The Indian Premier League is fast approaching its half stage. Clear-cut trends are emerging about winners and losers. Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and Hyderabad Sunrisers were quickly off the block and established themselves as the front runners for the play-off slots. Among these teams only Sunrisers are in action on this Sunday. This is fine opportunity for them to move past the rest.
In the first match of Sunday, Rajasthan Royals host Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, while in the second match Royal Challengers Bangalore welcome Kolkata Knight Riders at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
There are no clear-cut favorites for these matches, as one individual performance can turn the match on its head. If you want to enjoy the thrill of betting along with watching cricket, start online betting by registering here.
Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Preview
Rajasthan Royals are in a must-win position here. They have six points from as many games. A win will take them further away from the bottom-dwellers. Their performance, though, has been inconsistent. The batting depends too much on Sanju Samson. The bowling looks better after the arrival of Jofra Archer. What they need is full-blooded performance from Ben Stokes. That will certainly lift the team.
Sunrisers will be vary of Royals’ tremendous home record. But they will be quietly confident of their spinners’ ability to excel in the spin-friendly Jaipur pitch. In the last two matches, they defended low totals. However, the wins have masked the batting shortcomings. Kane Williamson will be demanding a better performance from the batters.
Check out the best available cricket betting odds for these matches here: 2.23 for a Rajasthan win and 1.77 for a Hyderabad win.
Prediction for cricket betting: Hyderabad Sunrisers to win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Preview
This is going to be a tough match to predict. Royals Challengers have the batting to beat any team, but they also have the bowling to lose to any team. So far, their bowling has managed to beat their batting. If Virat Kohli wakes up, things could change. A de Villiers is already in sensational six-hitting form. What they need now is some sensible death bowlers, who can restrict the run rate to at least 10–12 runs per over. They are leaking close to 20 runs average in the slog overs.
Knight Riders have a solid team, even though they lost their last two matches. They have the resources to turn it around. Their long batting line-up will enjoy the batting-friendly conditions in Bangalore and RCB’s profligate bowling. Unless Kohli or de Villiers chooses to play a blinder, it is going to be KKR.
Do check out the odds here. 1.78 for an RCB win and 2.21 for a KKR win.
Prediction for cricket betting: Kolkata Knight Riders to win.