Get betting tips and prediction for the 10th edition of most prestigious twenty20 domestic competition of India featuring high profile cricketers from around the world with 5th April 2018 set as the IPL start date. The month-and-a-half long tournament concludes on 21st May 2018.
One of the biggest hits in the world of domestic T20 cricket - the Indian Premier League - returns for its tenth edition with all the eight city-based franchises that participated in the previous edition. The tournament is scheduled to run between 5th April 2017 and 21st May 2017 with the opening and the final match set to be hosted by the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, the home ground of the current champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. Like the last season, former IPL champions Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will not be competing this year as well because of a two-year suspension.
Download the complete official schedule of the Indian Premier League 2017 in pdf format. Our IPL 2017 schedule download contains all the fixtures with venue and time details.
During the league stage, each of the eight teams will play every other team twice (double round-robin), once at its own home ground and once at that of its opponent for a total of 14 league matches. The top four teams at the conclusion of the league round will qualify for the playoff round consisting of two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final.
The top two teams will clash in qualifier 1 where the winner gets a direct entry to the final while the loser gets one more shot at making the finals day. The eliminator will be played between the third and the fourth ranked teams. The loser of this match will get knocked out while the winner still has to play the loser of qualifier 1 in qualifier 2. The team that wins this match will fight for the IPL 10 trophy with the winner of qualifier 1 in the final.
Read on for team previews, betting tips and tournament prediction for the Indian Premier League 2017….
Last year, they finished third on the points table at the end of the league round and then went on to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final to win their maiden title. While the team has retained the core of its squad for this season, they have released six players in all including two overseas players Eoin Morgan and Trent Boult. David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will hold the key with the bat and the ball respectively for Sunrisers Hyderabad. While Warner has scored the most runs for them, Kumar has been the pick of the bowlers with 61 wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have continued their good performance from the previous season, finishing third on the IPL 2017 league table after winning 8 of their 14 matches. While David Warner currently holds the orange cap with 604 runs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the purple cap with 25 wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner(c), Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Ben Laughlin, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj.
Sunrisers Hyderabad made their first appearance in the Indian Premier League in the 2013 edition and they have evolved into a very competitive unit since then. They are the champions of the previous season and will start off as one of the strongest contenders for this year's title. Sunrisers Hyderabad are 6.4 with betfair, 6.5 with bet365 and 7.5 with betway for outright winners of the IPL 2017.
They won eight of their fourteen league matches last season and came second on the points table. They even made it to the finals but were defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad to finish runners-up. Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained 20 of their players from last year. David Wiese, Kane Richardson and Chris Jordon are the three overseas players to have been released from the squad. Virat Kohli who is the leading run-getter in the IPL with 4110 runs will continue to be the key man with the bat for RCB while Yuzvendra Chahal who has taken 56 wickets will be a big threat with his legbreaks.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have not been able to recreate their mojo from last year where they had finished runners-up. With just three wins in the league stage, they were the first team to be eliminated this season. Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and Watson all gave below par performances.
Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary, Billy Stanlake.
Although they have never gone on to win the tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore are still one of the most formidable sides in the IPL. They reached the finals in 2009, 2011 and last year in 2016 but could not overcome the final hurdle. With majority of their players retained from last time and featuring a power-packed group that includes the likes of Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and Watson, RCB look well set to break the jinx this time around. They are favorites to win the IPL 2017 outright at 4.4 with betfair and 4.5 with bet365.
Outright winner odds for Royal Challengers Bangalore are no longer available with Betfair and Bet365 as the team has been eliminated from the IPL 2017.
Gujarat Lions finished at the top of the points table last year with nine wins and five defeats. They played well to reach the playoffs but could not make it to the finals as they were knocked out by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier. Dale Steyn is the only overseas player to be released from the squad along with seven other locals. Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch are among their leading run-scorers and the team will want these two to click for them again this year. Dwayne Bravo is another key member who will add strength to the side with his allround abilities.
Injuries to key players both before the start of the tournament as well as in the middle accompanied by some underwhelming performances really dented the team's chances this year. The Lions could muster only four wins from their fourteen league matches. Ravindra Jadeja was one of the biggest let downs for them this IPL.
Suresh Raina(c), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Koushik, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Akshdeep Nath, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Sanjay Kumar Shaurya.
The newcomers did exceptionally well in their first IPL season, finishing as the table leaders at the end of the league stage. They were the dark horses last year and now they will enter the competition as one of the most exciting teams. Considering their superb performance in the previous edition and the fact that they retained most of their overseas players, Gujarat Lions will be the team to beat in the IPL 2017. They are 7.2 with betfair, 7 with bet365 and 7.5 with betway to win the tournament outright.
Outright winner odds for Gujarat Lions are no longer available with Betfair and Bet365 as the team has been eliminated from the IPL 2017.
They managed to pip Mumbai Indians by just a couple of points last year to finish fourth in the league standings and advance through to the playoffs. But they could not progress further in the competition as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat them in the eliminator. While Kolkata Knight Riders have retained 14 players, 9 have been released which includes plenty of overseas seamers in Morne Morkel, John Hastings, Shaun Tait and Jason Holder. Gautam Gambhir was among the top five batsmen last season while Sunil Narine bagged 11 wickets in all and the two will continue to remain vital cogs in KKR's lineup.
Like the previous season, the Knight Riders have once again finished fourth on the IPL 2017 leaderboard having won 8 out of the 14 league games. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine's powerful hitting at the top have been two of the bright spots for them this year.
Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Chris Woakes, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav.
Kolkata Knight Riders, the most glamorous team in the IPL, had a very disappointing first few seasons before beginning to find some success. They have managed to go past the league round on four occasions and they went all the way to win the tournament in 2012 and 2014. KKR have produced good results twice in the last three seasons which makes them a team to watch out for. The Knight Riders are 7.4 with betfair and 8.5 each with bet365 and betway to win the IPL 2017 outright.
Kolkata Knight Riders have gone shorter despite having lost four of their last five league stage matches. They are now 6.8 with Betfair and 7 with Bet365.
Mumbai Indians would have been heartbroken last season as they fell short by just two points from making their seventh appearance in the playoffs. They won seven and lost as many matches in the league round, finishing outside the top four for the first time since the 2009 edition. The management has dropped two big names - Martin Guptill and Corey Anderson. Rohit Sharma has scored the most runs for them in the IPL and he will be relied upon heavily with the bat. Mitchell McClenaghan took 17 wickets for MI last year and the fast bowler will be the one to watch out for.
The two-time champions have played like champions, topping the IPL 2017 standings with 10 wins and 20 points. They lost to RPS in the first qualifier and still have one more shot to make it to the finals. Young Nitish Rana has been the find of the season for them and Jasprit Bumrah has been the most impressive with the ball.
Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya.
The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians start at 6.2 with betfair, 6 with bet365 and 5.5 with betway as the outright winners of the Indian Premier League 2017. They missed the playoffs berth by a whisker last year which has put an end to their impressive streak of six seasons. MI have emerged tournament winners twice in their past four attempts. They have been one of the most consistent sides in the IPL and will go in as hot favorites to lift the trophy this year as well.
Bookmakers now believe that Mumbai Indians who are one of the most well balanced teams in the competition have a good chance of going all the way. So there has been a drastic reduction in their outright winner odds, taking them down to 3.55 with Betfair and as low as 3 with Bet365.
For the fourth consecutive season, the Delhi Daredevils failed to break into the top four as they came sixth on the points table last year with fourteen points from as many league games. They have retained the bulk of their squad for the IPL 2017 while letting go of Imran Tahir, Nathan Coulter-Nile and their most expensive local purchase Pawan Negi. Their key player with the bat is Quinton de Kock who struck one hundred and three fifties for them last year. Legspinner Amit Mishra is their leading wicket-taker with 64 wickets in the tournament and he will be the Daredevil's best bet with the ball.
This is the fifth consecutive season in which they have failed to break into the top four. Nothing went according to their plans. Injuries and poor decisions by the management have contributed to the team's dismal show who ended up sixth on the points table with six wins and eight defeats.
Zaheer Khan(c), Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.
Delhi Daredevils seemed really promising in the first couple of seasons but the team has since then seen more failures than success. Despite having a quality side, they have not been able to click together as a unit and have failed to live up to the expectations on numerous occasions. However, with new recruits in Rabada, Cummins, Mathews and Corey Anderson, the Daredevils will look to turn things around in this tenth edition. They are 6.4 with betfair, 7 with bet365 and 7.5 with betway to win the IPL 2017 outright.
Outright winner odds for Delhi Daredevils are no longer available with Betfair and Bet365 as the team has been eliminated from the IPL 2017.
They finished second from bottom last year having won only five of their fourteen league-stage games. After a poor performance in IPL 2016, Rising Pune Supergiants are looking to revamp a large part of their outfit as eleven players have been axed from the squad - the most among all the franchises. Kevin Pietersen and George Bailey are two of the big names that have been dropped for this season. MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith will look to lead the charge with the bat once again while Ben Stokes and Adam Zampa will be the key in the RPS bowling attack.
They have been a completely different side this year and the idea to overhaul the squad has paid off. The team won nine matches in the league phase and finished second on the leaderboard with 18 points. They outplayed Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier to become the first finalist of the season.
MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith(c), Faf du Plessis, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
They put up a dismal performance in the IPL 2016 but since it was their first ever appearance in the competition, the betting markets are not being too harsh on them. While betway has Rising Pune Supergiants up at 7 for outright winners of the IPL 2017, betfair and bet365 have them slightly lower at 6.4 and 6.5 respectively. A terrible first season has led them to overhaul their squad and the management will be hoping that the new combination does the trick for them this time. Their roster includes Ben Stokes - the most expensive player to be auctioned this year.
It has been a complete turnaround for the Rising Pune Supergiant. The team that started off as underdogs is now the favorites among bookmakers to win this tenth edition of the Indian Premier League. Priced at 2.28 with Betfair and 2.05 with Bet365, RPS are currently offering the lowest returns of all the other teams.
Like the 2015 edition, Kings XI Punjab bowed out of the competition last year as the bottom-most team with just four wins in the league round. But despite their disappointing show, they have decided to retain 19 players from their 23-man squad. Mitchell Johnson, Kyle Abbott, Rishi Dhawan and Farhaan Behardien are the four players to have been offloaded. The team will look to the likes of Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Hashim Amla to turn it on for them with the bat. And when it comes to bowling, they will be counting on Axar Patel and Sandeep Sharma to provide them the breakthroughs and restrict their opponents.
The team performed much better than what they did in the previous two editions of the tournament. They showed a lot of character and intent after making a poor start to their campaign. Defeat in the must-win game against RPS meant that they had to bow out as the fifth placed team with seven wins and as many losses.
David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell(c), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla, Varun Aaron, Eoin Morgan, Matt Henry, Rahul Tewatia, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, T Natarajan.
KXIP are arguably the weakest of all the teams in the Indian Premier League. Only twice have they been able to go beyond the league stage and only once have they gone on to reach the finals. They finished at the bottom of the points table in the previous two editions and have won just 46% of their matches in the tournament. And since they will be having pretty much the same squad, it isn't surprising to see that the betting markets are not showing much faith in them. Kings XI Punjab are 12.5 with betfair, 11 with bet365 and 12 with betway to win the IPL 2017 outright.
Outright winner odds for Kings XI Punjab are no longer available with Betfair and Bet365 as the team has been eliminated from the IPL 2017.
Kings XI Punjab stood out as the weakest team in the previous two seasons, and since they will be going in with largely the same squad, it is highly unlikely that they will be turning things around this year. Delhi Daredevils have not been impressive at all since the last four editions and we don't see them breaking into the top four this time as well. Rising Pune Supergiants played their first season last time and they never really looked like going a long way. As for Kolkata Knight Riders, they have been a very inconsistent side since 2013 and so it will be quite a gamble wagering money on them for the tournament winner.
So this leaves us with Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad as the four teams that we feel have a good chance of qualifying for the playoffs of the IPL 2017. Sunrisers Hyderabad will start the season as title defenders but claiming back-to-back title wins is a rarity.
Mumbai Indians are one of the most consistent sides in the Indian Premier League. Skippered by Rohit Sharma who led the team to title triumphs in 2013 and 2015, the team boasts an abundance of firepower in their local and overseas contingent. They missed out on a playoffs berth last season and will be looking to make amends this time around. With plenty of allrounders in the side and an impressive bench strength, Mumbai Indians will surely fancy their chances of a third IPL title.
Final VerdictBack Mumbai Indians to win IPL 2017