The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League has just passed the half-way stage of the league phase. Some clear trends emerged from the first half. Two teams are well on their way to reach the play-offs: Kolkata Knightriders and Mumbai Indians. And two teams are almost out of the tournament: Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The remaining fixtures will witness the battle of the other four teams for the two remaining play-offs berths. The following two games of tomorrow are significant in the battle for these two play-offs spots:
- Kolkata Knightriders vs Delhi Daredevils
- Kings XI Punjab vs Hyderabad Sunrisers
These will be also exciting for cricket betting as the odds are attractive for both these fixtures.
Kolkata Knightriders vs Delhi Daredevils – Preview
The match is more important for Daredevils than for Knightriders. The Kolkata outfit can now relax a bit after securing 12 points from 8 games. They need to win just three of their next four games to make it to the play-offs – even two wins would do. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils have just four points from six games. They need to win at least six of their remaining eight games.
Daredevils have played really well, without much luck. Their batting failed on some big occasions. Their policy of giving opportunity to youngsters has really impressed one and all. They do have the best bowling unit among the IPL teams. Everything depends on how their batters fare against the strong KKR bowling.
Prediction: Daredevils are well-rested; KKR are not. Daredevils will be extremely hungry for a win; KKR may not. Daredevils are going to win this match; KKR are not.
Odds on #DD: 2.23 (Check best odds @12BET)
Kings XI Punjab vs Hyderabad Sunrisers
This is a direct fight for the play-offs. Sunrisers have nine points from seven matches. Kings XI have just six points from seven games. A win for Kings XI will considerably reduce the gap between the teams. That is what Kings XI will be looking for at their home pitch at Mohali. Their “other” home pitch – Holkar Stadium at Indore – was a batting beauty. The Mohali pitch will offer more assistance to bowlers, both spinners and pacers. That will be good news to the Hyderabad team, which boasts of an array of excellent spinners and swing bowlers.
Both teams are equal in terms of batting firepower. David Warner, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh negate Glen Maxwell, Hashim Amla and David Miller. It is the bowling unit that tilts the balance in favour of the visitors. Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Mustafizur Rahman will eclipse the friendly Sharmas – Sandeep, Ishant and Mohit.