Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad at Abu Dhabi November 6th 2020      

This match will mark the end of the tournament for one of these sides in this years Eliminator, while the victors will be one match away from the final.

Hyderabad are favourites, best priced at 10/11 with William Hill and this looks correct to me. They have enjoyed a resurgence in recent weeks since Wriddiman Saha was restored to the side, David Warner is rediscovering form while Rashid Khan has the best economy rate in the tournament conceding only 5.28 runs per over.

RCB have a strong batting line up featuring Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers but the bowling is still a concern despite an improved showing this year. I would not expect too many changes from either side for this encounter.

Expected Line Ups

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Josh Phillippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli*, AB de Villiers+, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

David Warner*, Wriddiman Saha+, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Thangarasu Natarajan

These two sides have hit the least sixes in the tournament with Bangalore averaging 4.6 per match and Hyderabad 4.8 per match, while the match is being staged at Abu Dhabi, the largest playing area in the UAE. The ground averages 8.7 sixes per match in all IPL matches, and 9.8 per game this year. Only 6 of the 20 matches in Abu Dhabi have resulted in 11 or more sixes being struck. A good reason to get against sixes this match.

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Another market of interest is Top Bangalore Batsman. In their 14 matches to date, the talented Padikkal has top scored 5 times, Kohli 4 times and de Villiers on 3 occasions. Kohli has not looked at his best but has amassed 460 runs at 46.0 as he values his wicket highly, often putting pressure on his partners. He has topped scored in 35% of RCB’s matches to date making the 11/4 available very tempting. Padikkal will have the opportunity to score during the power play when conditions will be easier, and prior to the introduction of Rashid Khan.

Back Devdutt Padikkal to be Top RCB Batsman at 7/2 with Bet 365

Finally, a Player Performance bet, where players are awarded 1 point per run, 10 per catch and 20 per wicket. You can back Chahal under 21.5 point at 5/6. While Chahal is a fine performer, taking 20 wickets at 19.05 this year, he rarely bats or takes catches. His performance has been below the line in 8 from 14 games this year, 62% in his IPL career.

Back YS Chahal Player Performance Under 21.5 at 5/6 with Bet 365

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