After four consecutive days of double headers, things look calm in the IPL. There is only one match on this day, but the match offers interesting online betting odds (check here). Delhi Daredevils host Hyderabad Sunrisers. The odds are interesting because even though Sunrisers are the favourites to win, Daredevils still can spring a surprise.
The teams are experiencing contrasting fortunes. Delhi Daredevils are sitting at the bottom of the points table, having won just two of their eight matches. Sunrisers, on the other hand, are third in the points table, with 13 points from 10 matches. Daredevils will have to win all their remaining matches to stay alive in the tournament. Sunrisers can perhaps qualify for the playoffs with a win in this match.
Preview – Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils received a boost in the form of West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels. The team badly needs a top-order leader who can shepherd an inexperienced, but exciting batting line-up. Samuels is not a proven batting mainstay. But if he can find form, he will be able to do the role required for the rest of the tournament. Sanju Samson, Rishabdh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer all have shown glimpses of talent. But none has performed consistently well enough to make the team a dominant force in the tournament.
If their batting clicks, they can be unbeatable, for they have the best bowling unit in the tournament. Zaheer Khan is injured. But Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Mohammed Shami, Pat Cummins and Amit Mishra make a fearsome bowling group. They have the talent, but they are not able to convert it into the wins. That is why favouring them can be a bit risky.
Preview – Hyderabad Sunrisers
Sunrisers are rising and rising. Their batting is improving after each match. David Warner and Ken Williamson have emerged as the brightest stars in a galaxy of hard-hitters. And their bowling is amazingly consistent. It will not be a surprise if they retain their IPL crown. They have almost ensured their playoffs berth. The consistency means that the opposition will have to play their best cricket in order to beat Sunrisers.
Prediction : Hyderabad Sunrisers should win this easily.