If there is one thing we learned from RCB’s defeat to the Sunrisers on Wednesday it’s the fact that they need Kohli and De Villiers back as quickly as possible. Mandeep Singh proved he can play the KL Rahul role but without their most consistent overseas pair, the Royal Challengers just couldn’t keep up with the rate.
Now, RCB host a Delhi side who are expected to finish outside of the top four and naturally they are the outsiders for this game.
Leading up to the toss, Royal Challengers were out in front and priced at 1.61 with Bet365 and Betfair to take the points whereas Delhi are the outside punt at 2.30 with Bet365. We all know about RCB’s issues but what about the Daredevils’ chances for this one?
Delhi’s preparations were hit with the loss of both Quinton De Kock and JP Duminy for the whole of IPL10. De Kock, in particular, is a big blow after a prolific IPL9 with the bat while Duminy brings a bit more consistency along with some useful and underrated bowling.
There is some talent remaining with Sam Billings and Sanju Samson among those hoping to impress but with Shreyas Iyer also out of this one, Delhi’s fitness issues are of more concern than RCB’s.
Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.61 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Delhi Daredevils 2.30 (Bet365).
We’ve no confirmed news regarding the return of De Villiers so while the bookmakers that have declared top batsman odds are including AB, it would be best to avoid him for now. On Wednesday, a number of RCB batters made useful starts without going on and it was Chris Gayle who top scored with a modest 32.
The West Indian is favourite now to top score against Delhi and is quoted at 3.50 with Bet365. Travis Head is next among those certain to start and the Aussie is at 4.50 with Bet365 while his compatriot Shane Watson is listed at 5.00 with Bet365.
The one bright showing for me was Mandeep Singh who looked in control before getting a decent ‘skidder’ from Rashid. He will be pivotal for RCB as this tournament wears on and is my pick in this market at 5.00 with Bet365 again.
We’ve seen nothing of Delhi so far so I’m not going to commit any money in this market but I do like the favourite Sam Billings who scored a half century on IPL debut last year. Billings has matured for England over the last 12 months and looks good at 4.00 with Bet365. Other options include Samson at 5.00, plus Karun Nair and Rishabh Pant at 6.00 – all of those prices are with Bet365.
Top Batsmen Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Gayle 3.50 (Bet365), Watson 5.00 (Bet365), Singh 5.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick)
Delhi Daredevils: Billings 4.00 (Bet365), Samson 5.00, (Bet365) Nair 6.00 (Bet365), Pant 6.00 (Bet365).
The bookmakers have been a little slow to react following Wednesday’s match so the side markets are still coming in but we do have some options. With issues in the batting department on both sides, I am seriously tempted by Bet365’s odds of 5.00 on no player to pass 50 in this match. RCB didn’t manage it against the Sunrisers but this could depend on who bats first and if Delhi take first knock, they could well post a very low total, making this an excellent option.
You could, alternatively, play a little safer and take the Royal Challengers at 1.72 with Bet365 to win the 6 over Powerplay as opposed to the Daredevils’ 2.10 with Bet365 again. It’s a tricky call but let’s take a small wager on that ‘No 50’ bet.
Batsman to Pass 50 Odds Summary: Yes 1.16 (Bet365), No 5.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick)
As for the game, RCB showed their vulnerability and lack of batting depth but they should have enough to beat a Daredevils side whose injuries will affect them most.