Bangalore Royal Challengers v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Wednesday 12 April 15.00
TV: live on Sky Sports
Top Sunrisers bat
Sportsbook have boosted David Warner to a massive 3/1. On win rate (last three years), Warner has been copping at the rate of 31%.
The problem with Warner is this: is he still the same player he was two years ago, let alone three? There are signs that he is particularly vulnerable to high pace. Against Kolkata Knight Riders he got knocked over with ease.
With Jonny Bairstow down in the middle-order, rendering data when he has been opening useless, Warner might be worth a small risk. The other option is Abdul Samad, who is a star in the making. There are no numbers to go on apart from the fact that he is the best boundary hitter. The 17/1 could look huge by the end of the tournament.
Top Bangalore bat
Virat Kohli's self-promotion to open the innings for Bangalore against Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener could have been costly. His 33 from 29 was far too slow and put his team in trouble.
AB De Villiers, however, came to the rescue. AB smashed 48 from 27 to take top-bat honours and give Bangalore the win. Punters must decide between these two in this contest.
Kohli has a win rate of 33%, De Villiers 27.5%. Only one man is value. Kohli has been price-boosted to 13/5 giving punters almost six points on implied probability. De Villiers is in the red at a scandalous 3/1. Way too short for a guy who could bat at No 5.
Washington Sundar opened alongside Kohli and Sportsbook go 5/1. We expect, however, that Dev Paddikal will return to the starting XI.
Top Sunrisers bowler
Sunrisers death bowler Natarajan looked rusty in his team's first game. Ordinarily we'd be pinning our hopes on him improving in game two at Sportsbook's 10/3.
But we have to swerve because in Chennai spinners dominate on balls per wicket while pacers struggle. Rashid Khan is mighty short at 7/4 so Mohammad Nabi might manage another tie at 9/2.
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