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14th May 2012, 11:54pm

Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab Betting: Kings XI's strong run makes them appear the value in Delhi

Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab Betting: Kings XI's strong run makes them appear the value in Delhi


It is now crunch time for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League this season as they bid for a place in the playoffs at the end of the season. They have three matches remaining in their season and they probably need to win all three, two of which are against the leaders Delhi Daredevils, beginning in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. Delhi need one win from their last three matches to secure a semi final place.

Delhi come into the match as the strong 4/7 favourites for the match with Coral but they haven’t looked as impressive without Kevin Pietersen as they did before he left. They have lost two of their last three matches and in Chennai last time out they were completely trounced. Their batting didn’t get going and then their bowlers became cannon fodder so they will need to improve dramatically on that in this match.

Kings XI Punjab have really hit a rich vein of form. They have won four of their last five matches and their batting has really caught fire. Their bowlers have also stepped up to the plate but their batting line up has really come on leaps and bounds with Mandeep Singh proving to be a revelation at the top of the order. David Hussey is leading by example with the bat and Praveen Kumar has come good with the ball too.

It is hard to go against Delhi Daredevils especially on their own patch but the Kings XI look a big price to me given the form they are in. They are making a real concerted run for the playoffs and while Delhi are a good side, Chennai showed they aren’t infallible and personally I don’t believe any side are ever 4/7 shots in a T20 match. I’ll take the Kings XI as a value pick here.

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