This weekend sees the last of the group stage matches before the play offs start on Tuesday
Matches are as follows. All prices from Skybet.
Saturday 19th May
Rajastan Royals v RCB
Jos Buttler missed out on a record sixth consecutive T20 fifty as Rajasthan Royals tumbled to a six-wicket defeat to fellow IPL play-off chasers Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
The 27-year-old was looking to make history having passed the mark against Kings XI Punjab twice, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians to match Virender Sehwag’s five fifties in a row for Delhi in 2012.
Buttler (39 off 22) clubbed each of Shivam Mavi’s deliveries in the third over for either four or six amid a run of 10 boundaries in a row for the Royals as they raced to 63-0 in the fifth over, with Rahul Tripathi contributing 27 from 15 balls.
But the England man was then caught on the reverse-sweep off Kuldeep Yadav (4-20) as the visitors lost 10 wickets for 79 runs to slip to 142 all out in 19 overs – Jaydev Unadkat (26) the only player bar the openers to make an impact as Kuldeep bamboozled the batsmen, including Ben Stokes (11), who was caught and bowled.
Kolkata have tightened their grip on third place in the table with Rajasthan two points back in fourth – the Royals could make the play-offs with a win over RCB in their final group game on Saturday but will be without Stokes and Buttler, who will shortly return to England ahead of the first Test at Lord’s from May 24.
Royal Challengers bowled out Kings XI Punjab for just 88 and then blasted the runs required in just 8.1 overs to earn a 10-wicket win that keeps their late push for the playoffs alive.
The hammering of Kings XI secures RCB’s first back-to-back wins of the tournament, coming on the brink of elimination when they needed them most, while their defeated Indore hosts have lost five of their last six as they slip from third to fifth in the table.
Kings XI are now bunched together on six wins with both the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals – who clash on Tuesday – while RCB and the Mumbai Indians are in hot pursuit on five wins apiece and with two more games to play
Here with the Royals without Stokes and Buttler and with RCB usually well fancied, the big name effect, the home side are 11/10 underdogs and should be supportive in what should be a close knockout game
Sunrisers Hyderabad v KKR
Sunrisers are top of the table and qualified for the play-offs a week ago. They play RCB on Thursday and home advantage in the first play off game (winning which gives them a ticket straight through to the final) is up for grabs here so there is plenty to play for.
KKR beat Rajastan by six wickets at Eden Gardens in midweek. Kolkata have tightened their grip on third place in the table with Rajasthan two points back in fourth. This could be a low scoring match with two of the best bowling attacks in the tournament and at 11/10 I like the KKR sideto pull off the upset.
Sunday 20th May
Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians
Delhi are bottom of the table and out of contention for the play-offs with only three wins from their nine games so far
Mumbai Indians secured a crucial win in their pursuit of an IPL playoff spot as they edged out Kings XI Punjab by three runs at the Wankhede Stadium, despite KL Rahul’s fine 94 from 60 balls.
Chasing 184 to win, IPL leading run-scorer Rahul smashed 10 fours and three sixes in hitting his sixth fifty of the tournament but it wasn’t to be enough as he perished in the penultimate over to Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah proved to be the difference between the two sides as, not only did he claim the crucial wicket, he returned stunning figures of 3-15 from his four overs in the high-scoring clash.
With victory, Mumbai move into the fourth and final playoff spot with this one game to play and with their improving form and big game pedigree should be fancied to win at 8/11
CSK v Kings XI Punjab
This is CSK’s penultimate group game and they are second in the league behind Sunrisers and in the play offs.
Royal Challengers bowled out Kings XI Punjab for just 88. The hammering of Kings XI meant they have now have now lost five of their last six as they slip from third to fifth in the table. Kings XI are now bunched together on six wins with both the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals – who clash on Tuesday – while RCB and the Mumbai Indians are in hot pursuit on five wins apiece and with two more games to play
CSK should win this match against inconsistent opponents at 8/11