Two double headers this weekend. The games are as follows, with prices from Ladbrokes
Saturday 22nd April
11.30am Rising Pune Supergiants v Sunrisers Hyderabad
RPS come into this match after a week off following their defeat to Gujarat last weekend, when Gujarat chased 172 to win for the loss of only three wickets. RPS are currently second bottom of the league table with two wins in their five games, a very poor return for one of the franchises with big name players.
In their last two games Sunrisers have beaten KXIP defending 159 then defeated Delhi defending 191. Those two wins have taken the defending champions back to second in the table with 4 wins from their six games. Despite Warner’s faioure against Delhi, Dhawan and Williamson combined for 160 runs between them which took the game beyond the daredevils.
RPS are11/10 underdogs here, Sunrisers as the away team 8/11 favourites. In terms of form and consistency this has to be deserved though the big name big game players in the RPS line up could turn it on at any time. Sunrisers for me until such time as RPS show signs of delivering.
3.30pm Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils
Mumbai, ahead of their game with Kings XI Punjab on Thursday have won 4 games out of 5 to be third in the league table. Mumbai defeated Gujarat in their last game on the 16th, chasing 176 to comfortably win and they are a well rounded team with big hitting batting and lots of bowling depth. They look like a very safe prospect to reach the play offs
Delhi have won two of their five matches and are 4th in a crowded mid table at the time of writing. Chasing 191 to beat a strong Sunrisers team last time their young batting order got within 15 runs of victory.
Facing Mumbai next is another tough prospect for this young team. Mumbai are4/6 favourites (I think they should win ) and Delhi 6/5 here
Sunday 23rd April
11.30am Gujarat Lions v Kings XI Punjab
So far this season Gujarat’s spin bowlers (Baroka, Jadeja, Jakati, Kaushik & Raina) have taken 1 for 354 in 35 overs and although their vaunted batting order has begun to fire in games now the weakest bowling unit in the competition is not helping the side be competitive. In their last game RCB scored 213/2, at which point Gujarat are basically out of the game. A chase to 197 is encouraging but for now they languish bottom of the table with 1 win in 5 games
Kings XI should be a winnable game for Gujarat with only two wins in their five games themselves, written before their game with Mumbai on Thursday. That said having to bet Gjarat at odds on here ( 5/6 ) here is a bit of an act of faith for a side underperforming so much.My bet here will be Punjab at Evens
3.30pm KKR v RCB
One of the marquee match ups of the group stages with top of the table KKR at home to big name RCB to finish the IPL weekend. KKR at home are a tough prospect with a strong spin attack and a well defined solid batting order.
RCB are less consistent, and routinely over-bet because of the presence of Gayle, De Villiers and especially Kohli in their line up
In their last game against Gujarat this stellar batting line up really fired. They scored 213/2 with Gayle and Kohli putting on 122 for the first wicket alone.
This match will be far tougher and KKR are 4/5 favourites, RCB Evens. I am tempted by RCB’s big game players here but will stick with KKR as modest favourites.