- TATA Indian Premier League
- Sunday April 2, 2023
Title tips get their campaign underway on Super Sunday
Having tipped the Mumbai Indians to win the title, I’m particularly looking forward to the second clash of the day at the Chinnaswamy in Bangalore.
But the first game of the day also provides plenty of interest for England fans as Sunrisers Hyderabad versus Rajasthan Royals represents a clash between two superstars, Harry Brook and Jos Buttler.
So, let’s get cracking…
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad (11am UK)
I said in my pre-tournament preview that I thought Hyderabad would have a better campaign than the bookies were suggesting.
While they have a gun batter in Harry Brook - one of the world’s best - their bowling attack looks tasty with the likes of Adil Rashid, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan and Akeal Hosein knocking about.
It’s not that I don’t rate the Royals. I think they’re a decent side themselves - beaten finalists last year, no less. But for this opener, I’m going to take the 21/20 on offer via Unibet on a Hyderabad win.
BetUK are offering 1/1 on Harry Brook to score over 20.5 runs in this match. I’d be taking that, as I would the 4/1 Paddy Power are offering on him to be Hyderabad’s top batter.
It’s difficult to know exactly where Brook will bat for Sunrisers. He could be as high as three or as low as five. I suspect, given they are without a couple of South Africans in captain Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen for this fixture, he could bat at three.
And 4/1 on a number three of his quality is way too chunky.
Let’s go all patriotic shall we. Jos Buttler is the subject of a price boost from bet365 on him to be Rajasthan’s top bat. They have him at 13/5.
He was last year’s leading IPL run-scorer with four hundreds in 863.
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (3pm UK)
William Hill are amongst the companies offering 10/11 on Mumbai win. They are marginal favourites, with 19/20 on offer for an RCB success.
I would be taking the former on Rohit Sharma, Jofra Archer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David and co to get off to a winning start. I couldn’t really say anything else, could I.
Sky Yadav hit 16 sixes in eight IPL matches last year and has hit 239 in 242 career T20 appearances.
If Mumbai are to do what I’ve tipped them to and win the IPL, you would think he would have a good tournament. He mixes power with poise and invention too.
The middle order man is the subject of an interesting price boost from Ladbrokes. They have him at 10/3 to hit at least three sixes in this fixture.
It is a high-scoring venue with short boundaries, so there is every chance of this landing.
Just to finish, if you fancy the daily win double between Hyderabad and Mumbai, BetUK are offering 14/5.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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