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- TATA Indian Premier League
- Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings
- Thursday April 27, 2023 (3pm UK)
- Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Jos Buttler versus MS Dhoni is an intriguing little sub-plot amidst a clash of two teams who have designs on the IPL title.
Rajasthan’s rise towards the top of the standings at the halfway stage of the competition was expected. Finalists last year, they have been incredibly consistent of late.
But Chennai’s fine form will have taken a few by surprise, including me.
They only won four games all of last season and finished second bottom. Now they sit with five wins from seven in 2023. Fair play to the men in yellow.
But I don’t fancy them to win this one, and would be taking the 10/11 on a Rajasthan win which is widely available across a host of bookmakers, including Betfred.
Low-scoring venue opens up spin chance
The average first-innings total at T20 cricket at this Jaipur venue sits between 157 and 158. In the only match there of this ongoing IPL (April 19), Lucknow made 154-7 and Rajasthan replied with 144-6.
Low-scoring venues always lead me to look at spin to prosper, and there are some quality spinners on show in this fixture.
Rajasthan have India duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Ashwin in their ranks, and I would be interested in siding with of them to take over 1.5 wickets in this match.
Leg-spinner Chahal has taken 12 so far in this campaign, and bet365 have him at 11/10 to strike at least twice. Ladbrokes are also offering 6/4 on Ashwin to do the same. He has nine wickets to his name in the ongoing IPL.
Making it a trio of bets on that market, why not take Chennai’s seamer Tushar Deshpande to strike twice. He’s 6/4 with bet365 to add a couple more poles to his tally of 12.
Devon delight will be my only batting pick
Given the distinct possibility that this fixture will be a lowish scoring affair, I’m concentrating more on success with the ball than the bat in this preview.
But I can’t ignore the price boosted 3/1 bet365 are offering on New Zealand opener Devon Conway to be Chennai’s top batter in this match.
Conway is the type of player who I can see prospering on a slow pitch, and he’s in prime form. He’s more of a timer and worker of the ball rather than a blaster. He is the second leading run-scorer in the competition at present with 314, including four fifties in seven innings.
All of those fifties have come in his last four innings, making him difficult not to side with.
Old favourite returns
Those of you who have followed my tips over the last 18 months or so will know that I do enjoy a good #OddsOnThat selection with Betfair, and in particular combination.
Betfair are offering 5/1 on there to be a stumping, a duck and a run out in this match.
In the last game at this venue, the only thing missing was the stumping, but with the likes of spin talent Ashwin, Chahal, Jadeja, Moeen and Theekshana on show, there has to be a good chance that will come this time.
I would be having a small stakes dart at this one.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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