Royal Challengers started their IPL 11 campaign with a loss to an underrated KKR side while Kings XI Punjab are off and running with a first win over Delhi. The comparative strengths of these two teams mean that RCB will start as favourites but we’re used to them letting us down and this is certainly not a formality.
Bangalore are some way ahead in the betting for Friday’s game and can currently be backed at 1.61 with Betway which leaves KXIP as the outside punt at 2.45 with Betfair.
Selection may have been an issue for the Royal Challengers who were keen to get all of their top overseas batters in. Moving forward, bringing in another bowler, resting Quinton De Kock and giving Parthiv Patel the gloves may be a better option. The toss may also be crucial as we’ve seen the first five games this year go to the side batting second but at the risk of being let down yet again, I’ll back RCB one more time.
Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.61 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Kings XI Punjab 2.45 (Betfair)
A number of Royal Challengers players got starts against KKR but it was AB De Villiers who top scored on the day with 44. The South African is available at 4.00 with Betfair to repeat the feat on Friday while Virat Kohli is favourite at 3.50 with Betfair again.
Quinton De Kock is available at 4.50 with Betfair while Brendon McCullum can also be backed at 4.50, this time with Betway. That’s a powerful top four if they are all selected but there could be some value further down with Manan Vohra available at a generous 7.00 with Betfair.
For Kings XI Punjab, KL Rahul hit the fastest fifty in the history of the IPL and after reaching the milestone from just 14 balls against Delhi, he starts as favourite to top score for his side at 3.50 with Betway. Kings’ selection was interesting for that opening game with both Aaron Finch and Chris Gayle left out but if you think they will play on Friday, Finch is at 3.75 and Gayle at 4.00, both with Betfair.
In contrast, David Miller would seem certain to play and the South African left hander can be backed at 4.50 with both Betway and Betfair. Other options here include Karun Nair who also brought up a half century against Delhi and can be found at 4.75 with Betway while Yuvraj Singh is further back at 5.00 with Betfair.
For an overall tip, RCB have some of the best batters in T20 cricket at the top of their order so it’s a tough pick but we’re looking at Virat Kohli to build on a decent start to the tournament and give us the profit.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli 3.50 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), De Villiers 4.00 (Betfair), McCullum 4.50 (Betway), De Kock 4.50 (Betfair), Vohra 7.00 (Betfair).
Kings XI Punjab: Rahul 3.50 Betway, Finch 3.75 (Betfair), Gayle 4.00 (Betfair), Miller 4.50 (Betway), Nair 4.75 (Betway), Yuvraj 5.00 (Betway).
Other Side Bets
We’ve gone for two favourites so far so let’s see if we can find a little more value from our remaining tip. We’ve yet to see an individual century at IPL 11 although Andre Russell might have got there if he’d not lost the strike in the last over against CSK.
Betfair have odds of 9.50 on a century to be scored on first innings and with McCullum, Kohli and De Villiers in their ranks, that could be worth a look if RCB take first knock.
Instead, we’ll return to the familiar territory of a top bowler market and for Bangalore, Chris Woakes returned best figures in the match with KKR and he’s available at 4.00 with Betfair to do so again. Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav lead things off here at 3.75 with Betfair but our man is Washington Sundar who we hope will come back to the international form shown in the Nidahas Trophy. Sundar is at 4.50 with Betfair as we look to RCB’s bowlers to play their part in a home victory.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Top Bowler Odds Summary: Umesh Yadav 3.75 (Betfair), Chahal 3.75 (Betfair), Woakes 4.00 (Betfair), Sundar 4.50 (Betfair), Southee 4.50 (Betfair).