AFTER putting together two fabulous IPL preview pieces Josh Healey (@JoshHealy04) returns to take on the clash between Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Daredevils on Day 2 of the new IPL season.
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils | Thursday 15.30 | Sky Sports 2
The betting angle here? Sixes. Coral are offering odds of 5/6 for Over 10.5 Sixes to be hit, and I think that’s a pretty generous line.
We can’t rule out the possibility of a one-sided affair as Delhi have been woeful in the past two seasons, but perhaps they can show some fight in this one. After all, it is the start of a brand new campaign and the Daredevils have made some impressive acquisitions.
This bet would’ve landed in 14/16 of CSK’s matches last season. This comes as no surprise as their batting line-up is packed with big hitters, right from the openers down to the lower order.
Meanwhile, Over 10.5 Sixes were hit in 7/14 of Delhi’s outings in 2014. Hopefully their batsmen can express themselves with some big-hitting, in a game where they will be free of pressure.
The first encounter between these two sides last season was a comprehensive CSK win where only five sixes were hit (all by CSK), but in the second match-up the ropes were cleared 18 times. Let’s hope for the latter once again!
The average score at the Chidambaram in 18 games across IPL’s 2012 and 2013 was 165, with an average of 10 sixes being hit per-game. The Chidambaram hasn’t been notorious for games with masses of sixes, but I feel as though plenty would’ve been hit last season if CSK had played there.
The game has evolved a fair bit since 2012 and even 2013, where this bet would’ve landed in 4/8 games. The fresh, sun-baked pitch should offer the bowlers little assistance, so if the Delhi batsmen can bring their A-game, we should see the runs flow.
We know that CSK are reliable and they should be able to hit their fair share of sixes, hopefully the majority of the 11 required. If we see a competitive encounter here then this bet has a great chance of landing. We just have to hope that Delhi can put up a fight…
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils – Total Sixes: Over 10.5 (5/6 Coral)
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Sounds good, huh? Now get cheering the runs!