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2015 IPL betting – Chennai vs. Delhi batting and bowling picks

2015 IPLMatch 2 – 8:00pm local time on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Chennai Super Kings – $1.44 at Bovada
Delhi Daredevils – $3.10 at CrownBet.com

Chennai Super Kings will look to kick off their 2015 Indian Premier League campaign in style as they play host to the perennial cellar-dwellers, the Delhi Daredevils.

The Super Kings reached the playoff stage for the seventh consecutive season in 2014, but defeat to Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring knockout clash means they have now gone three years without adding to their tally of two IPL titles.

While most franchises would be delighted to have featured so prominently and so often at the business end of proceedings, only silverware will do for a side which has designs on becoming “the Manchester United of India” – to paraphrase Ravichandran Ashwin.

And yet while other teams splashed the cash during this year’s player auction in a bid to bolster the weaker parts of the their squads, not much has changed at Chennai since the last edition.

John Hastings and Ben Hilfenhaus are gone, but Michael Hussey has returned after a season with the Mumbai Indians. The Australian evergreen will add extra firepower and know-how to a top order that already boasts Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith – the Super Kings’ leading scorer in 2014.

Kyle Abbott also shapes up as a solid addition. The South African quick deputised extremely well for Vernon Philander in the recent ICC Cricket World Cup, where he looked an absolute bargain at just $50,000 in the IPL auction.

For the most part, however, the squad is built on the old guard of Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan and captain MS Dhoni. Indian seamers Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra have also stayed on, along with overseas stars Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Matt Henry and Samuel Badree.

Such a wealth of explosive talent and international experience may prove hard to handle for a Delhi Daredevils outfit which has struggled to compete in recent years.

The capital franchise could only scrape together four points in 2014 – a record low which saw them finish dead last in the league phase for the second year in a row.

Delhi invested heavily in their middle order at the 2015 auction, adding the always in-demand Yuvraj Singh and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews to a roster that already featured one of the more impressive players in last year’s tournament – team skipper JP Duminy.

The bowling attack looks to have a better balance as well. Australian pacer Gurinder Sandhu joins his fellow countryman Nathan Coulter-Nile on the back of some very good form in the T20 Big Bash series, while spinner Amit Mishra has also signed on from Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Those new arrivals bring some welcome support for Mohammed Shami and Imran Tahir – two of the most prolific performers at the 2015 Cricket World Cup – as well as the veteran seamer Zaheer Khan. Whether they have enough strike power to worry the star-studded Super Kings batting order remains to be seen, however.

Possible team selections
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C), Michael Hussey, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma

Delhi Daredevils: JP Duminy (C), Quinton de Kock, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Imran Tahir

Match predictions

Result – Chennai to win ($1.44 at Bovada.com)
Highest opening partnership – Chennai ($1.67 at Bodog)
Most match sixes – Chennai ($1.57 at Bet365)

Even though the Delhi squad does appear to have improved, the Super Kings look far too powerful on paper and should make yet another strong start to the season. With an embarrassing depth of runscoring ability that could see Dwayne Smith omitted (there is a four-man cap on overseas players), expect the Super Kings to sweep the match batting markets.

Picks for top team batsman

Chennai Super Kings – Brendon McCullum ($3.75 at Bet365.com)

After captaining New Zealand to within a whisker of World Cup glory on home soil, McCullum is the obvious danger-man at the top of the Chennai order. With 328 runs at a strike rate of 188.50 in that tournament, the Kiwi’s Twenty20 credentials remain as brutally valid as ever.

Delhi Daredevils – Yuvraj Singh ($5.00 at Bodog)

Though conspicuous by his absence at CWC 2015, the Indian all-rounder remains one of the most prized assets in the IPL. A heavy contributor with bat and ball, the Daredevils will be hoping for some big, big runs from their star recruit at first or second drop.

Top bowler betting markets

Chennai Super Kings – Mohit Sharma ($3.75 at Bet365)

Sharma topped the 2014 Indian Premier League bowling charts with 23 wickets at a strike rate of 14.00 – remarkable figures in a format that can be so unforgiving to medium pacers. His guile and craft was on full display throughout India’s World Cup run, so his form should be good leading into the season opener at Chepauk.

Delhi Daredevils – Imran Tahir ($4.00 at Bet365)

Tahir played only six times in last year’s IPL T20, but a record of nine wickets at a frequency of one dismissal per 13.8 balls speaks to his undeniable effectiveness in limited-overs cricket. The Pakistani-born tweaker is another coming off a stellar World Cup 2015, where he equalled Daniel Vettori as the leading spinner with 15 victims.

Other 2015 IPL matches this week

Friday, April 10
Kings XI Punjab ($1.51 at CrownBet) vs Rajasthan Royals ($2.65 at Bodog.com)

Saturday, April 11
Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sunday, April 12
Dehli Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

This article was written by Jess

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