The final week of group stage matches with Sunrisers already qualified for the play offs, CSK close and a further two places up for grabs

Wednesday 16th May
Mumbai Indians v KXI Punjab

Jos Buttler hit a record-equalling fifth consecutive IPL half-century as his unbeaten 94 led Rajasthan Royals to a seven-wicket win over holders Mumbai Indians.

The visitors restricted the hosts Mumbai to 168-6 at the Wankhede Stadium – with Evan Lewis top-scoring with 60. Suryakumar Yadav and Lewis helped Mumbai reach 86-0 from their opening 10 overs.But Archer struck twice in two balls, having Yadav and captain Rohit Sharma both caught at long leg, before Lewis sliced Dhawal Kulkarni to deep point as Mumbai lost three wickets in 17 balls.

Stokes produced his best performance with the ball in this year’s IPL, with Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya both being caught at deep midwicket by Sanju Samson as Mumbai set Rajasthan 169 to win.

Kolkata Knight Riders hit the fourth highest total in IPL history as they beat Kings XI Punjab to move into the play-off places.

Sunil Narine smashed 75 off 36 balls at the top of the order and captain Diniesh Karthik thumped a 23-ball 50 to take Kolkata to 245-6 from their 20 overs.

KL Rahul blitzed 66 from 29 balls and Ravi Ashwin made 40 from 22 but despite their best efforts, Kings XI came up 31 runs short.

Narine and Chris Lynn got KKR off to a fantastic start and put on 53 for the first wicket before Lynn was dismissed early in the sixth over.

Having continued to flay the ball to all parts for the first half of the innings, Narine eventually fell to Andrew Tye (4-41) in the 12th and Robin Uthappa (24) went two balls later.

It was a seamless transition though as Andre Russell (31 off 14 balls) and Karthik ensured there was no respite for the Kings XI bowlers, the punishment continuing right to the last.

The Kolkata bowlers fared little better. Rahul and Chris Gayle (21) giving Kings XI hope with a rapid opening stand of 57 before Russell (3-41) had his fellow countryman caught behind.

Mayank Agarwal went next ball and Karun Nair soon after but despite Russell’s three-wicket burst, Kings XI kept coming.
Narine (1-44) bowled Rahul in the ninth over to ease any KKR nerves and Ashwin and Aaron Finch played their parts in getting Kings XI that much closer than Kolkata would have liked, the Knight Riders held on for an important win.
A must win game for Mumbai at home against a side above them in the table, I like Mumbai to make a huge stride towards the playoffs by winning here at 10/11

Thursday 17th May
RCB v Sunrisers

Royal Challengers Bangalore faced some tough moments against a Delhi Daredevils team that had five players under the age of 24 in a must-win game, but were guided to a comfortable win by their experienced stalwarts Kohli and De Villiers.

Kohli and de Villiers combined to make 142 of the 182 runs Royal Challengers needed to win after a whirlwind 46 not out from 17-year-old debutant Abhishek Sharma had dragged the home team back into the game after Rishabh Pant’s relatively early dismissal for 61. Daredevils even managed to follow this with two early Royal Challengers wickets in the Powerplay, but were powerless after that as the chase was completed with an over to spare.

Ambati Rayudu’s maiden T20 century saw Chennai Super Kings sweep to an eight-wicket victory over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Chennai opener carried his bat finishing unbeaten on 100 hitting 14 boundaries in his innings and sharing a opening century stand with Shane Watson (57), as the hosts chased down 180 in 19 overs.
Having been asked to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan and Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson’s 123-run second-wicket partnership helped the visitors post 179-4 but their often brilliant bowling line-up struggled to contain the hosts’ batsmen.
Sunrisers remain top of the table, two points clear of Chennai and guaranteed a place in the play offs.
RCB at odds on are too short here against the best bowling attack in the competition who nevertheless might be resting players ahead of next week. No bet as a result

Friday 18th May
Delhi Daredevils v CSK

Ambati Rayudu’s maiden T20 century saw Chennai Super Kings sweep to an eight-wicket victory over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Chennai opener carried his bat finishing unbeaten on 100. hitting 14 boundaries in his innings and sharing a opening century stand with Shane Watson (57), as the hosts chased down 180 in 19 overs.
Having been asked to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan and Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson’s 123-run second-wicket partnership helped the visitors post 179-4 but their often brilliant bowling line-up struggled to contain the hosts’ batsmen.
Chennai stay in second place in the table but are only two points behind Hyderabad with two group games left.

CSK should win this against opponents out of contention. 8/11 is just about in the realms of being backable.