Royal Challengers vs Punjab Kings: Prediction for the match of the IPL

Royal Challengers vs Punjab Kings: Prediction for the match of the IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore

13/05/2022, at 14:00 GMT
Indian Premier League 2022

Odds: 2.07

13/05/2022, at 14:00 GMT
Indian Premier League 2022

Odds: 2.07

Punjab Kings

PBKS has a stronger batting formation with more power. RCB's lead position isn't the most convincing and that could be a problem at a high-scoring venue like the Brabourne. RCB have yet to win any of their games at the Brabourne.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB absolutely demolished SRH in their previous game thanks to another superb innings from Faf du Plessis up front and some amazing goals from Dinesh Karthik at the end. Rajat Patidar also showed good form and seems to have cemented his place in third.

Maxwell is playing high-impact innings and Lomror appears to be an improved player, too.

The only person who continues to fight is Virat Kohli. Unfortunately, it looks like the quick exit would be better for RCB at the moment because even if he spends some time at the crease he's struggling. He has to make an effort to score faster and that could bring him down again.

We think a bet against Virat Kohli in his current poor form is the right move.

Batting RCB has done well, but his real forte was bowling. Josh Hazelwood and Wanindu Hasaranga have been brilliant all season. You can pick one of them for the Top Bowler RCB betting market.

Punjab Kings

PBKS has no choice but to play free and that's how it started before pulling things back a bit. However, now it has to hope for something special from Livingstone or Rajapaksa or even Dhawan to get the runs it needs in this match.

We believe that PBKS certainly has the clout to match RCB or even better. There's enough depth in the lineup and there's no doubting the power. With Jitesh Sharma also playing good hands in most games, PBKS have 6-7 batsmen to rely on.

We would look at betting on hitting the PBKS as a whole. That means backing them in most sixes, most fours, or the team with the highest-scoring batsman.

However, PBKS' batting was not helped by his bowling. Kagiso Rabada hasn't had the kind of prolific IPL he's had with the Delhi Capitals in recent years and the same can be said of Rahul Chahar.

That put both Arshdeep Singh and the all-rounders under pressure. Rishi Dhawan and Liam Livingstone also need to bowl in this match and that could be something RCB is aiming for. We also think Sandeep Sharma could be the kind of bowler Du Plessis and Maxwell enjoy.

Historically, Maxwell and Sandeep Sharma have been on the same team for a long time and therefore we do not have a large sample size. Du Plessis, however, has 74 runs from 58 deliveries and has only been eliminated twice against Sandeep Sharma.

When Sandeep Sharma plays, his performance could very well dictate how competitive PBKS's bowling attack is.

Prediction

We're going to play the underdog here and actually support the Punjab Kings. We think the playing field will be more suitable for PBKS and it doesn't seem to change during the game so throw isn't that big of a factor either.

PBKS' stronger and more powerful batting lineup could give them a slight advantage, although RCB clearly has the better bowling offense. We also think that the better odds are worth the risk.

Our bet is on the Lucknow Punjab Kings to win the game by 2.07.

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