Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore betting tips & predictions
Guy Giles' cricket tips for Thursday's IPL match include a winner, an opening partnership and a top bowler in the match for RCB.
KXIP v RCB betting odds and tips:
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
Royal Challengers beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs in their opener, with their batting line-up looking particularly strong.
Kings XI, meanwhile, lost to Delhi Capitals in a Super Over after failing to score seven runs from their final five balls.
That loss illustrates why Kings XI have been tipped to struggle again this year, while Bangalore’s opening victory will give them confidence coming into this one.
Royal Challengers Bangalore to have the highest opening partnership
Devdutt Padikkal enjoyed an impressive IPL debut for RCB on Monday, compiling an opening partnership of 90 with Australia captain Aaron Finch.
Kings XI also have a strong opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, but the former looks to be out of nick after scoring just 21 against Delhi before holing out for two in the Super Over.
Glenn Maxwell to score over 17.5 runs
Maxwell scored a single run on Sunday but this still looks a low mark for a batsman of his quality, particularly considering his international form prior to the tournament.
The Australia international hit his second ODI century against England in his final match before flying to the UAE, and also managed 77 in the first match of that series.
Yuzvendra Chahal to be top bowler in the match
Chahal was the match-winner for Royal Challengers on Monday, taking three wickets for just 18 runs to halt Hyderabad, who were in a strong position to complete their chase.
He is quite comfortably the best bowler in the RCB squad and, with the Dubai pitch now slightly worn, should be among the wickets again on Thursday.
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