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IPL cricket betting is easily accessible online, however, there are currently only two quality cricket betting sites that accept Indian customers 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 betting sites. However, as Indian punters we prefer Bet365 and Betway. Not only are they among 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.

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IPL Betting Options

As mentioned above, Bet365 offers some of the best 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. A sample of odds found at Bet365 can be found below. Visit www.Bet365.com to view full odds selection.

Indian Premier League Results and Summary

IPL 10: Season 2017

Another thrilling IPL campaign draws to a close and we witnessed one of the most dramatic finals ever with Mumbai Indians claiming victory over the Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run. It was Mumbai’s third title, a landmark that makes them the most successful side in Indian Premier League history and having finished on top of the groups, it was well deserved. Royal Challengers Bangalore started the season as favourites but were missing Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers at the start. The two key men returned but couldn’t prevent a poor opening from turning into a disaster as RCB finished bottom. Losing finalists Pune recovered well after a slow start and deserved their place in the final but just fell short in their run chase. There was, however, the consolation of having Ben Stokes named as the tournament’s most valuable player after a great all round display. As for the Purple and Orange Caps, those awards were claimed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and David Warner leading the way but it wasn’t enough to get the team past the eliminator.

So, it’s on to 2018 and we hope for another thrilling edition of the world’s best T20 competition.

Winners: Mumbai Indians

Most Valuable Player: Ben Stokes, Rising Pune Supergiant: 12 matches, 316 runs, highest score 103*, 12 wickets, best bowling 3/18, 5 catches.

Most Wickets: Bhuvneshwar Kumar Sunrisers Hyderabad 26 wickets from 14 matches at an average of 14.19

Most Runs: David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad. 641 runs from 14 matches at an average of 58.27

Odds to Win IPL 2017 Outright

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IPL 2017 odds

For the purposes of the the odds chart above, the odds max at 30.00 to maintain scale for the other teams.

May 20: DD (OUT), GL (OUT), KKR (OUT), KXIP (OUT), MI (1.66), RCB (OUT), RPS (2.20), SRH (OUT)

May 18: DD (OUT), GL (OUT), KKR (3.25), KXIP (OUT), MI (3.25), RCB (OUT), RPS (2.1), SRH (OUT)

May 16: DD (OUT), GL (OUT), KKR (3.25), KXIP (OUT), MI (3.25), RCB (OUT), RPS (2.1), SRH (6.5)

May 14: DD (OUT), GL (OUT), KKR (6.5), KXIP (OUT), MI (2.37), RCB (OUT), RPS (2.87), SRH (6.50)

May 12: DD (OUT), GL (OUT), KKR (4.00), KXIP (OUT), MI (2.87), RCB (OUT), RPS (4.00), SRH (6.00)

May 10: DD (OUT), GL (OUT), KKR (4.00), KXIP (15.00), MI (2.75), RCB (OUT), RPS (3.75), SRH (6.00)

May 8: DD (67.00), GL (OUT), KKR (3.50), KXIP (17.00), MI (2.75), RCB (OUT), RPS (4.33), SRH (8.00)

May 6: DD (67.00), GL (OUT), KKR (3.50), KXIP (17.00), MI (3.00), RCB (OUT), RPS (4.33), SRH (7.00)

May 4: DD (17.00), GL (51.00), KKR (3.75), KXIP (13.00), MI (3.00), RCB (81.00), RPS (4.33), SRH (5.00)

May 2: DD (19.00), GL (51.00), KKR (3.75), KXIP (13.00), MI (2.87), RCB (81.00), RPS (5.00), SRH (5.00)

April 29: DD (23.00), GL (21.00), KKR (3.20), KXIP (17.00), MI (3.25), RCB (67.00), RPS (6.00), SRH (5.00)

April 27: DD (12.00), GL (10.00), KKR (3.75), KXIP (13.00), MI (3.50), RCB (19.00), RPS (8.50), SRH (6.50)

April 25: DD (12.00), GL (17.00), KKR (4.33), KXIP (11.00), MI (3.40), RCB (11.00), RPS (7.00), SRH (6.50)

April 23: DD (11.00), GL (15.00), KKR (3.5), KXIP (11.00), MI (3.50), RCB (10.00), RPS (9.00), SRH (7.00)

April 21: DD (10.00), GL (8.00), KKR (5.5), KXIP (17.00), MI (3.50), RCB (8.00), RPS (11.00), SRH (6.00)

April 19: DD (10.00), GL (15.00), KKR (4.5), KXIP (12.00), MI (4.00), RCB (6.50), RPS (12.00), SRH (5.00)

April 17: DD (10.00), GL (12.00), KKR (4.5), KXIP (11.00), MI (4.00), RCB (8.50), RPS (11.00), SRH (5.50)

April 15: DD (7.50), GL (7.00), KKR (5.00), KXIP (11.00), MI (4.50), RCB (7.00), RPS (13.00), SRH (7.00)

April 13: DD (10.00), GL (10.00), KKR (7.00), KXIP (5.50), MI (4.75), RCB (7.00), RPS (11.00), SRH (5.50)

April 11: DD (10.00), GL (11.00), KKR (6.50), KXIP (5.00), MI (6.50), RCB (7.50), RPS (11.00), SRH (4.50)

April 9: DD (15.00), GL (10.00), KKR 6.00), KXIP (8.50), MI (6.50), RCB (6.00), RPS (8.00), SRH (4.50)

April 7: DD (10.00), GL (7.00), KKR (7.50), KXIP (10.00), MI (7.00), RCB (6.00), RPS (6.50), SRH (5.50)

April 5: DD (9.00), GL (6.50), KKR (8.00), KXIP (10.00), MI (7.00), RCB (5.00), RPS (6.50), SRH (7.00)

IPL 10: Week 6 Round Up

It seems as if the top four had been settled for some time even though a late surge from Kings XI Punjab had threatened to challenge their monopoly. However, as KXIP collapsed to 73 all out in 15.5 dismal overs, Pune booked the final place to join Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

So, it’s goodbye for 2017 to Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore but what about the credentials of those we have left?

Mumbai Indians were the first to book a place in the play offs and ultimately claimed top spot in the group table. Rohit Sharma’s men have been strong right through this tournament with runs being shared right through the team and although Ambati Rayudu’s introduction may not necessarily improve their wicket keeping, it does make this a formidable batting line up.

Key to their success will lie in making big scores and to hope that their bowling line up, which has changed to accommodate Mitchell Johnson, can get them over the line.

Rising Pune Supergiant claimed second place and will now tackle Mumbai in Tuesday’s second qualifier. Pune have lost both Imran Tahir and Ben Stokes to international duty and it’s vital that the men who come in can adequately replace them.

Ajinkya Rahane also needs a return to form and while Jaydev Unadkat is on fire, Stokes’ absence could weaken the death bowling and that’s the main area that Pune need to cover.

The Knight Riders slipped to third place with their defeat to Mumbai on Saturday having been second for so long, and that could be a demoralising factor. Chris Lynn is back but Sunil Narine is not reliable at the top of the order and KKR may need to reconsider his pinch hitting role.

Bowling has been impressive in this tournament with wickets shared around but it’s time for Colin De Grandhomme and others to find another level with Chris Woakes out of the team.

That leaves Sunrisers Hyderabad who have the top two players in the race for the Purple Cap. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have been prolific but they need better support and one concern will be their weaker form away from home.

SRH lost four out of six games on the road so how will they fare on neutral ground in the eliminator? If, Warner’s men can come through that and subsequently reach the final, they will be on their home surface in Hyderabad and at that point, you would have to fancy them for back to back titles.

It’s the final week with some thrilling action to come but who will emerge triumphant and claim 2017’s title?

IPL 10: Week 5 Round Up

Week 5 finally started to fill in the gaps in terms of who would progress to the next phase of the tournament and who we would say goodbye to ahead of the knockouts. It was also a week where further records tumbled in what has been another thrilling edition of the IPL.

It’s been a dismal campaign for Royal Challengers Bangalore and their early exit was confirmed in a week where Kings XI Punjab defended just 138 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. A season of setting records for the wrong reasons, including the lowest IPL total of 49, is best forgotten and RCB will have to wait another year at least.

Also out are the Gujarat Lions who have entertained us and have recorded some memorable victories but four wins in twelve games so far was never going to be enough to make it out of the groups.

At the right end of the table, Mumbai Indians were the first team to confirm their place in the next phase and it’s been an emphatic campaign for Rohit Sharma’s side so far. Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana and Rohit himself have all made runs while Lendl Simmons has now stepped in to make that batting line up even more explosive.

Barring a miracle, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiant will be next to cement their places in the next round. KKR have been their usual, consistent selves and with Chris Lynn back after injury, they could be peaking at the right time to claim another title.

Rising Pune Supergiant have been impressive after a slow start with Ben Stokes getting much of the credit for their recovery but it was MS Dhoni who led that initially, smashing his team to an unlikely win over the Sunrisers. The Supergiant possess some top quality death bowling which can get them over the line in tight situations and you wouldn’t necessarily bet against them going all the way.

The final qualifying place should be between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab although, in theory, Delhi Daredevils could sneak through but that’s a mathematical possibility rather than a likely scenario.

Sunrisers have a three point advantage and although KXIP have a game in hand, Glenn Maxwell’s team have to play the top three sides – Mumbai, KKR and Pune. Hyderabad are therefore hot favourites to progress but all will be confirmed over the course of the next few days.    `

IPL 10: Week Four Round Up

A week ago things were still very tight in the race for the knockout places but with some teams having just four games left to play, the group table is finally starting to take shape. Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are together on 14 points at the top while the top four as a whole are beginning to pull away from the chasing pack.

KKR may have lost to the Sunrisers at the weekend but they stay just ahead of Mumbai on net run rate and look like certainties for the next phase. Their success is mainly built around the quality and depth of their bowling while Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are finding enough form with the bat.

Mumbai should join the Knight Riders in the knockouts and will go top of the table if they win their game in hand. Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana have made the runs in recent games but they would like to see skipper Rohit Sharma find some touch.

Third Placed Sunrisers Hyderabad field the leaders in the race for both the Orange and the Purple Cap. David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are ahead of the pack but are getting plenty of support through the team and few will bet against this side making it through to a second successive final.

Rising Pune Supergiant takes fourth place right now and have recovered well after a slow start. They are just two points ahead of Kings XI Punjab however so will need to retain the momentum that Steve Smith, MS Dhoni and Ben Stokes have given them.

KXIP can still make it through but Glenn Maxwell’s side will have tougher fixtures than their match against Delhi. A successful chase of just 67 did, however, show that with Martin Guptill, they finally have their best mix of overseas players.

Following on are Gujarat Lions, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, all of whom have really disappointed throughout IPL 10. They’re not out of it, but you suspect that each side will need to win every game from here to have a chance of making it through.

At this stage of the groups therefore, the battle to progress to the next phase seems to be between five teams.

IPL 10: Week Three Round Up

A dramatic week at the IPL was rounded off by the Royal Challengers Bangalore who, when chasing down a modest KKR total of 131, somehow managed to return the tournament’s record lowest innings of 49.

With most teams at the half way point of the group stage, RCB are now bottom of the pile and while we know that they have started slowly in the past, they really must start winning from their next game onwards to stand any chance of progressing.

Mumbai Indians stand at the summit having just completed their sixth win in a row and the leaders have everything they need to cement a top four place. The change at the top of the batting order has started to work with both Jos Buttler and Rohit Sharma making runs in unfamiliar positions while Nitish Rana has carried the team over the line when needed.

Bowling looks strong too and we can surely look forward to seeing Mumbai in the knockouts. Kolkata Knight Riders are second and may consider themselves fortunate to have overcome RCB but their best qualities were evident in that strange win. While KKR’s batting hasn’t always been convincing, this is an impressive attack with wickets shared around Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, De Grandhomme and others.

We can probably book Kolkata into the last four and defending champions the Sunrisers should be there too, although they will need to improve a record that has seen them lose all three matches away from home. Their batting and balance of the overall side look much better now that Kane Williamson has been included and if they stay strong in Hyderabad at least, they should make it through to the knockouts.

Below the top three, Kings XI and Pune are locked together on six points with KXIP improving thanks largely to Hashim Amla, who has found his best T20 form. Kings are a strange team who have some of the most destructive batters in the short form yet always seem to be let down by their bowling, but they made the final in 2014 with much the same side and can’t be ruled out.

Pune have won their last two after a slow start and with MS Dhoni’s incredible knock against the Sunrisers giving them momentum, they may look the better option for a top four finish. Below these two come Gujarat Lions, Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers, all of whom have four points.

While you can’t dismiss anyone at the half way point, the table is really shaping up now with Mumbai and KKR the two teams looking strongest at this point. The remaining knockout places are very much open but the sides below the top two need to put together a consistent string of winning results to retain any hope of progressing.

IPL 10: Week 2 Round Up

It’s been a busy week in the Indian Premier League with eight games packed in over four days this weekend and the table is just starting to take some shape. There are some surprises, with pre-tournament favourites Royal Challengers Bangalore right at the bottom of the table while Mumbai and KKR are battling it out at the top.

Going into Monday’s matches, Mumbai Indians held a slight advantage at the top of the table but Kolkata can catch them if they beat Delhi on Monday. Both teams have been impressive with Nitish Rana top scoring in three games for the Indians while receiving support from Kieron Pollard and it would have been a relief to see Rohit Sharma back in the runs against Gujarat Lions.

Kolkata have overcome the loss of Chris Lynn to injury in an innovative way – promoting Sunil Narine to open the innings and his pinch hitting was effective in their win against Kings XI. It’s been a positive start overall for the Knight Riders with Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa in the runs while the wickets have been shared around a nicely balanced attack.

Delhi Daredevils are the surprise team in third place and Zaheer Khan’s men have played fewer games than the teams above them so can they go further? We’ll know more when they play KKR on Monday – their first real test of the competition.

Defending Champions the Sunrisers won their opening two matches but two straight defeats have pegged back David Warner’s men. Both of those losses have come away from home so SRH will be grateful to return to Hyderabad to tackle Kings XI on Monday.

Of the teams outside of the top four, no-one has really shown any real promise so far. KXIP started brightly with two straight wins but their old problems have returned and a reliance on Glenn Maxwell for runs has exposed a weak bowling attack when the new skipper fails.

Rising Pune Supergiant has two wins but has played five games so will be hoping they can take some momentum from their impressive win over RCB on Sunday. Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions have been really disappointing, winning just once while taking only one opposition wicket in their opening two matches.

But, bottom of the pile are RCB who really should have claimed their second victory over Pune on Sunday. They are notoriously slow starters and were missing both Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers at the beginning of IPL 10 but their key men are back and they need to start winning games.

IPL 10: Week 1 Round up

It’s very early days in this season’s version of the IPL but already we have seen some clear patterns emerging. Last year’s winners the Sunrisers are two for two and are looking a good bet to defend their title.

In 2016, it was the seamers who took the men from Hyderabad all the way but the franchise has unearthed a real gem in Rashid Khan, the young leg spinner who took 3/19 against Gujarat. Khan has improved an already impressive squad and few would bet against SRH right now.

We only have one other undefeated team but perhaps even more surprisingly, Kings XI Punjab are without a loss so far, even though they have only appeared once at the time of writing.

The team who needs to improve most is Gujarat Lions who have lost both opening matches and have taken just one wicket so far. They are clearly missing Ravi Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo and will want them back in the side as soon as possible.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are also suffering due to the absence of key players and will be keen to get Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers back soon. RCB lost their opener to the Sunrisers before overcoming a poor Delhi team.

Elsewhere, it’s been a mixed start for the Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiant, with each of those teams winning one and losing one of their opening matches. Things will become clearer over the next week for those franchises in what has been a fascinating start to the tournament.

April 3rd -IPL Summary: Will injuries have their say?

It’s nearly here! IPL 10 draws ever closer with the traditional curtain raiser being played between last year’s finalists. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore will get things underway on Wednesday but the focus at the moment is on the outright tournament and some significant withdrawals. See an updated IPL squad rankings list.

We’ve witnessed a long test series between India and Australia and it’s had its toll on certain players with KL Rahul and R Ashwin among those who will miss the whole of IPL10. Royal Challengers Bangalore are without Rahul while Virat Kohli’s injury will be assessed in the second week of April but they remain favourites to win the tournament.

Mumbai Indians are second favourites and are without any major injury issues, although Tim Southee will miss the opening exchanges. Rising Pune Supergiant have, however, been hit hard as they were in 2016. R Ashwin and Mitchell Marsh will miss the whole campaign but at least the franchise has acted quickly – bringing in Imran Tahir and Nathan Lyon.

Gujarat Lions are without Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Jadeja at the start with Jadeja the greater concern. If the left arm spinner comes back quickly, the Guajarat campaign shouldn’t be affected too much. The same can be said about Kolkata Knight Riders who just have a minor concern over Umesh Yadav. KKR have a much changed squad for 2017 and that may not be an advantage but injury problems elsewhere may help their challenge.

Kings XI Punjab are widely expected not to make the top four and the loss of Murali Vijay may remove any faint hope but the team to suffer most from withdrawals are Delhi Daredevils. JP Duminy and Quinton De Kock are ruled out for the season while Angelo Mathews will miss the opening games so Delhi may well be doomed.

Meanwhile, it’s good news so far for defending champions the Sunrisers Hyderabad. With no injuries to report, David Warner’s men are in a really strong position as they start that defence against the Royal Challengers this Wednesday.

March 6th – 30 Day Countdown Begins!

Today marks the start of the 30 Day IPL 2017 Countdown. Excitement grows after the results from the IPL auction and now the 30 day countdown begins! Check back here for updates on team form, match odds, and analysis. As of now, Bet365.com is showing RCB to be the favorites with odds of 4.5.

February 21st – IPL Auction 2017: The highs and lows

It was another incredible year for the IPL auction with a number of high-profile buys as records tumbled yet again. Meanwhile, we saw lots of gambles on untested domestic talent while some notable Indian names such as Ishant Sharma were left on the sidelines. Check out some highlights and summary results of the IPL10 auction here.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: look to have the strongest squad once again and while there were few additions, the arrival of Tymal Mills was their biggest signing. Mills has electric pace combined with a fiendish slower ball which makes him almost impossible to pick.

With Kohli, De Villiers, Chahal, Watson and Gayle all retained, RCB will hope that Mills brings the X Factor that will land their first trophy.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: the 2016 Champions added a few names to their squad but perhaps only Chris Jordan and Ben Laughlin have a chance of breaking into a winning team. The men from Hyderabad have a largely settled line up and should go deep into the competition once again.

Rising Pune Supergiants: were the team to take the headlines with the record breaking signing of Ben Stokes. As a new franchise, Pune had the talent last year but were beset by injuries and the arrival of such a big name player should take them closer to the play offs this time.

Mumbai Indians: were also fairly quiet but may have made the best bowling purchase with the arrival of Mitchell Johnson. The Aussie is in the veteran class now and struggled with Kings XI last season but after a rest, followed by an exceptional Big Bash with Perth, he looks to be at his best. With Johnson firing, a strong Mumbai team should get off to a more productive start than usual.

Gujarat Lions: made a number of purchases but seem to be counting on one high-profile signing in Jason Roy. They finished outside of the play offs last year but have some of the best players from the Chennai franchise and Roy’s arrival could be the catalyst that takes them into the knockouts.

Kolkata Knight Riders: have traditionally enjoyed success with a settled side but this year they will make a number of changes. Trent Boult and Chris Woakes are their most expensive buys but have they spent too much and will these new arrivals upset the balance of the two-time IPL Champions?

Kings XI Punjab: are expected to struggle: So much depends on David Miller and Glenn Maxwell but this year they could improve with the signings of Eoin Morgan, Matt Henry, Martin Guptill and Darren Sammy. KXIP will need to think hard over which overseas to leave out but could some tweaks to the line up get them into the play offs?

Delhi Daredevils: conclude this list are the who, it’s fair to say, have taken a gamble on some injury prone players. A top four finish isn’t out of the question but new arrivals Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson and Pat Cummins simply have to stay fit.

So, who has done the best business at the IPL auction? Read an in-depth round up here.

IPL 9: Season 2016

The 2016 of IPL, also known as Vivo IPL 2016 due to sponsorship, was filled with excitement. Sunrisers Hyderabad upset the favorites, Royal Challengers Bangalore with a close win by 8 runs. You can view the highlights of the final match here. The season began with a bit of a shake up as 2 teams took the place of the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who are set to make their return in 2018. RCB were favorites from the beginning and remained strong apart from a few setbacks, but SRH were able to battle through and take the title in a surprise ending. Virat Kohli was a standout and took the title of man of the series for his massive total of 973 runs in 16 matches.

Winner: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Man of the Series: Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 16 matches, 973 runs, 0 wickets

Most wickets: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 23

Most runs: Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 973

IPL 2016 Odds Update:

May 25, 2016: RCB (1.61), SRH (4.5), GL (4.33), KKR (NA), DD (NA), RPS (NA), MI (NA), KXIP (NA)

May 23, 2016: RCB (2.05), KKR (7), SRH (7), GL (3.1), DD (NA), RPS (NA), MI (NA), KXIP (NA)

May 21, 2016: RCB (3.2), MI (8.5), KKR (8.5), SRH (3.5), GL (4.33), DD (6.5), RPS (NA), KXIP (NA)

May 19, 2016: RCB (3.1), MI (8.5), KKR (9), SRH (3.5), GL (4.33), DD (6.5), RPS (NA), KXIP (NA)

May 17, 2016: RCB (5), MI (7.5), KKR (4.5), SRH (3), GL (6.5), DD (6.5), RPS (NA), KXIP (101)

May 15, 2016: RCB (9), MI (12), KKR (4.5), SRH (3.75), GL (6), DD (6.5), RPS (NA), KXIP (67)

May 13, 2016: RCB (15), MI (17), KKR (4.33), SRH (3.6), GL (6), DD (6.5), RPS (NA), KXIP (201)

May 11, 2016: RCB (7), MI (9), KKR (4.33), SRH (3.4), GL (4.33), DD (6.5), RPS (NA), KXIP (201)

May 9, 2016: RCB (8), MI (8.5), KKR (4.33), SRH (4), GL (4.5), DD (6.5), RPS (51), KXIP (51)

May 7, 2016: RCB (11), RPS (17), GL (6), KKR (4.0), MI (9), SRH (5),  KXIP (67), DD (5)

May 5, 2016: RCB (12), RPS (21), GL (3.6), KKR (4), MI (9), SRH (5),  KXIP (41), DD (4.5)

May 3, 2016: RCB (13), RPS (21), GL (3.6), KKR (5), MI (9), SRH (7),  KXIP (41), DD (7.5)

May 1, 2016: RCB (7), RPS (17), GL (3.25), KKR (4.5), MI (7), SRH (9),  KXIP (51), DD (7)

April 29, 2016: RCB (6), RPS (10), GL (3.75), KKR (3.75), MI (8.5), SRH (7.5),  KXIP (41), DD (8)

April 27, 2016: RCB (6), RPS (13), GL (4), KKR (4), MI (9), SRH (7.5),  KXIP (41), DD (8)

April 25, 2016: RCB (6), RPS (13), GL (4.33), KKR (4), MI (9), SRH (6.5),  KXIP (29), 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)

IPL9 Week 6: Knockout Places Confirmed (May 24)

The group stage is done and we’re on to the knockouts in this thrilling IPL and the action starts up again on Tuesday with the first of the qualifiers. What an incredible tournament it’s been so far but who will be lifting that trophy in just a few days’ time?

If you believe in momentum then you would have to back Royal Challengers Bangalore after an amazing end to their group phase. After a poor early showing, RCB needed to win their final four games and they did just that thanks mainly to Virat Kohli who is closing in on 1000 runs for the competition.

The Royal Challengers will face Gujarat Lions in the first of the qualifiers with the winners going straight to the final. Gujarat had a dip in form in the middle of the groups but their quality took them through. Suresh Raina has been as consistent as ever with the bat but the key to the Lions winning it lies with the best death bowling attack – led by Dwayne Bravo – at the IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad fell away slightly after becoming the first team to make it to the play offs and they must now come through the first of the eliminators. Sunrisers’ seamers have been in great form with both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman in the running for the Purple Cap but they are relying too much on skipper David Warner for their runs.

SRH will play the Kolkata Knight Riders who defeated the same set of opponents to secure their place in the last four. It’s been an inconsistent tournament for KKR but once again, form and momentum could see them ease past Sunrisers again and into the final eliminator.

IPL9 – Week 5 Movers (May 16):

This was the week when the table finally sorted itself out and at least one qualification place was sorted. Sunrisers Hyderabad confirmed their top four slot and will move into the knockouts while for Kings XI Punjab and the Rising Pune Supergiants, it’s goodbye to the IPL for another year.

Pre-tournament favourites Royal Challengers Bangalore also seem to be heading home but can progress if they win their last three matches. It sounds unlikely but a record 144 run IPL win against Gujarat Lions, a game in which AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli both scored tons, suggests they are up for the challenge.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are the form team and were the first to qualify but will want to stay top of the table and avoid the Eliminator. Four wins from their last five is a good indicator of how strong this side has become. Meanwhile, the remaining three places are very much undecided.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians are locked on fourteen points while fifth placed Delhi Daredevils will join them if they can get past a struggling Pune side on Tuesday. It’s all set up for a thrilling last week of the group phase with everything to play for as those four teams, along with the Royal Challengers, look to stay alive and progress into the knockouts.

IPL9 – Week 4 Winners and Losers (May 9):

The table can turn rapidly but as we head towards the serious stage in the groups, it seems as though the play off places for IPL9 will be contested by five teams. Things are really taking shape and beyond fifth placed Mumbai, three sides are in danger of being cut adrift in the next few days.

Gujarat Lions’ brilliant start to their first campaign was dented by a run of losses but a comfortable victory over close rivals KKR on Sunday sees them back at the top. Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina are in the runs while the best death bowling unit in the competition should seal their top four place shortly.

Kolkata drop to third, a place behind the form team – Sunrisers Hyderabad. SRH started slowly after a run of injuries to key players but with Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra all back in the side, they are highly fancied to take their first IPL crown. Delhi Daredevils fall to fourth but have a game in hand over the teams either side of them and they will be hopeful of cementing their qualifying slot while Mumbai need to put together a string of wins to make certain of the knockouts.

Behind those five teams, Rising Pune Supergiants, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab are locked on six points and could soon be ruled out of the running. Of those three, RCB have played two games less than Mumbai and after winning their last game, they are best placed to rise through and challenge those top five sides.

IPL9 – Week 3, IPL Round Up (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.

IPL9 – Week 2, The Story so far (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.

IPL9 – Week 1 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?

New Blood

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.

The Favorites

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 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 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 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 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 2011

Chennai Super KingsThe 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 2010

Chennai Super KingsThe 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 2009

Deccan ChargersThe 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 2008

Rajasthan RoyalsThe 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


Indian Premiere League Summary

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.

Following the success of IPL, there are other Twenty20 championships that have modeled themselves after the IPL, such as Australia’s Big Bash League (2011), and the Bangladesh Premier League (2011).

It has gained popularity very quickly by offering matches including some of the biggest names in cricket from around the world. This has attracted the interest of cricket fans within Indian and from abroad. The IPL was recently valued at $4.16 billion after the 2016 season, compared to $3.54 billion as of 2015 [1]. 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 [2]. 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.

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Twenty20 Format

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.

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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. While it is a delicate balance to maintain, the league acknowledges that online cricket betting 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.

Sources:

[1] Indian Premiere League Value, economictimes.indiatimes.com (2016)

[2] IPL Player salaries, timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2010)