W Maher / C Sinclair (@3.5) vs N Chappell / A Rai (@1.25)

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N Chappell / A Rai will win
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W Maher / C Sinclair – N Chappell / A Rai Match Prediction | 08-11-2019 12:00

Yet, what unfolded was a sight that no RCB fan would have enjoyed as on display was quality bowling from KKR but equally poor batting show from the RCB. RCBs performance in the last match was probably defined very precisely in one word by their captain in Kohli as RECKLESS. Having bowled out KKR for just 131, RCB had an easy shot at victory with 3 prominent world stars in their line-up; Gayle, Kohli & Villiers.

However, much has changed over the past the two years, India has won Test Championships back-to-back, England has failed to win a Test series for a while and Australia's core batting (Steve Smith and David Warner) has depleted after the ball-tampering incident. According to Ian Chappell, this is one of the 'rare' chances where India can dominate both of the teams at their home.

Their inability to unearth a genuine pace bowler is a greater problem when they are overseas, but if the late UK summer is hot and dry, they will also need someone who can shake things up on home pitches in an attempt to dramatically change the course of a game," former legendary Aussie captain observed. "Apart from the openers' batting, England's other major problem on the tour of Australia and New Zealand was that the pace attack comprised all right-arm bowlers of similar speed.

England and Australia Test conditions considered as 'deathbeds' for Indian batsmen and 'unfavourable' for Indian bowlers. No matter how much Twenty20 make in-roads in popular cricket culture, the ultimate marker for a team will remain Test matches. The number one Test side, India, is about to have an interesting summer ahead as they embark on two big tours later this season.

August 2019

Hyderabad still has plenty of opportunities to reach the top 2 in the points table as theyre currently at the 3rd spot and this match against RCB can be their stepping stone to again seizing a top-2 spot. The very reason why they lost was a lack of discipline from their bowlers in the latter half of the chase but its really hard for any world-class bowler to stop Dhoni when hes on the song; as he was in this match. Hyderabad will however not be too bamboozled by their performance.

Hell cross 30+. Virat Kohli when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. This quote is ideally suited to someone like Virat who likes pressure situations and rather awaits them to prove his mettle as a cricketer. He will come to the ground as a fighter captain of a team in shatters but will prove a point is what we predict.

Chasing just 132, RCB still lost by 82 runs and its probably fair to say that this batting performance is to this date, the worst that weve seen in the 10 years of IPL. The highest scorer for RCB was Kedar Jadhav with 9 which in a nutshell explains the disgraceful turnout from the RCB batsmen, much to the disappointment of their captain; who had very harsh words to say post the match. Recovering from this match wont be easy for RCB as they now find themselves in a similar spot as the Gujarat Lions with the threat of being the 8th side to finish at points table very much looming on this star-studded side. The whole RCB unit was bundled out for just 49 runs (lowest batting total in IPL history) that too in just inside 10 overs.

Nevertheless, India have the stronger batting line-up of the two teams and their variety in attack could help negate England's middle-order strength if the openers continue to fail," he concluded saying. "There is no doubt that the swing bowling of Jimmy Anderson will present the Indian line-up with a serious challenge, and if there's movement off the seam, Stuart Broad will also be a handful.