Matches this midweek as follows
Tuesday 16th April
Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals
Despite Gayle’s 99 Kings XI were probably 20 runs short in setting RCB 170 to win on Saturday, and RCB duly gained their first win, by 8 wickets to hand Kings XI their first loss at home and fall out of the top 4
Rajasthan had a surprise win over Mumbai on Saturday chasing 188 to win by four wickets with four balls to spare thanks in large part to another fine innings at the top of the order from Buttler. Rajasthan’s major problem is death bowling, conceding the highest rate of any of the eight teams in the competition and they have only won two of seven games to sit 7th of 8 in the table.
Kings XI are 4/6 favourites here, at home where they are strong, Rajasthan can be backed at 6/5. No strong view here
Wednesday 17th April
Sunrisers Hyderabad v CSK
Sunrisers looked to be cruising last Sunday when 101-3 chasing 155 against Delhi only to collapse to 116 all out for a quite remarkable loss. Clearly the strength of their side is the top order batting with Warner and Bairstow but this is now their third loss in a row so other players are going to have to come to the party to maintain their hopes of the play offs
CSK now have seven wins out of 8 in a blistering start to the season after they chased 162 to beat KKR on Sunday. A very experienced savvy side they are almost unbeatable on their home slow spinning pitches but have enough to conten away from home particularly in middle order batting during chases.
Sunrisers at 21/20 are home underdogs, CSK 5/6 away favourites but it would be a brave man to back against them with these teams in their relative form. CSK 5/6 with William Hill.
Thursday 18th April
Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians
Delhi scored 155 in their innings against Sunrisers on Sunday and looked to be in trouble when Sunrisers reached 101-3 only for their opponents to collapse to 116 all out. This took Delhi to second in the table with five wins from eight games.
Mumbai lost their third game of the 2019 on Saturday, a home loss to Rajasthan where they failed to defend a target of 187 on one of the smaller grounds in the competition.
Mumbai are away favourites, I will be backing Delhi at Evens with SkyBet