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- Rajasthan Royals v Gujarat Titans
- TATA Indian Premier League
- Friday May 5, 2023 (3pm UK)
- Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Rajasthan beat Gujarat by three wickets last month as they chased down 178 thanks to half-centuries from Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer. They could do with a similar result in this one.
While champions Titans sit top of the ladder on 12 points having won six of nine matches, the Royals sit in a mid-table logjam on 10 points - five wins from nine.
A place in the top four is by no means certain following a run of three defeats in their last four outings. Their Friday opponents, meanwhile, have won three of their last four.
Despite Gujarat’s defeat in that sequence coming last time out against bottom side Delhi Capitals, I do expect them to maintain their otherwise strong form and would absolutely be taking the 1/1 on offer via Betfred for them to win this one.
I’m certainly not sure I understand the logic of them being outsiders for this clash.
Let’s hope it’s a case of Yashasvi Jais-will
Rajasthan opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has been in stunning form of late, posting scores of 124, 77, 47 and 44 in his last four knocks.
The 21-year-old left-hander has, at time of writing, elevated himself to be the second leading run-scorer in the competition with 428 runs, and there are a trio of prices surrounding his success which are of interest.
The first is the 6/4 on offer with Ladbrokes for him and opening partner Jos Buttler to score a combined total of 75 plus runs in this fixture.
Now, Buttler has had a quiet campaign so far, with only three fifties in nine innings (258 runs). Not disastrous by any stretch, so it emphasises Buttler’s high standards when you describe his contributions as quiet.
On form, Jaiswal alone could cover that 75, but with some help from Jos, it has every chance of landing.
The second is the 9/4 Betfair Sportsbook are offering via their #OddsOnThat selections on Jaiswal and Gujarat opener Shubman Gill - my pre tournament tip for top run-scorer - to score 20 runs apiece. Gill is going ok with 339 runs to his name.
Bet365 have also boosted Jaiswal from 10/3 to 7/2 to be Rajasthan’s top run-scorer in the match. I think that’s very much worth siding with.
Rash can light up this clash
Rashid Khan is the subject of another bet365 price boost, with them offering 11/4 on the Afghanistan leg-spin star to be Gujarat’s top wicket-taker in the match.
At time of writing, he was the joint second leading wicket-taker in the competition with 15. After a two-wicket haul and a pair of three-fors in his first three appearances, he hasn’t been quite as prolific of late. But you can’t keep a man of his quality down for long.
It surprises me there has only been one five-wicket haul so far in more than half of a long competition, England’s Mark Wood with that honour.
And with the bowling quality on display in this match, it could be that number two is incoming. Gujarat’s Mohammed Shami is the leading wicket-taker in the comp with 17, for example, and already has a four-wicket return to his name.
Betfair, again via their #OddsOnThat selections, have priced up any bowler to take five wickets at a juicy 20/1. A small stakes approach is advised here.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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