IPL Cricket: A Flying Start

Today’s early IPL game sees the Sunrisers Hyderabad, needing a win to secure a play-off berth, taking on the long-eliminated Gujarat Lions.

We have endured some extraordinary near misses playing the man of the match market this week in IPL. Yesterday’s 12/1 pick Ben Stokes delivered a superb all round performance that looked sure to be deemed MoM except for his team failing to win from a seemingly strong position.

Today’s game features two of the most aggressive opening batsmen in the game in Dwayne Smith and David Warner. If either fire, then man of the match honours could await.

However, we see better value in a bet that plays on their natural aggression. The bookies regularly price up what will happen in the first ball of the match.

These are standard markets, but in this case seem to have overlooked that both Smith and Warner like to face the first ball for their respective teams, and love to stamp some early authority.

Backing them to hit a four off the first ball would have paid around 5/1 this season. Most prices quoted for today are around 6/1, which is nice, but Skybet will offer 10/1, and that’s very nice.

Recommendation: First ball to be a four, 10/1, Skybet

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