Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils: IPL 9 – Match 31 Preview

Gujarat Lions vs Delhi DaredevilsThese two teams met as recently as last Wednesday – and what a cracker they served up. The Gujarat Lions set the Delhi Daredevils 172/6, and at 16/3 in their reply Zaheer Khan’s side appeared to be out of the running.

But an incredible knock of 82 from just 32 balls from Chris Morris gave his side hope, and they needed just nine runs to win heading into the final over. They fell short, agonizingly, by a solitary run. More of the same exhilarating action on Tuesday please!

Match Odds & Preview

Delhi Daredevils

Should the Daredevils win their games in hand they will climb to the top of the IPL 9 league table, and after winning four of their last five matches it would take a brave punter to back against them doing just that.

The concern for the Daredevils is that they have only one batsman in the tournament’s top 20 run scorers – Quinton de Kock – and he has recorded scores of 1, 5 and 9 in his last three innings. Others have chipped in, but a lack of consistency with the willow in hand could be an obstacle they find too hard to overcome here.

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Guajarat Lions

But, in their inaugural IPL appearance, it is the Gujarat Lions who are currently sitting pretty in the top spot.

And rightly so too: they have impressed upon debut. Six wins from eight starts is indicative of their strength. They should go very deep into this tournament if they can sort out their Jekyll & Hyde performances at their Rajkot home when chasing on their own turf, Gujarat are two from two.

When asked to set a target they have been found wanting, and both of their defeats this season have come in such a way; food for thought for punters.

Betting Tip: Expect a close game, but the Lions should just about sneak it and are 1.67 with 888sport to do so.

Top Batsmen Betting Picks

Suresh Raina batsmen

Suresh Raina – Gujarat batsmen

  • Both sides have plenty of depth to their batting, but of the two teams you would have to say that Gujarat’s blend of raw power at the top in the form of Dwayne Smith and Brendan McCullum is dovetailed nicely with the craft and guile of Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik in the middle order.
  • It is Raina who tends to catch the eye – and how could such a stylish shot-maker not? – and the left-hander currently sits tenth in the Orange Cap ‘order of merit’ with 228 runs at 28.50 apiece and a strike rate of 128.  He got a start in Rajkot last time out without kicking on, and arguably has gone off the boil slightly recently. But a captain’s knock will probably be needed here.

Betting Pick: Raina is a man who tends to deliver when the pressure is on. Back him to do so at 4.25 with 888sport.

  • Often the price dictates a bet and De Kock, at around 3.25, appears too short to be taken seriously in the Delhi Daredevils top batsman market given that he has failed to reach double figures in each of his last three outings. There was a nice turn from Sam Billings against Kolkata Knight Riders last time out, and the top-scorer there – Karun Nair – looks our best bet here too. It has been noticeable that batsmen have got into ‘hot streaks’ with the blade in IPL 9.

Bettin Pick: So at 6.50 with bet365 we’re happy to give Nair a go.

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Personal Picks

Incredibly, there has been just 13 maximums struck in the last three matches played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, and that is way below the tournament average.

  1. Bet365 has set their bar at ten in the Over/Under market, and so clearly we have to side with the Unders at 1.91.

In the News

[1] Revenge, Momentum on Dhoni and Co’s Minds as Raina’s Lions Visit, 2016