TATA Indian Premier League
Wednesday April 6 – Friday 8, 2022
There are three fixtures to see us into the weekend, and the one on Wednesday between KKR and MI in Pune (3pm UK) looks the pick of them.
Mind you, Punjab Kings v Gujarat Titans at the Brabourne in Mumbai on Friday afternoon looks tasty as well.
So, let’s get into some tips for those two clashes.
It amazed me when I saw a best price on Kolkata to beat Mumbai at better than even money. They are 21/20 to claim the points with betway.
Kolkata have won two of their three matches so far, while Mumbai have lost both of there’s. For me, the former have to be favourites here, therefore I would be keen to take that price.
It is a crucial match for Mumbai. If they go no wins from three, they will have a job on their hands to make the top four. It wouldn’t be a mountain to climb just yet, more a steep hill.
Bairstow lands with a point to prove – and we all know where that leads
Jonny Bairstow is at his absolute best when he has a point to prove, be it after being left out by England, not being handed his favoured batting position.
He uses adversity, for want of a better phrase, to his advantage so well.
Bairstow is available to make his debut for Punjab Kings in Friday’s clash with Gujarat Titans, and he is 7/2 with Paddy Power to be the Kings’ top run-scorer in the match.
Now, Bairstow’s IPL record for former franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad is excellent – 1,038 runs in 28 matches at an average of 41.52, including seven fifties and a hundred.
He hasn’t played an IPL game since May 2 last year. Part of his own doing as he pulled out of the UAE leg of the competition last September. But he wasn’t retained by Sunrisers ahead of February’s auction.
It will no doubt lead to people wondering whether he is still up to the task, and he will be desperate to prove he is.
And that is good news for backers of the Yorkshire swashbuckler, as is the fact he has been in decent form with two winter Test centuries for England.