Kings XI Punjab pulled off a thriller in the last match against Mumbai Indians surviving a double super-over scare, which has still kept them in contention for the knockouts. But, the KL Rahul led side need to win each game to cement their place in the top-four, with them up against Delhi Capitals in the upcoming match. Meanwhile, a win for the Capitals will earn them a place in the last-four clashes, so each of the teams have some incentive to win the match. It would not be wise to miss out on the action, cause the match promises to be a cliffhanger.
To make this Monday even more memorable for you, I have assorted the top three bets for you and listed them below. Just go through my analysis and act accordingly to get richer by the end of the day.
This is by far one of the safest bets in the market for the upcoming match, and we are quite fortunate that Leo Vegas is offering odds of 1.90 for this obvious phenomenon. In the nine matches played so far, their openers - KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (top two run-scorers this season) have stitched up a total of 66 runs per match, having registered the better opening stand in six of the above-mentioned matches. On the other hand, the Delhi Capitals openers have put up 242 runs, at a rate of 30.25 runs per innings, while conceding 241 runs in the same time frame, with them having the better opening partnership in 3 of those matches.
Having played five matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium this season, Kings XI Punjab have had the better opening stand in three of those matches. Delhi Capitals have played four matches at the venue this season, with them stitching up 168 runs (42 runs per match), but have been outnumbered in terms of the opening stand in two of those matches. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan is fine, while his partner Prithvi Shaw has been below average this season, with him getting dismissed without scoring a run in the last two matches. There is no doubt we are going to earn some easy money by investing in this bet.
This is almost a guaranteed bet, considering the way Delhi Capitals have played in the season so far, with their batsman flooding with boundaries so far this season. In nine matches played so far, the Capitals have struck a total of 133 boundaries, at a rate of 14.77 hits per match, having hit at least 13 boundaries in six of those matches. On the flip side, Kings XI Punjab have conceded 123 boundaries in nine matches, averaging 13.66 hits per innings, having shipped in at least 13 boundaries in seven of those matches.
In four matches played at the Dubai International Stadium this season, the Capitals have struck a total of 61 boundaries (13, 19, 18, 11), at a rate of 15.25 hits per match, having struck at least 13 in three of those matches. In the last three H2H matches between these two sides, Delhi Capitals have hit more than 12 boundaries in each of those matches, having hit 48 boundaries, at a rate of 16 boundaries per match. In the last encounter between these two sides, which was played at the same venue, Delhi hit a total of 13 boundaries. With all evidence pointing towards one direction, there's no way we can ignore this bet.
This pick might raise a few eyebrows, but I have reasons to back up my claim, especially with odds of 2.15 offered by Leo Vegas. In the nine matches played so far, the Capitals have hit a total of 58 sixes, at a rate of 6.44 hits per match, having hit less than their opponents in just two of those matches. On the flip side, Kings XI Punjab have registered a total of 50 sixes in nine matches, averaging 5.55 per match, with them hitting more than their opponents in just two of those matches.
Having played four matches in Dubai this season, the Capitals have hit a total of 20 sixes, at a rate of 5 hits per match, but surprisingly, they have never hit fewer sixes than their rivals. Kings XI Punjab have five matches at the venue this season but have been the better side on just a couple of occasions, even though the KL Rahul-led side leads the overall count by 34-31. I have already placed by bet. What about you?
Kings XI Punjab to have the highest opening partnership @ 1.90 (Leo Vegas)
Delhi Capitals to hit over 12.5 fours @ 1.65 (Sportsbet.io)
Delhi Capitals to hit more sixes @ 2.15 (Leo Vegas)