IPL 2019 Betting Match 23: Uthappa Can Pass Spin Test

Ed Hawkins

Monday, April 8, 2019 8:35 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019 8:35 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) previews an IPL 2019 corker and expects the spinners to hold sway on Tuesday

<h2 style="text-align:center">Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders,</h2><p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/in/indian-premier-league/kolkata-knight-riders-vs-chennai-super-kings-3753716/" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>MA Chidambaram International Stadium</strong></a><br /><strong>Tuesday 9 April, 15.30</strong></p><p>With four wins and one defeat apiece, this is a <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/in/indian-premier-league" target="_blank" title="Live Indian Premier League Odds Board">top-of-the-table clash</a>. But don’t expect a gung-ho encounter with blazing bats and monstrous scores. This is likely to be a war of attrition. A game of chess.</p><p>That’s because the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/ipl-2019-tournament-winner-guide-can-anyone-topple-super-kings/89631/" target="_blank" title="IPL 2019 Tournament Winner Guide: Can Anyone Topple Super Kings?">Chennai home track</a> has rewarded the spinners, who have stifled batsmen and tied them in knots. Both teams have an army of spinners to deploy here.</p><p>For Chennai, Imran Tahir, Ravi Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh will definitely bowl four overs. For Kolkata Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla are vital to Kolkata’s bowling attack. So we’re in line for at least 24 of a possible 40 overs to be tweak. Possibly more. That’s key when trying to understand how many runs will be scored first up.</p><p>Batters get bogged down against spin on this wicket. Their strike rate is 113, that’s compared to 126 against pace. It’s a significant difference and with first-innings scores of 70-175-160 don’t go betting on more than 180. In that regard it’s a shame that Betfair don’t offer ‘no’ instead of ‘yes’ about both sides scoring more than 159.5 at 8/11 (1.73).</p><p>Unsurprisingly there’s nothing between the teams on match odds. It’s 10/11 (1.91) the pair with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>, Betfred, Coral, Ladbrokes William Hill, Betfair stick their neck out with 21/20 (2.05) about the Knight Riders. Best advice is to wait for the toss if you want to play and wager on the side batting first – there’s a significant toss bias – with the spinners squeezing expertly. A total of anything more than 155 could be tough.</p><p>Robin Uthappa could be worth following for top KKR batsmen. It’s a reasonable strategy to reckon that the blitzers up front could struggle with spin certain to be used in the powerplays and the likes of Chris Lynn and Narine, who open the batting for KKR, might not find it to their liking. In fact, we know they don’t with both striking at a lower rate against spin than pace.</p><p>The one KKR man who is equally as good against the two styles is Uthappa and his price of 7/2 (4.5) with Betfair, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power catches the eye. It would be remiss not to mention Andre Russell here. He could win this one on his own and is the only player on either team who can say that. But do bear in mind that his hitting has come against pacers, not spinners.</p><p><strong>Best tips for the match</strong></p><ul> <li><strong>Robin Uthappa top KKR bat 7/2 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Betfair</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Ladbrokes!">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Paddy Power Today!">Paddy Power</a></strong></li></ul>
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