RCB and KKR look for a rebound in the league
RCB will win the match
|Chennai Super Kings||7||5||2||0||0||10||1.263|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||5||2||0||0||10||-0.171|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||7||2||5||0||0||4||-0.494|
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders come into this match on the back of loss in their last game and will look to for a turnaround with a win here. RCB are placed at a comfortable position with 5 wins out of their 7 matches but they will look to not lose their momentum with back-to-back losses. KKR on the other hand are struggling with just 2 wins out of their 7 matches and must look to get their team back to winning ways. Both teams will look into the few issues in their playing XI and sort it out in this match.
KKR are struggling to find the right balance in their batting unit. Andre Russell`s 45-run cameo took them to a competitive total of 154 runs. Shubman Gill, Rahul tripathi, and Nitish Rana lack consistency at the top and Skipper Morgan`s search for form are a big issue for the team. Dinesh Karthik might be promoted up the order with Sunil Narine failing miserably.
Pat Cummins bowled his heart out for figures of 3/24 but the match almost sealed before he was given overs. Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine`s mysteries seem to be unveiled this season and are not taking wickets consistently. Shivam Mavi had an off-day and Prasidh Krishna`s returns are not so impressive so far.
Top players to bet on:
Andre Russell – Russell has scored 163 runs at a strike rate of 155 & 7 wickets at an economy rate of 11.5 RPO. He has failed to set the stage on fire like he usually does in the earlier seasons. We expect a massive performance from him in this match.
Pat Cummins – Cummins has 9 wickets in this season so far and will expect to bowl more in the power play overs to provide early wickets. He can smash quick runs down the order with the bat too.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna/Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
Devdutt Padikkal (195 runs) and Virat Kohli (198 runs) have been a hit and miss so far with the latter’s strike rate coming under the radar. Maxwell (223 runs) and AB De Villiers (207 runs) have been their prolific run scorers with a superb strike rate so far. They are searching the missing piece of their batting puzzle at No.3 and lower order firepower.
Harshal Patel has the purple cap but is being taken for lot of runs in the Ahmedabad pitch over the last 2 matches. Mohammed Siraj and Daniel Sams were impressive with the ball last game. Yuzi Chahal and Kyle Jamieson were too taken for the cleaners by the opposition batsmen.
Top players to bet on:
Virat Kohli – Kohli has 198 runs this season but is striking at just over 120+ so far. He has scored runs at a strike rate of over 120+ in only one match so far. He will look to score more aggressively at the top in this match.
Mohammed Siraj – Siraj has been very impressive this season and have performed superbly against the big hitters in death overs. He has 6 wickets and is giving runs at just 7.3 RPO so far.
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Azarudeen, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel/Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||30||0 mm.||3.06 k/h||From: NW||40%|
|03h||31||0 mm.||4.42 k/h||From: NNW||39%|
|06h||35||0 mm.||2.64 k/h||From: NW||43%|
|09h||40||0 mm.||2.73 k/h||From: W||100%|
|12h||40||0 mm.||6.84 k/h||From: WNW||93%|
|15h||35||0 mm.||4.26 k/h||From: NW||28%|
|18h||32||0 mm.||3.05 k/h||From: WNW||18%|
|21h||31||0 mm.||5.04 k/h||From: WNW||3%|
Ahmedabad will have a cool and breezy weather with good conditions for play. The breezy weather might undo the effects of the dew on the pitch if the wind blows heavily.
Ahmedabad is a placid and nice pitch to bat on with the ball coming onto the bat nicely. The bowlers might get some purchase as the match progresses as the pitch might slow down a little. We expect scores to be around 160-180 runs in this match.
Ahmedabad has a 2-2 win-loss record batting first and second so far. Teams might opt to chase down the total as no target is safe in these conditions these days.
KKR has a strong batting line-up with excellent depth but they are struggling to find momentum at the moment. Their bowlers were carted by the duo of AB and Maxi last time they faced and will have to bowl well to contain the opposition. RCB`s batting relies heavily on the top-5 and lack depth in lower order. Their bowling unit was taken for runs in last 2-3 matches and will need to regroup in this match. We expect RCB to win this match owing to the form of their batting line-up and better bowling attack than KKR.
RCB will win the match