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2021 IPL: Matches 46-49 Preview

The IPLe has a full weekend programme in-store with a pair of double-headers seeing all eight sides in action.

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The IPL has a full weekend programme in-store with a pair of double-headers seeing all eight sides in action.

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Chennai Super Kings have reached the playoffs but will not want to let up with the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore chasing hard in a bid to finish in the top two.

The battle for fourth is wide open, with only the Sunrisers eliminated from the running.

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals | 2 October | Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah | 12:00

To Win Match

Indians 82/100
Tie 25/1
Capitals 21/20

Mumbai Indians desperately need a win, but they will have to go through the Delhi Capitals to get one this weekend.

Despite snapping a losing streak in their last outing, Mumbai don’t look like they are firing on all cylinders.

Meanwhile, the Capitals looks like one of the better-balanced teams in the tournament with contributions coming from a number of key players and youngsters.

The Capitals lost last time out, ending a run of four wins in a row but look set to bounce back.

Verdict: Delhi Capitals 21/20

Capitals are good value at just over a shade over even money. 

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings | 2 October | Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi | 16:00

To Win Match

Royals 27/20
Tie 25/1
Super Kings 62/100

The Rajasthan Royals need to fight for their lives in the IPL but they face a team that sit on top of the tree in the Chennai Super Kings.

CSK have to be the favourites to claim the IPL crown this season having put together an impressive run since the tournament restarted.

The Royals haven’t had much luck, playing decent cricket despite losing their last three matches.

Four wins on the trot for CSK has ensured they have booked a top four place but they will want to keep their momentum going in the final three round-robin matches.

Verdict: Chennai Super Kings 62/100

The Super Kings look unstoppable at the moment. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings | 3 October | Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah | 12:00

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Royal Challengers Bangalore will be out to avenge their April loss to the Punjab Kings in Sunday’s first match.

The Kings have lost Universe Boss Chris Gayle, who left the squad citing bubble fatigue.

Gayle’s departure opens the door for Aiden Markram to make a big impact and get important game-time ahead of the T20 World Cup.

RCB’s stars will want to do more as they are currently being upstaged by young talents.

Verdict: Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB are on the up and are tipped to grab the win here. 

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad | 3 October | Dubai International Stadium, Dubai | 16:00

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Kolkata Knight Riders can take a big step towards securing fourth place heading into the final two games if they can beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Sunrisers cannot make the top four but with a dangerous squad at their disposal could derail KKR’s bid.

Jason Roy made an impressive debut for the Sunrisers, but he misfired last time out, and the Orange Army’s hopes of another IPL title faded away.

Rahul Tripathi could be KKR’s dangerman despite the presence of England skipper Eoin Morgan and West Indies megastar Andre Russell.

Verdict: Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knight Riders have it all to play for and should secure valuable log points here. 

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