Matches as follows. All prices from William Hill
Saturday 14th April
Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils
Mumbai lost off the last ball in Hyderabad on Thursday, the second successive loss for the defending champions to start the 2018 IPL. The much-vaunted Mumbai batting line-up flattered to deceive as the likes of Evin Lewis (29), Suryakumar Yadav (28) and Kieron Pollard (28) got out after getting set and they only scored 147 which they almost defended.
Delhi lost their second game in a row in a rain affected match failing to reach 70 off 6 overs to overcome Rajasthan in midweek, this after failing to defend 167 against Kings XI last weekend
Mumbai are the stronger team, at home and should justify odds of 8/11 to get their first win of the season
Sunday 15th April
KKR v Sunrisers Hyderabad
KKR have played two won 1 after failing to defend 202 v CSK on Wednesday
Russell’s onslaught ensured KKR racked up 113 from the final 10 overs and recovered from 86-5 as they posted 202-6
Sunrisers continued their good start to the 2018 campaign as they registered a thrilling one-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai in Hyderabad on Thursday. Two wins in as many matches took Sunrisers to the top of the standings as they have better run rate than Chennai Super Kings, who too have four points.
It was a nail-biting end to the match as Billy Stanlake scored the winning run off the last ball, after Sunrisers had restricted Mumbai to 147 batting first.
Sunrisers probably have the best attack in the competition but playing at Eden Gardens is a challenge. At 10/11 each of two my preference is for KKR at home.
Kings XI Punjab v CSK
KL Rahul’s 14-ball half-century, an IPL record, led Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in their first game of IPL 2018.
After Delhi were restricted to 166-7, 17-year-old Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-28) impressing on his IPL debut, Rahul came out and smashed six fours and four sixes in a remarkable innings to put Kings XI in a dominant position.
They play RCB away on Friday after the filing of this report.
CSK have played won 2 after chasing down 203 to beat KKR.
Chennai, playing their first fixture at home since 2015 following a two-year ban for illegal betting, were set an imposing target of 203 after Andre Russell bludgeoned 11 sixes – six of them off fellow West Indian Dwayne Bravo, one of which flew out of the stadium – in a 36-ball 88 not out to rescue Kolkata from 89-5.
But Billings (56 off 23) nailed five maximums of his own, including back-to-back efforts off Russell in the 18th over, before Ravindra Jadeja smeared the penultimate ball of Vinay Kumar’s error-strewn final over for six to spark wild Chennai celebrations.
CSK at 5/6 is the bet.