IPL Tips and Predictions – CSK V RCB

The 2019 IPL gets under way this weekend, with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) hosing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the season’s opening fixture. The match also pits two legends of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, against each other.

CSK go into the match as the favourites at around 4/5. They are the defending champions, and it’s easy to see why they are one of the favourites to win the IPL again this year.

Chennai Super Kings IPL Betting Tips and Predictions

When you’ve got experienced players like Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir, you are going to be a match for anybody.

As for Royal Challengers Bangalore, they always seem to have the most talented batting line up in the competition,. Never the less, they always seems to under achieve. This season they boast Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer and AB de Villiers, to name but a few. RCB start the match as outsiders at Even money.

Betting Tips And Predictions

With this being the first match of the tournament, there’s obviously no form to work from.

It’s obviously always going to be risky to back against a batting line up that consists of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, they are two guys that can win matches single handed.

That said, looking at the squads and the potential line ups, CSK, look to have the more balanced side.

IPL Betting Predictions – Chennai Super Kings To Win At 4/5

2019 IPL Format

The Indian Premier League is a domestic T20 league, made up of 8 franchise teams. Starting on 23rd March, the 8 teams play a total of 56 group matches, in round-robin format.

The top two from the group go into a straight knock out for a place in the final. This match is known as Qualifier 1.

The third and fourth placed teams then play each other in an Eliminator, with the winners facing the loser of Qualifier 1.

The losers of Qualifier 1, then face the winners of the Eliminator. The winners of this match (Qualifier 2), proceed to the final. I hope you’ve got all that!!

2019 IPL Teams

The eight franchise teams in the IPL are Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, and Delhi Capitals (formally Delhi Daredevils).

All the best T20 specialists in world cricket end up at the IPL. The tournament boasts players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, David Warner, Kane Williamson, and AB de Villiers. It truly is the elite domestic T20 competition in world cricket.

The defending champions are Chennai Super Kings. The defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the final, held at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai.

Sunrisers Hyderabad impress after first round of IPL matches

We’ve now had a chance to look at everyone, and it’s fair to say that Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers Hyderabad look very impressive, and that given the balance of their bowling line up, they look set to be a major force in the 2018 IPL.

The 2016 winners have a bowling line up that consists of the pace and bounce of Billy Stanlake, along with the dual spin of the experienced Shakib Al Hasan, and Afghanistan’s inexperienced but top class Rashid Khan, who already looks like a seasoned performer at the top level.

With Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson at the top of the order as well, Sunrisers have a solid core to their side, and if Williamson can utilise his spin bowlers well (which I’m sure he will), they have to be serious contenders.

Shakib and Rashid will be a nightmare combination to face in the middle Overs of a match, and will stifle the life out of many a batting line up in this IPL, just like they did to Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler yesterday, in the Sunrisers’ hammering of the Rajasthan Royals.

At the start of the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore were the favourites, and although that remains the case, they have drifted from 7/2 to 4/1 with William Hill. Sunrisers are the big movers in the IPL Outright Winner Betting though, having seen their odds cut from 6/1 to 9/2, coming into second favourites.

IPL Outright Winner Betting Odds

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 4/1
Sunrisers Hyderabad – 9/2
Chennai Super Kings – 9/2
Kolkata Knight Riders – 5/1
Mumbai Indians – 5/1
Kings XI Punjab – 6/1
Delhi Daredevils – 10/1
Rajasthan Royals – 12/1

All prices with correct with William Hill William Hill ahead of match 5.

Match 5 sees Chennai Super Kings hosting the Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams won their opening matches, so someone’s 100% record will go today.

English interest in today’s match for Chennai is Sam Billings, David Willey and Mark Wood. While Tom Curren is in the ranks of Kolkata. Both sides are 10/11 to win with William Hill.

Delhi Daredevils drift slightly in IPL Betting

The news that Kevin Pietersen is too miss the whole of the IPL has seen only a smallish drift in the odds for Delhi Daredevils to win the title.

Before Pietersen’s injury was announced, you could bet on the Daredevils at odds of between 4/1 and 5/1. Since the announcement of the injury, you can now get best odds of 11/2 on them winning the IPL for the first time – with some online bookmakers still offering the original 4/1.

This shows that the online betting markets clearly don’t see Pietersen as pivotal to the Daredevils chances of winning the IPL, and with talents such as David Warner, Jesse Ryder, Virender Sehwag and skipper Mehala Jarawardene in the side, why would they?

Obviously it is a big loss though, and it is all the more ironic that he now won’t hit a ball in the competition at all (this season) given the rumpus kicked up by Pietersen last year, in his wanting to play the whole of the series.

Looking further afield and with the Ashes looming, this is starting to be a bit of a worry for England fans. That’s Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen both out now, and although the prognosis is that they will both be back in time, we have heard that sort of thing before from the England medical staff.

In the Ashes Betting, England are still massive favourites at odds of between 2/5 and 4/9. Australia are in the main around 7/2 to 4/1 (although a couple of online bookmakers go as short as 3/1) and a drawn series is 5/1 to 11/2.

No Great Surprise

It wasn’t a massive shock to me to see England go crashing out of the World T20 on Monday, to be honest I believe it was the culmination of a sustained period of shoddy management and a lack of joined up thinking.

Any regular readers of this blog will know that for a few weeks now I have had a bee in my bonnet about the lack of leadership and poor decision making that I believe has been taking place for some time now.

I’m not going to go over the top and hammer the players for what has happened, as I think they are (on the whole) a decent, inexperienced bunch of talented blokes, some of whom have a decent future within the game.

What I am annoyed about is the lack of joined up thinking over the past 12-18 with this T20 side, and the management in general.

Who exactly is England’s strongest T20 XI at the moment? With the exception of Broad, Finn, Swann and Morgan, I am struggling to think of another player who has a spot nailed down in this side.

Compare this to the XI who won 2 years ago, of which I can name 10 of the players off the top of my head.

For a few years the 50 Over side seemed to be the ‘let’s have a look at him and see if he has test potential’ team, now it appears to have moved onto the T20 side.

This side seems to have had no level of consistency with selection lately. Where have all the experienced guys gone? This team is way too inexperienced for one, I have no problem with chucking youngsters in, but not a whole host of them in one go.

Craig Kieswetter has been asking to get dropped from the limited overs’ sides for about 12-18 months now, so England leave it until the ‘do or die’ game to do it. And then throw Jonny Bairstow in at the deep end with the gloves!

The batting was too inexperienced and hasn’t played enough games at this level. Where have the likes of Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler had the chance to face the likes of Malinga before?

You can’t chuck young blokes with no experience in against world class performers like this in a world cup and expect them to succeed, it’s ridiculous. They had no chance, it’s totally unfair on them in my view.

And the ECB’s stance on the IPL, where these guys could perhaps gain some experience? Don’t mention it!

I’m no fan of IPL, and it’s been proven that your players don’t have to play there to win a World T20, but your players do need some experience of facing this class of cricketer.

At the moment England have discarded too many of the players with experience, and for that, I blame the management.

In a further twist of management failings, I see that Kevin Pietersen is now expected to be welcomed back into the England fold sometime this week.

At last!!

Maybe some light will now be shed on what the delay has been to all this, if I don’t hear any explanation, then I’m going to assume that it is down to the management not sorting it out quick enough. The same management that allowed this situation to develop.

I heard Ryan Sidebottom talking on the radio this morning, it was quite interesting what he had to say. He pointed out that for the sake of the England cricket team, the Pietersen situation needed to be resolved. Agreed!

He then went on to say that not one player he has spoken too would turn down the chance to play in the IPL. It did strike me as slightly ironic that this whole situation seems to have arisen out of one players desire to play IPL, but yet the rest of the squad (some of whom are supposed to be anti Pietersen for some reason) would jump at the chance if offered it.

I’m well aware that Bopara and Broad, and possibly others have turned down the chance. But I think the point that Sidebottom was making was that the majority would gladly go there if offered.

I think it’s pretty clear by now that I think that the England management have to up their game somewhat. They have again allowed English cricket to slip from the top of the tree, as opposed to building on it. We didn’t even manage to consolidate our position.

I do hope that when Pietersen is given his contract and they have all kissed and made up, that a bit of common sense is arrived at and he is added to the India touring party.

Let’s see what happens.