Matches as follows, all prices WilliamHill


Saturday
KKR v Kings XI Punjab

Kolkata Knight Riders eased to a seven-wicket IPL victory over Rajasthan Royals as the hosts’ nine-match winning streak in Jaipur came to a crashing halt.

Robin Uthappa smashed 48 from 36 balls before falling to a stunning boundary catch from Ben Stokes, while Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik blazed an unbeaten 42 from 23, taking the visitors past their target of 161 with seven balls to spare courtesy of a maximum off Ben Laughlin.

Kolkata’s third win in five has moved them top of the table on net run rateRajasthan had earlier totalled 160-8 from their 20 overs, with Jos Buttler striking an unbeaten 24 from 18 balls, Stokes smashing a six off Kuldeep Yadav over long-on during an 11-ball 14 and Kolkata seamer Tom Curran picking up two wickets in as many balls in the 19th over.

The Royals scored only nine runs from the first three overs before skipper Anjinkya Rahane bagged four consecutive boundaries off Sunil Narine (0-48) – the only spinner to leak runs – in the fourth.

Rahane (36 off 19) was then stumped brilliantly by Karthik, who back-flicked the ball onto the stumps with his right hand after it clipped the batsman’s pad and headed towards square leg – that dismissal ending a 54-run opening stand between Rahane and D’Arcy Short (44 from 43).

Chris Gayle blasted a sixth IPL hundred, and a first for Kings XI Punjab as they inflicted a first defeat on Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s tournament with a 15-run win in Mohali, on Thursday.

Gayle (104no) smashed as many as 11 sixes, to only one boundary, in his staggering 63-ball knock, continuing his fine individual form following a fifty on his Kings XI debut against the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

Chasing 194, Sunrisers never came close to challenging for a fourth win in four, lacking the type of explosive hitting of Gayle’s at the top of the order.

Odds here are KKR 5/6, KXIP 11/10 with William Hill and I favour KKR

RCB v Delhi Daredevils

Rohit Sharma hit a brilliant 94 off 52 balls as defending champions Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 46 runs to claim their first win of IPL 11.

Having been 0-2 after two balls, Mumbai recovered superbly to post 213-6 after Rohit and Evin Lewis (65 off 42 balls) had put on 108 for the third wicket.

Virat Kohli was supreme in scoring 92 not out off 62 balls in the RCB chase but received little support as his side slumped to a third defeat in four games, finishing on 167-8

Jason Roy failed to match his weekend heroics as another bludgeoning knock from Andre Russell helped Kolkata Knight Riders to a 71-run IPL victory over Delhi Daredevils on Gautam Gambhir’s return to Eden Gardens.

Roy, who blasted 91 not out from 53 balls in Delhi’s win over defending champions Mumbai Indians on Saturday, was stumped by Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik off Piyush Chawla’s leg-side wide in the opening over for one as the Daredevils were bundled out for 129 in 14.2 overs chasing 201.

RCB at home are usually fancied and are here at 8/11, DD 6/4. I expect RCB to win.

Sunday
Sunrisers v CSK

Chris Gayle blasted a sixth IPL hundred, and a first for Kings XI Punjab as they inflicted a first defeat on Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s tournament with a 15-run win in Mohali, on Thursday.

Gayle (104no) smashed as many as 11 sixes, to only one boundary, in his staggering 63-ball knock, continuing his fine individual form following a fifty on his Kings XI debut against the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

Chasing 194, Sunrisers never came close to challenging for a fourth win in four, lacking the type of explosive hitting of Gayle’s at the top of the order.

Captain Kane Williamson cracked 54 from 41 balls, but big-hitting Shikhar Dhawan had to retire hurt first ball after taking a painful blow on the elbow, and Sunrisers slipped too far behind the required rate.
Chris Gayle smashed 63 on his IPL comeback as Kings XI Punjab beat Chennai Super Kings by four runs, despite a stunning unbeaten 79 from MS Dhoni that nearly fired his side to victory.

Set 198 to win, Chennai had seemingly timed their chase poorly when, with six overs remaining, they still required a massive 85 runs to win and Dhoni had only two boundaries and 23 runs to his name.

Dhoni was also badly struggling with a back injury, seeing him and his batting partners struggle to run between the wickets. However, he signalled his six-hitting intent in the 15th over, launching Ravichandran Ashwin for six over deep square-leg.
Two consecutive 19-run overs – in which Dhoni was nearly caught at deep midwicket off the first ball and then proceeded to smash 31 of the 38 runs plundered – helped reduced the equation to a gettable 17 runs needed from the final six balls.

But – despite Dhoni blasting a fifth six of his spectacular 44-ball innings off the last ball – Mohit Sharma held his nerve, with his wide-bowling tactic to the injured Dhoni doing the trick.
10/11 each of two here. A tough one to call, no bet.

Rajastan v Mumbai

Kolkata Knight Riders eased to a seven-wicket IPL victory over Rajasthan Royals as the hosts’ nine-match winning streak in Jaipur came to a crashing halt.

Robin Uthappa smashed 48 from 36 balls before falling to a stunning boundary catch from Ben Stokes, while Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik blazed an unbeaten 42 from 23, taking the visitors past their target of 161 with seven balls to spare courtesy of a maximum off Ben Laughlin.

Kolkata’s third win in five has moved them top of the table on net run rateRajasthan had earlier totalled 160-8 from their 20 overs, with Jos Buttler striking an unbeaten 24 from 18 balls, Stokes smashing a six off Kuldeep Yadav over long-on during an 11-ball 14 and Kolkata seamer Tom Curran picking up two wickets in as many balls in the 19th over.

The Royals scored only nine runs from the first three overs before skipper Anjinkya Rahane bagged four consecutive boundaries off Sunil Narine (0-48) – the only spinner to leak runs – in the fourth.

Rahane (36 off 19) was then stumped brilliantly by Karthik, who back-flicked the ball onto the stumps with his right hand after it clipped the batsman’s pad and headed towards square leg – that dismissal ending a 54-run opening stand between Rahane and D’Arcy Short (44 from 43).

Rohit Sharma hit a brilliant 94 off 52 balls as defending champions Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 46 runs to claim their first win of IPL 11.

Having been 0-2 after two balls, Mumbai recovered superbly to post 213-6 after Rohit and Evin Lewis (65 off 42 balls) had put on 108 for the third wicket.

Virat Kohli was supreme in scoring 92 not out off 62 balls in the RCB chase but received little support as his side slumped to a third defeat in four games, finishing on 167-8

Mumbai have only won one game but are 10/11, back Rajastan at 11/10