their armoury but turned out they don’t have that fire in their bellies to go full throttle. They have lost 6 out of their 7 fixtures and now technically, if they would want to make it to the top 4, they will have to win all their remaining 7 games of the group stages. To add to this spicy battle, I have assorted three of the best player bets from this match for you to bet on. Shall we?
You know there’s a proverb that runs across the jungles most of the time - 'Never laugh off a hurt Lion!' A lion when hurt, becomes the most dangerous of all and that's what Virat Kohli has been in this season. He started with scores of 14, 1 and 3 in IPL 2020, and out of nowhere, he now has scores of 72, 43, 90 and 33 in the games after that. With a bizarre turn of events, Kohli has now become the 6th highest run scorer of this IPL with 256 runs at an average of 64.00, with two half centuries in 7 matches. The RCB skipper has 5668 at an average of 38.55 in the history of this competition and of course he is the highest run getter of all time in this prestigious T20 tournament. The last time he averaged above 50.0 in the IPL, it was in the 2016 edition that he went on to pile a mammoth 973 runs. He has played three matches at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and has amassed 113 runs and his average is 113.0, which means it is indeed difficult to get him out at this venue. Writing about him won’t make much of a difference to be honest, because it is almost inevitable that he will score those runs at free will. LeoVegas is offering odds of 1.87 for Kohli to add 31 runs to the RCB total at least and that should be a walk in the park.
This one is a tricky market to be honest, but based on the performance of Washington Sundar in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, I am quite sanguine that this lad is going to add at least one scalp to his name against Kings XI Punjab. In the last five matches in this ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, Sundar has managed to pick up 5 wickets. In 7 matches he has 5 scalps to his name and yes that might put you off a bit but his economy rate has been phenomenal - 4.90! This economy rate pushes the batsmen to take risks against a crafty bowler like Sundar and that results in a wicket. That’s exactly what has happened in the last couple of matches where he has picked up four wickets. The last time he played at this venue, he managed to choke the Kolkata Knight Riders and add two scalps to his name. If it was not for his form with the ball, Bet 365 would have never offered odds of 1.66 for Washington Sundar to pick up just one wicket against Kings XI Punjab in the forthcoming fixture in Sharjah on Thursday.
We are not done with this man yet, because he gives us the opportunity to draw out cash after his stellar performances. So why waste that chance of minting cash on a Thursday, which does not look great for many of us! Kohli has managed to smash 7 sixes in as many matches in this ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. King Kohli has 197 sixes to his name in 184 matches and is just three hits away from joining that league of extraordinary gentlemen of this competition, who make six-hitting look easy! In 286 T20 matches, Kohli has managed to clear those boundary ropes 290 times and that again is an average of more than one six per game. In the 2018 season of the IPL, Kohli clobbered 18 sixes in 14 matches and that again is an average of more than one six per game. The kind of form Kohli is in at the moment, hitting one six that too at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, which has the shortest dimensions among all the three venues of the IPL 2020, should be a walk in the park. Thus, Bet 365 again is offering the best odds of 1.66 for this particular market and I would suggest you to get going before that further plummets.
Virat Kohli to score at least 31 runs - @ 1.87 (LeoVegas)
Washington Sundar to pick at least one wicket - @ 1.66 (Bet 365)
Virat Kohli to hit at least one six - @ 1.66 (Bet 365)