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Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Predictions & Tips - Royal Challengers tipped to keep winning momentum
- Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore predictions for Friday’s IPL cricket match
- The fixture will be played in Ahmedabad at 15:00 BST
- AB de Villiers has played 2 match-winning innings in his last 3 matches
- I am backing the Royal Challengers to win
- Predictions, stats, team news & preview
AB de Villiers has hit 50+ runs in two of his last three innings (Getty Images)
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Predictions
Royal Challengers Bangalore are in superb form with five wins from their opening six matches. They look a very balanced outfit with a number of players in-form. My best bet is Royal Challengers to win.
- Punjab Kings have lost 4 of their last 6 matches.
- Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul has scored 91, 61 & 60 runs in 3 of his last 6 innings.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers has scored 76* & 75* in 2 of his last 3 innings.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 5 of their last 6 matches.
Head to Head
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have won three of their last five matches against the Punjab Kings, but it is the Kings who won their two encounters last season. The Kings won the first match by 97 runs and the second by eight wickets.
Punjab Kings Form
The Punjab Kings have two wins from their opening six matches and will need a turnaround in fortunes if they are to challenge for the playoffs. They made a positive start to the tournament but have since lost four of their last five matches.
The batting woes continued for the Kings in their last match as the Kolkata Knight Riders restricted them to 123 runs in their 20 overs. Mayank Agarwal top scored with 31 runs although it was proven yet again that if KL Rahul doesn’t come good with the bat the Punjab Kings are lost for ideas.
The Knight Riders easily chased down the total to win by five wickets with more than three overs to spare. If the Kings are to challenge this season they will need to stop the batting implosions – they have now failed to reach 130 runs in three of their six matches.
Punjab Kings Injuries & Team News
The Punjab Kings may look to strengthen their middle order coming into this match. KL Rahul is the only player scoring regular runs at the moment. Dawid Malan is an option and he could come in for the out of sorts Chris Gayle.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Form
The Royal Bangalore Challengers are top of the table although that could change before this match gets underway. They have won five of their six matches in the IPL and look in good shape to challenge for their first IPL title.
In the last match the Royal Challengers put in a very solid display. Batting first in Ahamedabad against the Delhi Capitals, RCB posted a total of 171 runs. This was largely due to another incredible innings by AB de Villiers who hit 75 unbeaten runs off 42 balls.
Leading IPL wicket-taker, Harshal Patel continued his fine form with the ball, taking 2-37 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They almost let it slip at the end but managed to claim a two-run win that sent them back to the top of the table.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Injuries & Team News
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have a very settled lineup at the moment. They have made a few changes but the core of the side has remained the same.
Daniel Sams made his debut in the previous match and should continue after an impressive bowling effort. He offers plenty of hitting power with the bat as well.
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AB de Villiers is tipped to top score as he leads the Royal Bangalore Challengers to victory. He can also win the man of the match award.
KL Rahul has passed the 50 run mark three times in his last six IPL matches. He is tipped to top score for the Kings.
Best Bet: Royal Challengers Win Result @-138.89 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Punjab Kings Batsman Tip: KL Rahul Best Punjab Kings Batsman @187.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Royal Challengers Batsman Tip: AB de Villiers Best Royal Challengers Batsman @333.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: AB de Villiers Man of the Match @800.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit