- Gujarat Titans v Sunrisers Hyderabad
- TATA Indian Premier League
- Wednesday April 27, 2022
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (3pm UK)
Newcomers Gujarat Titans and 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad weren’t fancied at all by the bookmakers before a ball was bowled. But they have both enjoyed superb campaigns so far.
They have gone from being amongst the favourites for the wooden spoon – in fact, Hyderabad were favourites for that tag – to being joint favourites to win the title.
Bet365, for example, have them both at 4/1 alongside Rajasthan Royals to secure glory.
Gujarat sit top of the ladder with 12 points (six wins from seven games) with Hyderabad two points adrift (five wins from seven). That could change on Tuesday when Rajasthan could leapfrog them both with a win over Bangalore.
SRH’s form has surprised me. I thought they looked really light on batting. But they have found a way without having anyone really fire.
Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat, I thought looked better than the bookies were suggesting. But I didn’t expect them to have found form like they have done.
Value lies with Hyderabad to complete a Titan-ic double
There isn’t much between them in the match betting, but the value lies with the Orange Army for this one. They are evens with the majority of firms, including 888sport, to claim the win over a Gujarat side who are 4/5.
Now, momentum is big thing in T20 cricket, especially. You hear coaches and players talk about it all of the time. Both have plenty of it, but Sunrisers just have more having won five games on the bounce compared to the Titans’ three.
That run for the Sunrisers included a win over tomorrow’s opponents earlier this month, and I can see them achieving it again.
Leading light Natarajan to go again
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s outstanding performer in this campaign has been T Natarajan, the six-time India international.
The canny left-arm seamer has taken 15 wickets, the second best haul in the tournament, and he has been bowling a lot of his overs in the second half of innings.
He has taken at least two wickets in six of his seven appearances, making the 11/10 bet365* have on him taking over 1.5 wickets in the game very appealing.
He is also 5/2 with Ladbrokes to be his team’s leading wicket-taker in the match, something he has achieved four times in this year’s IPL.
I would be playing on both those prices.
Bowling firepower could open 20/1 shot
Natarajan, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Lockie Ferguson, Marco Jansen, Washington Sundar. There is definite firepower with the ball in this fixture.
And it would not surprise me at all to see a five-wicket haul taken, something Betfair Sportsbook have priced up at 20/1 in their #OddsOnThat selections.
It has only been achieved once so far in this season’s IPL, by Rajasthan Royals spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. So we’re due another.
Fingers crossed, it comes here.
* IPL cricket betting odds correct at the time of writing. All odds subject to changes.