Many sportsmen perform at their best when their backs are against the wall, so here’s hoping that the Hyderabad Sunrisers and Royal Challengers Bangalore serve up a mini-classic on Saturday April 30th in their quest to get their respective IPL 9 campaigns back on track.
Results Update May 1st, 2016
Sunrisers won by 15 runs.
- Sunrisers 194/5 (20)
- Royal Challengers 179/6 (20)
Match Odds & Game Preview
The Sunrisers’ defeat to the Rising Pune Supergiants last time out in a rain-affected contest fell victim to the dreaded Duckworth-Lewis Method, and while posting a target of 118/8 from their 20 overs is hardly ideal in anyone’s language we must take the result with a pinch of salt: it was a bad coin toss to lose.
How can a team containing Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, amongst others, rank seventh of eight teams after 24 matches of IPL 9? It’s simple: the Royal Challengers Bangalore have not invested heavily enough in their bowling attack. In each of their three defeats thus far RCB have set decent totals, and in each they have watched on helplessly as their opponents chased them down with relative ease.
The theory of ‘we’ll score more than you’ is a nice one, on paper, but what happens when that concept is challenged by a ground as low-scoring as the Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, where no side has set a target of more than 150 in four matches?
That said, it feels downright foolish backing against a team containing Kohli, De Villiers, the returning Chris Gayle and Shane Watson in a match where 20 runs here or there could be crucial. And we must not forget the last time these two sides met, when RCB blitzed 227/4 – the highest score of this year’s competition to date.
Betting Tip: So take the 1.80 on offer at 888sport for a Bangalore win; they have the firepower to make a mockery of the low-scoring hoodoo hanging above Hyderabad’s home at the moment.
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Top Batsmen Betting Picks
For a while IPL 9 felt like the David Warner show; he had bludgeoned 294 runs in five innings at a strike rate of over 165. If ever there was an example of somebody leading from the front, it was the Aussie.
But a duck last time out – he was worked over by Ashok Dinda, in truth, and only lasted four balls – was a surprise.
Betting Pick: With Hyderabad’s home ground being one for the grafter rather than the grenadier, perhaps Shikhar Dhawan , with scores of 45 and 56 in his last two knocks, is a more appetising proposition to top score for the Sunrisers at a best price of 4.25 with 888sport.
Royal Challengers Batsmen
Where do we start with backing the top run-scorer for the Challengers? Virat Kohli, it would seem, is as good a place as any. Scores of 80, 33 and 100* have earned him that natty Orange Cap, and yet often after feast follows famine – a strange philosophy when discussing a player of Kohli’s undoubted class, but we must go with the time-served logic.
This Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Ground appears to be one where batsmen have to fathom out a way to score, rather than the runs flowing naturally; indeed, three of the last six innings top-scorers there have done so at a strike rate of below 120. So, we need a canny accumulator who has options to score all around the wicket.
Betting Pick: So step forward AB de Villiers, surely one of the best on the planet at just that. Take the 3.50 on offer from Betfair for him to top score for his side.
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Personal Betting Picks
A final note, and at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, backing the Challengers to score more sixes is smart at best odds of 1.75 with Betfair. They have hammered seventeen maximums in their last three innings compared to the Sunrisers’ seven.