Game one in Ahmedabad turned out to be a disappointment, but hoping to light up game 2 at the venue will be Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, both of whom are currently fighting for top spot. At stake is not just the #1 position though, for there’s plenty out there for the punters.
Bangalore to score over 48.5 in the first six overs @ 1.84
For a team that was, last season, notorious for starting slow, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s turnaround in the powerplay this season has been astonishing. They’ve averaged a whopping 52.4 runs per game in the powerplay this year, and this average has increased to a staggering 56.33 in the last 3 games. 65, 59 and 45 read their last three scores in the first six overs and they’ve been entering cricket matches in the mood to kill. What makes this bet mouth-watering is how poor Delhi have been with the new ball. After starting off the season conceding 33 and 36 in the first six overs in the first two games, DC’s powerplay bowling performance has taken a nosedive. The Capitals have conceded 56, 55 and 59 in the powerplay in each of their last three games, which comes out to an average of 56.33. Licking his lips looking at these figures will be a certain Devdutt Padikkal, who’s been in ridiculous form. Across the last two games, Padikkal has struck 75 off 37 balls in the powerplay at a SR of 202 and the youngster, come Tuesday, will once again be looking to torch the bowlers in the field restrictions.
Steve Smith to score over 23.5 runs @ 1.85
Steve Smith is a player who has, for no fault of his, been at the receiving end of plenty of flack, but, make no mistake, the Australian has been extremely solid this season. Smith notched up 33 and 34* in his last two games and both turned out to be match-winning contributions that helped the side win the game. He will enter Tuesday’s contest boasting a good H2H record versus RCB, averaging 32.00 vs the Reds. In his last H2H match vs RCB, Smith posted a fifty and his last five scores versus Kohli’s side read 57, 5, 38, 45 and 27. We know that last season he was guilty of getting out cheaply, but whenever Smith passed double figures, he crossed the 23.5 run mark in all but two games. He has an extremely strong record against the RCB bowlers - Siraj, Saini, Chahal, Sundar and Harshal - in the IPL and that will aid him in his quest to score over 23.5 in Ahmedabad.
Virat Kohli to score over 32.5 runs @ 1.85
Like Smith, Kohli has been at the receiving end of criticism. But while it is true that the RCB skipper has struggled to match his invincible standards, he has still been pretty darn good. Kohli, this season, averages 37.75 with the bat has scored over 32.5 in 3 of his 5 knocks this season. This includes an unbeaten 72* versus the Royals and scores of 33 and 33 in each of RCB’s first two games. Since 2019, Kohli averages 34.00 versus DC in H2H contests and he accumulated 29 and 43 in the two H2H clashes last year. But more than all this, the real clincher is the venue. The RCB-DC encounter on Tuesday will be played in Ahmedabad, and Kohli, in the recently-concluded T20Is vs England, averaged 115.5 at the venue. 3 of his 5 scores read 80, 77 and 73 and in his last knock at the venue, the RCB skipper amassed 80 runs.