Week four of the 2020 Indian Premier League season is beginning to separate the teams contending for a post-season berth and the sides that are struggling.
Virat Kohli has come to the fore for Royal Challengers Bangalore, scoring an unbeaten 90 to guide his team to victory over the Chennai Super Kings.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians flashed their brilliance in a thrilling win over Delhi Capitals.
Kolkata Knight Riders are also looking strong, but a major test awaits them in the back end of week four as the race for the top seeds intensifies.
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The Super Kings have been inconsistent to say the least and are in danger of falling off the pace in the Indian Premier League standings. They slumped to a 37-run defeat at the hands of RCB as their bowling attack suffered at the hands of Kohli.
Once Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis failed to fire – the rest of the line-up cracked under the pressure. Their bowlers need a response in their next outing.
Sam Curran had an off day with the ball, while more is needed from Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo. MS Dhoni’s men have lost five out of their opening seven games, and cannot afford another defeat.
Jonny Bairstow was firing on all cylinders against Kings XI Punjab last time out with a 97 from 55-balls. It allowed Sunrisers to set a daunting total of 201, which allowed their bowlers to skittle Punjab for 132.
There’s more to come from Hyderabad, despite their close defeat to Rajasthan Royals, which is why we give them the edge in this contest.
Sunrisers Hyderabad To Beat Chennai Super Kings – 2.00 bet365
The Capitals are in fine form in the tournament, although they were pegged back by the Mumbai Indians last time out.
They defeated the Royals in their previous meeting in the competition by 46 runs earlier in the week. Shimron Hetmyer was operating at the peak of his powers with a fine innings.
The West Indian’s performance highlights the depth that Delhi have at their disposal in their batting ranks.
Kagiso Rabada continues to shine with the ball, leading the competition in wickets taken. Their defeat to Mumbai was disappointing, but they should bounce back.
Rajasthan got a much-needed win over Sunrisers last time out. Despite boasting Buttler and Steve Smith, their top order has failed to thrive. Rahul Tewatia saved his team with a vital knock to guide them to victory.
The win has eased the pressure on the Royals. However, they need to maintain their form. A test against a side of the Capitals’ talent is not what the doctor ordered, so expect a setback for Smith’s men.
Delhi Capitals To Beat Rajasthan Royals – 1.72 bet365
It’s all gone wrong for Kings XI in the competition to date. They’ve won only one of their seven matches and unless they are able to string together a run of victories – their hopes of reaching the post-season are all but over.
Lokesh Rahul tried to put his team on his back once again with an innings of 74. However, not for the first time the rest of the line-up, outside of the skipper and Mayank Agarwal, failed to deliver.
The Punjab bowlers have been underwhelming in all seven matches and unless they fire on all cylinders, Kings XI will slip to yet another defeat. The sight of Kohli at his best will not be a welcome one.
After a slow start to the tournament, the RCB captain has found his form. He scored 43 in a losing effort against Delhi, but he was at his imperious best against Chennai.
With Kohli operating at his best along with AB de Villiers and the impressive youngster Devdutt Padikkal – RCB are our cricket tip of the week to take the victory against Punjab.
Royal Challengers Bangalore To Beat Kings XI Punjab – 1.725 1xBet
This contest has the hallmarks of a post-season game and will test the mettle of both teams. The Indians are beginning to find the form that guided them to the crown last year.
It was evident in their win over the Capitals. Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav were on point with the bat against a talented attack, while the bowlers were solid.
Mumbai have an excellent record against Kolkata, winning 20 of their 26 matches, including their meeting in September by 49 runs.
The Knight Riders have displayed an ability to close out tight games. Sunil Narine and Prasidh Krisha were outstanding in their win over Punjab to reel in Rahul and company.
Kolkata’s performances with the bat have been hit and miss. Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi have been responsible for the majority of the runs in the competition to date. The lower order need to carry part of the burden, including England skipper Eoin Morgan.
It should be a close one but the Indians have displayed their championship credentials of late and we back them to edge the contest.
Mumbai Indians To Beat Kolkata Knight Riders – 1.72 1xBet