With Royal Challengers Bangalore’s scintillating form firing them back into the IPL 9 playoff picture, both of the teams in action know that a victory here is absolutely vital. So who will hold their nerve when the Delhi Daredevils welcome Sunrisers Hyderabad to Raipur?
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Match Odds & Preview
The ascension of Virat Kohli and co has really intensified the spotlight on those towards the summit of the league table, and after being very much in the hunt for honours earlier in the tournament four defeats in five outings has condemned the Delhi Daredevils to the status of possibles, rather than probables, when the IPL last four are decided.
That form has been compounded by two abject failures with the bat in their last two outings – scores of 126 and 121 are never going to get the job done at this stage of proceedings – and so a rather swift turnaround in fortunes is required if Zaheer Khan’s men are to avoid elimination.
Yes, they were hampered by rain last time out in their 19-run defeat to the Rising Pune Supergiants, but a complete inability to get to grips with the leg spin of Adam Zampa – who has been a revelation in the second half of IPL 9 – proved costly.
In stark contrast the Sunrisers have won four of their last five matches, and a seven-wicket victory over the Kings XI last time out with two balls to spare will have been highly satisfactory. Bizarrely, they might top the table, yet this Hyderabad side somehow goes a little under the radar, perhaps due to their lack of world-class ‘names’. Not to worry, they are doing the business where it counts the most: on the pitch.
Betting Tip: There is little evidence to suggest that Delhi can halt the Sunrisers’ march here, and although we’re taking a leap into the unknown (this will be the first match played at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in IPL 9), we’ll be taking Hyderabad to win here at a best price of 1.80 with 888sport.
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Top Batsmen Betting Picks
None of the Delhi Daredevils batsmen are in anything approaching good form, so here we must resort to the gift that has kept on giving in this market so far: Quinton de Kock.
The South African has scored in excess of 100 runs more than any of his Delhi teammates in IPL 9, and he top scored for his side against the Sunrisers a week or so ago with 44, so there’s no reason not to get involved. A best price of 3.00 with Betfair awaits punters.
It has been similarly one-sided for Hyderabad too, with only two of their batsmen featuring in the top 40 run scorers in the competition! That said, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan open the innings, so there is little opportunity for others to shine given that this pair has bludgeoned almost 1000 runs between them.
But it is Warner who top-scored against the Daredevils and who has outmuscled his opening partner in recent games, so take the 2.75 on offer at Betfair for him to do likewise once again.
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Other Bet Selections
That Warner-Dhawan axis has been absolutely outstanding in IPL 9, with both men carrying their weight in a pairing that offers contrasting styles yet a diverging appetite for runs.
It’s not been as easy for the Daredevils at the top of their batting order, with both Shreyas Iyer and Mayank Agarwal accompanying Quinton de Kock to the crease but neither really achieving anything of note.
Betting Pick: Naturally then, we’re looking to the Sunrisers to put on a higher first-wicket stand than their opponents, and this can be backed at 1.75 with 888sport.