Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals both suffered heavy defeats in their first outings, losing to Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. The loser here will be staring down the barrel of a difficult season it seems.
Perhaps that is not surprising. England, who had a terrible winter, have plenty of representatives in these two teams.
Jason Roy, the opener, cant even get in the Delhi XI at present while Liam Plunkett has signed to replace South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada.
For the Royals, they are heavily reliant on Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler in the middle order. Against Sunrises the pair contributed 11 runs.
Arguably, they cost Royals the game because, batting first, the top order had done the job.
Stokes and Buttler had a platform to build from at 52 for one. The Royals managed only 129. With the ball, Stokess two overs cost 21 runs as Sunrisers won by nine wickets.
For this contest Stokes is rated at 5-1 (Skybet, Ladbrokes) to be top Royals runscorer while Buttler gets a 6-1 quote from Skybet. Of the two we prefer Buttlers price.
But there is a better bet on the top Delhi market.
Roy is 7-2 across the board. We dont expect him to play – you get your stake back if he doesnt – because Delhi are placing a lot of faith in Kiwi Colin Munro.
And they are right to. Munro is expected to have a cracker of a season, even though he failed first time out against Kings. Bet him at 7-2 (Bet365, Ladbrokes, Unibet) for honours.
Munro has a terrific record in T20s in India. From eight matches he has notched 241 runs, including one ton. His strike rate of 137 really floats the boat and suggests he wont need to be around for long.
He wont die wondering, either and we expect him to be attacking from ball one.
Gautam Gambhir, the wise old sage opener, is a threat but there isnt a huge amount for Munro to beat. Fingers crossed Glenn Maxwell, the Aussie powerhouse in the middle order, will miss out again due to injury.