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2021 IPL Odds: CSK Leads Field With Delhi and RCB Close Behind

The latest 2021 IPL odds are here as cricket returns to action.

And then there were seven. Despite winning their last match against Rajasthan to make it two wins for the season, SRH can no longer qualify for the IPL playoffs even if they were to win their all matches and other results went their way. So that’s why they’re longer listed in the winner market.

Here are the latest IPL betting odds from Betway.

IPL Odds: Who Will Win The Indian Premier League?

Odds to Win 2021 Indian Premier League
TeamOdds
Chennai Super Kings+175
Delhi Capitals+225
Royal Challengers Bangalore +500
Mumbai Indians+800
Kolkata Knight Riders+900
Punjab Kings+4000
Rajasthan Royals+6600

Odds as of October 1 at Betway

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Chennai Super Kings (+175)

 Four-and-a-half-month break? No problem. Change of venue? No problem. 

Whatever happened last year over in the UAE that led to them missing out on the playoffs for the first time in their history looks to be fixed.

Since coming back to the IPL, they’ve played three and won three.

There was a 20-run win over Mumbai batting first, a comfortable chase of 157 against RCB and then a far stiffer chase of 172 against KKR where they needed a single off the very last ball of the match to get home. Although it should be noted that the worst-case scenario by that stage would have been a Super Over.

So, they’ve won two chasing and one batting first, to prove they’re no one-trick ponies. 

And they’re no one-man team either. Ruturaj Gaikwad picked up the man of the match award against Mumbai for his 88 off 58, Dwayne Bravo got it for his three wickets against RCB and in the last match it went to Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance, bowling well and all but finishing the game off with the bat.

There are plenty of secrets to CSK’s success but there are two that really stand out. The first is that with so many all-rounders in the side, they have lots of bowling options.

Take their last match. MS Dhoni decided that they weren’t the right conditions for Moeen Ali to bowl in, usually good for three overs, so he didn’t bowl at all. In any given game Dhoni has six or seven bowlers at his disposal so plenty of flexibility to chop and change based on the conditions.

The other thing they have is a quite remarkable batting line-up.  It’s packed with experience and big hitting and there’s always one more batsman to come in who can win the game for you, just like Jadeja did in the last game.

If there’s one area of concern is that two of the team’s veteran batsmen are a bit out of form. Both Dhoni and Suresh Raina just haven’t got going and if they’re needed in a big chase, it might be a bit much to expect hem to come up with a quick 40 or 50.

But that’s just splitting hairs because CSK really do look in great shape.

Delhi Capitals (+225)

They’re on the same points as CSK at 10 after seven games but are behind on net run rate. Their top four batsmen have all broken the 195-run mark for the season, proof of how consistent they’ve been. Glenn Maxwell is actually the one with the most runs (223), aided by two fifties.

But AB de Villiers’ numbers are even better. He’s just 16 runs behind Maxwell but his strike rate of 164 is considerably better than Maxwell’s 144. Devdutt Padikkal has 195 runs but most of them were thanks to a brilliant century. With the ball it’s mostly been Harshal Patel doing the damage. He’s top of the wicket-takers with 17 in just seven matches although his economy rate of over 9 is pretty high.

But wickets are vital in T20. They’ll have to adapt, though. Adam Zampa, Finn Allen and Daniel Sams have chosen not to return to the IPL; Washington Sundar is injured. In come Wanindu Hasaranga, Tim David, Dushmanta Chameera, George Garton and Akash Deep. Tim David was extremely impressive in the recent CPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (+500)

If you’re wondering why Mumbai are joint-second favorites despite currently being fourth, it’s because they’re the most successful side in the history of the IPL with five titles. That includes winning the last two.

Skipper Rohit Sharma has been steady at the top of the order in giving them decent starts, while Rahul Chahar, the leg-spinner, has been excellent.  His reward is a place in India’s T20 squad for the upcoming World Cup.

But a few other players like Ishan Kishan and Trent Boult haven’t been so good. There are two factors in Mumbai’s favor, though. They were excellent in play in the UAE last year and haven’t had any disruptions in terms of losing players since the interruption. 

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Verdict

It’s a bit odd that they’re just fourth favorites despite currently being top of the table. It’s even more conspicuous given they made the final last season. In surprise package Avesh Khan, they have the tournament’s joint-second highest wicket-taker with 14. His economy rate of 7.70 is decent if not fantastic.

But if he’s only second, then no one has scored more runs in the IPL than his teammate, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan. He has 380 runs, including three fifties and a high score of 92. His strike rate of 134 is healthy, if not explosive.

They’ll also be thankful to have Shreyas Iyer back after missing the first half through injury. He’ll come in as captain for Rishabh Pant, who was skipper for those first eight games. Chris Woakes is absent, which is a loss because he’s very consistent. But then again, they don’t always pick him anyway. Ben Dwarshuis, the big Australian fast bowler, comes in for him.


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The IPL is a wonderful annual T20 tournament that boasts all of the game’s star names in a two-month extravaganza complete with over-the-top commentary, big excitable crowds, huge sponsors and even some cheerleaders thrown in.

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This data can give us serious clues about which type of batsman may come good at a particular ground or what a par score might be on another. Given the popularity of the IPL, there’s no shortage of team news, injury updates and other gossip to also take on board before putting your money down.

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