It's getting gloriously repetitive for Sunrisers as Jonny Bairstow and David Warner churn out quick runs and victories. James Buttler thinks it's foolish to back against them going big again on Saturday...
"I believe if Mumbai don't win the title, then the Sunrisers will. And, on early season form, the Sunrisers are the way to go in this one. But don't be surprised to see Mumbai come through as they always seem to time their charge well. Tournaments are won at the end and not at their beginning."
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians
Saturday Apr 6, 15:30
Live on BT Sport and Star Gold (Sky channel 729)
Sunrisers forging ahead at the top
Two men are grabbing the Hyderabad headlines, but Sunrisers are playing as a team and performing really well. Three wins in four games took them to the top of the IPL 2019 table on Thursday. But it is Aussie David Warner and England's Jonny Bairstow that have been stealing the show.
Warner and Bairstow added yet another fifty-plus opening stand as SRH beat Delhi Capitals on Thursday. Bairstow followed his 114 in the win against Royal Challengers Bangalore with another Man of the Match performance of 48 from 28 balls against the Capitals. The only Hyderabad headache is how to shoehorn the returning Kane Williamson into the side. The Kiwi was the tournament's leading scorer last year and has sat out the early rounds in 2019 with a shoulder injury.
It was also good to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-27) bowling well again in Delhi. Mohammad Nabi's spin has been a major threat too with 2-21 against Delhi to follow his 4-11 against RCB. Sandeep Sharma adds plenty of experience. And that's before you add in the stardust Rashid Khan provides as the best spinner in the one-day world.
Indians always slow starters
Mumbai secured a terrific win over huge rivals Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs and are in sixth place with two wins and two defeats from their four games played. The Rohit Sharma captained franchise has a habit of slow starts in the IPL and will probably, and secretly, be quite pleased with their early returns.
Suryakumar Yadav is a man I tipped earlier in the tournament to be the leading scorer in 2019 and his 43-ball 59 was the bedrock of his side's 170 for five. Hardik Pandya's 3-20 then curtailed CSK's response.
Quinton de Kock has been a good acquisition as keeper-batsman as his 60 in the defeat to Kings XI proved. With Rohit one of the most dangerous one-day batsmen in world cricket always a threat, the Indians have all bases covered.
In-form Sunrisers set to delight home support
This match is between the two sides I tipped to win IPL 2019. I believe if Mumbai don't win the title, then the Sunrisers will. And, on early season form, the Sunrisers are the way to go in this one. But don't be surprised to see Mumbai come through as they always seem to time their charge well. Tournaments are won at the end and not at their beginning.
Overall, in 12 meetings between these sides, SRH lead 7-5, but they also have won five of the last six encounters. Add in to the equation Sunrisers storming start this season and their 4-2 winning record against Mumbai at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad and the bet has to be for SRH to win again at 1.910/11.
The temptation when writing these previews is to constantly look for something new and interesting to impart. But when you have David Warner and Jonny Bairstow completely dominating attacks in every game I could easily cut and paste my remarks ahead of SRH's match on Thursday.
In the Top SRH Batsman markets you simply can't look beyond Warner and Bairstow, but once again (and it worked on Thursday), I will avoid this market and concentrate my punts at two other markets for better value.
The opening partnerships added by Warner and Bairstow have so far contributed stands of 118, 110, 185 and 64. Along the way, Warner has scored 85, 69, 100* and 10, whereas Bairstow's notched innings of 39, 45, 114 and 48. While they are churning out stats like that you'd be crazy to go against them.
The Sunrisers to post the highest opening stand is a bet that has landed in every match so far and is available at 5/6.
And, in the Man of the Match markets, the value is far better. Obviously you are bringing Mumbai players into the mix, but if, as I believe, SRH win again, the award should go to a player wearing Sunriser orange. In four matches played, leggie Rashid Khan (pictured) has taken one award and Bairstow has won two. Play half stakes on Rashid at 7/1, Warner 7/1 and Bairstow 8/1 in all SRH matches and you've got every chance of boosting your betting balance.
So far all my bets have been SRH-based, but in the top Mumbai batsman market I really like Suryakumar Yadav at 4/1. He's fifth in this market, opens the innings, was my pre-tournament tip to win the Orange Cap and top scored with 59 in the win against CSK. He was Mumbai's leading batsman in IPL 2018 and as a top-order bat gets the opportunity to face all 20 overs.
James Buttler at IPL 2019
Units Staked 23.00
Units Returned 32.81
Profit/Loss: +9.81 units
IPL 2018 P/L +10.83
IPL 2017 P/L +3.36
2 units on Sunrisers Hyderabad to beat Mumbai Indians @ 1.910/11
1 unit on Suryakumar Yadav to be top Mumbai Indians batsman @ 4/1
1 unit on SRH to have the Highest Opening Partnership @ 5/6
0.5 units each on David Warner at 7/1, Jonny Bairstow at 8/1 and Rashid Khan @ 7/1 to be Man of the Match