BigMozzyDog Posted April 8, 2016 Share Posted April 8, 2016 Rising Pune Supergiants to win IPL 2016 at 6/1 with Betway This year is one of change for the Indian Premier League, with two franchises no more due to match fixing irregularities, and two new ones in their place. One constant will be the quality of cricket on show from the world’s best players. Last year’s winners, the Mumbai Indians will be keen to become the second side to manage back to back titles, but they look much weaker than a few other sides, having bought poorly in the auction stage. Here we look at the main contenders, as well as some of the outstanding outright player bets. Kolkata Knight Riders KKR have won this competition twice in the last five seasons, and remain big contenders here. They started the IPL as a side that were whipping boys, with only Brendon McCullum to pull them along. But now they are a team full of unlikely heroes, who wouldn’t have been rated a few years ago. Players like Andre Russell, last year’s MVP and now a World Cup winner. Another West Indian, Sunil Narine has now been given the all clear to bowl, which is a big plus. When they won the tournament two years ago, his 24 wickets were a huge factor. They have great domestic talent too, in skipper Gautam Gambir and Piyush Chawla. The latter will form part of a predominantly spin attack which, remarkably contains Brad Hogg, who could be considered mid-forties. This is a side with firepower in the form of Chris Lynn, Colin Munro and Yusuf Pathan. It’s a side with guile in the form of Gambir and Uthappa, and with pace threat on top of the spinners (see Morne Morkel). They will be there or there abouts. A value bet looks to be Chris Lynn to be top tournament batter at 66/1 with Paddy Power. Rising Pune Supergiants A new franchise as a result of the previous year’s goings on, Pune have assembled a very useful squad. One that has everything to challenge. They have the leadership of the one and only MS Dhoni for a start. A two time winner of this competition and a man who has guided his country to the World Cup. Aside from a whole heap of quality domestic players, including Ashwin, Rahane and Ishant, thay have sublime overseas. Yes there is Proteas skipper, Faf du Plessis, Peter Hanscome and Adam Zampa. But there is also Kevin Pietersen. KP. The forgotten man in England, but revered man everywhere else. If his form in the IPL is anything to go by, he could go big here. One thing KP offers is an ability to win a match. He’s that guy who has the balls to finish things, or manage a chase, or even just give it a whack in counter-attack. He may be the best player in the competition. You can back KP to be top batsman at 22/1 with Boylesports. Royal Challengers Bangalore Despite having never won the IPL, this is an exciting side. Coached by Kiwi legend, Daniel Vettori, RCB have a batting order that would terrify even the humble passer-by. Gayle, Kohli, De Villiers, Watson. Ok, maybe not Shane, but the rest are probably the best three T20 players in the world. Do we really need to say more about their chances? Well, yes. They have bowlers too, and one who stands out is the number one in the world, Samuel Badree, whose leggies guided the Windies through many a power play in the recent World Cup. He is a huge price to do well here. You can bet on Samuel Badree to be top tournament bowler at 20/1 with Betway. The verdict: These are the three teams most likely to challenge for the title, but it is MS Dhoni who is the man who will lift it. The man is a great captain in this format, and he has the players to act out his plans, whether it’s Steve Smith and KP with the bat, or Ravi Ashwin and Ishant Sharma with the ball. Pune are a big price to win this. TheBeast 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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