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Chennai Super Kings

The Super Kings return to the IPL after a two-year suspension and they will be raring to go. Their return will see a lot of hype surrounding them following two triumphs in the tournament back in 2010 and 2011. A second-placed finish in 2015 was their last outing in the IPL, and they will be desperate to go one better this season.

Star player: MS Dhoni

One of the most popular Indian cricket players of all-time, MS Dhoni can do it all. As wicketkeeper, Dhoni is at the centre of the action whether his team are in the field or batting. His quick thinking and quicker hands make him ruthless when in the field, while he can turn a game on it’s head in a matter of deliveries, such is his brute strength and intelligent shot selection. With the star now 36-years-old, he could be nearing the final few tournaments, with the wicketkeeper deserving of a win to go out on a high. 

Odds to win the IPL: 7/1 @ Betfair 

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: Suresh Raina - 3/1 @ Betfair

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Imran Tahir - 3/1 @ Paddypower

Delhi Daredevils

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Delhi are still without an IPL triumph to their name, with two third-place finishes the best they have been able to achieve. A lot of top quality players have been added to their roster this year and this will see their massive fanbase’s expectations rise massively. Can they finally claim a maiden IPL triumph?

Star player: Kagiso Rabada

The likes of Risbah Pant and Gautam Gambhir grace the Daredevils this season and they are superb talents, but if Kagiso Rabada can continue his current run of form, then he will surely be their star man. Rabada was able to take 23 wickets in the recent series against Australia with best figures of 6-54 as he tore through the tourists. Few will want to come up against him if the youngster has the bit between his teeth. 

Odds to win the IPL: 8/1 @ Paddypower 

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: Gautam Gambhir - 11/8 @ Unibet 

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Trent Boult - 5/2 @ William Hill 

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab are another side that have not ever been able to lift the trophy. A second-placed finish in 2014 was followed by two eighth-placed rankings as they lost their way. Big hitters and tricky bowlers have been drafted in to bring them what they hope will be the first of many titles, and they have one of the biggest hitters in cricket’s history to lead them. 

Star player: Chris Gayle

Is there anything Chris Gayle cannot do? Well, maybe he isn’t the most mobile of fielders, and he probably isn’t anywhere near being a frontline bowler, but when he is in the middle and connects with a ball, it doesn’t come back. The raw power of the West Indian batsman has been giving bowlers nightmares for years, and he can singlehandedly win a game if he is given any sniff of a chance, while he is responsible for more than one ball flying out of a stadium across world cricket. 

Odds to win the IPL: 10/1 @ Unibet 

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: KL Rahul - 13/8 @ Paddypower

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Andrew Tye - 11/4 @ Unibet

Kolkata Knight Riders

Two first-placed finishes in their history make them one of the most successful sides in the competition’s history, while they finished in third last year as they seem to be on an upward trajectory. Gautam Gambhir was the second-highest scorer last year with 498 runs, and KKR will have to find a a new man to lead them forward, and they have a number of players that can do exactly that. 

Robin Uthappa

Uthappa smashed his way to 388 runs last season as he finished as the tenth highest scorer in the competition. Australian Chris Lynn will provide explosive support to Uthappa, while fellow-countryman Mitchell Johnson will provide an edge in attack. This season could yet be a successful one for KKR, and Uthappa will surely be the man to lead them forward. 

Odds to win the IPL: 7/1 @ Betfair 

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: Robin Uthappa - 7/2 @ William Hill

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Sunil Narine - 5/2 @ William Hill 

Mumbai Indians

The joint most successful team in the IPL, Mumbai Indians have won the competition in 2013, 2015 and they are the reigning-champions following a superb season last time around. Seventh-place is the lowest they have ever finished, but they will not be looking at how low they could finish, rather how they are going to defend their title this year. 

Star Player: JP Duminy

The South African batsman has been a massive player for his country for years and he is a handy player to have in limited overs format. While he is best known for his fluency with the bat, he is also able to bowl, with his off-break something that does take wickets, especially when a batsman comes down the track looking to hit a maximum. Perhaps the Mumbai Indians are not crammed full of massive names, but they look very well-balanced this year. 

Odds to win the IPL: 9/2 @ Unibet

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: Rohit Sharma - 11/4 @ Paddypower 

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Jasprit Bumrah - 2/1 @ William Hill

Rajasthan Royals

Another of the suspended sides over the last two years following a charge for spot-fixing, Rajasthan Royals returned to the IPL with a bang by spending a huge amount of money on Ben Stokes in the auction. The Royals won the very first edition of the competition back in 2008, but a third-placed finish is their best outing since then. Much like the Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals will be desperate to return by showing the everyone what they have been missing. 

Star Player: Ben Stokes

The IPL’s most-expensive player this year has a got to live up to. The English all-rounder has been bought due to his explosive ability with the bat, while he takes wickets often with the ball in hand and he rarely puts a catch down, giving the Royals a multi-faceted threat. Stokes was named as the Player of the Series last season, and the fans will be expecting fireworks this time around. 

Odds to win the IPL: 8/1 @ Paddypower 

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: Ajinkya Rahane - 5/2 @ Paddypower

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Jaydev Unadkat - 2/1 @ Unibet 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore finished in an incredibly disappointing eighth-place last season as they were unable to find a way to get wins under their belt. Virat Kohli was their highest scorer last season with 308 runs, meaning they did not have a player anywhere near the top-10 scorers last year. If they are to challenge this campaign, then this must change. 

Star Player: Virat Kohli

Yes, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum will be turning out for Bangalore this season, but they are just the sideshow for the poster boy of Indian cricket. Virat Kohli seems so fluent whether he is smashing the ball back over the bowlers head, playing a silky cover-drive or digging in to see out a tough spell, any side that Kohli is playing for always has a chance of winning the IPL such is the level of skill he brings to a side.

Odds to win the IPL: 4/1 @ Paddypower 

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: Virat Kohli - 13/8 @ Betfair 

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Chris Woakes - 11/4 @ Paddypower 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad were able to claim total victory in the IPL back in 2016 and they have not finished below sixth-place in their five outings in the tournament. The loss of David Warner is massive when considering his importance, and they will have to find a way to win without the brutal Australian, although they have added English-opener Alex Hales to their roster, with the batsman able to tear a side apart when on form. 

Star Player: Shikhar Dhawan

Last season’s third-highest scorer notched 479 runs and looked superb throughout the tournament. David Warner would have been their star player, but the ball tampering scandal has seen the Sunrisers’ best player taken away from them, meaning Dhawan will have to step up and shoulder a lot of the run scoring burden as the side battle to claim only their second triumph in the tournament. Odds to win the IPL: 13/2 @ Unibet 

Odds to win the IPL: 13/2 @ Unibet 

Top batsman in the 2018 IPL: Shikhar Dhawan - 11/10 @ William Hill 

Top bowler in the 2018 IPL: Bhuvneshwar Kumar @ 11/5 Unibet 

What is the Indian Premier League (IPL)?

The IPL (Indian Premier League) is the biggest domestic tournament in cricket. The very best players from all over the world flock to India to partake in a celebration of cricket that lasts just over a month in the most exciting and unpredictable format of the game - Twenty20.

Twenty20, or T20, is the shortest format of cricket in which each side is allocated a maximum of 20 overs to bat, and 20 overs to bowl. With just 120 deliveries to face, the game usually becomes a case of leathering the ball to all corners of the ground, however, it can become a match where the stumps are sent cartwheeling often.

The IPL showcases the very best of this with the destructive talents of Ben Stokes, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers taking to the crease, while Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell Starc are amongst the very best bowlers in the world. It means that the top players are screamed on by the most fanatical supporters in the world, often resulting in pulsating games. 

The IPL auction, which takes place every year and sees teams fighting over players saw huge money spent, with English all-rounder Ben Stokes picked up for a mammoth £1.4 million as the Rajasthan Royals flexed their spending power. The amount of money thrown around in the auction shows how popular the IPL has become, with the clubs splashing out to secure the services of the best players. 

2017’s edition of the competition saw Mumbai Indians triumph in a one run victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in a thrilling end to the tournament. David Warner top scored across the competition with a huge 641 runs, but he has since been dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad for his part in the ball tampering scandal with Australia, meaning the orange cap, which is given to the top runs-scorer, is up for grabs. 

Can I bet on IPL cricket?

Of course you can. The IPL has quickly become the biggest T20 cricket competition in the world drawing in massive numbers at the stadiums and from around the world. Twenty20 cricket is the most exciting format of the game as each team is given a maximum of 20 overs to bat and 20 overs to bowl, with power hitting and frantic bowling a norm. 

Placing a bet on Chris Gayle to hit 10 sixes in his innings, or Kagiso Rabada to pick up three wickets adds to the excitement and drama of the game, making the first ball or the last wicket all the more important. 

Why should I bet on the IPL?

While Test Match cricket is not for everyone, with the slower pace of a game played over five days not always providing rip-roaring action, the IPL is different. Even a cricket novice can appreciate a batsman clubbing six sixes in an over, or shout in glee as the stumps are sent cartwheeling as the last wicket falls. 

While there is excitement on the pitch, the vast array of markets means that there is always something to bet on. 

You may have backed Alex Hales to top score for his side with a huge century, or for Trent Boult to pick up a five-for and be his team’s top bowler. If you know cricket, then there are countless opportunities to beat the bookmakers. 

Bets can be placed pre-match, such as backing Mumbai Indians to beat the Chennai Super Kings, In-Play by putting money on Jos Buttler to turn his half-century into a century, or as the match nears its conclusion by backing the Delhi Daredevils to somehow find a way to score 100 runs from their final five overs. 

What types of IPL bets can I place?

The sky is the limit in cricket betting. You can back a fairly straight-forward market such as the match winner, top batsman and top bowler for either side and the highest opening partnership. You can also back markets that require a bit more specialist knowledge (or luck), such as the first wicket method, or that there will be a six scored off the first ball of the innings. 

However, the most straightforward way is the classic Match Winner market, where you can back Team A, Team B or a draw. The markets are constantly being updated and will change from the first ball to the last, meaning every single action in the game will impact upon the ever-changing market.

Betting on a sole batsman is also a popular market in the game. A batsman may come to the crease with odds of 10/11 to score under 40 runs, and he may have odds of 10/11 that he scores more than 40. Options for betting on how the next wicket will fall are also available, with choices such as caught, bowled and leg before wicket (LBW). 

If you are in the market for a longer bet, you can pick out the side you feel will win the whole IPL, who will finish bottom, and who will end as the top batsman. 

Do bookmakers offer money back specials on IPL bets?

The bookmakers will often create specials when it comes to the biggest cricketing events. You might get the chance to enjoy double odds on any returns if your Top Batsman scores a century. 

There are also money-back specials such as a refund on In-Play bets if your batsman is out LBW, while there are free bets available with the bookmakers when you open an account, with operators adding in a deposit bonus or a free matched bet when you sign up. 

Can I bet In-Play on IPL?

A bookmaker such as Bet365 not only provides In-Play markets for nearly every notable cricket match, but they also live stream a lot of the action, so you can look at the latest schedule and enjoy quality coverage simply by having an account with the firm.

The beauty of In-Play betting allows you to wait to see the conditions of the game, meaning if it is a particularly grassy top, you may want to back the bowling team if they have a bowler that can utilise the conditions to make it swing. Similarly, if the conditions favour batting due to a slower pitch that offers little for the bowlers, you can place a bet on the first team to bat to make a big score, while you can also get bigger odds on a T20 game on the team you expect to win.

Cricket is a game in which you can literally bet on every ball when it comes to In-Play betting, with customers able to bet on how many runs will be scored in the over, and even if it is an odd or even amount scored. 

Who are the best bookmakers for IPL betting?

There are a number of bookmakers that offer a massive range of markets to bet on from the match winner to what will happen with the first ball. Below, we have picked out a few of the best bookmakers to look out for throughout the IPL.

Bet365

Bet365 are offering odds on a half century or century to be scored in a certain match. So if you think Virat Kohli is looking particularly fluent this year, you can back there to be a century in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s next game, or you can bet on which team you think will hit the most sixes, so backing the side with the most destructive players could pay out. 

Boylesports

Boylesports allows you to bet on the top wicket tacker from each individual team. This means that if you think Imran Tahir will get the opposition in a spin, but you cannot decide if he will take more wickets throughout the tournament than Jasprit Bumrah, then you can back Tahir to finish as the leading wicket taker for the Chennai Super Kings instead.

Paddypower

Paddypower is offering markets that allow you to bet on the top English and Australian run scorers and wicket takers across the tournament. This means you can back the feeling you have that Jos Buttler will smash a huge amount of runs this year, or that Mitchell Johnson will roll back the years and take the most wickets of any Australian. 

William Hill

William Hill offer a market which allows you to back the total amount of sixes. With the destructive nature of the IPL, people anticipate that sixes will be a common occurrence, and you can bet on how many there will be with William Hill, while they also offer a market on the amount of wides that will be bowled too. 

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