RCB vs KKR predictions and betting : The IPL 2020 is almost at its halfway mark with six teams playing 6 games while CSK and Kings XI Punjab are the only sides to play 7 games. With every win or a loss, it seems that the top 4 is slowly pulling away from the bottom 4 even though the race for a spot is up for grabs.
On Monday, RCB is taking on KKR in what will be a tough contest with the bat and the ball. A win here for either teams means a pretty successful first half of the IPL 2020 with a high probability of making it to the play-offs. While RCB is coming off a convincing victory, KKR have pulled it out of thin air against Punjab where they had accepted defeat. Overall, it’s a great match to kick start a new week for cricket fans.
RCB vs KKR predictions and betting Summary
RCB vs KKR predictions and betting : Recent Form
RCB were in desperate need of a breakthrough season after a string of poor performances that pushed them to bottom of the table for three consecutive seasons. It seems they have finally got one in 2020 with hopes of a maiden IPL title.
RCB started off their campaign with a win against SRH but their net run rate took a beating with a humiliating loss against Kings XI Punjab in what was a one-sided affair. They bounced back with a super over win against 4-tme champions MI and an emphatic triumph against Rajasthan Royals last weekend.
They next faced the table toppers and the hot favorites Delhi Capitals who were all over RCB handing a 59-run defeat to the Bengaluru franchise. In their last outing against Chennai Super Kings, RCB looked to have found that extra gear and were the dominating side that put them back in 4th position in the table.
RCB vs KKR predictions and betting : Head-to-head
KKR have two titles under their belt but haven’t dominated the IPL since 2014 when they won their 2nd title. They have one of the most sorted line-ups in the league that has helped them win close games in this season.
Their 13th season didn’t start well with a loss against Mumbai Indians but they showed signs of improvement after a comprehensive 8-wicket win against 2016 champions SRH. They were on a roll with a victory against RR but a 200+ chase against a formidable DC bowling attack didn’t go in their favor. It was all mixed fortunes for the team until they faced CSK.
It seemed that CSK were cruising towards a win after 10 overs but the KKR bowlers did a spectacular job in the death to win by 10 runs. Something similar happened on Saturday when KXIP needed 29 off 4 overs and the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine pulled it back by striking continuously to pull of an unlikely victory.
2019 season (2 matches): RCB – 1, KKR - 1
In UAE (1 Match): RCB- 0, KKR -1
RCB vs KKR predictions and betting analysis: Team News
The RCB seems to have figured out their eleven finally. Devdutt Padikkal at the top has been a great inclusion but Aaron Finch will have to find some form in Sharjah. The Captain Virat Kohli has finally found his form and is looking very dangerous at this point.
AB De Villiers has always been the savior in this eleven who has time and again won games for the team and has also donned the gloves without any hesitation. Shivam Dube has been a great support all-round with his slogging capability as well as with the ball in the middle.
Washington Sundar has been a game changer for the team with wickets upfront in the powerplay without going for runs. The arrival of Chris Morris has got back the balance in the side who can hit Yorkers at will and can tank the ball coming down the order. Yuzvendra Chahal can be handy one.
Navdeep Saini is a great talent and an asset to the team while Isuru Udana looks like a permanent in the team with his variations and slow yorkers. The likely replacement might be to try Josh Phillippe at the top after few games if Finch doesn’t fire.
KKR have a settled eleven but their order still looks like an issue. The opening pair of Rahu Tripathi and Shubman Gill will be continued with Sunil Narine not bringing much to the table. Nitish Rana has been quite silent with an expectation of big innings in the coming games. Eoin Morgan at 4 is the best position for him to settle and fire at the backend.
The Captain Dinesh Karthik finally arrived with a match winning half century against KXIP that will elevate his confidence. Andre Russel hasn’t done any damage yet with the fans anticipating fireworks against RCB. He has also been a decent death bowler with his slower ones and varying the pace to deceive the batsman.
Pat Cummins has looked in good rhythm whereas Prasidh Krishna who played his first game against Punjab bowled a match winning spell to take 3 wickets. Kamlesh Nagarkoti has been a tad expensive but the side has constantly backed him to perform.
The spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy have made sure that the opposition never runs away with the game in the middle by constant tight lengths and wickets.
RCB vs KKR predictions and betting analysis:
The clash between RCB and KKR will be played on 12th October in the Sharjah International Stadium at 7.30pm IST. The betting websites and prediction platforms have backed RCB to win their 5th match with KKR not far behind. The pitch in Sharjah looks to have slowed down a little but with short boundaries around, somewhere around 180 is a must to defend. The team that wins the toss will probably bat with the conditions getting that much tougher with the game progressing.
The betting odds for RCB at Betway stands at 1.66 and for Kolkata Knight Riders the odds are placed at 2.10.
At Bet365, the betting odds for Royal Challengers Bangalore are placed at 1.80 and for Kolkata Knight Riders the odds are placed at 2.0.