Indian Premier League Betting 2019: Team-by-team guide

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Ed Hawkins analyses the squads, strengths and weaknesses of the eight franchises for the eagerly-awaited tournament...

"Bet against Sunrisers when they defend at your peril. This is the crack bowling unit in the tournament and for that reason they're fair jollies"

Sunrisers Hyderabad [5.7]


Captain Kane Williamson
Coach Tom Moody
Last season runners-up
Title wins 1
Top four 4
Win percentage 55
2018 Win % batting 1st 55.6 (8 games)
2018 Win % batting second 75 (8)
Game changer Martin Guptill - Sunrisers have been too slow up front in the past
Game clogger Williamson slows them down
Prospects in four words Drop Williamson, win title

Mean defenders

We're being cheeky, of course. Drop Williamson? You do know he was top tourny runscorer last term. Yeah, yeah. But for balance he might have to go. Guptill could go bigger and in a quicker rate, solving the issue of the worst powerplay return last year. That one switch could be the difference between a title and a runners-up slot. Bet against them when they defend at your peril. This is the crack bowling unit in the tournament and for that reason they're fair jollies.

Squad - Openers David Warner, Martin Guptill
Middle-order batsmen Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Ricky Bhui
Wicketkeepers Wriddi Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Jonny Bairstow
Allrounders Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi
Wristspinners Rashid Khan
Fingerspinners Shahbaz Nadeem
Fast Bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Billy Stanlake
Best XI? Warner, Guptill, Pandey, Shankar, Saha, Shakib/Nabi, Pathan, Rashid, Kumar, Sandeep, Kaul

Chennai Super Kings [6.4]

Captain MS Dhoni
Coach Stephen Fleming
Last season Winners
Title wins 3
Top four 9
Win % 61
2018 Win % batting 1st 50 (6)
2018 Win % batting second 80 (10)
Game changer Ambati Rayudu - unheralded and always top-bat value
Game clogger Dwayne Bravo - batters picking his line easily these days
Prospects in four words Surely they're too old?

The team to beat

No team has a pedigree like Chennai. They have never failed to finish in the top four. Keeping faith with the old guard paid off last year but they won't be able to do that forever. Can they really be as hungry? It might be smart to start making the likes of Billings and Willey feel part of the gang. Ngidi is a great strike bowler who swill be sorely missed.

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Squad - Opening batsmen Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Murali Vijay
Middle-order batsmen Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, Rutaraj Gaikwad
Wicketkeepers MS Dhoni, N Jagadeesan
Allrounders Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Monu Kumar, David Willey
Wristspinners Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir
Fingerspinners Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner
Fast bowlers Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mohit Sharma
Best XI? Du Plessis, Vijay, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Jadhav, Santner, Jadeja, Thakur, Willey, Tahir

Royal Challengers Bangalore [6.6]

Captain Virat Kohli
Coach Gary Kirsten
Last season 6th
Title wins 0
Top four 5
Win % 47
2018 Win % batting 1st 33.3 (6)
2018 Win % batting second 50 (8)
Game changer Sundar Washington - big things are expected
Game clogger Colin de Grandhomme - not sure how he keeps getting gigs
Prospects in four words Bowling unit too wayward

Same old, same old

The franchise punters love to hate. You'd have made a mint opposing this lot down the years as they have consistently spent big on batters, reckoning bowlers are mere frippery. Mistake. Look at that bat-first win rate last year. Take them on defending again as their pace unit could go into orbit. Their best chance is picking three spinners because they are low on Indian pace quality.

Squad - Openers Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal
Middle-order batsmen AB de Villiers, Milind Kumar, Hinmat Singh, Shimron Hetmyer
Wicketkeepers Parthiv Patel, Heinrich Klaasen
Allrounders Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Marcus Stoinis, Prayas Ray Barman, Akshdeep Nath, Gurk Singh, Shiv Singh, Shiv Dube
Wristspinners Yuz Chahal
Fingerspinners Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi
Fast bowlers Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammad Siraj, Tim Southee
Best XI? Kohli, Parthiv, De Villiers, Stoinis, Moeen, Sundar, Coulter-Nile, Chahal, Negi, Umesh, Siraj

Mumbai Indians [6.6]

Captain Rohit Sharma
Coach Mahela Jayawardene
Last season 5th
Title wins 3
Top four 7
Win percentage 57
2018 Win % batting 1st 42 (9)
2018 Win % batting second 40 (5)
Game changer Rohit Sharma - can put a poor year behind him
Game clogger Kieron Pollard - a season too far
Prospects in four words Which all-rounders to pick?

Poor recruitment

Mumbai ordinarily follow up an average season with a title win. That's their trend. But this squad seems a mess. Far too many all-rounders, including the likes of Pollard whose numbers are not improving with age. Just the six to choose from. When you boast the Pandya brothers you don't need two overseas all-rounders. Another middle-order batsman should have been a priority. Crazy. They also wasted money on an another overseas slot with De Kock when Rohit should be opening.

Squad - Openers Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Quinton de Kock, Anmol Singh
Middle-order batsmen Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad
Wicketkeepers Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare
Allrounders Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal
Wristspinners Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar
Fingerspinners Anukul Roy, Jayant Yadav
Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Barinder Sran, Rasi Salam
Best XI? De Kock, Lewis, Rohit, Yadav, Kishan, Hardik, Krunal, Markande, McClenaghan, Bumrah, Sran

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Kolkata Knight Riders [6.6]

Captain Dinesh Karthik
Coach Jacques Kallis
Last season 3rd
Title wins 2
Top four 6
Win percentage 53
2018 Win % batting 1st 60 (5)
2018 Win % batting second 60 (10)
Game changer Andre Russell - late hitting a major fillip
Game clogger Carlos Brathwaite - still living off that World t20 final over
Prospects in four words Homegrown pace attack hole

Injuries hit

KKR are a firm favourite. They give it a good crack and, by and large, they qualify. Last term the writing was on the wall for their title chances when they failed to defend big early on. And so it proved. Their best option is to pack the XI with the three spinners - Kuldeep, Narine and Chawla walk into any franchise starting line-up. Injuries have robbed them of pace prospects Nortje, Nagrakoti and Mavi. They have zero Indian bowling stock of repute.

Squad - Openers Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa
Middle-order batsmen Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh
Wicketkeepers Dinesh Karthik, Nikhil Naik
Allrounders Andre Russell, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite
Wristspinners Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
Fingerspinners Sunil Narine
Fast bowlers Shivam Mavi, Prithvi Raj, Harry Gurney, Anrich Nortje, Lockie Ferguson, KC Cariappa, Sandeep, Warrier
Best XI? Lynn, Narine, Uthappa, Gill, Rana, Karthik, Singh, Russell, Chawla, Kuldeep, Gurney

Rajasthan Royals [6.8]

Captain Ajinkya Rahane
Coach Paddy Upton
Last season 4th
Title wins 1
Top four 4
Win % 46.2
2018 Win % batting 1st 42.8 (7)
2018 Win % batting second 50 (6)
Game changer Jos Buttler - top-bat value day in, day out
Game clogger Akinkya Rahane - just too slow up front
Prospects in four words Too much squad churn

Turner to impress

Made an unlikely play-off charge last season but might be hard for them to keep that momentum. Their obsession with English players (four including Jofra Archer) may bite them with Buttler and Stokes unlikely to be available for the whole shebang. Buttler will win them games on his own, Stokes not so much if last year is anything to go by. Indeed, we'd pick Ashton Turner, the Aussie hitter, instead of him after his razing of India.

Squad breakdown - Openers Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler
Middle-order batsmen Steven Smith, Aryaman Birla,
Wicketkeepers Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra
Allrounders Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, K Gowtham, Liam Livingstone, Ashton Turner, Shubham Ranjane, Shash Singh, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror,
Wristspinners Shreyas Gopal, Midhun, Ish Sodhi
Fast bowlers Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayden Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Our best XI Rahane, Buttler, Tripathi, Smith, Turner, Binny, Gowtham, Kulkarni, Gopal, Unadkat, Aaron

Delhi Capitals [9.2]

Captain Shreyas Iyer
Coach Ricky Ponting
Last season 8th
Title wins 0
Top four 3
Win % 46.2
2018 Win % batting 1st 37.5 (8)
2018 Win % batting second 25 (4)
Game changer Sandeep Lamichhane - a genius who plugs leaky bolwing
Game clogger Trent Boult - not sure this format is for him
Prospects in four words Ding-dong! A dashing prospect

Getting it right

So close. Delhi almost nailed their roster this term. Get rid of Colin Muinro and spend that on an international-calibre all-rounder instead and Delhi would go very close. The top five is the best in the tournament with Ingram the cherry on top. Watch Shaw fly and Lamichanne bamboozle. The key spot is No 7. If Amit Mishra can bat there Delhi can stem the flow of runs. They were the most expensive in powerplay last term. Morris, Paul and Saxena will audition, too.

Squad - Openers Colin Munro, Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra, Shikhar Dhawan
Middle-order batsmen Hanuma Vihari, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer,
Wicketkeepers Ankush Bains, Rish Pant
Allrounders Chris Morris, Jalaj Saxena, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Bandaru Ayyappa,
Wristspinners Amit Mishra, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane
Fast Bowlers Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Nathu Singh
Best XI Shaw, Dhawan, Pant, Iyer, Ingram, Vihari, Morris, Axar, Rabada, Ishant, Lamichanne

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Kings XI Punjab [10.0]

Captain Ravi AshwinCoach Mike Hesson
Last season 7th
Titles 0
Top four 2
Win % 46.2
2018 Win % batting 1st 42.8 (7)
2018 Win % batting second 50 (6)
Game changer Mohammad Shami - brings vital experience
Game clogger Chris Gayle - waste of a wage and needed better
Prospects in four words Avoid slump, could pump

Shami might give them a boost

Kings won one of their last eight. They only needed two to qualify. Such a stinker of a run will damn them in most punters's eyes. But surely they can't implode like that again? A more solid season would see them improving by one win and they'll probably make the top four. The signing of Mohammad Shami should be worth at least one win. Alongside side AJ Tye and Ravi Ashwin they should be canny in the field. But we're struggling to fit Mujeeb into the line-up which suggest they've not solved unreliable batting.

Squad - Openers KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle
Middle-order batsmen Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan
Wicketkeepers Nic Pooran, Prab Singh
Allrounders Agni Ayachi, Varun Chakravarthy, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Sam Curran
Wristspinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman, M Ashwin
Fingerspinners R Ashwin
Fast bowlers Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammad Shami
Best XI? Rahul, Agarwal, Pooran, Sarfaraz, Nair, Mandeep, Henriques, Ravi Ashwin, Rajpoot, Tye, Shami

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