RCB eventually recorded their first win of IPL 11 as they successfully chased down 155 to beat Kings XI on Friday. Their two South Africans, Quinton De Kock and AB De Villiers led the charge while Umesh Yadav picked up the Man of the Match with his 3/23.
On Sunday, the Royal Challengers will now host a Rajasthan Royals side who have an identical record of one win and one defeat from two games but who will take the points here to press on up the table?
Following Friday’s win, RCB are now firm favourites with the bookmakers and are available at best odds of 1.62 with Betfair. That leaves the Rajasthan Royals out at 2.40 with Betway and there could be some value in that figure for a side who will take confidence from their most recent outing which led to a win over Delhi.
The Royals have a strong batting line up led by Ajinkya Rahane and backed by Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson but despite that win, which came in a rain reduced match, they haven’t been convincing so far. The Royal Challengers have some issues too but they can improve now after that opening win and take the points here.
Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1.62 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Rajasthan Royals 2.40 (Betway).
I had suggested that RCB may want to leave out Quinton De Kock and bring in another overseas bowler but 45 runs and two stumpings against KXIP mean that he’ll be around for a while. De Kock is available at 4.50 with Betway to top score against Rajasthan while Virat Kohli starts as favourite at 3.50 with Betfair.
Between those two, AB De Villiers continues to shorten and is now available at 4.00 with Betway while Brendon McCullum drifts and can now be picked up at a tempting 5.00 with Betway again. The profit is most likely to come from those four but other options include Manan Vohra at 7.00 and Mandeep Singh at 11.00, both with Betfair.
For Rajasthan, Ajinkya Rahane has made a decent start to the tournament after a quiet IPL 10 and the skipper is available at 4.00 with Betfair to top score for the Royals on Sunday. That figure makes him joint favourite with D’Arcy Short who is available at 4.00 with Betway while Sanju Samson is further back at 4.50 with Betway again.
The value here could come from the middle order where the English pair of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are quoted at 5.50 and 6.00 with Betfair respectively. Other options for the Royals include Rahul Tripathi at 9.00 with Betway but Rahane would be our tip for this one.
For an overall tip, however, we’ll look at McCullum who now has that excellent price of 5.00. The drift follows his first ball duck against Kings XI but he started positively against KKR and has the quality to deliver at generous odds.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli 3.50 (Betfair), De Villiers 4.00 (Betway), De Kock 4.50 (Betway), McCullum 5.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Vohra 7.00 (Betfair), Mandeep Singh 11.00 (Betfair).
Rajasthan Royals: Rahane 4.00 (Betfair) Short 4.00 (Betway), Sansom 4.50 (Betway), Stokes 5.50 (Betfair), Buttler 6.00 (Betfair), Tripathi 9.00 (Betway).
Other Side Bets
We looked at RCB’s top bowler market last time out but didn’t quite get that right although our pick – Washington Sundar – had a good day with two wickets. For Sunday’s game, Yuzvendra Chahal starts as favourite along with Umesh Yadav and you can back both men at 3.75 with Betfair. Sundar, meanwhile, is back at 4.50 with Betfair again.
We’ll finish, however, with a tip in the Most Sixes market where Rajasthan have an excellent price of 2.62 with Betfair. RCB won the game against KXIP but Kings actually hit more maximums and we’re looking for it to happen again.
We’re backing Royal Challengers to win the match but with Buttler, Stokes and Short, the Royals will hopefully round things off with a nice final profit.
Most Sixes Odds Summary:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1.67 (Betfair), Rajasthan Royals 2.62 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 7.00 (Betfair).