Temperatures will soar when two of India’s biggest stars - MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will collide with their respective teams this Saturday evening at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. With neither team in a comfortable position as far as the points table is concerned, they would settle for no less than a win. With star-studded teams in action, there is a lot to watch out for when the players take the field.
To make the evening more fruitful, I have already assorted the top three winning bets for you and listed them below. Just go through my analysis and invest accordingly to win loads of money by the end of the match.
Apart from a fluke here and there, the opening pairs of Chennai Super Kings have been in shambles so far this season. In the six matches they have played so far this season, only twice have the team registered an opening partnership of more than 23 runs, with them scoring 299 (5, 56, 23, 4, 181, 30), at a rate of 49.88 runs per innings - thanks to the one-off 181-run stand. Even though Faf du Plessis averages 74.75 runs, he has played only two matches as an opener - the opening pair has not been able to shine as a whole.
In the past five H2H matches between these two sides, the opening partnerships of Chennai Super Kings were - 6, 8, 18, 8, 21 - out of which Shane Watson was dismissed early in four of those matches, with the Australian likely to play in the upcoming match as well. In the three matches played at the venue, the Chennai openers have got past the 23-run mark only once. With the match set to be played at the same venue, we are expecting them not to pile up a big opening partnership.
Unlike the previous season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have been pretty ordinary when it boils down to hitting the ball out of the park, which brings us to this bet. In the past five matches, the IPL side has struck a total of 22 sixes, at a rate of 4.4 sixes per match, having struck more than five in just one of the above-mentioned games. In the last five H2H matches against Chennai Super Kings, the Challengers registered a total of 32 sixes (7, 1, 3, 16, 5), striking at a rate of 6.4 per match, but managing to hit at least six in just two of those games.
On the flip side, Chennai Super Kings have played six matches and have conceded 36 sixes (4, 17, 2, 2, 6, 5), averaging 6 hits per match, but shipped in at more than five sixes in just two of those matches. In nine matches played at the Dubai International Stadium this season, only 9 times out of 18 have a team hit more than 5 sixes in an innings. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore, having played four matches at the venue so far, Royal Challengers have more than five sixes in just one of those matches. The case is obvious, invest on this deal and win money.
This deal is one of the safest in the market for two simple facts. Number one, these two sides have not been great when it comes to big hits. Second, Dubai International Cricket Stadium is a big ground, where sixes are hard to come by. Royal Challengers Bangalore have hit a total of just 22 sixes this season in five matches, at a rate of 4.4 hits per match, while Chennai Super Kings have struck 34 maximums in six matches, at a rate of 5.6 per match. This clearly gives us an indication of why we might not see 13 sixes in the upcoming match.
In the nine matches played at the venue in Dubai this season, a total of 100 sixes have been hit, at a rate of 11.11 strikes per match, with just two matches registering more than 12 sixes. Meanwhile, there are only two players (Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson) in the two teams combined, who find themselves in the list of top 15 six hitters this season. Chennai Super Kings have played three matches at the venue, with no matches witnessing more than 12 sixes in a game. On the other hand, Royal Challengers have played four matches at the venue, with only one match ending with more than 12 sixes. What are you waiting for? Just place your bets.
Total opening partnership - Chennai Super Kings under 23.5 runs @ 1.87 (Leo Vegas)
Royal Challengers Bangalore to hit under 5.5 sixes @ 2.20 (Bet 365)
Total sixes to be under 12.5 sixes @ 1.81 (Sportsbet.io)