The Indian Premier League (IPL) is back for its 16th edition, promising to be an even more thrilling season, with some major changes in the teams, players, and venues. The mega cricketing event will feature ten teams, battling it out to claim the coveted trophy, and entertain the cricket-crazy fans across the world. With top international and domestic players taking part, the IPL has become one of the most prestigious cricket leagues in the world. Read below 10CRIC’s IPL betting tips and predictions on the first three games of the season.
IPL 2023, Match 1: GT v CSK
- The first match of the tournament will be played between the Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings. The two teams have dynamic squads altogether in the tournament, and fans are eagerly waiting to see them battle it out on the field.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK likely XI:
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (c) (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana
Strengths: The Chennai Super Kings are known for their experienced players who have a good track record in the tournament. With MS Dhoni at the helm, the team has a strong captain who knows how to get the best out of his players. The team has a well-rounded batting lineup with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu leading the charge. The presence of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja gives them the edge in both batting and bowling departments.
Weak spots: The Chennai Super Kings have had issues with their bowling in the past, and that could be a problem this season too. The absence of Kyle Jamieson due to injury will be a blow for the team, and they will have to rely on their other bowlers to step up.
GT likely XI:
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya (c), Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, R. Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal
Strengths: The Gujarat Titans have a formidable batting lineup led by Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill. The team also has the services of Rashid Khan, who is considered one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. With Mohammed Shami and Odean Smith in the team, they have a good mix of pace and spin in their bowling attack.
Weak spots: The Titans have a relatively inexperienced team compared to the Chennai Super Kings. The team will have to depend on their younger players to deliver the goods, and that could be a serious challenge.
Pitch and weather report
The match is scheduled to be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. The pitch is expected to be a good one for batting, with the ball coming on nicely to the bat. The weather is expected to be hot and humid, with temperatures hovering around the mid-30s.
Our pick: Chennai Super Kings boast an experienced and well-balanced team. Back Back CSK to win this match at 1.95!
IPL 2023, Match 2: PBKS v KKR
- Both teams have made some interesting changes to their squads during the off-season, and this match promises to be an exciting start to the new campaign.
PBKS likely XI:
Matthew Short, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Atharva Taide, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar
Strengths: The Kings have a solid top-order with Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone expected to open the batting. Their middle-order has some firepower with M Shahrukh Khan and Sam Curran. They also have a good bowling attack with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Rahul Chahar, who can cause some trouble for the opposition.
Weak spots: The Kings’ weakness could be their lack of experienced Indian players in the squad. Shikhar Dhawan, who is the captain, will have to lead from the front and ensure that the young Indian players in the team step up and deliver.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR likely XI:
Jagadeesan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Nitish Rana, Mandeep Singh, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson
Strengths: Kolkata Knight Riders have some exciting players in their squad, with the likes of Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana expected to make an impact with the bat. They also have the experience of Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan, who can turn the game on its head with both bat and ball.
Weak spots: KKR’s their bowling attack could be a concern. While they have the likes of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine, they don’t have a potent fast-bowling attack that can consistently pick wickets.
Pitch and weather report
The match is scheduled to take place at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, which is known for its good batting surface. The pitch is expected to assist the batsmen, and we could see a high-scoring game. The weather is expected to be pleasant, with no chance of rain.
Our pick: Punjab Kings have a more balanced squad that could prove to be the difference in this game. Bet on PBKS to win this match at 1.80!
IPL 2023, Match 3: LSG v DC
- The IPL 2023 season is set to witness an exciting encounter between the Lucknow Super Giants and the Delhi Capitals in their third match of the tournament.
Lucknow Super Giants
LSG likely XI:
Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mark Wood, Mohsin Khan
Strengths: The Lucknow Super Giants have a balanced squad with a mix of experienced players and young talent. KL Rahul, their captain, will lead the batting department and will be supported by Quinton de Kock and Nicholas Pooran. Their bowling attack is equally impressive with Kyle Mayers, Daniel Sams, and Ravi Bishnoi.
Weak spots: Lucknow Super Giants are too dependent on Rahul’s captaincy and batting might affect their performance.
DC likely XI:
Prithvi Shaw, David Warner (c), Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, Sarfaraz Khan, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya
Strengths: David Warner, the captain of the Delhi Capitals, will lead the team’s batting attack. He will be supported by Prithvi Shaw, Rovman Powell, and Manish Pandey. The team has a strong bowling attack, including the likes of Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, and Mustafizur Rahman.
Weak spots: Delhi’s over-reliance on foreign players might be a weakness.
Pitch and weather report
The match will be played at the newly-built Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. The pitch at this venue is expected to be batting-friendly, with some assistance for the spinners. The weather is expected to be clear, with no chances of rain.
Considering the strengths and weaknesses of both teams, it is difficult to predict the winner… However, Lucknow Super Giants have the advantage of playing at home.