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IPL heats up with halfway mark on the horizon

The IPL tournament log is starting to take shape as we approach the halfway mark.

Shikhar Dhawan - IPL Preivew

The tournament log is starting to take shape, and we know who the IPL powerhouses of this season are as we approach the halfway mark.

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Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore | 30 April 2021 | 16:00

To Win Match

Kings 23/20
Tie 25/1
Royal Challengers 72/100

The Punjab Kings come into this match off the back of a deflating fourth loss of the tournament while Royal Challengers Bangalore scored a morale-boosting final over triumph over fellow contenders the Capitals.

RCB’s form has been built on the brilliance of AB de Villiers who is thriving in his role of taking on the bowling at the death.

The Kings still need to get more out of their star batsman, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle or find players who can give them a quicker start.

RCB triumphed last time out in their first match at the Motera Stadium but will be wary of what the Kings may have learned in their defeat.

Verdict: Royal Challengers Bangalore 72/100

The Royal Challengers look nailed on to win this and offer solid value at 72/100.

Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings | 1 May 2021 | 16:00

To Win Match

Indians 13/20
Tie 25/1
Super Kings 12/10

Mumbai Indians still have time to turn around their indifferent start but they will have to start that effort against a Chennai Super Kings side on a tear.

CSK have won five straight since tanking their opening game of the tournament, proving their dad’s army aren’t over the hill.

The Indians showed signs of improvement in their emphatic victory over the Rajasthan Royals which was powered by a punchy unbeaten knock for Quinton de Kock.

This clash is always one of the highlights of an IPL season with the two sides having attained the greatest levels of success in the tournament.

Verdict: Chennai Super Kings 12/10

Huge value on the Super Kings here at 12/10. Get on!

Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad | 2 May 2021 | 12:00

To Win Match

Royals 92/100
Tie 25/1
Royal Challengers 92/100

Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad both went down by seven wickets in their last outing and neither side has any excuse for lacking firepower.

The Royals might feel they are unlucky not to be further up the table, but a loss to the Sunrisers could see them propping up the standings come Sunday.

For the Sunrisers, David Warner hasn’t lacked for effort but his strike rate isn’t what would be expected of the Aussie bruiser.

The Royals have been badly affected by the loss of English stars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.

Verdict: Rajasthan Royals 92/100

The Royals are the tentative pick here, but honestly, this basement battle could go either way. 

Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals | 2 May 2021 | 16:00

To Win Match *betting tba


The Punjab Kings can’t catch a break as they prepare for their second clash with an in-form team in a matter of three days.

The Capitals bounced back from their narrow defeat to RCB thanks to a boundary-hitting masterclass from Prithvi Shaw against KKR.

Mayank Agarwal could just be the man who makes the difference for PK after a slow start to the 2021 season for both himself and his team.

Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are the batsmen to watch in the Capitals lineup while seamer Avesh Khan has been the surprise star of their bowling unit.

Verdict: Delhi Capitals

The Captials have won three on the spin and are tipped to make it four against the Kings. 

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