The Indian Premier League cricket League was started in 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket and India (BCCI). It is a championship league for Twenty20 cricket, often called T20. The league began after a disagreement between the Indian Cricket League and the BCCI.
It has gained popularity very quickly by offering quality matches that have brought fans within Indian and from abroad. The IPL was valued a little over $3.54 billion as of 2015 . The sport and league are so popular that it supports some of the highest salaries among sports players. The only league that has a higher salary is the National Basketball Association in North America. Where the average NBA player salary is $4.4 million, the average IPL player salary is about $4.2 million . This is truly remarkable given how young the IPL is compared to other sporting leagues, as well as the fact that the IPL only lasts roughly 6 weeks, while the NBA lasts 6 months, not including playoffs. These are staggering figures which show how popular this league really is.
Betting on IPL Matches
IPL cricket betting is easily accessible online. There is currently only one quality bookmaker that accepts Indian bettors as well as Indian Rupees. Since the IPL has developed into a worldwide phenomenon with a large international interest, you will find IPL betting at several online bookmakers. However, as Indian punters we prefer Bet365. Not only are they one of only a few sites that accept INR for deposit, they also have the best selection of IPL lines available, and are the MOST TRUSTED of sites accepting Indian bettors.
IPL Betting Options
As mentioned above, Bet365 offers the most IPL betting lines among sites that accept Indian bettors. You will find odds for ALL IPL MATCHUPS. As well as overall statistics for the entire IPL, including the ultimate winner of the tournament. Sample of odds found at Bet365.com:
Indian Premier League Results and Summary
IPL 9: Season 9 – 2016
Find the official IPL Schedule here.
IPL Odds Update:
April 25, 2016: RCB (6), RPS (13), GL (4.33), KKR (4.0), MI (9), SRH (6.5), KXIP (41), DD (7.5)
April 23, 2016: RCB (4.5), RPS (10), GL (4.5), KKR (4.5), MI (7.5), SRH (9), KXIP (23), DD (8.5)
April 21, 2016: RCB (4), RPS (8), GL (4), KKR (5.5), MI (12), SRH (13), KXIP (13), DD (8.5)
April 19, 2016: RCB (4), RPS (8), GL (4.33), KKR (5.5), MI (11), SRH (15), KXIP (13), DD (13)
April 17, 2016: RCB (4), RPS (8), GL (4.33), KKR (5), MI (9), SRH (19), KXIP (17), DD (13)
April 15, 2016: RCB (4), RPS (8), GL (4.33), KKR (5), MI (6), SRH (19), KXIP (15), DD (17)
April 13, 2016: RCB (3.5), RPS (7), GL (4.33), MI (7), KKR (7.5), SRH (13), KXIP (15), DD (17)
April 11, 2016: RCB (3.75), RPS (5), KKR (6), GL (6), MI (7), SRH (11), KXIP (15), DD (17)
April 9, 2016: RCB (4.33), RPS (5), MI (6), KKR (8), KXIP (8), SRH (9), GL (9), DD (13)
Week 3 IPL Update (May 2):
This was the week when we might have expected teams to start to pull away at the top and for the play off picture to take shape but it’s still a very tight table at the half way point. Gujarat and Mumbai are looking good for qualification in first and second respectively but the last two qualifying slots have the remaining six teams battling for them.
The Lions head the table with six wins from eight games and look to have the best balanced team in the competition. Although they have lost Aaron Finch to injury, Suresh Raina has been prolific with the bat but the key to onward success is an experienced death bowling unit containing Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner and Ravi Jadeja. Second placed Mumbai meanwhile have been less consistent but Rohit Sharma has led by example with his runs as Jos Buttler and Kieron Pollard find form at the right time.
We now have three teams locked on eight points with Delhi taking third place by virtue of a better net run rate. The Daredevils have also played just six games and after some poor campaigns, are surprise contenders for the play offs. KKR have fallen away a little after a bright start while the Sunrisers have been the least consistent side out of those three.
Bringing up the rear are Pune, RCB and Kings XI who all have four points and while they can’t avoid any more losses, a run of victories will see any of those sides break into the top four. It’s very delicately poised heading into Week Four.
Week 2 IPL Update (April 25):
We’re just over the half way point in this year’s group stages but the IPL table is really starting to take shape as teams make their way towards the play offs. A brilliant win for Gujarat Lions over RCB took them to the very top of that table and with four wins from five, Suresh Raina’s men look certain to be in the knockout rounds.
A steady start from 2014 Champions Kolkata Knight Riders means they are level on points with the Lions and looking comfortably placed for the next phase but the remaining two places are up for grabs. Only two points separate third placed Delhi from Mumbai who lie in sixth and they, along with the Sunrisers and Royal Challengers are the ones battling for those slots.
Propping up the table are Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants who have both played poorly so far. These teams need a win urgently and another defeat in either of their next two matches will surely see them miss out on the knockout rounds.
Week 1 IPL Update (April 17):
After the first full week of competition, the ninth version of the Indian Premier League is very much wide open. The very impressive Gujarat Lions lead the way with three wins from three but only the Sunrisers Hyderabad remain without a victory at this early stage.
So what have we learned and who are the teams to watch as the competition progresses?
We know for certain that the two new franchises are not just here to make up the numbers and currently, both the Gujarat Lions and the Rising Pune Supergiants are in the play off places and look certain to stay there.
The Lions have been particularly impressive and seem to be responding well to the shrewd Captaincy of Suresh Raina. Aaron Finch has been their match winner with the bat but fans would have been concerned that the Australian was limping at the end of their win against Pune. Finch has had more than his fair share of injuries and this could affect the Lions’ hopes.
However, the bowling attack which includes Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner and Ravi Jadeja is going to keep things tight at the death and this could be key to Gujarat’s progression.
Pune meanwhile have what looks to be the best batting line up in the tournament but having won their opener against Mumbai, two straight defeats have followed. The likes of Kevin Pietersen, Faf Du Plessis and Steve Smith will therefore have to improve as they are vital for RSP moving forward.
When pre-tournament favorites Royal Challengers Bangalore started with a thumping win over the Sunrisers, it seemed as though this could finally be their year. Shane Watson has crossed from Rajasthan to join a power hitting line up that already included Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli but the concern once again is the bowlers.
RCB failed to defend 191 against lowly Delhi and that is an area that has to improve if they are to take the title.
Defending Champions Mumbai Indians were also heavily backed and their squad has been bolstered by the arrivals of Jos Buttler and Martin Guptill. Mumbai tend to start slowly and lost that opener to Pune but a win over KKR suggests that their greater batting depth will see them qualify with ease this time around.
Two Year Cycle?
Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL in 2012 and 2014 so can we see them win it again after another two year gap? KKR certainly started well and after three games, they stood second in the table thanks mainly to their skipper Gautam Gambhir.
Gambhir top scored in his side’s first three games but will need greater support as the tournament wears on. Meanwhile, KKR’s impressive spin attack has been boosted by the return of Sunil Narine and this is another area where the two-time winners are looking really strong.
Making up the Numbers?
Delhi are a surprise name in the top half of the table but have relied almost completely on Quinton De Kock. An opening total of 98 against KKR suggests that the side still has issues and when De Kock fails, the rest of the order may follow him very quickly.
Kings XI Punjab secured their first win after three matches and have been wildly inconsistent. Backing them to progress is a huge gamble and their bowling looks too weak to take the side to their second final in three years.
Finally, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are bottom of the pile and waiting for their first win: SRH have been hugely unlucky with injuries to Ashish Nehra, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh but their absences may have already ruined any chance of a first IPL title.
IPL 8: Season 8 – 2015
The Mumbai Indians secured their second IPL championship with their win over the Chennai Super Kings, winning by 41 runs. The player of the match was Rohit Sharma, Mumbai’s captain. The season was not without scandal. Both the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have been suspended for the 2016 and 2017 seasons after it was found that their respective owners were involved in illegal betting. These teams have been temporarily replaced by Rising Pune Supergiants and Team Rajkot.
Winner: Mumbai Indians
Man of the Series: Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Most wickets: Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings) – 26
Most Runs: David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 562
IPL 7: Season 7 – 2014
The Kolkata Knight Riders won their second IPL title in IPL 7, beating Kings XI Punjab in the final by 3 wickets. The first several matches were played outside of India in the United Arab Emirates due to a lack of security provisions that the league requested during the Indian general election. Because of the withdrawal of the Pune Warriors India, there were only 8 teams competing during the 2014 season. Another interesting change came this year with the player auction which was conducted using Indian Rupees instead of USD.
Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders
Man of the Series: Glenn Maxwell (King XI Punjab) 16 matches, 552 runs, 36 6’s,
Most wickets: MM Sharma (Chennai Super Kings) – 23
Most Runs: RV Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 660
IPL 6: Season 6 – 2013
The Mumbai Indians won their first IPL tournament in 2013 beating the Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs allowing Sachin Tendulkar to retire from IPL on a high note. Shane Watson earned his second Man of the Series in IPL 6 with 543 runs and 13 wickets in 16 matches. This season saw the departure of the Pune Warriors who withdrew over a disagreement with IPL organization.
Winner: Mumbai Indians
Man of the Series: Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) 16 matches, 13 wickets, 543 runs
Most wickets: Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings) – 32
Most Runs: Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings) – 733
IPL 5: Season 5 – 2012
The 2012 season of IPL concluded with an exciting match up between the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata won the final match by five wickets. The series ran from April 4th to May 27th. The top three teams from IPL 5, Kokata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils, will play in the 2012 T20 cricket tournament (October 10th – 28th), representing India.
Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders
Man of the Series: Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) 15 matches, 24 wickets, Average 13.5, Econ Rate 5.47
Most wickets: Morne Morkel (Delhi Daredevils) – 25
Most Runs: Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 733
IPL 4: Season 4 – 2011
The fourth season of IPL had 10 teams participate with 74 matches played. The tournament began on April 8th and ran until May 28th for a total of 50 days. IPL4 was won by the IPL3 champions, the Chennai Super Kings, who beat out Royal Challengers Bangalore by a total of 58 runs.
Winner: Chennai Super Kings
Man of the Series: Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 12 matches, 608 runs, 8 wickets, Econ Rate 6.77
Most wickets: Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) – 28
Most Runs: Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 608
IPL 3: Season 3 – 2010
The third IPL season hosted 8 teams with 60 matches. It lasted for 34 days, beginning March 12th and ending April 15th. The final game was played between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians. The Kings topped the Indians in the first ever cricket tournament that was shown live via Youtube.
Winner: Chennai Super Kings
Man of the Series: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians) – 15 matches, 618 runs
Most wickets: Pragyan Ojha (Mumbai Indians) – 21
Most Runs: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians) – 618
IPL 2: Season 2 – 2009
The 2009 season boasted more than 200 million viewers just in India. There were 59 matches played with 8 teams. The tournament began on April 18th and ended May 24th with a duration of 36 days. The final match was between Deccan Chargers and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It should be noted that the Deccan Chargers came in last in the 2008 IPL.
Winner: Deccan Chargers
Man of the Series: Adam Gilchirst (Deccan Chargers) – 16 matches, 495 runs, 18 dismissals
Most wickets: RP Singh (Deccan Chargers) – 23
Most Runs: Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings) – 23
IPL 1: Season 1 – 2008
The 2008 tournament was the inaugural IPL tournament that began April 18th and had a duration of 46 days. There were 8 teams, with 59 matches scheduled. 1 match was not played due to rain. It came to an exciting conclusion that was decided on the last ball. The Rajasthan Royals beat out the Chennai Super Kings in the final. Total attendance was about 3.4 million.
Winner: Rajasthan Royals
Man of the Series: Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) – 15 matches, 472 runs, 17 wickets
Most wickets: Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan Royals) – 22
Most runs: Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab) – 616
The Twenty20 format is popular in several cricket tournament formats. Sometimes called T20, it gets its name from the 20 maximum overs for each side during a game. It usually takes about 2.5 hours to complete each match. This is an average length for most other organized spectator sports. Traditionally, cricket matches are much longer, many times spanning over 2 and 3 days. This can lead to incomplete games due to risking weather interruptions that may lead to a draw. Where overs are limited, a limit of 50 is typical, but games can last over 5 hours in total. The Twenty20 format has the spectator in mind as it helps to ensure a conclusion and definitive result, win or loss in a game. The limited format, particularly to 20 overs, also keeps the matches from dragging out which can be rather boring to some spectators.
Temporarily Suspended for 2016 and 2017
IPL Rules and Policy
The Indian Premier League has some rather strict governing policies that address corruption, doping (performance enhancing steroids), racism, codes of conduct, etc. The integrity of the game is highly important to maintain spectator value for the league as fans want to be assured they will be viewing competitive and exciting matches. The league acknowledges that IPL betting on cricket has increased with technology which allows people to place bets on games from anywhere in the world even during live games. They take a strict stance to insure that corruption is severely punished, but they work very hard prevent it from happening in the first place (although there is no shortage of scandals and accusations of match fixing). In an effort to maintain the integrity of the game according to IPL standards, the league also strictly enforces an anti-doping policy which applies to all players, as well as anyone who may assist with providing performance enhancing substances.
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