The first round of fixtures of IPL 2021 is coming to an end and Friday will witness Punjab Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in what will be each side’s seventh game of the season. Historically PBKS have had the wood over RCB, but when it comes to tips, the present supersedes the past.
Punjab powerplay score under 45.5 @ 1.90
Two years ago, watching Punjab bat in the powerplay used to be fun. There’d be fireworks from the bat of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle and you, as a viewer, could have a good time. But that’s not the case anymore. Punjab, this season, have maintained a SR of 107.41 in the first six overs, which is comfortably the worst amongst all teams. They’ve failed to score over 45.5 in the powerplay in each of their last three games and their average powerplay score for the season stands at a hideous 40.83. In fact, if you take into account just the last three games, this average drops to a mere 38. Twice this season they have scored over 45.5 in the powerplay but it is to be noted that those two instances came at the Wankhede. On Friday, PBKS will be playing RCB in Ahmedabad, where all teams have struggled to score upfront. Barring the freak Prithvi Shaw show, the powerplay scores in Ahmedabad this season have read 45, 36, 43, 37 and 42, which is an average of 40.66. Only once has any side scored over 45.5 in the powerplay at the venue and Punjab, themselves, managed just 37 the last time they batted in Ahmedabad. A part of this is because they have two top-order batters who go painfully slow up-front. Rahul and Gayle’s SR in the powerplay this season is 98.9 and 100.00 respectively, and they’ve stalled the side in pretty much every game. This has been the same pattern for one and a half seasons now, so expect the same to transpire tomorrow. You stand a chance to make a fortune out of it, though - all you have to do is head to SKY247.com and place a bet on this market.
Mayank Agarwal to score over 22.5 runs @ 1.90
Mayank Agarwal has had a rough season by his standards, true. But the point to be noted is that his standards are pretty high. And this bet, well, it is kind of insulting to him. Mayank averages 26.8 this season and has scored over 22 in 4 of his 6 knocks this season. In PBKS’ last game, which happened in Ahmedabad, Mayank, with 31, was in fact the side’s top scorer. If you forget the bad two games he had at the start of the season, Mayank averages 36.75 across his last 4 knocks and has passed the 22.5 run mark in each of his last three knocks. He always, even when he fails, gets off to decent starts and that is one of the reasons why he’s been averaging a healthy 34.4 since the start of last season. Since IPL 2020, in fact, 11 of Mayank’s 17 knocks have seen him score over 22.5. He has been in fine touch against RCB of late, having scored 45, 26 and 35 in the last three H2H games, so it will be reasonable to expect him to do the same on Friday. Head to SKY247.com to capitalize on this market and make hay immediately.
Punjab sixes over 6.5 @ 1.85
Punjab might have become an absolutely boring side to watch, but the thing is, they still somehow hit a lot of sixes. In IPL 2021, the Kings have hit an average of 6.83 sixes per game, and this tally has been bettered by only two sides - CSK and KKR. They’ve hit a total of 14 sixes across the last two games and the last game saw them hit a whopping 8 sixes. The said game, in fact, happened in Ahmedabad, where they will be playing tomorrow. In half their matches this season, Punjab have hit over 6.5 sixes and with the boundaries in Ahmedabad extremely short and in favour of six hitting, it would never be a wise option to rule out the likes of Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran go bonkers. A total of 25 sixes have been hit across the last two games in Ahmedabad, so it would be pretty sensible to believe that this trend will continue on Friday. SKY247.com are providing mind-boggling odds for this market so it’d be smart to head to the site and place this bet right now.