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Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Betting Tips

Saturday's IPL Betting Tips - Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (14:30 GMT)

What a game we have to start the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL), with last season’s champions the Chennai Super Kings taking on a team crammed full of talent in the Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Both teams come into the new season looking in very good shape, with a glut of exciting players with both bat and ball in hand, while two of India’s greatest and most-revered talents go head-to-head, with CSK’s Dhoni pitting his wits against RCB’s Kohli, who replaced him as captain of the Indian national team. The Super Kings chose to retain 23 players, an unusual move in the IPL, although it perhaps makes more sense when taking into account the fact the side won the IPL last season. Negatively for the side is the fact that Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi are all on international duty with South Africa and so will miss the first game. While the champion’s squad is one full of talent, these are three world class players that they are missing, and it will be interesting to see whether they can cope without them. However, it should be noted that they are not left without firepower, with the likes of Dhoni, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina all seasoned IPL campaigners. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore come into this looking to Virat Kohli to lead them with the bat once again. 530 runs at an average of 48.18 was a decent record for the Indian captain, but he seems to have a lot of pressure on his shoulders as the side struggle to come through on their huge promise. A sixth-placed finish last year came via six wins and eight defeats meaning they finished six points short of the two, and two away from the final playoff spot. Their failure saw a number of big names dropped by the side with Quinton de Kock sold on, while Chris Woakes and Brendon McCullum were dropped. Shimron Hetmyer, who starred for the West Indies against England in their recent clash at the start of the year, was a big acquisition, and he looks to be a very exciting prospect that may be able to help take a lot of the pressure off Kohli. Of course, a special mention must go out to AB de Villiers, with the veteran South Africa still one of the most destructive hitters in world cricket. 

One man that will surely come to the fore yet again for the side is Shane Watson. The veteran Australian continued his impressive recent run scoring in the Big Bash and the Pakistan Super League, and he looks in great knick coming into the IPL. Watson has become a limited overs specialist and while he still has the ability to bowl well, his explosive performances with the bat means he is an incredibly dangerous player if he is not removed early. 

How could it be anyone other than Virat Kohli? The Royal Challengers Bangalore and India captain is one of the great cricketing talents, and the fact he transcends the formats of the game to become a top batsmen in the long to the short forms of the game shows just how adaptable he is. Last season was perhaps not his best and, despite this, he still scored the seventh most runs in the tournament. If Kohli comes out and plays at the level he usually hits then it will not just be CSK who are in trouble. 

Sunday's IPL Betting Tips - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (10:30 GMT)

Sunday’s first offering of Indian Premier League action sees Kolkata Knight Riders taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad in a very intriguing matchup for the two teams. KKR currently sit as fourth favourites with bookmaker William Hill, while their opponents are the favourites to win the competition at 9/2. The Knight Riders looked good last season as they managed to win eight of their 14 matches with the 16 points they picked up seeing them finish two points short of the Sunrisers and Chennai Super Kings. The side managed to make the playoffs as they defeated Rajasthan Royals before falling to the Sunrisers in the second playoff and, despite the fact they did not contest the final, they should see that campaign as a big success. This season, they will look to kick on and go one game further, and with Dinesh Karthik and Chris Lynn returning, with the pair KKR’s top batsmen last season with 498 and 491 runs, they have a good base to build upon, while Robin Uthappa, Joe Denly and Sunil Narine will also look to have a large bearing on this year for the side. 

Visitors Sunrisers Hyderabad look in a very good way going into the tournament with one of the best squads in the competition. Kane Williamson leads the side with the bat after he top scored in the tournament last year with 735 runs in 17 innings, and he is given able reinforcement through countryman Martin Guptill, while England’s Jonny Bairstow adds some real firepower too. It is clear to see why the Sunrisers are so fancied to win the competition this year as they have so much batting power, while they are backed up with the ball by the likes of Rashid Khan, Bhuvenshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake, with last year’s beaten finalists strong right across the park.

In this one we feel that the man to back with the bat is Williamson. His exploits in the 2018 edition of the competition means he will be the man to beat in this game and across the tournament, and he offers value at 11/4. Of course, players like Guptill and Bairstow will try to give him a run for his money, but the New Zealand captain has been outstanding across the last year, and we think he will hit the ground running yet again. 

As far as a winner of this match goes, both sides are 10/11 for victory, but we think the away side are the team to back. As previously mentioned, Sunrisers have a glut of incredibly talented players with both bat and ball, and we are backing them to win this game, and perhaps even the whole tournament. Bowling wise, we are looking to back Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan, who looked very good last season as he took 21 wickets, the second-highest in 2018, and after a strong showing in the Big Bash, he is our pick to continue to knock over the wickets. 

Key Players:

Kokata Knight Riders - Sunil Narine

The all-rounder notched 357 runs last season along with 17 wickets as he proved to be an incredibly important part of the Knight Riders’ team. This season he will perhaps look to pile on the runs this time around as he is so talented with the bat in hand. 17 wickets is a great return for the off-spinner, and he is clearly a huge threat when thrown the ball, and if he can hit the right spots on the pitch, he will be a real handful.

Sunil Narine 2018 key stats - Batting: Runs: 357 Innings: 16 High Scorer: 75 Average: 22.31 50’s: 2

Bowling: Wickets: 17 Innings: 16 Average: 27.47 Strike Rate: 21.52

Sunrisers Hyderabad - Kane Williamson

What a player Williamson is. With David Warner unavailable due to his ban from cricket due to ball tampering, Williamson really stepped up with 735 runs in an awesome stretch of performances. His ability to knock the ball around for runs where needed along with his repertoire of big shots when he is in flowing form makes him an incredibly dangerous player that the KKR must get rid of early. 

Kane Williamson 2018 key stats - Runs: 735 Innings: 17 High Score: 84 Average: 52.50 50’s: 8


Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders to win: 10/11 @ William Hill

Sunrisers Hyderabad to win: 10/11 @ William Hill


Kokata Knight Riders (KKR)vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Last 5 Results:

SRH (174/7) beat KKR (160/9) by 14 runs.

KKR (173/5) beat SRH (172/9) by 5 wickets.

SRH (139/5) beat KKR (138/8) by 5 wickets.

KKR (48/3) beat SRH (128/7) on the DLS method.

SRH (209/3) beat KKR (161/7) by 48 runs.


Key Stats:

  • In the last seven matches, SRH have won four times, while KKR have three victories.
  • SRH beat KKR in the playoff last season the last time the two sides came together. 
  • Rashid Khan took 3-19 for SRH the last time the two teams played. 

IPL 2019 Winner Odds & Preview

The Indian Premier League (IPL) at last returns, with India’s premier cricket competition back for another instalment of the competition. Last year, the Sunrisers Hyderabad battled to the final after what proved to be a very strong regular season for the side, but they were once again downed by a Chennai Super Kings outfit that got stronger and stronger over the course of the competition. CSK’s triumph in 2018 was their third in their history, while SRH had to remain contented with their one title back in 2016. 

This year, the eight sides are back, although the Delhi Daredevils have been rebranded as the Delhi Capitals, and they will be looking to elevate themselves off the bottom of the table after picking up five wins in 14 last time around. This year, SRH, who were beaten in last season’s final, are the pre-tournament favourites at 9/2 with Ladbrokes, with the side more than likely to enjoy the return of Australia’s David Warner, who missed last year due being banned for his part in the ball tampering scandal. He will join up with Kane Williamson, who was the top scorer last year with 735 runs in 2018, as the two look to bat their way to the top once again. 

They will face firm competition from the likes of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (both 5/1). MI boast the likes of Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah and they are the joint-record winners of the IPL, meaning they are always a side much-fancied to win the competition. However, a less than stellar campaign last time out saw the side finish in fifth in the table, six points short of the top in a very disappointing season. This time, they will be desperate to right this wrong, and they seem like they have the squad to do it.

Joint-second favourites Chennai Super Kings arrive with a very exciting squad that is crammed full of talent. MS Dhoni is the headline player as one of India’s greatest players turns out for them while veteran spinner Imran Tahir, wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings, Australian star Shane Watson and South Africa’s Faf du Plessis are just a few of the players in their squad, and it is easy to see why they are fancied to lift the trophy for the fourth time in their history. 

One side that should not be discounted in this one are the Royal Challengers Bangalore who are 11/2. Despite being one of only three sides not to have won the IPL, RCB boast some of the best players in world cricket. Virat Kohli captains the side and is the greatest talent in the game right now, while Marcus Stoinis, South African veteran AB de Villiers and England’s Moeen Ali provide massive presences in the shorter format of the game. Last season they, like MI, struggled. Royal Challengers won six of their 14 matches as they found it difficult to make good on their promise. However, they will be buoyed by the fact that they only finished two points short of Rajasthan Royals in fourth after a poor campaign, meaning they playoff places could still be within their reach.

The rest of the betting sees the Kolkata Knight Riders (11/2), Rajasthan Royals (6/1), Delhi Capitals (8/1) further down the pecking order, while Kings XI Punjab are the outsiders at 9/1. All of the teams outside of the supposed top four have a good chance of winning the competition as there were so many top quality players available. One outfit that look particularly blessed with talent are the Rajasthan Royals. Steve Smith returns to the side after his ban, while Ajinkya Rahane will captan the likes of Varun Aaron, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi and Rahul Tripathi, and he can also call upon the incredible talents of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, with the latter in particular impressive last year as he notched 548 runs at an average of 54.80 to help RR continue their rise. 

For us, we can see why the Sunrisers are the pre-tournament favourites this season as they starred last time around with a squad that was deprived of the batting ability of David Warner. Our pick to be something of a shock winner would by the Rajasthan Royals. The side get Steve Smith back this year, while Jos Buttler has looked to be right up there in world cricket in recent months, and if they can get a few wins in their opening games, then confidence could marry perfectly with their ability. 

IPL 2019 Top Batsman Betting Odds & Preview

At last, the Indian Premier League (IPL) returns for yet another instalment of the most exciting and unpredictable T20 tournament in the world. All eight teams are back including the newly named Delhi Capitals (formerly the Delhi Daredevils) with the side hoping the rebrand brings them more luck than they enjoyed last year. 

While all eyes will be on the overall winner of the competition, we are delving into the individuals and, in particular, their success with the bat, with a glut of incredible talent on show in India this year. 

The favourite to come out on top this season is Indian poster boy Virat Kohli at 8/1 with bet365. Kohli will captain Royal Challengers Bangalore as he looks to guide them to a better finish than last year, with RCB ending two points outside of the top four last season. Despite the struggles of the team, Kohli managed to finish as the seventh highest runs scorer with 530 runs in 14 innings. Kohli has looked fantastic across all three formats of the game in recent years and he will want to bring this into the IPL once again, with the adoring Indian fans baying to see him raise his bat in celebration in from of them. 

David Warner is next in the betting at 14/1, but backing him may be premature at this point. Warner has not played cricket since early last year after he was banned for his part in the ball tampering scandal when playing for Australia. While Warner is a fantastic batsman that has lit up the cricketing world over the last few years, his time away from the game may see a slow start from the Australian, and if the likes of Kohli, Jos Buttler and Kane Williamson get off to good starts, he may face too much of a mountain to climb in order to catch them. 

Next in line comes the likes of Rohit Sharma (12/1), Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul at 14/1 and Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma who are both 16/1 and playing on home turf, with the Indian stars looking to play themselves into form ahead of the 50 over Cricket World Cup in England this sumer. However, in the betting we are more interested in last year’s top scorer Kane Williamson, who is also available at 16/1. The New Zealand captain was outstanding last campaign as he knocked 735 runs in 17 innings at an average of 52.50. Eight half centuries was an incredible output, with the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain helping the side to the final, where they were eventually beaten by Chennai Super Kings. At 16/1, Williamson offers a huge amount of value, especially when considering the fact that he outscored his closest competitor by 51 runs, while he scored 205 more runs than Kohli in 2018. Clearly, if Williamson can get going with the bat this year, then he will be a formidable foe, whilst also offering good value for anyone that thinks he will make it two years in a row with the most runs. 

Veterans of the game that offer big value come in the form of Shane Watson (16/1) and AB de Villiers (14/1) and Chris Gayle (18/1). Watson hammered an impressive 555 runs along with two hundreds last year, and he continued this form in the 2018/19 Australian Big Bash as he clocked in 244 runs in 14 innings. De Villiers meanwhile was slightly quieter, scoring 480 runs in a season that featured six 50’s. Gayle meanwhile came into the tournament late but got off to a flyer only to be pegged back somewhat. 368 runs in 11 innings at an average of 40.88 included a huge score of 104 not out, and if he can take the form he showed in the 50 over games for the West Indies against England, then he will be tough to stop. 

One player we are surprised is so far down in the betting is Jos Buttler. England’s most-destructive player has become a household name in cricket across all three formats, but it is in the shorter formats of the game in which he can really show his attacking ability. At 50/1, Butter offers monumental value, especially after slamming 548 runs at an average of 54.80 in 13 innings last time out. Buttler was taken out of the 2018 tournament early due to England duty, which will likely happen once again with the World Cup so soon after the IPL, and that is probably the reason why he offers so much value. However, Buttler is more than capable of rising to the top of the rankings and staying there, such is his massive batting ability. If Buttler is able to start quickly, the rest of the pack could find it tough to claw the distance between the England batsman and themselves back although, with Williamson, Kohli, Warner and others all very good batsman, Buttler will have to be at his very best if he is to outscore them having played less. Australian Steve Smith (40/1) is a man that could be a decent wildcard as, like Warner, he has not seen much cricket since his ban for ball tampering, but such is his ability that we think he could definitely rise to the top of the run scoring charts. 

At last, the Indian Premier League (IPL) returns for yet another instalment of the most exciting and unpredictable T20 tournament in the world. All eight teams are back including the newly named Delhi Capitals (formerly the Delhi Daredevils) with the side hoping the rebrand brings them more luck than they enjoyed last year. 

While all eyes will be on the overall winner of the competition, we are delving into the individuals and, in particular, their success with the bat, with a glut of incredible talent on show in India this year. 

The favourite to come out on top this season is Indian poster boy Virat Kohli at 8/1 with bet365. Kohli will captain Royal Challengers Bangalore as he looks to guide them to a better finish than last year, with RCB ending two points outside of the top four last season. Despite the struggles of the team, Kohli managed to finish as the seventh highest runs scorer with 530 runs in 14 innings. Kohli has looked fantastic across all three formats of the game in recent years and he will want to bring this into the IPL once again, with the adoring Indian fans baying to see him raise his bat in celebration in from of them.







*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

IPL 2019 Top Bowler Betting Odds

So much of what T20 cricket is about revolves around the batting side of things, with the ability that players have to consistently clear the ropes a huge draw for the crowds, with the likes of Jos Buttler, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers all providing fireworks. However, no team can operate fully without a bowling attack that features both economical players and wicket-takers. This is why the India Premier League (IPL) auction was absolutely vital, with the sides given the chance to pad out their squads and add wicket-taking machines to their rosters. 

Last season, it was Andrew Tye (24 wickets in 14 matches) that shone as the Kings XI Punjab bowler blew away the opposition. Since then, Tye has starred with Australia, becoming a big part of the side’s plans moving forward. Despite his fantastic performance last year, the Purple Cap winner is currently quite far down the pecking order at 16/1 with Betway. He languishes someway behind current favourite Rashid Khan, who is 8/1 to finish the tournament as the top bowler. The leg-spinner has been in superb form for Afghanistan in recent months, while he looked very good for the Adelaide Strikers in the Australian Big Bash, and the bookies clearly think that he will continue his strong run, with the bowler incredibly adept at keeping his economy rate low, piling the pressure on the batsman, thus making them attempt to play big shots off his bowling which results in one sneaking through onto the stumps, mis-cued strikes or, most-foolish of all, trying to hit against the spin. With 21 wickets for the Sunrisers Hyderabad last time out, the spinner will be targeting more wickets and a winners medal this time around. 

Kuldeep Yadav (12/1) and Jasprit Bumrah (14/1) come next in the betting as two of India’s most exciting bowlers will look to lead Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians respectively to victory this year. Yadav enjoyed the IPL last time around as he snared 17 wickets in 16 matches, while Bumrah accounted for the same amount of wickets in just 14 games, and they do look like good bets on home turf to be there or there about in the wicket-taking charts this season. 

Sunil Narine is a man that offers very good value with bookmaker Paddy Power and, at 25/1, he could be a man worth backing. Narine is famed for his ability with both bat and ball, which is why he may be so far down in the betting and could be a risky bet. If Narine is to get off to a flyer with the bat then it could see his confidence with the ball in hand go through the roof, however, it could work in the opposite way, with the West Indies’ star preferring to focus on matters with willow in hand. 

One man a lot of England fans will have their eyes on is Jofra Archer. The young quick has been consistently hitting 90mph and above which was shown in the Big Bash in Australia as he took 18 wickets in 15 matches for the Hobart Hurricanes. With his place in England’s World Cup squad yet to be decided, Archer will want to use the T20 tournament as a springboard to England’s 50 over side, and he can be backed at 33/1 with Paddy Power to finish as the top bowler. Other interesting picks include South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (33/1 with Betfair), veteran Lasith Malinga (40/1 with Paddy Power) and Imran Tahir (50/1 with Paddy Power).

As far as our picks go for this one, we think that it will be difficult to stop Andrew Tye from once again hitting the front. At 16/1, we think he offers good value, especially after taking the most wickets last year. Our longer shot comes in the form of Jofra Archer, who will be desperate to impress this season. At 33/1 he offers some very good value, and if he can hit 90mph on a consistent basis, he will be tough to stop. Our wildcard pick for the tournament is Imran Tahir. The South African bowler is a shorter-format expert, and he really comes into his own in Indian conditions where the ball spins, while he is incredibly good at taking wickets in the latter-stages where batsmen are looking to go big. At 50/1 he offers big value. 

2019 IPL Teams

Chennai Super Kings

Last Season: Champions 
2018 Top Batsman: Ambati Rayudu. Runs: 602. Top Score: 100*
2018 Top Bowler: Shardul Thakur. Wickets: 16. 

Full Squad: 

Overseas Players: Sam Billings (ENG), David Willey (ENG), Mitchell Santner (NZ), Lungi Ngidi (SA), Imran Tahir (SA), Faf du Plessis (SA), Shane Watson (Aus), Dwayne Bravo (WI).

Indian Players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Narayan Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Mohit Sharma, Rituraj Gaikwad.

The Chennai Super Kings may not have finished at the top of the tree in the regular season, but they more than made up for this by beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final to clinch the trophy in emphatic style. Top Batsman Ambatu Rayudu and Shardul Thakur, who took 16 wickets, are back for CSK, and they will be looking to secure back-to-back titles after their win last year. Big oversees players that are on their books include England's Sam Billings and David Willey, while some big scores will likely come from Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis, and Shane Watson will want to channel the same scoring form that saw him slam a title-winning century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad into the new season, with CSK looking strong yet again. 

Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils)

Last Season: 8th 
2018 Top Batsman: Rishabh Pant. Runs: 684. Top Score: 128*
2018 Top Bowler: Trent Boult. Wickets: 18.

Full Squad:

Overseas players: Colin Munro (NZ), Chris Morris (SA), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nep), Trent Boult (NZ), Colin Ingram (SA), Sherfane Rutherford (WI), Keemo Paul (WI).

Indian Players: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Manjot Kalra, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Ankush Bains, Nathu Singh, Jalaj Saxena, Bandaru Ayyappa.

Last season was an abysmal one for the Delhi Daredevils who have now been rebranded as the Delhi Capitals. The side, despite boasting some of the world's finest players in Gautam Gambhir, Trent Boult and Rishabh Pant, finished in eighth after a very poor season, and they will be desperate to mark their name change with an upturn in their fortunes. Pant looked good with the bat last season with a top score of 128* very impressive, and if the wicketkeeper-batsman can carry his form of 2018 into the new year, then the Capitals will have a real chance of making the play-offs, especially if the likes of Boult and Kagiso Rabada can get the wickets that their big names suggest they will.  

Kings XI Punjab

Last Season: 7th
2018 Top Batsman: KL Rahul. Runs: 659. Top Score: 95*
2018 Top Bowler: Andrew Tye. Wickets: 24.

Full Squad: 

Overseas Players: Sam Curran (ENG), Chris Gayle (WI), Andrew Tye (Aus), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg), Nicholas Pooran (WI), Moises Henriques (Aus), Hardus Viljoen (SA), David Miller (SA).

Indian Players: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mohammad Shami, Sarfaraz Khan, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin.

This Kings XI Punjab side is shaping up to be one of the most-exciting in the competition, with talent young and old coming together. England's exciting youngster Sam Curran, who showed his worth in the team's impressive Test series win over India will likely star with both bat and ball, while veteran Chris Gayle is still very much a player that can clear the stadium with his hitting. KL Rahul top scored for the side with 659 runs in an impressive season last year, while 2018's top wicket taker Andrew Tye returns, meaning this is a side that posses all of the tools they need to win the tournament. 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Last Season: Beaten semi-finalists (Regular season: 3rd)
2018 Top Batsman: Dinesh Karthink. Runs: 498. Top Score: 52
2018 Top Bowler: Sunil Narine. Wickets: 17.

Full Squad:

Overseas Players: Harry Gurney (ENG), Joe Denly (ENG), Chris Lynn (Aus), Andre Russell (WI), Sunil Narine (WI), Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Lockie Ferguson (NZ), Anrich Nortje (SA).
Indian Players: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nikhil Naik, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Shrikant Mundhe.

The likes of Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Carlos Brathwaite give the Kolkata Knight Riders a very dangerous look, and they will want to build upon an impressive season last time out which saw the side finish in third in the table with eight wins from 14. Their star man is surely Sunil Narine though, as the West Indies' player is fantastic with both bat and ball, and KKR will want him to hit the ground running immediately, with the star taking a while to get going in 2018.

Mumbai Indias:

Last Season: 5th 
2018 Top Batsman: Suryakumar Yadav. Runs: 512. Top Score: 72
2018 Top Bowler: Hardik Pandya. Wickets: 18.

Full Squad:

Overseas Players: Evin Lewis (WI), Kieron Pollard (WI), Ben Cutting (Aus), Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ), Adam Milne (NZ), Jason Behrendorff (Aus), Quinton de Kock (SA), Lasith Malinga (SL).

Indian Players: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaswal, Rasikh Dar, Yuvraj Singh, Jayant Yadav.

The Mumbai Indias may not have the household names that some of the other sides posses, but this makes them no less dangerous in a one-on-one situation. Evin Lewis, Mitchell McClenaghan and Quinton de Kock are all very good players and while Lasith Malinga may be ageing, he can still throw down a mean delivery that can beat the batsman for pace. With Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma in the team, MI look well set for top-quality Indian talent, and if they can get off to a winning start, who knows what the season might bring. 

Rajasthan Royals

Last Season: Beaten in the play-offs (Regular season: 4th)
2018 Top Batsman: Jos Buttler. Runs: 548. Top Score: 95*
2018 Top Bowler: Jofra Archer. Wickets: 15.

Full Squad:

Overseas Players: Ben Stokes (ENG), Jos Buttler (ENG), Jofra Archer (ENG), Liam Livingstone (ENG), Steve Smith (Aus), Ish Sodhi (NZ), Oshane Thomas (WI), Ashton Turner (Aus).

Indian Players: Ajinkya Rahane, K Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag.

For any England fans out there, there Rajasthan Royals are the team you want to be watching this year. Star men Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler return for the franchise, with the latter starring in 2018 and the former with a point to prove after an underwhelming tournament. Jofra Archer and Liam Livingstone also turn out for the side, while Steve Smith, who will only just be back following his ban for a ball tampering scandal with Australia, will want to get in the runs as quickly as possible. Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson provide more excitement, and if you are looking for a side that seems to have all their bases covered, it would be the Royals. However, they need to beware the curse that plagued the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, with their huge collection of talent failing to ever really fire. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Last Season: 6th
2018 Top Batsman: Virat Kohli. Runs: 530. Top Score: 92*
2018 Top Bowler: Umesh Yadav. Wickets: 20.

Full Squad:

Overseas Players: Moeen Ali (ENG), AB de Villiers (SA), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Aus), Colin de Grandhomme (NZ), Tim Southee (NZ), Marcus Stoinis (Aus), Shimron Hetmyer (WI), Heinrich Klaasen (SA).

Indian Players: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas Ray Barman, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Akshdeep Nath.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore struggled last year, and they have a lot of wrongs to right this time around. Virat Kohli is the big name for the side, while he also holds the tag of the best batsman in the competition, meaning there is, as always, a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Tim Southee and Parthiv Patel provide yet more star quality, and if they can get their players in the groove this season, then they will surely improve upon their sixth-placed finish last time out. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Last Season: Beat Finalists (Regular season: 1st)
2018 Top Batsman: Kane Williamson. Runs: 735. Top Score: 84.
2018 Top Bowler: Rashid Khan. Wickets: 21.

Full Squad:

Overseas Players: Jonny Bairstow (ENG), David Warner (Aus), Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Kane Williamson (NZ), Billy Stanlake (Aus), Shakib Al Hasan (Ban), Rashid Khan (Afg), Martin Guptill (NZ).

Indian Players: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Wriddhiman Saha.

Last year, it was all about Kane Williamson, as the batsman fired in a tournament-high 735 runs as he led the Sunrisers Hyderabad to the final, only to be beaten by their bogey team for the year in the Chennai Super Kings. This time around, Wiliamson will be backed up by returning batsman David Warner, while England's Jonny Bairstow, Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi and New Zealand's Martin Guptill will look to make a name for themselves in India this year. With Warner returning and a fine batsman in the form of Bairstow joining, Sunrisers will have realistic expectations of going one better than they did last year and winning the competition, although the weight of expectation from their fans will be far greater this year, meaning they will need to find a way to shoulder it or they will buckle under the load. 

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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. 

Best bookmakers for betting on the IPL

The popularity of the IPL means there is no shortage of bookmakers that offer the chance to place bets on a range of markets. The sheer amount of available bookies means there is a lot of choice, but this can also be very confusing to find out which ones offer the best odds and services.

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the IPL, we also offer advice on which bookmaker you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions and more are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

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. 

IPL match betting tips

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. Here, we were run down the available markets so you have everything you need to know ahead of your next foray into betting on the cricket.

IPL match winner 

This is the most straightforward market in the game and is simply a case of picking one of the two teams and backing them to win, or for the game to end in a draw. The best way to make a decent profit in this market is to back a side in a game that the bookmakers perceive to be a very close call. For example, if Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab both sit in the top portion of the table and play one another, then the odds of either of them winning will be more appealing than if Sunrisers Hyderabad played bottom of the table Delhi Daredevils. 

Top Team Batsman and Top Team Bowler 

In this market, you can back the batsman you feel will top score for their team. For example, if Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing Mumbai Indians, you can back Virat Kohli of Bangalore to top score for his team. Similarly, you can also back a bowler of a certain team to take the most wickets in a match. 

Highest Opening Partnership 

This market allows you to back which opening partnership you feel will score the most runs in the game. If Kings XI Punjab are playing Kolkata Knight Riders, and both Chris Gayle and RL Rahul have been in awesome form lately for Punjab, you can back them to outscore the opposition's openers on the day.

Top Batsman 

The Top Batsman market is like the Top Team Batsman, but this one allows you to choose the batsman you think will finish with the most runs out of both teams. As there are double the options, the odds of Kane Williamson top scoring are longer than if you backed him to top score just for his team.

Highest First 6 Overs 

In this market you will try to predict which side will score the most runs in the first 6 overs (30 balls) of the game. If you think that a team like Rajasthan Royals will score quickly early on with Jos Buttler at the crease, then you can back them to outscore opponents Kolkata Knight Riders, who may have all of their power hitters coming in later in the innings. 

First Ball

This market is one with a lot of different options, as you are betting on the outcome of the first ball. Therefore, any of a dot ball, a single, four runs, a boundary, two runs, a wide, a bye or leg by, no ball, wicket, six or three runs can be bet on, with the odds of a six or three runs usually providing the longest odds.

Man Of The Match

The Man of the Match market gives punters the chance to put money on the player they think will be deemed the best of the day. This can be solely due to batting or bowling, or an amalgamation of the two along with a solid performance in the field. Much like the Top Batsman market, this market is one in which any of the players taking part in the game can be bet on, meaning there is usually good value on backing pretty much any player.

First Wicket Method 

You can also back how the first wicket will fall in a game. The options include, cauht, bowled, LBW, run out, caught and bowled, stumped and others. This market is best used when you have a good knowledge of the pitch and bowlers. For example, if it is overcast and the pitch is doing something, then a bowler that can swing the ball back into the batsman's pads may get more joy on the wicket, meaning caught of LBW is the most likely way the first wicket will fall. Similarly, if the two batsman in the middle have poor communication and have not played together often, a crazy run may be taken thus allowing a stumping to happen.

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. 

IPL Top Runs Scorers

YearPlayer (Team)Runs Innings Average Highest ScoreNot Outs 100's50's6's4's
2008Shaun Marsh
(Kings XI Punjab)
6161168.441152152659
2009Matthew Hayden
(Chennai Super Kings)
5721252.00891052260
2010Sachin Tendulkar 
(Mumbai Indians)
6181547.5389*205386
2011Chris Gayle
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
6081267.551073234457
2012Chris Gayle 
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
7331461.08128*2175946
2013Michael Hussey 
(Chennai Super Kings)
7331752.35953061781
2014Robin Uthappa 
(Kolkata Knight Riders)
6601644.0083*1051874
2015David Warner 
(Sunrisers Hyderabad)
5621442.23911072165
2016Virat Kohli 
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
9731681.081134473883
2017David Warner 
(Sunrisers Hyderabad)
6411458.271263142663
2018Kane Williamson 
(Sunrisers Hyderabad)
7351752.50843082864
2019
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IPL Winners

Year Winner Runner-UpPlayer of the Series Venue
2008Rajasthan Royal 
164/7
Chennai Super Kings
163/5
Shane WatsonDY Patil Stadium 
2009Deccan Chargers 
143/6
Royal Challengers Bangalore
137/9
Adam Gilchrist Wanderers Stadium 
2010Chennai Super Kings
168/5
Mumbai Indians 
146/9
Sachin Tendulkar DY Patil Stadium 
2011Chennai Super Kings 
205/5
Royal Challengers Bangalore 
147/8
Chris Gayle M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 
2012Kolkata Knight Riders 
192/5
Chennai Super Kings 
190/3
Sunil Narine M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 
2013Mumbai Indians 
148/9
Chennai Super Kings
125/9 
Shane Watson Eden Gardens 
2014Kolkata Knight Riders 
200/7
Kings XI Punjab 
199/4
Glenn Maxwell M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
2015Mumbai Indians 
202/5
Chennai Super Kings 
161/8
Andre Russell Eden Gardens 
2016Sunrisers Hyderabad 
208/7
Royal Challengers Bangalore 
200/7
Virat Kohli M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 
2017Mumbai Indians 
129/8
Rising Pune Supergiant 
128/6
Ben Stokes Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 
2018Chennai Super Kings 
181/2
Sunrisers Hyderabad 
178/6
Sunil Narine Wankhede Stadium 
2019
2020

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