One team seemingly on the way up, another on the way down. A fascinating tussle awaits on Friday when the Sunrisers welcome Gujarat Lions to Hyderabad.
Here are our betting picks, pay close attention to batters, value odds and personal picks.
Match Odds & Match Preview
The Sunrisers were in absolutely unstoppable form last time out against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They ripped up the notion that the chasing team has an advantage in IPL 9 by setting RCB a mammoth 194/5 courtesy of that man David Warner (92) and a first appearance in this year’s competition for Kane Williamson (50). The Challengers got close enough for discomfort on 179/6, but another slick performance in the field saw the Hyderabad side home.
It means that Warner’s boys have won four of their last five matches, and that is exactly the kind of form they will have been hoping for heading into the business end of the competition.
Things aren’t quite as rosy for early pace-setters Gujarat Lions, and they have now lost their last two matches after suffering a heavy eight-wicket reverse at the hands of those Delhi Daredevils. For a team containing Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch et al it will be of huge concern that they haven’t scored more than 150 in their last two outings.
When betting on sport it is often wise to go with the form team, rather than the one we perceive to be ‘better’ due to their higher league position.
Betting Tip: Even then, Hyderabad can leapfrog the Lions by winning their pair of games in hand. So, on home soil, we have to side with the Sunrisers at best odds of 2.10 with bet365.
Top Batsmen Betting Picks
Once again David Warner, led from the front against RCB and he is firmly in the hunt for Virat Kohli’s Orange Cap at the moment . The Aussie is the third leading run-scorer in IPL 9, has notched more sixes than anyone else and is second only to Krunal Pandya in the highest strike rate stakes. This is a batsman at the top of his game.
It is noticeable that Gujarat are struggling to make an early breakthrough with the ball too; the first-wicket partnerships against them in their last two outings have been 65 (Kings XI) and 115 (Delhi), so we can back a Sunrisers opener to top score with his team with confidence.
Betting Tip: Is there a better option than Warner? That’s highly doubtful. Let’s support the Hyderabad skipper to lead from the front once again at a best price of 2.75 with Betfair.
In stark contrast, Hyderabad have made a breakthrough before their opponents have reached 50 in each of their last three matches, so we’ll be scanning further down this Gujarat Lions batting order for a likely candidate to top score.
Betting Tip: Dinesh Karthik, available at 7.50 with 888sport, looks a huge price given that no Gujarat batsman has scored more runs than him in their last three outings.
Personal Betting Picks
- Betting Pick: We’re always looking for value when placing our bets, and the Over 11 Sixes market at 2.00 with bet365 looks like another example.
- There has been 29 maximums blasted at the Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium in the last three games played there, but remember that in one of those matches the Rising Pune Supergiants innings was reduced to eleven overs due to rain.
- We have the best six-hitter in the business, Warner, playing, plus Moises Henriques (who bludgeoned three against RCB).
- Then we have the Lions, for whom McCullum and Smith are no strangers to clearing the rope, with Ashish Reddy and Raina more than capable too. It would only take two of the named willow wielders to come off on this small Hyderabad ground for this selection to come to fruition.
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 espncricinfo.com, David Warner’s dominant 92 leads RCB rout, 2016