The second match in the Indian Premier League on Sunday sees two powerhouses in action when the Royal Challengers Bangalore host the Kolkata Knight Riders in what is a big match for both teams.
It is fair to say that both sides have yet to perform how they would want to and as a result both have more losses than wins on their ledger for the campaign so this is an important game with both desperate for the victory.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
It is almost like Groundhog Day for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Season after season they put together this amazing batting line up which lights up the competition but it comes to the detriment of their bowling attack which year on year goes around the park and ends up costing them a decent overall position.
You get the feeling that until they find a better balance they are always going to struggle for consistent results. That balance may not come this season so they will have to rely on ploughing more runs than the opposition. On this ground that is possible but as a long term strategy there has to be concerns.
Kolkata Knight Riders
It is a bit of a surprise that the Kolkata Knight Riders have four defeats to their three victories. They go into this match off the back of a couple of brutal defeats and it would only be natural were they to be suffering a lack of confidence heading into this match. A win here though would level up their slate and give them something to build on.
What is most surprising about the Knight Riders is that it is their bowling attack which has let them down this season. Usually they are very strong with the ball and with the likes of Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson and Kuldeep Yadav operating for them there is no doubt they should be performing much better as a unit than they are.
It remains to be seen what else the Royal Challengers Bangalore can do to their bowling attack to find something especially at the death. Corey Anderson certainly isn’t working so Chris Woakes could return or Tim Southee could come in.
Kolkata Knight Riders may switch Mitchell Johnson and Tom Curran once again. Curran’s skills could be more suited to this ground. That is likely to be the only change they make given how well their batting is performing.
There is no way I can bet on this match without knowing the outcome of the toss. I wouldn’t want to be taking on either of these batting line ups in a run chance on this ground so I’m happy to sit the match outcome out and head to the side markets for a punt.
That is inevitably the sixes market where even at 16.5 I’m happy to take the over on the line. Kolkata are brutal when it comes to six hitting with the likes of Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell smacking it to all parts while Bangalore have three of the biggest hitters in world cricket in their line up. Both bowling attacks are struggling so the big hits should really flow in this one.
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