Another exciting but nervous run chase has taken the Sunrisers to the top of the early table and it’s two wins from two now for Kane Williamson’s side. On Saturday, SRH will travel to Kolkata to face a Knight Riders’ squad who have won one and lost one of their openers but it’s still very early days and we could well have another tight finish in prospect.
The bookmakers certainly agree with the theory that this will be a tight affair with the majority having identical odds for both KKR and the Sunrisers. Betfair and Betway are typical of the market as a whole and at present you can get a price of 1.91 on either team.
The match could come down to the toss and of the seven games played at the time of writing, only the rain affected match between Rajasthan and Delhi has gone with the side batting first. It could also come down to one big performance – a fast fifty from Andre Russell or a haul of wickets from Rashid Khan.
I’d prefer to wait until that toss but if pressed for a call now, I think KKR are very underrated this year and the Sunrisers run will come to an end soon.
Match Odds Summary: Kolkata Knight Riders 1.91 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Sunrisers Hyderabad 1.91 (Betway).
Andre Russell has been the real dangerman for the Knight Riders at the start of IPL 11 but it’s Chris Lynn who starts as favourite to top score for his side on Saturday at 3.60 with Betway. Robin Uthappa follows at 4.33 with Betfair while the value picks follow from that point. Sunil Narine top scored against RCB in the opening game and the pinch hitter is on offer at 7.00 with Betway while Russell is down at that same 7.00 with Betfair again.
Other options for Kolkata include Nitish Rana at 6.50 and Dinesh Karthik at an excellent 11.00 – both with Betfair.
For the Sunrisers, Shikhar Dhawan has delivered the profit in both of his side’s opening games and the left hander continues to shorten. This time, Dhawan is available at 3.50 with Betfair while skipper Kane Williamson follows at 4.20 with Betfair again.
Alex Hales has yet to feature for SRH but if you think he will be involved, Betfair have 4.33 next to his name while Wriddhiman Saha got the innings off to a good start against Mumbai and he can now be picked up at 5.00 with Betway.
From the two sets of options, we’re taking Kane Williamson to top score for the Sunrisers. The skipper has enjoyed good form so far without top scoring yet but we feel he’s due a major contribution with the bat on Saturday.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Kolkata Knight Riders: Lynn 3.60 (Betway), Uthappa 4.33 (Betfair), Rana 6.50 (Betfair), Narine 7.00 (Betway), Russell 7.00 (Betway), Karthik 11.00 (Betfair).
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Dhawan 3.50 (Betfair), Williamson 4.20 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Hales 4.33 (Betfair), Saha 5.00 (Betway), Hooda 10.00 (Betway), Yusuf Pathan 15.00 (Betway).
Other Side Bets
We often look at the six hitting markets where there can often be some value in the outside bet. Sunrisers only hit one maximum in their run chase against Mumbai, and that came in the final over, so they are now out at 2.71 with Royal Panda to hit the most sixes against KKR who are at 1.73 with Betfair.
I’d really like to see some Powerplay Betting here because I think Dhawan, Saha and Williamson if required will take SRH to a higher six over score but that’s not available just yet. In that case, I’ll opt for Sunrisers to return the highest opening partnership where they are marginal outsiders at 2.00 as I just feel Saha and Dhawan look more solid at the top of the order.
Highest Opening Partnership Odds Summary: Kolkata Knight Riders 1.80 (Betfair), Sunrisers Hyderabad 2.00 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 34.00 (Betfair).
As for the game, the key for me lies in how KKR deal with Rashid Khan’s four overs. They need to survive them but they can’t led him bowl too many dots either and a good performance against the main spinner should see Kolkata take the points.