Couch Critic previews the betting for the Indian Premier League matches taking place on the 17th and 18th April including Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians
Sunrisers vs CSK (Wednesday, 17 April – 16:30)
Setting the Scene: The Sunrisers have been on a bit of a slide whilst their opponents are nicely clear at the top having won all but one game to date. The home side are in desperate need of stopping their slide back at home comforts.
Let’s Talk Tactics: On the previous occasion SRH came badly unstuck as they limped to 116 having been set 155 by Delhi. The Sunrisers have proven to be completely over reliant on their two all-star openers. Rashid Kahn has once again proven to be the most dangerous bowler but has found little support.
The Super Kings have taken to the competition with their selection of spinners and have enjoyed considerable success. Bat in hand they still haven’t set the competition alight yet seemingly they don’t really need to.
Hyderabad has proven to be somewhat slow and sticky but it didn’t stop Morris, Rabada and KeemoPaul from taking all ten wickets between them the last time out.
Verdict: The Hyderabad wicket has been sluggish but isn’t a rank turner or dust bowl so the CSK spinners could be a touch less effective. Neither team has a lot of big bludgeoning six hitters apart from one of the openers capable of doing damage if they play a big knock. I’m backing a low number of sixes here. Kane Williamson hasn’t played a lot of games but given the pressure on his team to return to winning ways I expect the Kiwi to come good here. I’ve backed him on a number of occasions but I still feel Faf is the most in-form player in the CSK line-up.
DELHI CAPITALS vs MUMBAI INDIANS (Thursday, 18 April – 16:30)
Setting the Scene: Two teams sitting behind CSK and both surely keen on moving toward the table toppers and not fall back to the chasing pack. As per usual much was expected of Mumbai and they are starting to make what could be a winning move. The Capitals have surpassed expectations in the first half of the comp and will like to keep their early form going at home in Delhi.
Let’s Talk Tactics: Delhi have a strong top order who have all contributed at different stages in the tournament. Bowling wise the South African express seamer has set the IPL alight – KG cruising to the purple cap for leading wicket taker with 17 sticks in eight outings.
Quinten de Kock has found some form at the top of the order for Mumbai whilst Pollard and Hardik Pandya have both found their range on the lower order hitting front. With the ball the Indians have scrapped well as a unit rather than having one lone star.
The last time we saw a game at Delhi it was a low scoring affair with the home side only managing 129.
Verdict: It might sound like the obvious choice but Rabada is in such great rhythm at present that there is no reason why he can’t continue on his merry way. I have also backed Suryakumar Yadav on a number of occasions but if Quiney fluffs his line we are getting great odds for a man in decent touch batting at number 3. Lastly, he might come in a touch low down but he is in good six-hitting form and I will throw a few coins in the direction of Hardik Pandya to clear the ropes more than any other.
(Note, all odds quoted are subject to change)
Enjoy the cricket and happy punting!