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2015 IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore value bets

David Warner IPLMatch 52 – 8:00pm local time on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Ravij Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad – $2.34 at www.CrownBet.com
Royal Challengers Bangalore – $1.61 at Bet365.com

It’s do or die now for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore as both sides look to snatch a spot in the 2015 Indian Premier League playoffs.

Friday’s hosts sit third at the time of writing, having strung together three victories in a row – although their performances haven’t been quite as convincing as the outcomes might suggest.

Each of those three consecutive wins was a close thing. They won by seven runs against Rajasthan Royals, by six against Delhi Daredevils and, most recently, by only five runs against last-placed Kings XI Punjab.

Still, there were a couple of big pluses in that latest result. Sunrisers captain David Warner returned to top form, smashing 81 off 52 runs to notch his sixth half-century of the season, while Moises Henriques backed up his 74 not out against Delhi with a match-winning 3 for 16 against KXIP.

Yet the mood in Deccan will be somewhat sour today with the news that Kevin Pietersen won’t be joining the squad after all.

Having been told by the ECB on Monday that he would not be considered for the upcoming Ashes series, Pietersen – who scored a career-high 355 not out for Surrey this week – was due to fly out for Sunrisers’ playoff push.

The 34-year-old has now been ruled out with calf and Achilles problems, however, and will not be able to fulfil his IPL contract – one which he attempted to cancel in order to pursue an England recall.

That is welcome news for Royal Challengers Bangalore, especially after they squandered a golden opportunity to put themselves in contention for top spot on Wednesday night.

Virat Kohli and Co. would have viewed lowly Kings XI as two points in the bag after their enormous win in the reverse fixture, but they came up 23 runs short of the required 107 in a rain-affected match at Mohali.

That surprise defeat leaves RCB one point outside the playoff zone in fifth place, wrestling with Hyderabad, Rajasthan and Mumbai Indians for a spot in the final four.

However, with only three points (and a game in hand) separating them from first-placed Chennai Super Kings, they are still a chance to leap into the top two if they can collect all four points from their final pair of league fixtures.

There is no denying that Daniel Vettori’s charges have the firepower to get it done, with Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers all in monstrous touch at the peak of the batting order.

They also boast two of the most dangerous bowlers in the competition in Mitchell Starc and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have each taken 17 IPL wickets so far this season.

The question for Vettori and the Bangalore selectors is whether they need to freshen up a middle order that hasn’t contributed a whole lot when called upon.

The sheer dominance of RCB’s top three means chances have come few and far between for those down the list, however, so expect the likes of Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan to keep their spots for the time being.

Possible team selections

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Eoin Morgan, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Lokesh Rahul, Karn Sharma, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese, Harshal Patel, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Aravind

Match predictions

Result – Royal Challengers Bangalore to win ($1.61 at Bet365.com)
Highest opening partnership – Royal Challengers Bangalore ($1.80 at Bet365)
Highest score after six overs – Royal Challengers Bangalore ($1.72 at Bet365)

Sunrisers have the home ground advantage and sit higher on the 2015 IPL points table, but do they possess enough strike bowling options to rattle the Challengers top order? On the flip side, Warner, Dhawan, et al will have their work cut out against Starc’s lethal left-arm pace. The online bookmakers favour Bangalore in the IPL head-to-head betting and match batting markets, and so do we.

Best IPL odds for top team batsman

Sunrisers Hyderabad – David Warner ($3.20 at Bet365)

Yes, he is the short-priced favourite, but for very good reason. Warner tops the 2015 IPL batting charts with 504 runs at an average of 41.00, and six 50s in 12 games shows he is consistently Sunrisers’ highest scorer. If you’re chasing a Twenty20 value bet, however, Henriques ($5.00) has been a rock since coming into the side midway through the season.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Virat Kohli ($3.75 at Bet365.com)

Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers are all offering the same price, and there’s really no splitting them. We have gone with the RCB skipper on the basis that, as the only one of that trio yet to score a century, he is due for a huge one. Even if the Indian superstar doesn’t ton up, his 2015 IPL stats of 436 runs with only three 50s suggests you can just about bank on him to score at least 30 an innings.

Top team bowler value bets

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Bhuvneshwar Kumar ($4.00 at Bet365)

Attempts to rotate Trent Boult and Dale Steyn have done neither any favours, which leaves B Kumar as the go-to guy in the Sunrisers attack. He is second on the IPL wicket-taking table and has claimed two victims or more in six of his 12 games – very encouraging figures for a T20 props betting market like this one.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Yuzvendra Chahal ($4.33 at www.Bet365.com)

With a certain Australian quick hogging all the accolades, you might not have noticed that Chahal is the Indian Premier League’s leading spinner right now. The 24-year-old’s aggressive style may be expensive on occasion, but it also gets plenty of wickets. Indeed, his strike rate of 11.9 is the second best in the entire competition, behind only Mitch Starc’s 9.8 balls per wicket.

More 2015 Indian Premier League games this week

Saturday, May 16
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunday, May 17
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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