Match 18 – CSK vs KXIP: Betting Predictions

Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. Both are in the bottom of the table right now with three losses for each. It is fair to say that both the teams haven’t performed yet as a team.

The clash is at Dubai, where the boundaries are too far from the middle on comparing to other two venues of this IPL edition.

What is more fascinating is the adaptation of the teams to these conditions.

Without much ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.18 of IPL 2020: CSK vs KXIP.

Prediction on the top run-scorer.

With the failure of the opening pair of CSK in the last four matches, a bigger responsibility lies on Ambati Rayudu who walks in at No. 3. His half century in the first match guided his troops home against the Mumbai team. As he missed out the next two games, CSK was forced to face a bigger set back in the batting unit and it reflected in the results of CSK. Since the Indian batter came back after solving his hamstring issue, his batting was so expected in their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. But an unplayable delivery from T Natarajan made Rayudu walk back to the pavilion. After three continuous loses all eyes are upon the batting order of CSK, which can be solved by the batting ability of Ambati Rayudu.

Nicholas Pooran made some heroic shots in the last match but failed to pull his team over the fence. The way he played the left arm spinner Krunal Pandya showed how brutal he can be against the spin bowlers. He isn’t a great batter against the speed that clocks north of 140 kph continuously. As Chennai has no such bowler in their eleven, Nicholas Pooran looks as the best contestant to make more number of runs in this match with the bat.

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Piyush Chawla, being the leg spinner has the opportunity to grab the middle order wickets of Kings XI Punjab. The Dubai ground is bigger with the midwicket and cover regions won’t be the best area to go on top against the spinners, Piyush Chawla might have the best possibilities of grabbing the middle orders of the Punjab team. The only problem will be Nicholas Pooran and Jimmy Neesham for Chawla ast they both are lefties who will get leg spinners towards them. But in the last four games, we saw Chawla being productive against left handers. The way he makes the batsmen to go over top is the key here, David Warner’s wicket in the last match is a great example of it.

Mohammed Shami being Mohammed Shami, is the dangerous thing for CSK to face. Especially the middle order batters when facing the Indian speedster during the penultimate overs would improve the possibility for Shami to grab more wickets. And also the new ball bowling of Shami with the upright seam position will move in different angles. On the whole, Shami is a favorite of picking most number of wickets in this match.

Prediction on Who will win the match?

CSK was playing with the correct combinations in the last match. It gave them a better balance with both bat and the ball. Playing with six bowlers helped MSD to have more options when SRH batters went hard in the death overs.

Batting wise, CSK is again feeling the heat while Shane Watson is not performing at the top of the order. The pressure lies on the other two top orders now Faf Du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu. Kedar Jadhav is yet to do some meaningful performance for the yellow team. Ravindra Jadeja made a match winning knock in the last match while Dhoni has got a little of his divine touch back. While in KXIP, the batters are performing with more responsibility. Especially the top two KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Other than that Nicholas Pooran has made a decent knock in the last match but that wasn’t enough for the Punjab team to win that match. Except these three, no other batsmen in Punjab looks so good at present.

Speaking of the bowling department, both the teams are missing some stunning execution from their bowlers.It’s Mohammed Shami doing the bowling job for Punjab and except Deepak Chahar there is no bowler in CSK to make some bigger impacts for their side.

Even though both teams lack turbo charge from their performers, as a team CSK looks balanced and they have  all the ability to win this game.

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Nicholas Pooran is a great player of the left arm spin. Speed isn’t a bigger problem unless it clocks above 140 kphs. Since CSK is not possessing the trouble making off spin for the left hander, Nicholas Pooran will find it much easier ro go against the Chennai bowlers.

His on side shots are mind- blowing with natural bat swings, while his straight and off side lofted drives of this West Indian keeper are crafted to perfection. With Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja, are the only two spinners for CSK, this match is definitely going to reveal the six hitting talent of Nicholas Pooran.

Apart from that MS Dhoni seems to get back his touch. The leg spinners of Punjab are inexperienced and that might help the former Indian skipper to hit more sixes. Except Mohammed Shami, no other fast bowlers are going to make Dhoni to mishit it seems. That makes Dhoni as another favorite to hit more number of sixes in this match.

Prediction on Man of the match

Ambati Rayudu with his urge to prove a point, might get in high octane action. Since batting at No. 3 he is provided with more opportunity to face most number of balls in an innings. His wide range of shots and match winning ability makes him the best option to go for picking the man of the match award for this match.

Again, Nicholas Pooran who can hit more sixes can also be the candidate for grabbing the man of the match award. Not only his batting, but he can also make unimaginable stops with his priceless fielding

To sum up

Both the teams which have tasted success only once in this tournament are facing with eagerness to change the scenario for themselves. Even though KXIP has a strong top order, their bowling is not so impressive to outwin CSK. On the whole, it’s going to be CSK’s game.

Match 16 – DC vs KKR: Betting Predictions

Two strong teams of this IPL are locking horns in the smallest venue of this edition. What else would we ask for more than this kind of clash on a Saturday evening? 

The young cricketing team, Delhi has got a terrific start in this tournament. By winning the matches against KXIP and CSK, Shreyas Iyer led Delhi team faced a defeat through SRH in their last match. To get back on track, the naive team would be coming harsh on KKR. 

On the other side, KKR is slowly getting back to form with their many- bowlers strategy and two exponents T20 batters in the middle of their batting order. 

Without much ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.16 of IPL 2020: DC vs KKR. 

Prediction on the top run-scorer.

The venue has made Andre Russell the best choice of the highest run maker for this match. Even his mishit shots would go beyond the roofs of the Sharjah ground. A spinner cannot bowl against him in a restricting manner. The West Indian knight would be the dangerous thing ever to be played in this ground. The public around the ground must be alert because of the Russell storm that’s going to launch on this Saturday night. Still, now Russell hasn’t made big innings, with this small ground dimension this is the right time for Andre Russell to get back on his adventurous track. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje would be the tough customers for Russell. But, remember that the backside boundaries are so small in Sharjah which wouldn’t allow the pacers to go with bouncers whole heartedlyÇ. And also, this Knight Rider Allrounder has got the best-reflecting batting style, which would help to reap better fruit. 

The turbocharged Eoin Morgan is the next choice in this category. He has got the exciting pull shot to dismantle the short balls off the lethal Delhi, fast bowlers. Speaking of spinners, both Amit Mishra and Acar Patel bring the ball towards him, which is another huge advantage for the world cup winning captain. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Amit Mishra is the man in the form right now in IPL. It has become too hard for the batters to tackle the loopy deliveries of Amit Mishra. All four overs of Amit Mishra seem to be more productive than others. Above all, the psychological trouble a batter gets into while facing the Indian wristy is doing half of the job done for the Delhi based team. Furthermore, the 37 years old wristy is the reason for the most number of mid-innings collapses in IPL. And the reputation has even bolstered with his hat – trick records. Even though the Sharjah ground is small, Mishra can put pressure straight away on the batters who face him. 

Varun Chakravarthy is becoming a new Sunil Narine for Kolkata Knight Riders with his magical spin. The unique training which was arranged for him by the Knight Riders camp is now paying off. More than Kuldeep Yadav, Varun is making the count for the Kolkata side. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

More than anything Kolkata Knight Riders are seasoned campaigners. They know the rules to win and the route to achieving greatness. The experience and exposure involved in this Kolkata side have a separate strength. They are playing with seven bowlers in their side. The team which can bowl in this Sharjah ground can be the winners by a considerable margin. 

Speaking of batting both have brutal hitters. Mostly Delhi Capitals is filled with many sloggers while KKR is possessing range hitters. The competition in six-hitting will be high, and that’s when the bowling department will play a huge role in restricting the bat flow. 

One more thing that goes as an advantage for KKR is the form of Eoin Morgan. He has got the touch in the last match with his unbeaten 34. This, in turn, brings in massive support for KKR during the penultimate over. He has got the power to emulate Russell now, which makes KKR a strong contender of this tournament. 

DC needs to focus on its batting order. They have their best hitters Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer at the lower middle order, which eventually makes them miss many overs. This needs to be written right to make a substantial score making ability for themselves. On the whole, KKR possesses most of the chances to outwin the young and energetic Delhi Capitals. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Eoin Morgan is a kind of player who fancies to go for six rather than picking singles. The way this English batsman reaches downtown is something unique. The long handle grip of Morgan urges him to smoke the ball over the rope effortlessly. On the other hand, it has helped him to be more aggressive. And also his grip has provided him with a larger arc to cover. With the DC team isn’t possessing not so threatening off-spinners, Eoin Morgan is now provided with a better option to go harder against the Delhi team. What makes his shots more delightful is his mighty top hand. Even the pull shots from him reveal some great use of the top hand, and it is flexible too. And that’s why he can be more effective against the lethal speedsters of Delhi Capitals Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. 

Prediction on Man of the match

Andre Russell with his match-winning knocks and impactful bowling in the middle has a more massive chance to pick the man of the match award. Since the ground dimension is too small, it provides him with an option to be more confident. It won’t be a surprise if Andre Russell is sent up the order in this venue. And also in bowling, KKR needs the experience to restrict the run flow, which is where Russell can be handy too. As the player is three dimensional, the contribution from such players is what is more expected. 

To Sum Up

On the whole, KKR with more options in the bowling and the presence of brutal hitters in the middle, they are too strong for Delhi Capitals. Shreyas Iyer must bring in his sharp cricket mind to get a go in the best position.

Match 15 – RCB vs RR: Betting Predictions

Royal Challengers Bangalore has made an extreme effort to claim their second win of this IPL 2020, against Mumbai Indians. The last match win fixed RCB back on the map. To continue the great run of victory, Virat Kohli and co might be so curious about winning the next match. This time it’s going to be against the pink team. 

RR, after winning two matches in Sharjah, lost the match against KKR in Dubai. Interestingly, the change of venue has disturbed almost all the teams of this tournament. As RR is scheduled to face another change of venue, this match against RCB would be an excellent watch for us on their adaptation to the new conditions and correcting the learnings from the last match. 

Without much ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.15 of IPL 2020: RCB vs RR.

Prediction on the Top Run-Scorer. 

Aaron Finch is the right choice to face the lethal Jofra Archer of RR. The Aussie opener was smashing the deadly bowling of Archer in England, and that provides an extraordinary chance for us to witness a batsman going hard against the Barbadian born English bowler. The player who is capable of taking off the pressure from Ab De Villiers and Virat Kohli. As he had found some sweet memories with his bat in the last match with his half-centuries, he might be vibrant, and at the same time, he is expected to have a better rhythm of bat flow in this match against Rajasthan Royals. 

Another mighty crop that would blast with the pink jersey on top would be Jos Buttler. The English wicket-keeper is yet to make an impactful inning in this tournament. With RCB’s poor bowling is very well known, the England player will step in as the favourite for this game as he is going to face the new ball from Umesh Yadav and Isiru Udana, who haven’t made so much impact with their performances in this tournament. These tiny factors combined to make this game for Jos Buttler a most memorable one. 

Prediction on Top Wicket-taker

Shreyas Gopal, being leggy is going to be a tough challenge for the superstar filled Bangalore batting line up. This Karnataka born wrist spinner has got the googly that would bemuse the batters so often. With the stellar batters of RCB Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers are not so good against tackling the leg spinner’s incoming deliveries. 

Navdeep Saini won’t be just filling his shoes as he had already played for the Indian team. He has been into the international stage, and he knows what it takes to be successful against the international standard players. His super over heroics in the last match against Mumbai Indians has also got him the reputation. The way he guided his troops towards victory is something that comes only from learning with pure passion. With exceptional talent and current form, this Indian bowler is once again stepping in as a favourite for picking the most number of wickets in this match. 

Prediction on Who will win the Match?

RCB have picked up from where they left off. Their bowling is too weak to expose more runs in the middle overs. And in the final overs, Virat Kholi must be squeezing his brain cells on the combination that would be successful. 

But Abu Dhabi has been equally good for first batting and also for chasing some decent totals. This creates more chances for RCB. If the Virat Kohli led team decides to chase, this match would be a sure bet for them, as their star-studded line up is filled with master class chasers. They have already played three games which is far enough for them to get their adrenaline pump. 

Rajasthan Royals has showcased their unparalleled ability with their middle border. There is no current form match-winner after the top order batters, which puts the pink team under huge risk. Once the wickets of the first three Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson are picked, then there is no story left for the Rajasthan team to say. So, according to the bench strength and ground conditions, the men in red will have the better chance to win this game. 

Prediction on the most Six-Hitting Batter:

Aaron Finch’s harsh slog of the ball makes him the deadly customer to deal with for the bowlers during the powerplay. Finch is a seasoned campaigner with the excellent skill of six making without having pressure on himself. Fast bowlers won’t bother him as he is from the land of pace. Finch’s bat swing is quick, and that is why he is getting under the ball quite quickly. He is not the quickest in the ground, but when it comes to hard-hitting, he is the one with the strongest and quickest batting muscles. Aaron Finch doesn’t use his footwork much, but the swing of his bat is enough to send the ball downtown. 

Playing against the spin bowlers is another critical point to add in his profile. His hard-hitting nature against spin makes him violent with all types of bowling. The way the ball would turn won’t trouble the Australian, as he has got the extreme power in his shoulders. Six hittings have been his shining light, and it is expected to be so in this match against the team in pink. 

Prediction on Man of the match

Navdeep Saini, being so fast and young is making a huge knock on the door to receive the man of the match award. The most important thing about him is the time where he comes into a bow. He has got all the options, he bowls with the new ball, he can be brought in to middle overs to make the effective break-throughs too He hits the deck harder, and at the same time, he is a practised tactician, who can even do magic in the sluggish, slow traditional tacks. The upright seam produces some change in the line, which eventually makes him a better wicket-taker during the penultimate over. 

Aaron Finch is a must in this list, as it has been predicted that he will be the top scorer and the one who will hit more number of sixes in this match. If it happens so, he will be the one to receive the man of the match award. There won’t be any power to stop the Aussie skipper if he gets on a roll. Since all the factors favor Aaron Finch, he steps in as favorite batter in this match. 

To Sum Up

Eventually, it is strongly believed that RCB will make a massive impact with the bat as the opponent bowling is not so dangerous, primarily if RCB chase the target. On speaking of the bench strength and current form at different venues, it is evident that RCB is the most favorite to win this exciting game between RCB and RR.

Match 14 – CSK vs SRH: Betting Predictions

With the modern players making magic with the bat, the bowlers find it difficult to escape from the arc of the hard hitters. This is a phase where batters are getting the utmost support from the fresh UAE wickets. Sooner, this phase would change; the ring will be in the hands of bowlers. The spinners will get the advantage of the sheens and cracks on the tired UAE wickets. And definitely, the tournament is going to provide us some high-octane entertainment with the ball too. 

As so much is happening in UAE, CSK is facing a tough time. They lack batters for brutal hitting. They don’t do that most often- big hitting. Because the Chennai based team is something that brings in runs with equal contribution from their engine room performers. But this time, they miss all the positive elements. 

On the other side, SRH has just now registered their first win against Delhi Capitals. Getting back on the winning track, they might be ready to face the team with the bigger image, CSK. 

Without much ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.14 of IPL 2020: CSK vs SRH.

Prediction on the top run-scorer. 

Kane Williamson knocks hard with his stupendous innings on his comeback match. Kane Williamson is like the silence after the storm for SRH. But the silence here mentions the creep. He scores in his way keeps on ticking the scoreboard. Must be the best partner for anyone among the two overseas SRH openers in the death overs. As provided with the incharge of penultimate overs, it is an excellent chance for the technically sound batter to explore his skill in a different dimension. You can never take him away from the game as he is extremely passionate about making runs for his side. Getting this opportunity to play for his side, Kane Williamson would be the person who would utilize the chance to the utmost level. 

Faf Du Plessis, the Proteas batter, will always be ready to make a mark through his specialization, batting. Especially for CSK, which lacks the push factor, requires the consistent service of Faf. He is someone who plays well when the team is required of it. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has already got into his zone. The zone where he used to be so fluent in the death overs and, at the same time, effortless bowling with the new ball to scalp the top order batters of the opponent team. His knuckle deliveries in the death overs could act as the key for grabbing the hitters who like to slog as far as possible. Above all, the new ball swing from this Meerut- born Indian bowler makes him the tricky customer for the new ball batter. Since CSK is struggling with its openers, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar might have an excellent opportunity to grab Chennai’s initial wickets. 

In CSK, Josh Hazlewood was the only bowler who looked so promising with his steady length and line. The hulky Aussie bowler has got the bowling brains to dispatch the critical scalps of the opponents. Being an Australian, he would have known well about how David Warner starts his innings. Along with that, the seam movement from this Aussie pacer might surprise the batters at the death overs. Based on such factors, Josh Hazlewood is a complete bowler who has more potential to grab more wickets in this clash against SRH. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

SRH looks steady and comfortable with their batting department has got added with the magnificent Kane Williamson. At the same time, Rashid Khan has made a comeback to his wicket-taking routine. 

Other than that, CSK is missing the josh to make the more significant moves. Their opening pair wasn’t igniting the run rate. Which automatically puts pressure over the middle order batters who were completely missing their touch except for Faf Du Plessis, who is always meant to play the anchoring role. 

The death over the bowling of CSK is another worrying factor. They weren’t helpful when MSD was looking for a decent end over. Above all, the non-effective spinners of CSK. They are not making the impact through picking up wickets. They are leaking more runs, which automatically brings up good runs on board for the opponents. 

SRH is way better than CSK in all three departments as of now. With wicket-taking spin bowlers and restricting pace bowlers, the orange team is dominant with their bowling. 

In batting, the three overseas batters David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson, along with their one drop Manish Pandey looks so deep. These factors make SRH’s head higher. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Jonny Bairstow is exceptionally good with his unorthodox English shots. He can go over the fence so effortlessly. Since CSK’s spinners were not doing magic with their spin bowling, the England opener might find it easy to go over the long-off and long-on regions. Speaking of fast bowlers, Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran don’t provide the pace to haunt Jonny Bairstow. In contrast, Josh Hazlewood might be the only one who can be challenging for Bairstow with his tight line and length. 

Getting in as an opener, Bairstow is always provided with the option to get past the fielders in the ring easily. This automatically puts in a positive sign for Bairstow to go downtown, which is his favorite spot. 

Prediction on Man of the match

After waiting for a long time, Kane Williamson is now provided the option to be the middle-order destructor for SRH. For a player with exceptional match-winning quality, these opportunities might bring in their A-class performance. This pressure over the Kiwi skipper is good enough to make him reap more productive fruits. His missed half-century in the last match would have made him even more hungry for runs, which in turn puts him in the apt mindset to receive the man of the match award for this match against CSK. 

To sum up

Even though CSK possesses the higher image with their previous records, they aren’t the same as MSD is still groping for a good form and approach in the game. Since SRH is now dependent on all four foreigner batters, the responsibility from anyone among them would make them winners without a considerable margin. On the whole, SRH will step in as the favorites for this match.

Match 14 – KXIP vs MI: Betting Predictions

The UAE conditions are giving tough times for the players to accommodate. The batters are getting even more violent as every day passes. Still, the spin bowlers are waiting for the sheens and cracks to make the ball unpredictable. Except for Kagiso Rabada of Delhi Capitals, no other fast bowlers make it difficult for the batsmen. 

With so much going on in this current IPL, Mumbai Indians is all set to meet the staunch Punjab team, which is incredibly strong with their batting line-up. 

Even though Mumbai Indians were stellar in the eleven, they couldn’t execute their best. So, the Rohit Sharma-led team must be looking for the precious two points to make a healthy comeback. 

Without much ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.13 of IPL 2020: MI vs KXIP. 

Prediction on the top run-scorer

Nicholas Pooran made a strong statement with a miraculous save in the boundary line when Sanju Samson tried to hit a six in the last match. Other than that, Pooran’s 8 balls 25 at the end of Punjab’s innings might have cleared his view even more. Right now, with the last match cameo, Nicholas Pooran is all set to showcase his extreme skill. The Trinidadian was waiting for the time to explode, to get back in touch. As the last match paid off for his patience, the right time has arrived. Since Mumbai Indians don’t have an off-spinner to counter the left-hander, it would also act as a greater advantage to his side. When he gets to find the bat’s sweet spot, it will be a feast to watch. 

Hardik Pandya has now played three games, yet he hasn’t found the white side with the bat. Infact, he had great starts in all three times, but he couldn’t capitalize on the beginning he got. This time with Punjab lost its spark in their bowling from the last match, Hardik Pandya will find it easier to tackle the not-so-experienced leg spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Jasprit Bumrah, being a smart bowler, would have found that his short balls were not working well in these traditionally sluggish wickets of UAE. We can find a different approach from this Indian pacer in this match against KXIP. Since KXIP is filled with accumulators, MI might be ready with extra plans in their kit. And therefore, Bumrah being Bumrah, would be so effective in executing the new strategies that would have been planned by the strong Mumbai management. Another good thing for the 26-year-old is the Dubai ground, which is comparatively bigger in the front of the wicket region. All these factors combine to make this match more favorable for the Ahmedabad born Indian fast bowler. 

Mohammed Shami is doing magic with his upright seam. The seam does the movement even in these flatter wickets. Kudos to his fitness level that sets his body so right for making perfect execution in the ball’s release without losing the shape of his body. Above all, Mohammed Shami possesses the habit of scalping the bigger wickets since Mumbai is filled with superstars in their line-up, Mohammed Shami, an obvious favorite to pick up more wickets. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Mumbai Indians know the route to be back on their winning track. Furthermore, their players are slowly getting their full potential game back after three matches. 

Batting wise, both MI and KXIP are equally strong. Punjab team has a solid top-order batting while Mumbai was found to have a charged up middle order as we saw in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. From 80 balls required off 24 balls to 5 runs off 1 ball, we can only expect such things from the Mumbai side. They showed their strong character, and it is what T20 cricket is required. Ishan Kishan’s most impactful 99 off 58 and Kieron Pollard’s 24 balls 60 runs have provided the ice-breaking element for MI, even though they lost the match. 

And at the same time, both the teams’ bowlers find it difficult to restrict the batters. The spinners aren’t finding the rhythm as the batsmen are giving them no room to get on a roll. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Hardik Pandya’s sharp timing that comes in with the masterly bat flow is a deadly combo. When Hardik produces the combo, it’s like bursts of crackers. Moreover, when Hardik hits it, it is more stupendous to watch the ball sail over the fence. It is the most impressive factor he owns. His bat swing is both powerful and quick. Besides that enables him to wait for the ball. Especially for spinners, he just waits for the ball to reach his arc. It will not be long to witness the miracles that this supreme talent is going to do. 

As said earlier, the leg spinners of Punjab won’t withstand the brutal hits of Hardik Pandya. The fast bowlers except for Mohammed Shami won’t be a big trouble for Hardik to chance his arms effectively. 

Another competitor for hitting more sixes would be Nicholas Pooran, who loves to go against the seamers. With the Mumbai spinners bringing the ball towards the left-hander, the West Indian wicket-keeper might find it easy to tackle them. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

Of course, Hardik Pandya, who can hit more sixes and score more runs, would be the front-runner of getting the man of the match award. He has waited for a long time after his injury to get under the limelight. And this match would offer him the opportunity to get it done. 

Nicholas Pooran, who is also long waiting to make a massive impact with his game, got his time right now. Getting in at No. 3 brightens the chance of playing more number of balls. Eventually, with his approach, the West Indian can be the best next to Hardik to get the man of the match. 

To sum up

On the whole, Punjab is now getting into the tough job by facing the mighty Mumbai Indians. Albeit Mumbai has lost two among the three, the way they fought back in the last match gives the hint that they are back with their magic. Therefore, Mumbai Indians are the favorites of this match against the young KXIP.

Match 12 – KKR vs RR: Betting Predictions

As every IPL team has played two to three games now, this IPL 2020 is now stepping into a zone where the players have got warmed up and charged up. The competition is getting heavy with some exposure for the players in the middle of the field. 

At this crucial time, every single match is going to be counting. The results of every match do matter as the early victories in the IPL tournament have become a mantra for most of the teams in the past. 

As 11 matches have been played in IPL 2020, RR and KKR are going to make a tough clash that would allow us to witness what these two top-class teams could do to adapt to the new venue, Dubai. 

Without getting into so much build-up, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.12 of IPL 2020: KKR vs RR. 

Prediction on the top run-scorer

Steve Smith made a great contribution in the last match. It has always been the story that, once he finds the form in this top order slot, he can become an effective accumulator of runs for his team. Now with two decent games in a row, the Australian skipper looks dangerous for the opponent teams. One more important thing is the venue for this match. Since Dubai is bigger than the other two venues of this IPL, the Rajasthan players would need to focus on the dimension of the ground, except the man whose home grounds are even bigger than Dubai, Steve Smith. The Aussie skipper knows how to score in the bigger ground. He might use his good running technique in the right way to be productive in the middle overs. 

Eoin Morgan, the skipper of the English team, was searching for the right timing with his bat in UAE conditions. As he has got to spend some quality time in the middle in the last match against SRH, he might be ready to roar with his unorthodox fashion. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Rajasthan bowlers haven’t been good in their first two matches they played. A most important thing to note is that the two matches were held at Sharjah, where it is too difficult for bowlers to defend as the ground is too small. So Rajasthan bowlers are going to have some favourable condition here in Dubai as the straighter V regions are bigger. So, the spinners might find a roll in this Dubai ground. Speaking of spinners in Rajasthan, Shreyas Gopal who is extremely talented and got the habit of scalping; the main wicket will be a key for this clash against Kolkata Knight Riders. The Karnataka wrist spinner has got quality leg breaks along with haunting googlies. So this wristy would be risky for the KKR batters in Dubai. 

From Kolkata, Shivam Mavi has been pretty good at restricting the runs, both with the new ball and in death overs. Since RR is found to have more aggressive batters, they will have chances to lose their wickets if they try to take the lead over this young Indian pacer, which is right with the equation to stop the batters. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Since both the sides are new for this venue, this can be anyone’s game. To be simple and short, the team which adapts to the condition so early would grab the victory. But still, we need predictions. Based on the team’s strength and current form, Rajasthan Royals has the upper hand. Their batting department is creating some different classes of batting. They are setting the demands higher. But bowling is worrying. They cannot win matches without picking wickets. 

Coming to KKR, they are slowly getting on track. They might need one or two matches to make themselves comfortable. The batting order is slightly missing the steam. They need some more push in the start. And also, their go-to man Andre Russell needs to find good touch with the hitting. He isn’t timing well, and KKR management would be eagerly looking for the day to come so early in the long tournament. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Andre Russell is a sure shot pick for this. Russell is a great athlete with natural flexibility a batsman should have. Sending the ball out of the park is his primary mission. And that’s what helped him to hit huge sixes. The Typical Jamaican is fit both physically and mentally. Indeed, he is very good at handling the pressure situation. If a bowler bowls it in his arc, then there is no use of thinking of it. Russell has a powerful bat flow that can even send the greatest of the restricting deliveries beyond the boundary. With two leg spinners of RR side are not so internationally exposed, Russell might try to taste success over them. Jofra Archer might be a barricade for Russell. Albeit, if Russell gets on a roll, then there would be no bowler to stop him. 

The competitor for Andre Russell would be the superstar from Kerala, Sanju Samson. He is currently in the form of his life. Six hittings seem like a habit for him. Even though Sharjah ground was smaller, this Indian bloke was hitting the balls out of the park. That attitude pushes him to be on this list. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

Steve Smith looks fine with the bat. He is using his footwork to the utmost level for making use of the crease. He can move towards outside off stump to hit it over mid-wicket, and at the same time, he can shift even more down the leg to slice the ball over point fielder. The Aussie batter is having a terrific time with the bat, which puts him as the front runner for picking up this man of the match award. 

Andre Russell is getting his quota of bowling, which is something the Jamaican would love to do. By bowling the middle overs, he has become one of the KKR bowlers to change the match around. You don’t need to have any explanation regarding his batting. The West Indian all-rounder is lethal when he walks in with the bat. He had been with his KKR whenever they needed him more. And now the situation has arrived again, where the Kolkata based team would be hoping for early wins to get the secured feel at the end of the season. This, in turn, urges Russell to provide his utmost contribution. 

To sum up

Both the teams look good with the wins in their last match. But still, Rajasthan is balanced with all the departments. RR’s middle order was slightly weaker when they dropped David Miller for Jos Buttler, but the heroics of Rahul Tewatia has now created a huge control in the middle too. So, this match is clearly on the side of Rajasthan Royals. 

Match 11 – SRH vs DC: Betting Predictions

Sunrisers Hyderabad is currently groping for some grip in a dark place. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians would be trying to build a dominating arena for themselves in this edition of IPL. 

David Warner is missing some magic from his side. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer is getting the utmost commitment from his team. So this battle is going to be an excellent watch for the ardent fans. Will the Risers if Hyderabad rises back? 

Without getting into so much build-up, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.11 of IPL 2020: SRH vs DC. 

Prediction on the top run-scorer

David Warner is yet to make a more significant inning in this tournament. And that makes him a favourite for this match. Furthermore, Delhi Capital’s spinners Axar Patel and Amit Mishra, both being the spinners who would bring the ball towards the left-hander, would never be a bother for David Warner. Speaking of Delhi’s fast bowlers, they are too quick, and that’s what David Warner likes most to face in the middle, being an Aussie opener. Be it Kagiso Rabada or Nortje, David Warner won’t find it challenging to tackle and take the lead against them. 

A perfect spin ball batter must be the favourite to play against SRH bowling. As Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi being the front line spinners, Delhi batters who are extremely fluent with the spinners will have a great go against the Hyderabad team. On looking at such demands, Shreyas Iyer will be a perfect pick from DC. The Skipper of Delhi knows how to defend the attacking bowlers of SRH and at the same time has a special skill set to play huge innings for his side. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Since Delhi Capitals possesses three left-handed batters in their batting department, Mohammed Nabi would be a right prediction for picking more number of wickets in this match. The Afghan-based off-spinner is effective with his tight line bowling. Since the middle overs in this tournament are getting slow, the batters would be ready to make some difference in the scenario. This, in turn, would be making Mohammed Nabi a favourite in this list.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer knew that they couldn’t go so easily against this bowler as he would be turning and angling the ball away from them. Since the three batters are the core for Delhi’s batting line up, Mohammed Nabi would be the best pick for scalping most number of wickets in this crucial clash for SRH in this tournament. 

Other than Nabi, Amit Mishra will have a better choice to uproot the ineffective middle-order batters of SRH. Amit Mishra was getting the loop and rhythm so rightly in the last match. Eventually, It will make him on top of this list. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Delhi Capitals is having young and fresh batters, who do what suits them a lot. Right from Prithvi Shah till Marcus Stoinis, every batter wants to prove the skill sets behind their names. With Ricky Ponting’s guidance, the young team looks so firm, and they are gathering the experience that they need the most. The players of DC suddenly got the winning attitude. And that’s what separates the current Delhi team from their previous edition’s team. It is not a surprise to witness all the departments of the Delhi team performing well. They have got the seed, and now it’s reaping productive fruits. 

Speaking of SRH, they lack the aggressive intent as they had in the last three seasons. The top-order batters are fine with their job. But the middle order is lacking the steam to make a massive score on board. They need an experienced player down in the middle to pull the good start from the top order batters they usually get. In bowling, except Rashid Khan, no other bowlers look so good in the rhythm. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

David Warner is always a player who etches his name in this list when he gets in a roll. When a batsman contains three to five shots for a single delivery, he becomes impenetrable for bowlers in the shorter format. In that sense, Warner can always find places in the field to take the lead with his wide range of shots. And that makes him the lethal batsman to bowl for. On facing the spinners who spin it towards him, would make his job even more comfortable to go over the fence. So this match against Delhi would lay him a better route to get back on to his form. 

Another batter who knocks harder for this job would be Rishabh Pant. He did a good job in the last two matches. But this match will provide him with the opportunity to score more sixes as there is no haunting bowler in SRH for him other than Mohammed Nabi. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

Marcus Stoinis, who contributes in all three departments, has a better chance to be the winner of the man of the match award for this match. He is in great form with the bat. And most importantly, the luck factor is also working with him. That was what we witnessed in his first match when he bowled the last over of the game. He is someone who is a perfect athlete who seems to be in a healthy condition for a player. Looking upon all these factors, Marcus Stoinis is the right pick. 

David Warner is a match-winner. A team player. One can never set him off from a game. But he has not contributed to the team in the last two matches pushes him a point to prove for himself. You can’t control him. He will rise to showcase his contribution to the team. 

With DC bowlers are suited for David Warner to take the lead on, much can be expected from the skipper in this match. 

To sum up

On the whole, it is a match where DC looks so comfortable, and they have the balance to outwit the opponent’s powers. Especially when compared to SRH, the Delhi team is stepping in as favorites. 

Match 10 – MI vs RCB: Betting Predictions

Battle of the beasts. Both are known for their massive line-ups with the captain and vice-captain of Indian team leading their teams from the front. A crucial stage for Virat Kohli who is pushed to a point to outwin the comments that came across his drop catches and failure in batting in the last two matches. 

RCB started their campaign with a terrific win, but the image got washed out when they lost with a huge margin against KXIP in their last match. On the other side, MI is different where they struggled in their inaugural game and came back on track with a comfortable win against KKR. 

As of now, this clash between the teams that are completely different from each other in terms of the culture will set the metre even higher for this IPL 2020. 

Without further ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.10 of IPL 2020: RCBvs MI. 

Prediction on the top run-scorer

The top-order batters of RCB would find it trouble-free in the early stage of their innings as they have to face the top-class fast bowlers of Mumbai at the start. On looking at the current form of the MI bowlers, the opponent batters would feel good to face the MI spinners in the middle overs rather than the effective pacers with the new ball. In that point of view, the middle order batters would have a better chance to meet the spinners in their early stage of the innings. 

In the Bangalore team, AB De Villiers seems to have this opportunity that we have mentioned above. He was finding some good time in the middle of the last two matches. For a player of such a divine calibre, this kind of small exposure in the early stage of the tournament is enough to make it count when they meet their special day with fashion. If ABD gets on a roll, no lethal bowlers could act as a barricade for this Proteas batter. On the whole, ABD is the better choice among the batters to score more runs in the heavy clash between the champion teams. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Trent Boult, who moves the ball effortlessly towards the right-handers with the new ball would be a haunting bowler for RCB. Because, both Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli are not so comfortable against the bowlers who bring the seam towards them in the early stage of their innings. And also, the death over bowling of Trent Boult has all the elements to reap more wickets as RCB has no choice other than scoring more runs if they bat first or to go hard to keep up with the asking rate. This, in turn, proves that Trent Boult is a tricky customer for the RCB batters. 

A tough competitor for Trent Boult from RCB side would be Yuzvendra Chahal. You cannot miss this name out of this category, especially with his form in this tournament. The courage to bowl loopy consistently makes him one of the favorites in this list. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Undoubtedly Mumbai Indians with their balanced approach looks so dominant. Every player of their team knows their role, and that makes the job of Rohit Sharma even easier. 

RCB has again fallen into the trap of leaking so much of runs. They have the international quality bowlers, but still, the trick is missed by a mile. They are not acting as a team when a batter bashes against them so aggressively. This makes a weak point for RCB. The runs the Bangalore team provide comes as a pressure creating factor when they walk into bat. Even though they have the world’s best T20 batters, they couldn’t afford to handle the pressure all the time. 

In the case of MI, there is no such issue. They work as a team. The bowlers knew how to overcome the bashing of a batter, and the batters make an equal contribution from their side. All these factors make MI to be predicted as winners of this mighty competition. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Hardik Pandya. This gem, who is known for brutal hitting lately is in the urge to give some workload for his bats. Hardik creates momentum for his shots with his higher back. And that creates the more than necessary power for his big shots. Especially against spinners, his bat lift is even more elevated and effective. Even though Dubai ground is found to have longer front V- region boundaries, this Indian all-rounder won’t get trouble with it. On looking at the death over bowling of RCB, Hardik Pandya is predicted to hit more number of sixes in this clash. 

Other than Hardik, ABD has a greater chance to expose his deadly skill. He has done it for more number of times. And at this stage, where RCB is looking for a win, ABD’s service with his signature run making shots would be a great plus for the Bangalore based franchise. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

Batters are what is getting unstoppable in this tournament. Even though the run making job is not as easy in UAE as it was in India, the batters got adapted so easily to these conditions. 

Based on this batting factor, Rohit Sharma has found the theory here in UAE to make runs. He has his way of cricket. Once he learns the method, he becomes unstoppable. And that’s how he became an invisible player in white-ball cricket. As he has got this good number of runs in his last match, Rohit Sharma must be even sharper and afoot this time. Which, in turn, makes him the right candidate to be selected as the man of the match against RCB. 

Other than Rohit, ABD will have a better chance to claim this award with his match-winning skill against the lethal bowlers of MI. 

To sum up

Mumbai Indians, with their regular eleven, looks so comfortable while RCB is searching for loopholes to make some effective replacement. This itself shows which team is possessing the power to win this big game. 

Match 9 – KXIP vs RR: Betting Predictions

This match is going to be the clash of two best in the business right now. Both sides are making the headlines lately with their sheer performances. Especially the top order batters, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal of KXIP and in RR Sanju Samson and Steve Smith are found to be in great touch with their swords. That makes these two teams produce high-octane performance through this match. 

Steve Smith has a strong core in his line up with the batters and bowlers are equally dominating. Meanwhile, in KXIP, KL Rahul is making his bowlers worthy with some good strategies. 

Without getting into more build-ups for this match, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.9 of IPL 2020: KXIP vs RR. 

Prediction on the top run-scorer

Steve Smith is right on track to make us witness astonishing behaviour with his bat. The Australian middle-order batter finds a better spot in the RR line up. As Jos Buttler has completed his quarantine period, he has become a much-expected change in the RR side. If that happens, the incredibly talented Steve Smith has to come in at No.3.Steve Averaging 45.19 of being a No.3 in IPL, the legendary Aussie batsman proved to be irreplaceable in this slot. The skipper takes time to get his flow in a pitch, and fortunately, this slot will suit the business. Once he finds the form in this spot, he can become a significant accumulator of runs for his team. So with all these facts and his previous match performance, Steve Smith is a front runner for this match against KXIP. 

Mayank Agarwal with his fine fluency in the last two matches would be hoping to play an extended anchoring role, which in turn would put him in the top of the list to score more runs in this match. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Sheldon Cottrell, with his deliveries that naturally move towards the right-handers, looks so lethal with the new ball. The Jamaican bowler creates chances right from the beginning for KXIP. An essential part of this is his partner, Mohammed Shami. The Indian pacer makes things slightly easier for the Jamaican pacer who comes from the other end. The left-arm pacers body-line deliveries stop the right-handers from extending their arms. And that makes him so productive in reaping the initial breakthroughs. 

Ravi Bishnoi is making the bemusement factor for the batters when he spun the googly even more further than usual. He has got the right attitude, and that’s what makes him a unique spinner. Since the Sharjah ground is comparatively smaller than the other two venues, the batsmen would be hoping to go over the top, once they find the sweet spot of their swords for enough amount of time. This put this mystery bowler of the current situation to have a brighter chance to make it to this list. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Rajasthan Royals, having played a match before on this occasion, knew the roles very well than the Punjab side. With the team strength and last match’s performances, Rajasthan Royals seems to have the upper hand here. With Jos Buttler likely to join the playing eleven for tomorrow, the batting order of RR finds more depth. 

Kings XI Punjab is equally stronger to Rajasthan Royals in terms of batting. KXIP has the effective openers who have the ability to be in the crease till the end, and at the same time, the death over batters also makes a significant impact with the reputation they possess. So on comparing the batting line up, Kings XI Punjab is slightly higher when all terms of batting conditions are considered. 

Both the steps in with a dominating victory in their previous match. This puts the mindsets of the players entirely in a positive note. As the Sharjah ground is found to be smaller than the other two venues, this match will be a high scoring match. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Glenn Maxwell, being a smart batsman who is always aware of field placement, has a complete package of shots to take the lead on bowlers. A good batsman doesn’t go over the fielder for a six. Instead, he will find gaps to go in the air. Maxie is one of the kind. The beauty in him is he used to invent new shots to go for it. The Victorian cricketer is able to whack you over the roof of the midwicket region. And at the same time, he can make switch hits to send the ball over the sweeper cover and point region. But his current form in the IPL is a little worrying. He is struggling to tackle the leg spinners who always find the edge of his bat while slogging. Apart from that leg spinner weakling, Glenn Maxwell is the top contestant to be on this list. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

The IPL 2020 has so far been the batsmen’s paradise. Even though the batters have come in after six months of rest, they produce the innings that are becoming so crucial for the result of the match. So, no matter what the ground condition is going to be, the batters will have their charge. 

On speaking of that tone, Steve Smith is predicted to win this award. He has all the opportunities and possibilities to make a prolific contribution to his side. And that puts him a significant competitor for this list. 

Other than Steve Smith, KL Rahul is also a great name to be considered for the Man of the Match award. He is Mr. Consistent. With the century already been bagged, the Karnataka born Indian batter might be free, and his approach would get even more festive. Eventually, that makes the skipper of KXIP a competitor for Steve Smith. 

To sum up

On the whole, Rajasthan Royals with the arrival of Jos Buttler on the top would be more violent than what we saw in their last match. Along with their balance in the side, RR steps in as favorites for this match. 

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.