Cape Town - Your three-day preview of the upcoming Indian Premier League matches.
Friday, April 13
Royal Challengers Bangalore 0.55
(Lost first game) v Kings XI Punjab: 1.35 (Won first game)
Betting: RCB v KXIP
Despite the slow start from RCB, the team remains in high
spirits for their second clash against Kings XI Punjab. AB de Villiers has come
out and praised the balance of the squad and the buzz in the team that they
didn’t have last year. RCB will have to bounce back against a strong Kings XI
squad who could match their batting order blow for blow. The question is, can
the RCB bowling attack restrict their opponents? It's impossible to make a call
on the first performance of the season so let's hang in there and talk in the
KXIP pulled off an opening match victory over an
impressive Delhi Daredevils. The DD posted a modest 166/7, which was chased
down with ease as KL Rahul scored the fastest ever half-century in the IPL (50
of 14 balls). That performance was heavily influenced by the advice of KXIP’s
director of cricket, Virender Sehwag, as they didn’t believe in scoring through
singles. With a batting line-up of Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus
Stoinis and David Miller, why should
they? This is a mouth-watering clash. Wherever you are, get your hard hats on
because these guys can hit it miles!
Saturday, April 14
Indians 0.60 (Lost both Matches) v Delhi Daredevils 1.25 (Lost both Matches)
Betting: MI v DD
The defending champions have started the 2018 IPL campaign
in poor fashion and need a positive result as soon as possible. In the last
game, they were involved in a thrilling last ball finish with Sunrisers
Hyderabad holding their nerve for the victory. MI batted first and posted a
below par target of 148. Youngster, Mayank Markande returned career-best
figures of 4-23 which brought them back into the contest but it wasn’t enough.
Both teams have two losses to their first two games and will be out for blood
as they look to turn around their 2018 IPL campaigns.
The DD’s last fixture was hampered by the weather as the
rain came down in the 17th over. The Rajasthan Royals were on 153/5 when the
innings was cut short which meant the Daredevils were given a target of 71 runs
in six overs – the target revised using the DLS method. DD could only manage 60
in the allotted six overs despite the best efforts from Morris and Maxwell. You
have to feel for the team as they were in a decent position before the
downpour. They need to set things right in this one.
Kolkata Knight Riders 0.85 (Won one; Lost
one) v Sunrisers Hyderabad 0.90 (Won both games)
Betting: KKR v SH
Kolkata Knight Riders
should feel hard done by following their last defeat against CSK. KKR set an
impressive 202 run total and forced CSK into needing 102 from 51 balls but an
unbelievable performance from Sam Billings took the game out of their hands.
However, there were several positives to take out of the game. The main stand
out was Andre Russell’s explosive innings as he took apart the CSK bowling
attack. All in all, they will look to take advantage of their current form and
home advantage against one of the tournaments strongest teams.
commentary summed it up perfectly, “What a
match! Billy Stanlake scored the winning run off the last ball. Hyderabad
registered their second win in as many match to top the standings.” If you
didn't watch the match live, go catch watch
the highlights. One of the most exciting cricket games in IPL history. With two
wins in two matches, they set to be one of the early tournament favourites and
will be on the hunt for their third consecutive victory.
Sunday, April 15
Challengers Bangalore 0.60 (Pending) v Rajasthan Royals 1.30 (Lost one, Won
Betting: RCB v RR
We could have plenty to say on the RCB team depending on
their result against the Kings XI Punjab. The questions about their bowling
attack will be answered and whether they will be able to compete with the
favourites of the tournament. A win in their second game will give them the
world of confidence which may allow them to express themselves more freely.
RR clinched their first victory of the IPL season in a
rain affected match against the DD. As we see it, they were lucky to get the
victory as they were on a modest total of 153-5 in 17.5. They defended the
revised target of 71 runs in six overs by restricting the DD to 60 runs. The
victory was a much needed and they will look to use the momentum in their clash
Kings XI Punjab 1.00 (Won one &
Pending) v Chennai Super Kings 0.80 (Won both games)
Betting: KXIP v CSK
Kings XI Punjab
The KXIP have an opportunity to join the Sunrisers
Hyderabad on top of the table with two wins. By doing so, they will be up there
as favourites to win the tournament. Only time will tell!
Chennai Super Kings
second time in two matches, CSK were bailed out by one of their foreign
superstars. On Tuesday night it was Sam Billings, who was playing his first IPL
match for the franchise. He scored an 21-ball half-century, helping chase down
203 to win by 5 wickets, with one ball to spare. CSK have shown tremendous
fight in their opening two games and proven to the IPL spectators that they are
serious contenders. They will look to continue their impressive start against
the KXIP on Sunday evening.