The Sunrisers are safely through to the next phase after a strong group campaign and Kane Williamson’s side are also assured of a place in the top two which will put them straight through to next Tuesday’s first qualifier.
Meanwhile, the situation is far from clear for the Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik’s side may look nicely placed in third but if they lose here in their final group game, there is the danger that they could be overtaken by the chasing pack and miss out on a place in the next round.
If KKR take the points on Saturday then they are through but the bookmakers can’t seem to decide on a winner with many offering the same odds on both teams. Typical prices come from Betfair who have the same win price of [1.90] on Kolkata and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Based on current form it’s not surprising and one issue for SRH as they move into the play offs is their bowling unit which had been the tightest in the competition. That attack has, however, conceded over 180 in their last two games and we think that the Knight Riders power hitters can also take advantage and book their place in the last four.
Match Odds Summary: Sunrisers Hyderabad 1.90 (Betfair), Kolkata Knight Riders 1.90 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick).
For most of this tournament, the Sunrisers’ top batsman market has been split between two players. Shikhar Dhawan has been outstanding with the bat at times while skipper Kane Williamson has top scored on a more regular basis.
For Saturday’s game, Williamson is favourite to hit most runs against KKR and the Kiwi is on offer at 3.30 with Betfair. Dhawan is out at a generous 4.00 with Betfair and while some bookies have Alex Hales as second favourite, Betway have a more typical price on the Englishman of 4.50.
Hales has split the Williamson / Dhawan monopoly so may be worth a stake at a good price while other SRH options include Manish Pandey at 7.00, Yusuf Pathan at 9.00 and Shakib Al Hasan at 10.00 – all with Betfair.
For the Knight Riders, Chris Lynn has thankfully stayed fit and in good form throughout the tournament so the Aussie is a natural favourite to top score for his side at 3.75 with Betway. Robin Uthappa has found some form and may be a tempter at 4.50 with Betway again while others can consider the pinch hitting of Sunil Narine out at 6.50, also with Betway.
From the two sets of markets, we’re going to opt for Shikhar Dhawan to top score for the Sunrisers as our overall tip. The left hander has found form again after a brief injury interruption and 4.00 represents an excellent price.
Some value picks for KKR in the middle order might include Dinesh Karthik at 8.50 and Andre Russell at 10.00 with both of those prices coming from Betfair.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Sunrisers Hyderabad: Williamson 3.30 (Betfair), Dhawan 4.00 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Hales 4.50 (Betway), Pandey 7.00 (Betfair), Pathan 9.00 (Betfair), Shakib 10.00 (Betfair).
Kolkata Knight Riders: Lynn 3.75 (Betway), Uthappa 4.50 (Betway), Narine 6.50 (Betway), Karthik 8.50 (Betfair), Russell 10.00 (Betfair).
Other Side Bets
It’s been a very comprehensive review so far and therefore we’ll finish very quickly with our final tip of the game.
The Most Sixes betting is a regular favourite of ours but the prices seem very unbalanced going into this match. The Knight Riders are the favourites and probably rightly so with Lynn and Narine at the top of the order but they look too short for comfort at 1.72 with Betfair.
We have backed the Power Hitters to lead KKR to a win but the Sunrisers just look too good to turn down at their odds of 2.40 with Betfair again. If Dhawan, Hales and Williamson all find their range, SRH will convert at a good profit so this can either be a bonus return if Kolkata win the match or it could be a decent consolation if they lose it.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: Sunrisers Hyderabad 2.40 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Kolkata Knight Riders 1.72 (Betfair), The Tie 7.50 (Betfair).