Reaching the end of the group stages and the line up for the knock-out phases is becoming clearer
All prices here are from Ladbrokes
RCB v KKR
RCB are not only out of the competition but their batting once again failed dramatically in the loss to Kings XI on Friday. KXIP defended 138 quite comfortably.
This is RCB’s last game in this year’s competition and they have been the big disappointment amongst the 8 teams with star names like Gayle, De Villiers and Kohli not enough to make it to the knock out stages
KKR are currently in 2nd place in the table and set for knockout stages despite a loss to the Supergiants last time, where batting first they only scored 155 losing early wickets from which they struggled to recover. Star Overseas player Chris Lynn is approaching fitness and may play here.
To see the game priced up 10/11 each of two is surprising given form. KKR at10/11looks a solid bet to me
Kings XI Punjab v Gujarat Lions
KXIP still have a chance of reaching the post season after their win against RCB on Friday. With four games to play they have a game in hand and are three points behind fourth.
Gujarat are out of the competition. In their last game they lost despite scoring 208 as Delhi Daredevils chased a huge target. Gujarat’s bowling has been a weakness throughout and although the batting came into form after the first few matches the team as a whole has struggled to stay competitive. Gujarat have only won 3 of their 11 games
Now Brendon McCullum will miss their last three games with injury
Prices here are KXIP 5/6and Gujarat just over Evens. KXIP should be a second solid bet of the day given relative form and motivations.