Yet another week of fast and furious action in the IPL has come and gone. So it’s time to look back at which teams have defied the odds to win their games and get some more vital points on the board. In this article, we cover the biggest IPL 2020 upsets in the previous week and some IPL betting tips that you can watch out for.
The IPL betting markets have been highly volatile and the matches go down to the wire.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Capitals – October 27
Saha the saviour
In midweek SRH beat Delhi comfortably, piling on 291 runs. Delhi didn’t come anywhere near chasing that.
The hero was the most unlikely one. Wriddhiman Saha is 36 years old and not even seen as a T20 specialist. He rarely opens the batting and had only played one game this season prior to DC.
Yet none of that stopped him from hitting a blistering 87 off 45 balls. He was unlikely to play and was expected to bat in the middle order if he did feature. As a result of that, he was a huge price. He was around the 14.0 mark to top score for SRH and 25.0 to be man-of-the-match. He won both.
A few days later he played the Kings XI and in a tough chase on a tough wicket, scored 39 off 32. It was a completely different sort of knock, calm, and controlled this time. But it was still enough to top score for SRH. Though this time at the much shorter price of 5.0.
If SRH go on to make the Play-Offs, they certainly owe Saha a big thank you.
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Ruturaj Gaikwad’s remarkable treble
CSK opener wins three MOMs in a row
Winning man of the match in the IPL is hard enough. There are 22 players on the pitch who can win it. And 99% of the time the MOM comes from the winning side. So, you need to be on the winning side most of the time to even have a chance.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was making his first appearance of the season against RCB. Opening the batting he hit 65 to top score in a chase of 146. He also won the man of the match award.
Against KKR in midweek, he top-scored again with 72 this time. And for good measure, also in a successful chase, he did it again. This time against the Kings XI on Sunday.
His 62 off 49 was enough to see CSK home with more than an over to spare. Yet again, he was a man of the match, his third MOM in a row. That’s the only time anyone has won MOM three times in a row this season. And it could well be the only time in IPL history that anyone has won three in a row.
He was 4.5 on each occasion to top score for CSK. And 14.0 on each occasion to be man-of-the-match. The odds of him winning MOM three times in a row were 2744.0 (14x14x14) so well done if you did so!
It’s worth considering something for a minute. How different could CSK’s season have been if they’d played him from the start?
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Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders – October 29
Jadeja finishes in style
Gaikwad has of course been a key figure in CSK’s three straight wins. On three occasions they started as outsiders at around the 2.2 mark, on three occasions they won.
The most remarkable win of the three was against KKR. Chasing a big total of 173, they started the chase pretty well. Mostly down to Gaikwad’s 72. But they looked in real trouble when he and the likes of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu all got out. They needed 30 off 12 and were available at 10.0 in live betting when the game’s big moment came.
Lockie Ferguson’s fifth delivery in the 19th over was a no-ball for height. That cost KKR three runs and Ravi Jadeja hit the free hit for six. So nine runs off one ball. The over went for 20 runs.
They still needed 10 off the last over and at one stage looked in trouble again. The first four balls went for just three runs. Needing seven off the last two, Jadeja then went six, six to win the game.
Jadeja really does love the big moments on the big occasions.
IPL Betting Tips: Best Bets At Big Odds For The Upcoming Week
Some big matches will be coming up this week in the IPL. Big matches mean big betting opportunities. Here’s our pick of the best ones.
Delhi Capitals v Royal Challengers Bangalore – November 2 (IPL betting tips)
After 13 matches, it all comes down to this. The winner of this game is guaranteed a Top 2 finish. And two bites of the cherry at making the final. The loser could miss out on qualification completely if they lose by a big margin.
Both sides come into it in awful form. It’s a stark contrast to a couple of weeks ago when they both flying.
It’s too close to call on the winner market with not much to choose between them. If we were to be harsh, you could say they’re as bad as each other. At least in terms of their recent form.
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Josh Phillipe to be RCB’s top batsman
But a good opportunity lies in the RCB Top Batsman market. Josh Philippe was finally given another chance after they dropped Aaron Finch. Knocks of 33 and 32 were solid rather than spectacular since his return. But he’s looked in good touch before getting out on both occasions. And it’s worth noting his 32 last time was enough to be RCB top bat.
He’ll open again when batting will be easier. ‘Rivals’ Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers haven’t been too fluent of late. And it’s highly unlikely an RCB player outside the Top 4 wins this betting market. Best of all is Philippe’s price. He’s 5.0 when the likes of Kohli and De Villiers are just 3.0 and 3.5 respectively.
Recommended bet: Back Josh Philippe to be RCB Top Batsman @ 5.0 with Bet365
Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad – November 3 (IPL betting tips)
David Warner to do well (IPL betting tips)
It’s been a mixed tournament for David Warner but he’s often at his best under pressure. There’s only one way he’s going to play against Mumbai in this must-win match and it’s to attack. He knows runs need to be scored early in the innings. The wickets will take spin in the middle overs and scoring will be harder. He’s their main man and skipper and it’s likely to be either boom or bust here with him.
He got 60 against Mumbai last time so clearly likes to play them. You can get 3.0 on him top-scoring for SRH and that could be a good bet.
But if he goes big and SRH wins the game, there could be further prizes. Mumbai, the IPL’s Goliath, are due a bad day at the office at some stage. They don’t need to win this, SRH desperately do.
It’s 7.0 that Warner is man of the match here. He would of course need SRH to win to be in contention to be MOM but it’s very possible.
Recommended Bet: Back David Warner to be man of the match @ 7.0 with Betway.