Matches this midweek as follows. All prices William Hill.


Wednesday 25th April
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings

As is so often the case AB de Villiers appeared to be batting on a different surface to everybody else at the Chinnaswamy stadium as the Royal Challengers Bangalore downed the Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets.

The Daredevils posted a gettable looking 174 for 5 but had a flying finish to thank for the size of their score.
The Delhi franchise lost Gautam Gambhir (3) and Jason Roy (5) early but after a period of consolidation Shreyas Iyer (52) and Risabh Pant (85) eventually lifted the scoring rate and though both would fall the target might have proven tricky on a slowish surface had it not been for the Proteas dynamo.

De Villiers would end 90 not out with Mandeep on 17 down the other end as the South Afrrican struck the winning runs.
Shane Watson struck the highest score of this year’s IPL to lead Chennai Super Kings to a 64-run victory over one of his former franchises, Rajasthan Royals.

Watson, 36, mixed power and finesse to rattle up 106 off 57 balls – his third IPL ton – in a score of 204-5 after being dropped on eight and 18.

Ben Stokes (45 off 37) top-scored in Royals’ reply, putting on 45 with England team-mate Jos Buttler (22 off 17) but neither could push on and the chase finished desperately short on 140 all out from 18.3 overs.

The victory delighted the hordes of travelling Super Kings fans who made the sizeable trek to their adopted home, in Pune, after their home matches were moved due to ongoing protests over the water crisis in drought-prone Chennai.

For this marquee match up between two of the biggest sides RCB are 4/5 and Chennai 6/5. Chennai are the value

Thursday 26th April
Sunrisers Hyderabad v KingsXI Punjab

Rayudu’ss masterclass was nearly outdone by one from Kane Williamson but Chennai Super Kings survived that attack from Sunrisers’ captain and then a Yusuf Pathan cameo to crawl to the top of the table. In a match where all the action happened at the back end of the two innings, the difference was only four runs.

The difference, perhaps, was that Super Kings had kept more wickets in hand up front than Sunrisers had. Seamer Chahar took three wickets inside the Powerplay as Sunrisers put up a poor response after being set 183 in the absence of the injured Shikhar Dhawan.

Having won their first three games in the competition, Sunrisers have now lost two in a row

Liam Plunkett’s three wickets on IPL debut came in a losing cause as Delhi Daredevils slipped to a last-ball, four-run defeat to high-flying Kings XI Punjab in their first home game of the campaign.

England seamer Plunkett (3-17) had KL Rahul – who nailed an IPL-record 14-ball fifty in the reverse fixture in Mohali – caught at short fine leg in his first over, before knocking out Mayank Agarwal’s off-stump in his second and having Karun Nair caught in the deep in his third as Kings XI posted 143-8.

Shreyas Iyer (57 off 45) kept his head as wickets tumbled around him in the run chase but, with five needed from Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s final delivery, the Delhi batsman could only pick out Aaron Finch at long-off as Gautam Gambhir’s rock-bottom Daredevils lost for the fifth time in six.

Kings XI’s fifth win in six games and fourth in a row has seen them usurp Chennai Super Kings at the top of the standings – this victory achieved without Chris Gayle, who was rested despite smashing 63, an unbeaten 104 and 62 not out in his previous three innings for the franchise

Here Sunrisers are 10/11 KXIP 11/10 and KXIP are the value

Friday 27th April
Delhi Daredevils v KKR

Liam Plunkett’s three wickets on IPL debut came in a losing cause as Delhi Daredevils slipped to a last-ball, four-run defeat to high-flying Kings XI Punjab in their first home game of the campaign.

England seamer Plunkett (3-17) had KL Rahul – who nailed an IPL-record 14-ball fifty in the reverse fixture in Mohali – caught at short fine leg in his first over, before knocking out Mayank Agarwal’s off-stump in his second and having Karun Nair caught in the deep in his third as Kings XI posted 143-8.

Shreyas Iyer (57 off 45) kept his head as wickets tumbled around him in the run chase but, with five needed from Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s final delivery, the Delhi batsman could only pick out Aaron Finch at long-off as Gautam Gambhir’s rock-bottom Daredevils lost for the fifth time in six.

Chris Gayle and KL Rahul thumped Kings XI Punjab top of the IPL table with their rollicking opening partnership teeing up a nine-wicket DLS victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.

Gayle (62no off 38) and Rahul (60 off 27) lashed a first-wicket stand of 116 in 9.4 overs as the visitors reached their revised target of 125 well inside the 13-over limit.

The duo had blasted 96 from the 8.2 overs before a lengthy rain delay as they pursued Kolkata’s 191-7 and Rahul expanded that upon the resumption by hitting KKR spinner Sunil Narine for a six and two fours at the start of the 10th.
Rahul perished next ball when Tom Curran caught him at deep midwicket but Gayle sealed Kings XI’s win with a six off Curran from the first delivery of the 12th over as his side supplanted Chennai Super Kings at the summit.
Delhi are 11/10 here, KKR 10/11 and again I like the underdog, this time at home