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Get the best bets for the games in the IPL between April 23-28

Ben Darvill 30 Apr 2019
David Warner (credit:JOEL CARRETT/AAP/PA Images)

Can Sunrisers Hyderabad see off Chennai Super Kings, will Royal Challengers Bangalore continue their winning run by beating Kings XI Punjab, and can Delhi Capitals stay at the top of the table? Read on for our best bets for the games in the Indian Premier League this week. 

Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Tuesday, 15:30 BST)

Chennai Super Kings fell to a shock defeat at the hands of perennial strugglers Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday as they failed to take the chance to maintain their lead at the top of the table. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile got back to winning ways as they easily beat Kolkata Knight Riders with nine wickets and 30 balls to spare. This one sees second-placed Chennai host fourth-placed Sunrisers, and we could see either side winning this, such is the quality crammed into both sides. Instead, we are looking to back Jonny Bairstow once again. The English batsman has managed to smash his way to 445 runs at an average of 63.57, with two fifties in this time. Bairstow has looked awesome of late, and being able to back him at 5/2 to score a city provides great value, with the opener, along with David Warner, Sunrisers’ two most important players this year. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab (Wednesday, 15:30 BST)

Royal Challengers Bangalore come into this one on the back of a superb win over Chennai Super Kings as RCB ensured that they made their presence felt in the league this year. Their third win of the season, which sees them on a two-game winning run, means they have six points so far, and they are now only four points behind Sunrisers Hyderabad in fourth, with a playoff spot edging ever-closer. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab arrive with five wins in 10, but they have only won once in their last four games, with Ravi Ashwin’s side struggling to really kick on this year. The last time the two sides met, RCB clinched a superb win as they hammered their opponents by eight wickets with Virat Kohli in particular fantastic. The batsman has managed to notch 387 runs in 10 matches this year, and while he is not in the top five of the top batsman in the competition, he is still the best player in the IPL, and we are backing him to top score for his side yet again, with RCB’s captain getting better with each game. 

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (Thursday, 15:30 BST)

The Indian Premier League continues with another huge match as Kolkata Knight Riders host Rajasthan Royals in a game that could see some serious fireworks. The sides are split by just two points in the table as things stand, with KKR sitting on eight points in sixth-place, while RR are a place behind with six points following three wins. The two sides know that with only four games of the season left for either that they simply have to start winning their matches, or the sides will miss out on a playoff spot this year.

KKR have fallen apart of late, with five losses in a row destroying all of the hard work that their five game winning run at the start of the season had created. Now, with the eight points they have picked up, they find themselves eight short of Chennai Super Kings at the top, and two behind Sunrisers Hyderabad in fourth-place. Of course, KKR will want to finish as high up the table as possible, but first and foremost is the fact they have to finish in at least fourth. RR come into this with two wins in their last four as they have rejuvenated their ailing season’s prospects. However, the early departure of Jos Buttler means they are left without their best batsman, and they will have to lean more on Steve Smith going forward. 

With Buttler gone and a home game to boot, we think this is the perfect chance for KKR to get back to winning ways. Their troubles of late have all stemmed from their loss to CSK, but prior to this loss, their last win came over RR as they easily beat them by eight wickets with 37 balls left, and they will take a lot of confidence form this. Indeed, KKR have managed to win their last four matches against RR in a row in an impressive run, while they have won six of their eight matches with the Royals at Eden Gardens. In order to add value to this bet, we are also looking to back KKR to top score in the six hitting charts in this one. As things stand, Andre Russell has smashed an IPL-high 41 6’s as he continues to perform wonders with the bat, while Nitish Rana (18 6’s) is fifth in the six hitting table as the two continue to smash KKR’s opponents over the boundary rope. For the Royals, their highest scoring maximum hitter is Jos Buttler (14 6’s), and he has left the competition, meaning Sanju Samson (seven 6’s) is their next highest maximum hitter. With all of this in mind, we are confident backing KKR to win this one and hit the most 6’s. 

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians (Friday, 15:30 BST)

Chennai Super Kings immediately bounced back from their very disappointing loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore with victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad last time out. That loss to RCB was one that saw the side fall apart early-on as they were down at 28/4 as all of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav all fell early. As he so often does, MS Dhoni looked to be guiding the side back towards touching distance of their opponents with a fine 84 not out from 48, but he was unable to get them over the line, with the side eventually losing to RCB by a single run. 

This loss seemed to stoke something in CSK as they bounced back immediately and, after restricting Sunrisers Hyderabad to 175/3, Shane Watson smashed a towering 96 to all but win the game for his side and see them climb back to the top of the IPL table. The man of the match award rightly went to Watson following his score that featured nine 4’s and six 6’s, with the Australian finally returning to form. In what has been a disappointing season for Watson, this score was a welcomed return to form, with his top score swelling his total onto 243 for the season. With his supreme showing last time out in mind, William Hill are going 3/1 on Watson smashing another fifty, with the Australian at last looking back to his best. Of course, it should be noted that Watson’s average currently stands at just 22.09, but he is a far better batsman than his record in the 2019 IPL suggests, and we think his return to form will see a sustained period of runs scoring. 

Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Saturday, 15:30 BST)

Rajasthan Royals take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in a mouthwatering match of batting ability, with the away side in particular impressive with the willow. David Warner (574 runs) and Jonny Bairstow (445 runs) of SRH are the tournaments first and second highest runs scorers respectively this year, and they look awesome but, such has been their battle this year that they are constantly fighting to finish as the top batsman for the side, making it difficult to call who will come out on top. However, Bairstow has returned to England to prepare for the upcoming One Day Internationals with his home nation, leaving Warner to pick up the slack, something we think he will do. An awesome average of 71.75 shows he is constantly scoring runs, and we think he will lead his team with the bat once again, with the Australian 2/1 to top score for SRH. 

Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challenges Bangalore (Sunday, 11:30 BST)

The last time when Delhi Capitals (DC) met Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Virat Kohli’s men have lost six in a row. Now, both sides have four wins in their last five games, making this an exciting encounter. Delhi need one more win to confirm their playoffs place, and will hope for Shikhar Dhawan (401 runs) and Rishabh Pant (336) to keep scoring. With the ball, the irrepressible Kagiso Rabada (23 wickets) is doing things for fun and could be the game changer. RCB’s revival was based on their strong top-order batting performances led by Kohli (400) and AB de Villiers (414). Dale Steyn gave them a lift with his short stay, but with him injured, RCB need to find new bowling heroes. 

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians (Sunday, 15:30 BST)

After losing six straight matches, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) need to win their last three to have any playoff hopes, ahead of their match against a confident Mumbai Indians (MI). KKR have struggled to get runs from their batsmen, as the top-order continues to flop. Too much dependence on Andre Russell (406 runs, eight wickets) meant that the flawed KKR unit kept struggling for results. Mumbai are almost through to the playoffs and need to win one of their remaining three matches to confirm top-two positions. Rohit Sharma’s return to form is a boost to a side already enjoying consistent individual performances. Bowling looks strong too and MI will be a tough unit to face on current form. 

*Odds correct at 08.00am on 27.04.19

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