Following a Covid-forced break, the IPL will return to action in Delhi on Tuesday and it’ll be the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on the bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunrisers have endured loss after loss after loss, but what if we told you that you could win, win and win?
Manish Pandey to score over 24.5 runs @ 1.85
Manish Pandey has had a roller-coaster of a season to date. He’s scored runs, been hated on for doing so at a slow rate, has gotten dropped and has seen himself return to the side as an opener. Amidst all this chaos, though, he’s done one thing consistently, which is score runs. In just 5 games Pandey has amassed 193 runs this season, and these runs have come at an astonishing average of 48. What’s more impressive though is that they’ve not been inflated by one or two knocks. 31, 61, 2, 38 and 61* read Pandey’s scores this season and only once has he failed to score over 24.5 runs. Twice he’s batted in Delhi, and both the times - 31 and 61 - he has passed the 24.5 mark, despite batting at different positions. He missed out in the H2H game vs Mumbai earlier this season, falling cheaply, but he averages 34.1 in 19 H2H matches versus the Blues and scored 30 and 71 last in the two H2H clashes last season. With SRH’s season all but over, Manish Pandey is now arguably playing for a contract, so expect him to set the stage ablaze on Tuesday.
Jonny Bairstow to score over 24.5 runs @ 1.85
We’ve spoken about SRH’s second best batsman of the season, Pandey, so it is only fair that we talk about their best and most consistent batter - Jonny Bairstow. A lean run in the second half of the season saw Bairstow get dropped in IPL 2020, but this season he’s been a beast - in 8 games, he’s averaged 41.33. 30, 7, 38, 63*, 43, 12 and 55 read Bairstow’s scores this season and only twice has he failed to score over 24.5. In SRH’s last match, which was in Delhi, Bairstow scored 30, and at the Arun Jaitley Stadium overall, the opener has passed 24.5 twice in three attempts. Notably, the fiery opener struck an astonishing 22-ball 43 in the first H2H clash versus Mumbai earlier this season, and has also passed the 24.5 mark in each of his last 2 H2H games versus the Blues. In the unstoppable mood her currently finds himself in, Bairstow scoring over 24.5 is a certainty.
Kieron Pollard to score over 18.5 runs @ 1.85
If you’re a die-hard cricket fan, you’d still be thinking about it. Yes, we’re talking about Kieron Pollard’s ridiculous knock against the Super Kings, where he played the innings of his life to guide his side to victory. That is already being described by many as the greatest T20 knock of all time, and the Big Man will be heading into Tuesday’s clash fresh off “that” knock. Pollard averages 56.0 this year and has remarkably yet to be dismissed in any of his last three innings, two of which were in Delhi. He has, in fact, been dismissed only once in his last 5 knocks in IPL 2021. In his last H2H match vs SRH, which was earlier this season, the Big Man struck a match-winning, unbeaten 35, and he’s passed the 18.5 mark in each of his last 3 knocks vs SRH. 35*, 41 and 25* reads Pollard’s last three knocks vs SRH and the Windies skipper just loves playing against the Orange Army. He averages 37.4 in Delhi in his IPL career too, and it was only two days ago he showed how much he loves to bat on the flat Delhi wicket. It is almost inevitable that he’ll end up scoring over 18.5 on Tuesday.