LIVE on Sky Sports 2 on Thursday afternoon there’s IPL action, Josh Healey (@joshhealey04) has it covered for us.
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals | Thursday 15:30 | Sky Sports 2
Sunrisers Hyderabad, coming off the back of a win in Bangalore, host a Rajasthan Royals side that has won all of its first three games. This should be an excellent encounter, and although I have a feeling the Royals’ unbeaten run could come to an end, I don’t fancy placing a wager on it.
The match will take place at the ACA-VDCA stadium which has only ever hosted two IPL matches, both of which were in 2012. The 1st innings scores were 193 and 138.
However a few weeks ago it played host to four domestic T20 games, where the results were inconclusive as to what kind of track we will see. 1st innings totals of 149, 174, 156 and 122 were scored.
I’m avoiding a market which can be directly affected by the pitch, as I’ve no idea how it will play out. Some reports say it’s a batting beauty but the recent stats, in some cases, suggest otherwise.
I’m going for Sunrisers Hyderabad to score the most runs in the first six overs at 4/5 with Betfair. Last season this bet would’ve landed in 10/13 of the Sunrisers games (1 game D/L affected), and in 1/2 this season.
In their last outing, Hyderabad ended the powerplay on 65-0. Their opening pair of David Warner and Shikar Dhawan is the best in the league, and they then have Kane Williamson to follow at number 3.
On the other hand, the Royals only outscored their opponents in the powerplay in 6/14 last season, including just 1/5 on their travels, and in 1/3 this season. Sanju Samson has not been firing whilst Ajinkya Rahane is playing the anchor role, so he doesn’t attack the bowling as much as Warner & Dhawan.
The Sunrisers have Bhuvi Kumar, Praveen Kumar and Trent Boult bowling in the opening six, sometimes Karn Sharma. All of these bowlers have the potential to keep it tight, as their respective economy rates suggest.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith likes to mix up the Rajasthan bowling so you never know entirely what you’re going to get, but you can guarantee that Warner & Dhawan will go after whichever bowlers Smith opts for.
Two confident sides playing good cricket should make for a great spectacle, and I fancy the Sunrisers to take the advantage from the first six overs.
Betfair offer 22/1 for the first six overs scores to be a tie, so it’s worthwhile putting enough on that to cover your stake in the unlikely event it is a tie. This happened to me last season so from now on I always cover it!
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajastan Royals – Hyderadad to score most runs in first six overs (4/5 Betfair)
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajastan Royals – Same number of runs in first six overs (33/1 Ladbrokes)
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