Cape Town - On Saturday, April 7 the first ball
will be bowled in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).
The opening round sees South
African stars such as AB De Villiers, David Miller, Quinton De Kock and Chris
Morris fight it out for the upper hand in the early stages of the tournament.
Check out the first round fixtures below:
Saturday, April 7
16:30 - Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings
Sunday, April 8
12:30 - Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils
Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Monday, April 9
16:30 - Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals
Tournament favourites and odds:
Mumbai Indians have made it a habit of taking home the IPL trophy with three titles. The team has flourished under the leadership of Mahela Jayawardene and
will look to assert their dominance once again.
Previous year position: Winners
Star players: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah,
Pat Cummins, Hardik Pandya
The two-time IPL champion Kolkata Knight Riders have spent the cash and have
bought the complete squad. It's impossible to overlook the quality of the KKR
squad the must be considered serious contenders for 2018 IPL title.
Previous year position: Lost in semi-finals to the eventual winners
Star players: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn,
After a poor year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will have it all to prove in
2018. They were able to bring in the balance needed with recent signings and
somehow strengthen their batting order. With AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Quinton
de Kock and Brendon McCullum, out-scoring the Challengers will be a difficult
Previous year position: Last Place
Star players: Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock, AB De Villiers
Leading SA bookies BET.co.za have priced up
the odds for the 2018 Indian Premier League outright winner.
Check them out:
Mumbai Indians - 77/20
Royal Challengers Bangalore - 39/10
Sunrisers Hyderabad - 23/4
Kolkata Knight Riders - 6/1
Chennai Super Kings - 25/4
Rajasthan Royals - 29/4
Delhi Daredevils - 15/2
Kings XI Punjab - 31/4
Sit back and enjoy!