In IPL 2020, Delhi vs Kolkata equated to ‘run-fest’, and on Thursday, double-header day, the two sides will go head-to-head versus each other in their quest to qualify for the playoffs of IPL 2021. Ahmedabad has proven to be a slow wicket, but here’s a chance for you to win some quick cash.
Rahul Tripathi to score over 17.5 runs @ 1.85
Rahul Tripathi is 30 and is far from being an up and coming youngster. What he is, at the moment, though, is one of the best utility batters in the IPL who is getting better with every game. Last season we were witness to the flashy side of Tripathi, but this season the Maharashtra man has taken his batting to the next level through sheer consistency. In a team that has the likes of Gill, Morgan, Russell and DK, it is Tripathi, with 168 runs to his name, who is currently the second highest run-getter for KKR this season. He is averaging 28 this season, 10 more than what he needs to score for this bet, and scored 41 and 36 in the last two matches. Tripathi, in fact, has four 25+ scores in six innings this season, so it could be said that the bookmakers have in fact underestimated him. The right-hander has passed 17.5 in 5 of his last 7 IPL innings, dating back to the last group match of IPL 2020, and also struck 36 in the first H2H clash versus the Capitals last time around. Tripathi is a batsman with immense self-belief, so in the form he currently finds himself in, it would be pretty safe to back him. Head over to BetHive to do the same.
Top batter total under 68.5 @ 1.85
This market comes with a bit of risk, but it is always safe to go by numbers and numbers, this season, tell us that the chances of batsmen, particularly KKR and DC batsmen, crossing 68.5 is low. This season only once has a KKR batsman passed the 68.5 mark, and that too came in the team’s very first game of the season, by Nitish Rana. Delhi, on the other hand, have seen their batsmen pass three times, but all those knocks came in the initial part of the season. In each of Delhi’s last three games, no batsman managed to score more than 68.5. It will be more pertinent if we talk about Ahmedabad. Prior to the leg’s commencement, many expected it to be a batsman’s paradise, but reality has been disappointing. The Ahmedabad wicket has been sluggish and has hence made life extremely difficult for batsmen. Across four innings at the venue so far in IPL 2021, AB de Villiers is the only batsman to score over 68.5, and he too was in a way guided by Stoinis. On Tuesday, Pant batted 17 overs and scored just 58, indicating the slow nature of the wicket. To go along with this, both DC and KKR have only allowed one batsman to score over 68.5 across their respective last three games. It is always better to opt for the high-percentage choice, so it’ll be wise to head to BetHive and bet on the top batter to score under 68.5 runs.
Total fours in the match under 28.5 @ 1.9
Gauging wickets in IPL 2021 has been a next-to-impossible task, but from what we know thus far, it is going to be pretty hard for batting sides to hit fours in Ahmedabad, particularly in night matches. So far in the two games played at the venue, an average of just 23.5 fours have been hit per match, with the Punjab vs Kolkata witnessing a total of just 22 fours being hit. A combination of sticky wickets and the slow outfield has meant that batsmen have found it hard to hit fours, which is one of the reasons why batsmen, at this venue, are preferring to score via sixes. Each of the first two games saw an average of 12 sixes hit per game, and the short boundaries have meant that clearing the ropes is significantly easier here compared to some of the other venues. KKR also love hitting a lot of sixes, as a staggering 32% of their boundary runs have come in the form of half-a-dozens. Their bowlers are also adept at not conceding too many fours, as across the last two games, the Knight Riders have conceded just 18 fours. Even taking the whole match into account, KKR’s last two games have been witness to an average of just 22 fours, while with Delhi this figure rises to 28, which is still lower than the requirement. The pitch is expected to remain sluggish, so it would be smart to go to BetHive and back DC and KKR to combinedly score less than 28.5 fours in Thursday’s clash.