Delhi Daredevils will be determined to continue their assault on the summit of the IPL 9 league table on Thursday, and what better opponent to do that against than injury-ravaged Rising Pune Supergiants?
Lets review the best betting picks and odds.
Match Odds & Game Preview
Last time out the Daredevils avenged their earlier defeat to table-toppers Gujarat Lions in fine style; their eight-wicket win was as comprehensive as T20 cricket gets. Keeping that Lions batting line-up below 150, and enjoying a 100-run opening stand in response, was the perfect tonic for Delhi, who are now just two points behind the leaders with a pair of games in hand.
Rising Pune Supergiants
One win in seven matches and injuries to Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Marsh, Faf du Plessis and now Steve Smith….things are going from bad to worse for MS Dhoni and his Rising Pune Supergiants.
For a franchise that has clearly focused on going in hard with elite batsmen – and now has four of their key willow-wielders on the treatment table – well, it’s not good news for their future in IPL 9 .
Worse still, runs are starting to flow again at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi, with a lowest score of 159 here in the last four innings and a high of 186. The job of restricting the Daredevils to a reachable target will fall to Ravi Ashwin, and the bad news for him and his teammates is that spinners haven’t enjoyed the best of times in this competition: only three of the top 20 wicket takers are spin-orientated.
Betting Pick: Delhi will naturally fancy the job then at a ground in which they have won three from four, and they are backable at 1.67 with 888sport. Don’t hesitate to show them your support here.
Top Batsmen Betting Picks
As mentioned, the lack of real quality in the seam bowling department will be of huge concern for the Supergiants, and as such the Daredevils are likely to enjoy themselves during the early Powerplay overs.
It was debutant Rishabh Pant that took the headlines against Gujarat with his quickfire 69, but just as eye-catching was the return to form of Quinton de Kock after a lean spell. His knock of 46 came at a run a ball and features some of the left-handers trademark strokeplay.
Betting Pick: A confident return is the sign we are looking for as the South African heads back to the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground he loves batting at so much, so we’re more than happy to take the 3.25 on offer from bet365 for him to top score for Delhi.
Despite the injuries, in truth none of the Supergiants batsmen – Smith apart – have performed consistently well in IPL 9 to date. Ajinkya Rahane has shown glimpses of his best, but not on a regular enough basis to instil confidence into punters perusing the Top Batsmen markets.
Saurabh Tiwary bagged a half century last time out but it was unconvincing, as convoluted as that sounds, and while the likes of Dhoni and Thisara Perera are capable of a quick 20 or 30 they never seem to kick on.
Betting Pick: So cometh the hour, cometh the man. Usman Khawaja has been called up by Pune, and he remains one of the most outstanding T20 batsmen on the planet. He may take awhile to settle in to Indian conditions, he may not, but at 3.40 with bet365 we’re happy to take a punt on one of the most destructive batters in limited overs cricket.
Usman was one of the foreign players who were not sold in the past IPL 2016 Auction.
Personal Betting Picks
Betting Pick: Continuing the themes explored above, 888sport are offering a best price of 1.80 for Delhi to triumph in the ‘Team of Top Batsmen” market, and having discussed this item in depth earlier in this article we have to get involved at that price.
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