The Indian Premier League is living up to the hype. We have had runs aplenty some extraordinary upsets and powerful performances. Plus most importantly for punters a handy toss bias to take a chunk out.
<p>The Indian Premier League is living up to the hype. We have had runs aplenty, some extraordinary upsets and powerful performances. Plus, most importantly for punters, a handy toss bias to take a chunk out of our research time.</p><p>As we type it’s nine wins out of 14 for the chaser. This is because, by and large, the wickets have been absolute belters and there seem to be a surfeit of teams who have absolutely no nous, guts or skill when it comes to the defending of totals.</p><p>Chennai Super Kings, the side who were once the envy of the franchise world, have won two extraordinary games in chases. They came back from the dead against Mumbai Indian and Kolkata Knight Riders.</p><p>Knight Riders, meanwhile, seem to boast the player of the tournament so far. All-rounder Andre Russell has hit a massive 19 sixes and was second on the overall run lists before Wednesday’s game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, having faced almost 50 percent fewer deliveries than the man in top spot.</p><p>For Thursday’s encounter between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad it is likely to be beneficial to side once again with the chaser. There is a historic toss bias at the venue. William Hill make Sunrisers narrow jollies at -110. Kings are +100 with Ladbrokes. If we could guarantee that Sunrisers chased here and now, it would be a mortgage job at that price but we would expect them to shorten up considerably. Still, -125 would be a cracking bet.</p><p>Our best bet, though, is getting on Rashid Khan to be man of the match at +1000 with Ladbrokes. It’s a terrific wager because, statistically, he should be shorter. He cops about once every eight games and that is a fine edge in our favour.</p><p>As we have said before there is an element of fascination with Rashid because he hails from Afghanistan. That won’t last for long. He has an air of mystery for all concerned, even batsmen. And his googly this tournament has had them all at absolute sixes and sevens.</p><p>On a turning Kings XI pitch against some home batsmen who are not adept at playing mystery spin, Rashid should be in line for some wickets. Not that he needs a big haul. Against Mumbai Indians he claimed only one scalp but still picked up the gong because his four overs cost just 13 runs. Extraordinary.</p>