IPL Betting Match One: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Ed Hawkins

Friday, March 22, 2019 8:45 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 22, 2019 8:45 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) previews the opener of the IPL 2019 and expects form from last season to hold

<p><strong>Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore</strong><br /><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/in/indian-premier-league/chennai-super-kings-vs-royal-challengers-bangalore-3726747/?mtid=6" target="_blank" title="Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Odds">Saturday 22nd March, MA Chidambaram Stadium </a></p><p>Roll up, roll up, The Indian Premier League is upon us. And game one (always one of the IPL highlights) is a corker with the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/chennai-super-kings-ipl-2019-team-profile/89574/" target="_blank" title="Chennai Super Kings">Chennai Super Kings</a>, the most successful franchise ever, taking on the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/royal-challengers-bangalore-ipl-2019-team-profile/89569/" target="_blank" title="Royal Challengers Bangalore">Royal Challengers Bangalore</a> at the MA Chidambaram. By now you should have perused <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/2019-indian-premier-league-complete-ipl-betting-guide/89535/" target="_blank">the IPL odds</a> and come up with a fancy for the tournament. It might be Chennai, which is not dumb. It might be Bangalore, which is pretty dumb. But no matter. In a one-off game anything can happen and the bookies seem unsure as to where the balance of power lies for this one.</p><p>Chennai, who have won 12 of their 16 matches against RCB, are 5/6 (1.83) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair</a> as they struggle to split the pair. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> take a view, and the correct one, making CSK 8/11 jollies with RCB 11/10.</p><p>Margins are tight, of course, and if there’s just too much volatility in the match outright for you, there seems to be a clear edge on which team will hit the most sixes. Bangalore are even money (2.0) with Betfair and Chennai 11/10 (2.1). If that seems strange given Chennai are the better team, don’t fret. The team who hits most maximums does not, ordinarily, win more matches.</p><p>Bangalore were averaging more than two sixes per game more than Chennai in first-innings last season. It reinforced the notion that they are all brawn and no brains. They also conceded fewer sixes in the field up front.</p><p>There’s another edge for us on the team to score the most runs in the powerplay overs (the first six overs). Chennai would be our pick here because, according to the stats, the layers should be able to make them jollies. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank">William Hill</a> go 5/6 (1.83) the pair.</p><p>Last term Chennai averaged 52.5 runs in the powerplay compared to Bangalore’s 46.3. It also helps us that Chennai are full strength and Bangalore are not.</p><p>Faf Du Plessis, the South Africa captain, should be available considering he’s not in his national team’s squad for the final two T20s against Sri Lanka, while Shane Watson is no longer required by Australia. With Ambati Rayudu, third on the sixes list last year, at No 3 this is a settled batting order.</p><p>Bangalore are not so confident. They are in a state of flux because Marcus Stoinis is away with Australia and he could have been expected to open. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/royal-challengers-bangalore-ipl-2019-team-profile/89569/" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a> may open in his place. We hope he does because that will blow value open on the top RCB bat market. In-running he should be available at 13/8 (2.63) with the likes of <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a>, Betfair, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank">Betway</a>, Ladbrokes and William Hill.</p><p><strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/2019-indian-premier-league-complete-ipl-betting-guide/89535/" target="_blank" title="Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide">Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide</a></p>
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