Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: IPL Preview: 14 - 16 October 2020

IPL Preview: 14 - 16 October 2020

IPL preview:

The Indian Premier League has passed the halfway mark of the round-robin phase having already offered plenty of drama on the pitch.

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South African players have made their mark on the tournament so far with AB de Villiers, Faf Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock starring with the bat, and Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje doing the business with the ball.

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Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals
Wednesday 14 October 2020 - 16:00
Dubai International Stadium

To Win Match
Capitals 72/100 | Tie 35/1 | Royals 23/20

The Delhi Capitals appeared to be on a march to the top of the IPL standings until their defeat to fellow playoff hopefuls Mumbai Indians.

Their opponents the Rajasthan Royals come into the match off the back of victory over the Sunrisers last time out.

Having struck a wonderful balance in their playing XI the Capitals are a side that are tough to beat with plenty of batting strength and great bowlers.

The Royals have provided a platform for Indian batsmen Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia to shine among the best T20 batsmen in the world.

Verdict: Delhi Capitals
Back the side from the Capital to tighten their grip on their play-off place. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Thursday 15 October 2020 - 16:00 
Sharjah Stadium

To Win Match
Royal Challengers 67/100 | Tie 35/1 | Kings XI 5/4

The Royals Challengers Bangalore underlined their playoff credentials with a thumping of the Kolkata Knight Riders earlier this week.

Kings XI Punjab have lost their last five matches on the bounce and are in desperate need of some log points, but they meet a form outfit full of dangerous players.

AB de Villiers starred for RCB on Monday while fellow South African Chris Morris made a solid debut as the team reached the halfway point in their round-robin campaign.

Chris Gayle has yet to feature in the 2020 IPL and could hold the key to a resurgence from the Kings XI.

Verdict: Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers should prove far too strong for a Kings XI outfit who have only tasted victory once this season.

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders 
Friday 16 October 2020 - 16:00 
Sheikh Zayed Stadium

To Win Match
Indians 62/100 | Tie 35/1 | Knight Riders 27/20

After a slow start perennial IPL contenders, Mumbai Indians have once again risen into the playoff spots and are shaping up to be title favourites once again.

Kolkata Knight Riders have also fallen into a familiar pattern after promising much in the early phases of the competition only to deliver inconsistent performances.

The Knight Riders have persisted with the experiment of playing Sunil Narine as a pinch-hitter to little effect but may be forced to change tack with the spinner's action reported.

Quinton de Kock's consistency has given Mumbai Indians a great base to operate off which the likes of Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav have capitalised on at the death.

Verdict: Mumbai Indians 62/100
De Kock and co should get the job done against the Knight Riders

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