Match 7 – KKR vs SRH: Betting Predictions

Both SRH and KKR are in the urge to bring back themselves to the track as soon as possible. The management of both the teams wouldn’t have been pleased with how these two teams performed in their first match of the tournament. Obviously, both the teams need a maximum bang of bucks in this current situation, and that’s what their ardent fans are expecting too.

SRH toppled against RCB even though Johny Bairstow was prolific from his side. On the other side, KKR was not even in the chase with their top order batters unwilling to keep up with the asking run rate. The bowlers were not up to their mark on both occasions.

So, these done and dusted faults of the two standard sides have pushed them to erase everything with a fine win as they are going to lock horns in Abu Dhabi.

Without getting into more build-ups for this match, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.8 of IPL 2020: SRH vs KKR.

Prediction on the top run-scorer

David Warner was unfortunate in the last match. His way of dismissal behaved as an earth-shaking thing for the Hyderabad team. To be frank, the control of the game for SRH was slightly slipped with the way David Warner got dismissed.

The consistency factor in David Warner was something astonishing based on the stats. He was so consistent right after sporting the orange jersey of Hyderabad. With enough time spent with the bat in England, he is all set to showcase his feasting performance, and that’s when he got into the last match disaster. He is excellent in comebacks, and he has done it often in the past in all stages of his cricket life. On the whole, this hulky Australian opener is a sure bet for making for this clash against SRH.

Manish Pandey looks good in shape, and he was timing the ball really well in the last match. Next to David Warner, Manish Pandey is among the front runners to make most runs in this match.

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Sunil Narine is the prolific bowler for KKR for any time. His role in doing the collapses to the opponents has become even more precious as the other bowlers of KKR didn’t look too good with their touch. As Kuldeep Yadav became more expensive, it would automatically allow the batters to go against the other spinner, Sunil Narine. It will make Suni Narine a perfect choice to pick up the most number of wickets in this crucial contest that happens at Abu Dhabi.

Another tough customer for this role would be Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He still got the point to prove in this tournament. He was good with the new ball in the last match. But he needs to reap more wickets in the early stage of an innings. The 30 years, old Indian bowler is filled with experience and new thoughts to be on top. So this match against the struggling KKR batters, who were searching for the flow in the batting, would reap the rewards he wishes to get most often.

Prediction on Who will win the match? 

With the team strength and last match’s performances, SRH seems to have the upper hand here. With the turbocharged David Warner still finding to go on top, this match would be on their side if David Warner gets on a roll.

Both teams are in need of breathing a sigh of relief with opening the account. A very tough fight for sure, with both the teams possessing high-class spinners who can turnaround the table in a single over.

But SRH possesses the batters who can tackle the spinners more productively. And also, KKR’s short ball strategies cannot be a right bet against SRH, which has David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Manish Pandey.

Above all, the leadership factor. David Warner has a better captaincy record, and his responsibility towards his team is much more compared to that of Dinesh Karthik.

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Andre Russell, who else can beat this man for this role if he gets on a fine touch. The UAE wickets will have the tests for the West Indian all-rounder. These feather belt wickets of UAE are not so apt for brutal hitting in the penultimate overs. A batsman needs to spend time on these wickets to adapt to them. Andre Russell was struggling to fund the sweet spot of his bat in the last match. His current mentality about this game and his previous heroics against these teams would make him come back to his track quickly.

Another competitor for this most sixes role would be the skipper of SRH, David Warner. The pull shot of David Warner has always been an eye-catching. The way he transforms his weight to his back leg was something so natural. And these slower wickets would provide him even more fraction of seconds to get on to the spot. Not only back-foot shots, but his lofted straight drives against the spinners are also the trademark shot of this Australian opener. So, by having a wide range of shots against pacers and spinners, David Warner stands as a greater choice for making the most number of sixes in this match.

Prediction on Man of the match:

Sunil Narine can play a pivotal role for KKR for their match against SRH. As SRH was not so effective with their new-ball bowling, Sunil Narine won’t find it difficult to go above the ring of 30 yards in the initial stage. And at the same time, his bowling is still found to be tricky. If KKR posts some decent total on board, Sunil Narine would be the most challenging customer for the SRH batters.

David Warner will be the first choice for this prediction of achieving the man of the match award as he adapts to these sub-continent kinds of conditions so well. And this match can be a starter for this Australian as KKR bowlers aren’t found to be gritty except Sunil Narine.

To sum up

Overall, SRH’s chances are looking so bright with some alterations in the fast bowling department. They need to be even more aggressive to win a T20 game. If it happens so with the batters getting more productive, this will be a tough fight in which SRH will step in as the favorites.

Match 7 – CSK vs DC: Betting Predictions

CSK have become streaky with the loss against Rajasthan Royals. Their bowling wasn’t up to the mark as they have bowled against MI in the first match. Spinners were helpless, and they were letting so much damage as Sanju Samson was slogging as far as he can. CSK is in need of a convincing win right now. 

On the other side, Delhi Capitals, with its Indian batting line up looks so solid with their first win against KXIP. Kagiso Rabada has done his magic to claim the first victory for Delhi. This puts them a comfortable side to step into the next match of their campaign. But this clash will be so pivotal for Delhi as they will face all-time favourites of this IPL tournament. 

Without further ado, let’s get into the betting predictions for Match No.7 of IPL 2020: CSK vs DC.

Prediction on the top run-scorer

The young skipper of Delhi based franchise looks so good to be a big part of this match. He proves to be both a hitter and a tactical batter who can run between the wicket like a running machine with his astonishing six-hitting ability. For CSK, Shreyas Iyer is a tricky customer as they lack the touch in their spin department. Even the front line fast bowlers do not seem to be in a good flow; this puts Shreyas an excellent opportunity to exhibit more of his skillsets. 

Another competitor for the most run-scorer will be Faf Du Plessis. The Rabada attack won’t be a big task for this proteas batsman as he would have faced him plenty of time in the South African practice camp. Apart from that, the South African skipper has been so prolific for the yellow side. His spin ball batting has improved a lot, as we have witnessed in the last two matches. His gritty knock for CSK will continue, and as of now, there is no barrier from DC. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Sam Curran has got into the charge, and he is doing his job in a pretty good manner. The English all-rounder has become a precious source for MSD in scalping the Indian top orders of DC. His final overs cameo has shown what he is capable of. Since Sam Curran has continued his form in his second match, a lot is expected from the young pacer. According to the current scenario, the young English bowler is the strong candidate to be the most wicket-taker of the Match No.7 of IPL 2020. He is missing the new ball swing as he usually does at the international level; when he gets it, he will be entirely in a different zone that would help the yellow team. 

Kagiso Rabada made a strong statement about his current form in the last match. The way he approached the super over with his lethal pace was something that will haunt some batters. With perfect rhythm and mindset, Kagiso Rabada will step on as one of the favourites to pick the most number of wickets in this clash. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

We are going with CSK this time. They know how to come back. Especially MSD knew how to stop his fellow Indian mates of the Delhi team. That puts the DC batters under vast pressure. 

Batting wise, CSK is trying to avoid pressure. The required run rate is causing trouble for the kind of batters CSK possesses. And this is directly affected by their bowling department. The bowlers need to take more responsibility. But the depth in their batting line up seems good. They can chase down totals if their openers start in the required fashion. 

Coming to the DC side, both the batting and bowling side looks more balanced. They are getting runs from their middle order, and at the same time, the bowling was also remarkable in their last match against KXIP. 

What makes most of the difference is the Dhoni factor, not as a player, but as a skipper. Even though most outsiders criticized CSK’s performance in the previous match, the yellow jerseys went close to the total from nowhere. Even in that situation, they are making their runs count. That puts them way ahead of other teams in terms of tactical thinking. And it was possible only because of the man Dhoni. He is in a different league as a captain. And at the same time coming back into his track slowly as days pass by. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Shreyas Iyer. You would have seen him batting in the first match. He was so fluent, and his power has become even more violent—a great spin batter. Most importantly, his six-hitting nature makes him the tricky customer to bowl to. The Indian batter knows how to pull his innings till the end, making him an efficient contender to bash most sixes in this match. With Chennai’s bowlers not in good form, it opens the gate for Shreyas Iyer. The Dubai pitch is green, which brings in chances for his pull shots into the game. 

Rishabh Pant who is in an urge to prove his ability once again. He has to do some monstrous knocks to be back in the list of the probable Indian eleven. The Indian wicketkeeper needs to spend more time on the wicket. If he does that, it will definitely be a treat for the fans. With his 360 degrees ability, he can trouble any top-class bowler if he gets on a roll. Therefore, Rishabh will always be on this list as a favourite to hit the most number of sixes in any of his matches. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

With his current form and stupendous ability with the bat and the ball makes him the front runner for picking up the man of the match award for this game. Most importantly, this is the time in which CSK needs a push from any source. Being the only player to have great touch in both bat and ball, Sam Curran knocks this door harder. 

To sum up

If CSK wins this match, it will act as a clincher for most of the debate regarding their last match failure. At the same time, Delhi won’t be an easy customer with proven talents on their side.

Match 6 – RCB vs KXIP: Betting Predictions

The bold red team comes in with a win while the arsenal red team is stepping in with a bad memory. The last match of Punjab was almost their game, but luck didn’t favor them. This puts Punjab to be eager to right the wrong. 

Meanwhile, RCB must be planning to score a whopping number of runs, as they would have got boosted upon witnessing the clash of CSK and RR.

Now, the stage is ready with the ground that would suit both sides, as they have played one match each in this ground. As the batting exponents of this colourful format are filled in both sides, this match will undoubtedly be a feast for the ardent fans of IPL. 

Without further ado, let’s get into the betting predictions for Match No.6 of IPL 2020: KXIP vs RCB.

Prediction on the top run-scorer

Virat Kohli, the Skipper himself, might step in to guide his troops back home. It has happened often, first matches with not so much impact with the bat, while in the second matches, he explodes, gathering all his abilities. He has got the proven comeback skill. In the last game, he was ready to start his going over the fence, but unfortunately, he has been caught in the mid-wicket, which is too far compared to other grounds. This time, the Skipper might be afoot with the distance of the ground of Dubai, which in turn would make him chance his arms with more accuracy in the given condition. 

Since the KXIP bowling is not so consistent as their third and fourth bowlers are leaking more runs, Virat is provided with the chance to take the lead against them. Even the frontline bowlers Mohammed Shami and Shelton Cottrell won’t bother the Indian Skipper, especially in such a feather belt wicket. 

Another top contestant with a pure skill that gets updated day by day is KL Rahul. The Skipper of Punjab based franchise is sporting the wicket-keeping glove is considered to be a great chance of getting back to his divine touch in the batting. KL loves playing fast bowlers, and RCB is filled with three extreme pacers. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Navdeep Saini showed the hint of what he could do even on the belter pitch of Dubai. He would have adapted to it with; hopefully, the adaptation works in the way of India’s raw talented speedster. It was more than a decent spell by the youngster in the last match against SRH. The Haryana born express pacer is pushed to prove a point as an international bowler, and he is doing it in the right way. So in Dubai, this Indian fast bowler will get on a roll if the opponent batters try to go against him. 

Mohammed Shami is again the front runner for this show. A magnificent spell by the fast bowler almost went in vain as Chris Jordan and Krishnappa Gowtham let so much damage to their team with the ball. The new ball was doing magic with the upright release of Mohammed Shami, who was even more violent in the penultimate overs. As RCB possesses the tactical sloggers, Mohammed Shami and his wicket-taking ability will act as a barricade for RCB batters. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

It seems like RCB has the upper hand with the strong batting order till the 6th or 7th batsman. As the debutant Devdutt Padikkal was also firing with the senior exponents, RCB looks so comfortable. 

But in KXIP except for Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, nobody looks in fine touch. Of course, Glenn Maxwell can change the match upside down if he gets on a roll, but that is relatively dependent on the bowlers he faces in the early stage of his innings. He often comes in at 12-15th overs, which puts him to face Yuzvendra Chahal, which won’t be what he would like to do. 

Bowling wise, both teams have expensive bowlers, and at the same time, they are brilliant at wicket-taking if it was their day. Speaking of the ability to come back after getting bashed in their initial overs, RCB bowlers will have a better go. So, it’s RCB who are seen as the winners of this match.

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Coming in as an opener, KL Rahul will have more opportunities to go over the fence as only two fielders are allowed outside the powerplay ring during his early innings. Being a better fast bowling player, he would love to go over the top against the express speedsters Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, and Navdeep Saini. 

Besides, he has more shots, which eventually makes him at the top of this list. 

AB De Villiers. You don’t need more explanation for this name on this list. The 360 degrees can go over any side of the ground with pure timing. He has played it with every nook and corner of his bat that comes so naturally to him. With the given Dubai pitch and conditions, ABD looks so reliable for this match with his proven talents. Addedly, KXIP doesn’t possess a greater spin attack; ABD is a sure bet for this task. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

Virat Kohli will stand tall with his head higher. The ground structure isn’t going to affect this veteran batter as he has plenty of skills lurking in him so that he adapts well according to situation and landscape. Albeit the Dubai conditions aren’t similar to that of Chinnaswamy stadium of Bangalore, this is nearly going to be the home feel for Virat Kohli, as he is going to be playing his second game in this ground. And he never misses such an opportunity. He must be ready to push the six-month hiatus with a match-winning knock. 

Ravi Bishnoi can be a trouble-maker for Virat, but the young Rajasthani bowler doesn’t have effective leg breakers in his kit, which, in turn, sets all the right circumstances for Virat to win the Punjab based team out. 

To Sum Up

Royal Challengers Bangalore breathed a sigh of relief with the early, which was not at all nearby them last year. If they rekindle the essential elements they produce in the first game against SRH, RCB won’t find any reason to lose in this high-octane entertainment battle.

Match 5 KKR vs MI: Predictions

Mumbai Indians are in the urge to heal the wound they got in their first match of this IPL edition. This time MI is going to clash with another master tactician, Kolkata Knight Riders.

KKR is playing its first match of this edition, and they look even more balanced with the addition of Eoin Morgan to their engine room. KKR with the leadership of Dinesh Karthik seems so good as they have added Pat Cummins to their bowling side, who was the costliest buy of the last season. 

Let’s dive into the predictions to feel the build-up of the clash.

Prediction on the top run-scorer

Abu Dhabi wicket is slow and at the same time the front V region, that is the (covers, long on, long-off and mid-wicket regions) are longer than what it is supposed to be in Indian grounds. This puts even the big hitters’ go-to shots under trouble. The ball doesn’t come easy to the bat, especially when the spinners bowl, so the exciting sweeps are also made to be difficult for the batters. As a consequence, the batters with a wide range of shots can excel in such conditions. 

On looking at the situation, Eoin Morgan of KKR is the best prediction to his bat speaking a high tone in their clash against mighty MI. The England skipper hasn’t done much in IPL so far. Now he has a point to prove. With his tremendous form in his home T20 series against Windies, Pakistan and Australia, one can definitely bet on this Irish born England batter. 

As KKR is dependent on their spinners, the spin bowling power-hitter Hardik Pandya looks too strong for the Kolkata based franchise. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

The wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be the front-runner to claim the most number of wickets between two staunch sides. As he is good with the floating deliveries, the batters will look to take the lead against him. Which, in turn, will provide him with more opportunities to the scalp. He is well experienced now, and the current ground conditions of UAE will favour the bowling the Kanpur- born young bloke does.

The KKR brutal-hitters like Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell are higher victims for Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya. Not only for those particular players, since KKR possesses left-handers in their top order such as Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana, a leg spinner and a left-arm spinner won’t be the best wicket-taking options for MI. 

So MI will have a more significant impact from Trent Boult with the ball. He swings in both the way and definitely a tough customer in the death overs. Therefore for the New Zealand pacer is considered to be the competitor for most number wicket-taker for this particular match. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

KKR is rusty while MI is wounded, but looking on the bench strength and pressure handling ability, MI stands tall with more number of match-winners in their side. They have this habit of coming back stronger after a defeat. 

Batting wise, MI has a wide variety of batters. But for KKR, except Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell, the match-winning ability is lesser for other batters as they haven’t proved much. 

The pace attack is good for Mumbai Indians as they possess lethal Jasprit Bumrah, dasher Trent Boult and the pace producer James Pattinson. But their spin attack wasn’t that strong in the first match. Speaking of spin, KKR is too good compared to MI as they possess the match winners Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav. 

On comparing the strengths and current form, MI looks as the favourites to win this match against the first match of Kolkata in Abu Dhabi. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

A tight fight is going to occur between Hardik Pandya and Andre Russell if they both get on a roll. Both are big hitters. Both love to go towards the mid-wicket region even though the side is bigger from the wicket they bat. The only trouble for them to achieve this is their batting slot. They come at lower order which at times doesn’t provide them with more balls to face. 

But Andre Russell might feel it difficult to go against the fast bowlers of MI as they are well experienced and they know what they bowl. The spinners of MI won’t be much a bother for Andre Russell. 

Hardik Pandya would have learnt the lesson from his first match dismissal. He would have found the distance of the boundary rope through his way of dismissal. So we are going to witness a more powerful Hardik bat swing in this match to go beyond the fence. And that puts him in the favourites in this list. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

There are more opportunities for the batters in these kinds of wickets to not spare the bowlers alone. In that sense, we can go with Eoin Morgan for the man of the match. Considering his current form, this UAE edition won’t be a big trouble maker for the English captain. As he is so fluent with unorthodox shots, it adds more strength to his kit. His natural ability bemuses the bowlers by making them confused in having a routine line and length for him. 

On the other side, Hardik Pandya’s long wait to win a match for his side may come to an end, as he would have adapted so well to the condition right now. His significant hitting nature that is bolstered with the timing has a separate fan base. What he has to do more is to focus on bowling too. In the last match, he didn’t get the opportunity. The name all-rounder gives great power to his name, and he must realize it to be the next big thing for the Indian team. 

To sum up

It’s going to be Mumbai’s game if they bat well against KKR. Batting is the factor they need to take care of. Any good partnership would put them in a comfortable slot as their bowling has the ability to restrict the opponents.