The best bets ahead of a swashbuckling set of IPL 2021 fixtures leading us into weekend.
It all starts with the Mumbai Indians hosting David Warner and his Sunrisers Hyderabad squad.
Kings XI Punjab vs. Mumbai Indians
April 24th 12:00am
The Punjab XI Kings have unfortunately got themselves into familiar territory in the IPL ahead of its clash with the Mumbai Indians: the bottom of the table.
They opened the account with a thrilling four-run win, but have gone on to lose convincingly thrice in a row after showing their unpredictability this season.
Mumbai’s misfiring middle-order continues to increase their worries as they move to Delhi for their upcoming four games, and it may present an opportunity for the Kings to haul themselves off the bottom of the table.
The Indians middle-order has been the back bone of their success in the IPL with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, and West Indian showman Kieron Pollard, all adept at handling spin bowling.
Going to side with an upset victory here given the Indians have not really hit their straps this season.
Kings XI Punjab head to head at $2.4
Lokesh Rahul top batsman at $5
Rajasthan Royals vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
April 25th 12:00am
The last-placed Rajasthan Royals face the Kolkata Knight Riders in what is a must win match for both teams if they are to salvage anything from IPL 2021.
The Royals were simply no match for a brutal opening partnership from Royal Challengers Bangalore openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal who chased down the 177-run target set for victory without losing a wicket.
Kolkata fared no better either after failing to chase down an enormous 220-run target set by the Chennai Super Kings.
Aussie Pat Cummins looked an unlikely hero with the willow after belting the ball to all parts of the ground on his way to swashbuckling 66 not out.
However, he would eventually run out of partners and as the Knight Riders succumbed to a 17-run defeat.
The Knight Riders have shown the better form this season and with the star bowling power of Cummins, it should see them notch up their second win of the year against a Royals squad void of bowling confidence.
Suggested Bets: Kolkata Knight Riders head to head at $1.82
Chennai Super Kings vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
April 25th 8:00pm
Three-time IPL Champions the Chennai Super Kings host the undefeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in a top of the table clash.
This shapes, so far, as the game of the season as Virat Kohli takes to the pitch for Bangalore after a brilliant opening stand with Devdutt Padikkal against the Rajasthan Royals.
Kohli managed 72 not out off 47 deliveries but the star of the show Padikkal who smashed an unbeaten century to guide his team to a 10-wicket victory.
Chennai, meanwhile, continued its unbeaten run after losing the first game of the season.
The Super Kings recorded a 17-run triumph over the Kolkata Knight Riders to make it three wins in a row and a win against RCB would see them nab top spot on the table.
There is a lot to like about both teams this season and this could an IPL Grand Final rehearsal.
Have to side with the Royal Challengers in this one given how good Kohli and Padikkal were with the willow against Rajasthan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore head to head at $1.74
Virat Kohli top Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman at $2.95