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.

Royal Challengers Bangalore start 2018 IPL as favourites

The 2018 Indian Premier League gets under way on 7th April, and the usual suspects, Royal Challenger Bangalore, start the competition as favourites.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Logo

RCB (as they are also known) boast a line up that includes the top batsman in 50 Overs world cricket, Virat Kohli, in their ranks, alongside overseas stars such as AB de Villiers, Quinton De Kock, Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, and Chris Woakes, to name a few.

Such as star studded line up has seen RCB start the competition as favourites before, like last year when they had players like Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, de Villiers and Kohli in their ranks, but finished bottom of the table with just 3 wins from their 14 matches.

This season they will be expecting different, and RCB start off as 7/2 favourites with William Hill to lift the trophy in Mumbai on 27th May (yes, that’s right, the 2th May).

IPL Outright Winner Betting Odds

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 7/2
Mumbai Indians – 4/1
Sunrisers Hyderabad – 6/1
Chennai Super Kings – 6/1
Kolkata Knight Riders – 6/1
Delhi Daredevils – 7/1
Kings XI Punjab – 8/1
Rajasthan Royals – 8/1

Pre competition prices with William Hill.