Matches as follows, all prices from Skybet
Wednesday 2nd May
Delhi Daredevils v Rajastan Royals
Thrusting a young player into a leadership position can go either way. Burdened by captaincy, a player’s performance in their main role can temporarily slump, as was the case with Aiden Markram during South Africa’s ODI series against India earlier this year. Or the confidence of that position can buoy, and therefore boost, a player’s performance, like Shreyas Iyer in Delhi on Friday. He smashed an unbeaten 40-ball 93 to lead Delhi Daredevils to a resounding 55-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Delhi won their second game in the tournament in 8 attempts but remain bottom of the table
Sunrisers have done it again. For the third time in the last week, their batting has underwhelmed but their bowlers have bailed them out. This is easily the strongest attack in the tournament. Ajinkya Rahane can’t get the job done for Rajastahn, and you can’t help but wonder it he left it all a little too late.
Rahane isn’t blessed with the same kind of hitting prowess as Dhoni or Kohli, so waiting until the last hour to accelerate could be a risky proposition with him. Brilliant spells by Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul, and Basil Thampi did well in that last over, too, after starting off badly. Until Sanju Samson was there with Rahane, it seemed like Sunrisers had this all figured out. And then, they lost it towards the end. Rahane’s struggles to put the balls away were hard to watch.
RR doesn’t look like the team to win many games at all in fifth in the table with three wins out of 7. All their international players (except Archer) have performed poorly.
Delhi are 10/11 here and should be backed
Thursday 3rd May
KKR v CSK
Chris Lynn struck 62 not out from 52 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders completed an IPL double over Royal Challengers Bangalore with a six-wicket victory .
Lynn’s opening partner Sunil Narine pumped a 17-ball half-century on the first weekend as KKR beat RCB at Eden Gardens, but the Australian played the crucial innings in the reverse fixture as Dinesh Karthik’s men trumped their opponents’ 175-4 with five deliveries to spare to move two points clear of fifth-placed Rajasthan Royals.
Virat Kohli (68no off 40) had propelled the hosts to a decent-looking total, bringing up his third fifty of the campaign from 37 balls and striking five fours and three sixes for an RCB side shorn of AB de Villiers due to a viral fever.
However, Lynn, backed up by Narine (27 off 19), Robin Uthappa (36 off 21) and Karthik (23 off 10), ensured that score was insufficient, with RCB’s Murugan Ashwin punished for dropping the right-hander on seven.
KKR are fourth in the table, won four lost four.
CSK have relied on brilliant individual performances, but were 10-15 short in their last game. Mumbai Indians bowled well in the middle overs. Still with six wins out of 8 CSK are top of the table but must be vunerable here at Eden Gardens with KKR a tempting 11/10
Friday 4th May
KingsXI Punjab v Mumbai Indians
Ankit Rajpoot’s stunning 5-14 came in vain as Kings XI Punjab crumbled to a 13-run defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad and their high-quality bowling attack in the IPL.
Rajpoot, who bagged the sixth-best figures in IPL history, seemingly had Kings XI in control at the halfway stage as he limited hosts Sunrisers to 132-6, despite his team-mates’ slapdash fielding display.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s men made an excellent start to the run chase, too, with KL Rahul (32) and Chris Gayle (23) putting on 55 in 7.5 overs for the visitors, who were chasing a fifth victory in a row.
However, Rahul and Gayle fell within the space of four deliveries and Kings XI saw their hopes of displacing Chennai Super Kings at the top of the table end as they wilted to 119 all out, losing 10 wickets for 64 runs
Except the Sunrisers game where Mumbai batted poorly, they have got 190 plus in rest of the games Even when defending, the bowlers nearly pulled it victories.
Mumbai Indians move to sixth spot with four points, push Royal Challengers back. Delhi Daredevils are back at the bottom as a result.
Mumbai at 10/11 should be supported