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IPL 2020 Match 22 – Kings XI Punjab VS Sunrisers Hyderabad Betting Preview

Cricket IPL Betting Tips

The 22nd match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both these teams are in desperate needs of a win, as they are both currently in the bottom half of the league table. Despite boasting of strong batting lineups, they are both struggling to get consecutive wins, each facing defeat in their previous match. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by Bet365 India.

Our Top Betting Picks:

  • SRH to win the match @1.80
  • KXIP to hit the most sixes @1.95
  • KXIP to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Rashid Khan to be SRH’s top wicket-taker @2.62
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History

SRH have won the IPL 2 times, and have generally been one of the stronger sides in the tournament over the years. KXIP, in contrast have been among the poorest sides in the tournament historically, and have never won the tournament, with their highest finish being runners-up in 2014. These 2 teams have faced off 14 times in total, with SRH winning 10 of those, and KXIP winning only 4. However it has been pretty equal in recent times, with both teams winning 2 of the last 4 matches they’ve played against each other.

Team News

KXIP look to be in incredible batting form. Both their openers, Rahul and Mayank have played two big innings each, including a century each as well. They have scored 200+ runs twice already, although their bowling failed them as RR managed to chase down the highest score in IPL history against them. This disbalance has caused them to lost 3 matches in a row, and they are currently bottom of the table with just 1 win in 5 matches.

SRH lost both their opening 2 matches, and were rock bottom of the table before their clash with Delhi Capitals. However, they regrouped and beat the table toppers with an impressive bowling performance, led by Rashid Khan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. They followed that up with another impressive victory of Chennai Super Kings, but faltered in their last match against Mumbai Indians.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

Sunrisers are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.80 as per Bet 365,.They had initially also lost 2 out of 2 matches before they showed everyone why they are considered as the best bowling side in the tournament to beat Delhi Capitals. They would be looking to bounce back with a win against a side that hasn’t won in 3 matches now. KXIP are 2.00 as per Bet 365, which is dependent on both their openers firing. . 

Top Team Batsman

SRH captain David Warner is unsurprisingly the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.00. His opening partner Johnny Bairstow has odds of 3.60, while the dependable Kane Williamson has odds of 5.00. The consistent Manish Pandey has odds of 5.00, which is an attractive bet.  

After his unbelievable form all season, KL Rahul is the favourite to be Punjab’s top batsman, with odds of 3.00. He is followed by his opening partner Mayank Agarwal at 4.50, which is tempting as he has been in equally brilliant form. 

Highest Opening Partnership

Both these teams are equally poised at 1.90 to have the highest opening partnership in this match, as both are considered to have in-form opening pairs. Rahul and Mayank have posted some huge individual scores, while Warner and Bairstow can easily destroy any bowling attack.

Top Team Bowler

Rashid Khan is unsurprisingly SRH’s favourite to be the top team bowler at 2.62, followed by Natarajan at 4.50.

Mohammed Shami is the favourite to be the top bowler for Punjab at 3.00, with Cottrel at 4.00 another attractive option.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 329.5 runs in this match are 1.83, as per Bet 365. This is a pretty attractive bet as KXIP’s openers seems to be in red-hot form, while SRH have many emerging young talents in their middle order to support that amazing top order.

Individual Player Betting

  • David Warner to score more than 28.5 runs has odds of 1.83, which is tempting considering he’s getting back in form. KL Rahul to score 27.5 runs has odds of 1.83 as well, which is again very tempting as he would like to continue his form from the last game.
  • KXIP to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.95, which is likely as Rahul, Mayank, Pooran and Maxwell are big hitters.. SRH to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.15, which depends heavily on Bairstow and Warner primarily.
  • Rashid Khan to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.10, while Natarajan to take just one wicket has odds of 1.50.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • SRH to win the match @1.80
  • KXIP to hit the most sixes @1.95
  • KXIP to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Rashid Khan to be SRH’s top wicket-taker @2.62
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FAQ

Why should I bet on Sunrisers Hyderabad to win this match at 1.80?
Sunrisers are favourites for this match and likely to win primarily because of Kings XI’s extremely poor form. They have lost 3 matches in a row now, hence we would advise going against them and betting on Sunrisers to win.
Why should I bet on over 329.5 runs at 1.83?
Both these teams consist of explosive batsmen who can easily post big individual scores as well as take the team total to beyond 200. Hence, it is very likely that the average score per team required here i.e. 165 each, can be achieved.
Why should I bet on KXIP to have the highest opening partnership when the odds are equal for SRH?
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul both are in the form of their lives. While Warner and Bairstow are considered as a top opening pair in general, based on form, Kings XI Punjab’s openers have given them better starts so far in this tournament.

Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is fairly balanced with 2 wicket-keepers, 4 batsmen, 2 all-rounders and 3 bowlers:

Wicket Keepers – KL Rahul and Nicolas Pooran

KL Rahul is arguably the most in-form batsman in the league right now, with unreal consistency, and he is 3.00 to be KXIP’s top scorer in this match, hence we have made him the captain. Pooran is another big-hitter who was in good touch in the previous match, and can post some big scores.

Batsmen

David Warner (3.00) and Williamson (5.00) are SRH’s most consistent batters. Both of them make their way in our team, as do Mayank Agarwal (4.00) and newcomer Mandeep Singh. who are both known for their consistency. Warner is our Vice Captain for this match as we expect him to go all guns blazing in this match.


All-Rounders

We have picked the 2 youngsters in the SRH middle order – Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad, who can be handy with the ball and bat both, and are very cost-effective inclusions in our lineup. .

Bowling

Our bowling lineup is led by Rashid Khan (2.62 to be SRH’s top bowler), who is in exceptional form. He is complemented by Sandeep Sharma and the lethal Mohammed Shami.


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