Early games in the 2019 IPL Continue

Monday 25th March
Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab

Two teams who are amongst the outsiders for the competition meet here. Rajasthan traditionally rely on lesser known players and finish around the play-off spots but invested heavily in the auction this year, notably on Ben Stokes who joins Buttler and Archer in the side. Steve Smith begins the tournament injured.

Kings XI started well last season but fell away losing their last seven games. They have invested in a lot of young Indian talent particularly spinners and have a very under-rated bowling attack including last year’s top tournament wicket taker Andrew Tye. I think they are dark horses to do well.

For this first game Rajasthan are best priced 8/11 and KXIP 11/8, and it is the latter price I consider the value with Bet365.

Tuesday 26th March
Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings

Delhi are hoping for a major turn-around this season bringing in Dhawan to open the batting and with Boult and Rabada to lead the bowling ranks this could be an improved season.

CSK won their first matchat home to RCB at the Chepauk stadium. On a very tired used pitch that spun heavily it was an atypical T20 game with RCB dismissed for 70 and spinners taking 8 wickets for CSK. It could be that with five top class spinners to pick from (Santner doesn’t get in the side so there is real strength in depth) they play at home on these tough pitches and only really KKR and Sunrisers look to have the spin to challenge them on their home surface.

Here Delhi are even money home underdogs with CSK at 5/6 with Bet365 and I will take a chance on Delhi on what should be a quicker pitch than at CSK, and a change of strategy for CSK with more pace should see a more even contest.

Wednesday 27th March
KKR v Kings XI Punjab
At Eden Gardens in Kolkota KKR traditionally rely on dry pitches that suit their spin attack, and look to defend totals compiled by a batting line up strong on pinch hitting

Kings XI started well last season but fell away losing their last seven games. They have invested in a lot of young Indian talent particularly spinners and have a very under-rated bowling attack including last year’s top tournament wicket taker Andrew Tye. I think they are dark horses to do well.

KKR at 5/6 with Bet365 looks a solid bet