As the play offs approach four games this weekend

Saturday 12th May
Kings XI Punjab v KKR

Jos Buttler’s third half-century in as many games laid the foundations for a Rajasthan Royals win over Kings XI Punjab that keeps their IPL play-off hopes alive.

Kings XI lost Chris Gayle early and despite another fifty from KL Rahul (95no off 70), Rajasthan took wickets at regular intervals and the bowlers held their nerve to round off a 15-run win. Kings XI are well-placed though in third in the table despite suffering their fourth defeat of the campaign.
Mumbai beat KKR by 102 runs after KKR collapsed to 108 all out in 18.1 overs. Mumbai move into the top four at Kolkata’s expense.
A close game is likely but preference has to be for the home side at 10/11 with Skybet.

Delhi Daredevils v RCB
This match is between the bottom two in the league both with three wins from their ten games and virtually out of contention for the play offs. Earlier in this season Delhi scored 175/4 in their innings versus RCB, a target that the home side chased down with two overs to spare and six wickets remaining
The problem for bettors with RCB is that they are a big name team and routinely over-bet as a result, rarely delivering the results to justify short prices. Whilst Delhi are obviously not the most reliable proposition themselves 11/10 is an interesting price with Skybet.

Sunday 13th May
CSK v Sunrisers Hyderabad
CSK are 2nd in the table with seven wins out of 10 and play Rajastan on Friday ahead of this match between the top two in the league
Sunrisers Hyderabad successfully defended a score for the fourth time in four to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five runs and move two points clear of the Chennai Super Kings at the top of the IPL 11 table.

Despite a surprisingly sloppy showing by Sunrisers’ high standards – managing only 146 batting first and dropping three catches in RCB’s run-chase – their much-vaunted bowling attack once again inspired them to victory.
RCB were seemingly cruising to a much-needed win to keep them in playoff contention when they were well-placed at 74-2 in the 10th over, but the departure of captain Virat Kohli (39 off 30) saw the team lose their way in the second-half of their innings.
Kohli was one of four wickets to fall for 24 runs in the middle overs, which also included the key strike of AB de Villiers – bowled by Rashid Khan (1-31) Colin de Grandhomme (33 off 29) had seemingly swung the momentum back in RCB’s favour when, with 39 runs required from the final four overs, he muscled star leg-spinner Rashid for back-to-back sixes over deep midwicket.
De Grandhomme then survived a very close stumping in the same Rashid over, but Sunrisers’ death-bowling specialists Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-27) and Siddarth Kaul (1-25) conspired to concede only 19 runs from the final three overs – De Grandhomme failing to hit the six needed for victory from the final ball.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently having the seventh best season ever by an IPL team, in terms of economy (7.13rpo). Simultaneously, this season has the highest scoring rate and highest boundary rate of any IPL season.
Not a game you can bet with much confidence as they are both strong teams. I have a marginal preference for CSK at 10/11

Mumbai Indians v Rajastan Royals

Mumbai beat KKR by 102 runs after KKR collapsed to 108 all out in 18.1 overs. Mumbai move into the top four at Kolkata’s expense.
Jos Buttler’s third half-century in as many games laid the foundations for a Rajasthan Royals win over Kings XI Punjab that keeps their IPL play-off hopes alive.

The England wicketkeeper-batsman made a flying start before adjusting to play with slightly more restraint after the powerplay, hitting a T20-best 82 off 58 balls before a flurry of late wickets, including three in the final over for Andrew Tye (4-34), saw the Royals post 158-8
.
Rajasthan took wickets at regular intervals and the bowlers held their nerve to round off a 15-run win.
The Royals still need to win their four remaining games to have a chance of reaching the play-offs. This has to be seen as unlikely and Mumbai, improving after a poor start to the season, at 10/11 are favoured.