The Indian Premier League brings its time in Mumbai and Chennai to a close this weekend. Sunday will see a double-header to close off the opening portion of the tournament at the two hubs.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders | 24 April | 16:00
To Win Match
Knight Riders 82/100
Rassie van der Dussen has been called into the Rajasthan Royals squad but won’t be available for this contest.
Both of these teams have made a slow start to the tournament and need to start winning matches to stay in touch with the leaders.
The Royals have been further away from victory than KKR, who have suffered a couple of narrow defeats.
The Royals and KKR need their X-factor players to step up and make a difference if they are to make it to the playoffs.
Verdict: Kolkata Knight Riders 82/100
The Knight Riders haven’t been too far off the boil and should come good against a very pool Royals outfit.
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore | 25 April | 12:00
To Win Match
Super Kings 23/20
Royal Challengers 72/100
The two form sides of the early IPL meet in the last match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
RCB walloped the Royals at the venue last time out, with Devdutt Padikkal smashing an incredible maiden century.
CSK have won their last three matches in succession after losing the opening game and scored 220 in their outing at the Wankhede in match 15, when Faf du Plessis struck an unbeaten 95.
Lungi Ngidi was the bowling star for CSK in that match, while Harshal Patel has been a great find for RCB.
Verdict: Royal Challengers Bangalore 72/100
The Royal Challengers have been imperious thus far. 72/100 offers pretty good value.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals | 25 April | 16:00
To Win Match
The Sunrisers need some wins under their belt but face a Delhi Capitals side that will also be eager to keep on winning.
In their last outing, the Sunrisers picked up their first win but weren’t stretched after the Punjab Kings collapsed.
The Sunrisers have chosen to load their team with overseas batsman, picking just one foreign bowler in Rashid Khan, last time out.
On the opposite side, the Capitals have a more balanced looking team and are packed with some of India’s brightest talents augmented by top-class overseas players.
Verdict: Delhi Capitals 72/100
The smart money’s on the form side here.
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders | 26 April 2021 | 16:00
KKR are back in action again on Monday and will need to make the jaunt to Ahmedabad on Sunday while the Punjab Kings have an extra day to prepare.
The Kings could probably use the extra day given their poor form collectively in the competition to date.
KKR seem to have the Kings outgunned, but you can never write off a team that has Chris Gayle in its ranks as the Kings do.
These teams could use a little momentum and confidence to ensure they don’t fade away as the tournament progresses.
Verdict: Kolkata Knight Riders
I’m all over the Knight Riders.