The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League - one of the world's most popular twenty20 tournaments – has been confirmed to be played entirely in India. Just like the past seasons, eight teams will be competing for the coveted trophy. The IPL 2019 will kick-off from March 23 and the complete schedule of the tournament is likely to be released in early February. Since Chennai Super Kings are winners of the previous edition, the opening match and the final could be held in Chennai. The final is expected to be played between May 12 and 15.
The league stage of the IPL 2019 will be played in a double round-robin format i.e. each of the eight teams will play every other team twice, once at its own home ground and once at that of its opponent. The top four teams at the conclusion of the league round will qualify for the playoffs comprising two qualifiers, an 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 will still have to play the loser of qualifier 1 in qualifier 2. The team that wins this match will fight for the IPL 12 trophy with the winner of qualifier 1 in the final.
|Mar 23, 2019||Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1st Match Chennai||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 24, 2019||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2nd Match Kolkata||04:00 PM IST|
|Mar 24, 2019||Mumbai Indians vs delhi Capitals, 3rd Match Mumbai||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 25, 2019||Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, 4th Match Jaipur||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 26, 2019||Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings, 5th Match Delhi||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 27, 2019||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, 6th Match Kolkata||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 28, 2019||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, 7th Match Bengaluru||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 29, 2019||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, 8th Match Hyderabad||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 30, 2019||Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, 9th Match Chandigarh||04:00 PM IST|
|Mar 30, 2019||Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 10th Match Delhi||08:00 PM IST|
|Mar 31, 2019||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 11th Match Hyderabad||04:00 PM IST|
|Mar 31, 2019||Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 12th Match Chennai||08:00 PM IST|
|Apr 1, 2019||Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals, 13th Match Chandigarh||08:00 PM IST|
|Apr 2, 2019||Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers bangalore, 14th Match Jaipur||08:00 PM IST|
|Apr 3, 2019||Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, 15th Match Mumbai||08:00 PM IST|
|Apr 4, 2019||Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 16th Match Delhi||08:00 PM IST|
|Apr 5, 2019||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 17th Match Bengaluru||08:00 PM IST|
IPL 2019 League-Stage Schedule Announced (20-Mar-2019)
The BCCI, on Tuesday, announced the complete schedule for the league stage of the Indian Premier League 2019. The schedule for the first two weeks of the tournament had been released earlier. The entire IPL season has been confirmed to be held in India and it will be played in the regular 'home and away' format. The BCCI has also announced that each of the eight teams will play their seven home fixtures at their respective venues. The rest of the IPL 2019 schedule (playoffs) will be announced later.
Kolkata Knight Riders Pick Sandeep Warrier and KC Cariappa
KKR have roped in fast bowler Sandeep Warrier and leg-spinner KC Cariappa into their squad for the IPL 2019 as the respective replacements for pace bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. Nagarkoti and Mavi had earlier been ruled out of the tournament due to back injuries.
Double Injury Blow to KKR Ahead of IPL 2019
Kolkata Knight Riders have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League as fast bowlers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti have both been ruled out of the tournament due to back injuries. The latter had missed the previous edition as well due to a foot injury. KKR have now drafted medium pacer Sandeep Warrier into their squad as a replacement for Nagarkoti. Warrior, who was previously with Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2013-2015, is yet to make his debut in the IPL.
Delhi Capitals Appoint Sourav Ganguly as Advisor for IPL 2019
Delhi Capitals, with the hope of putting an end to their dismal run in the tournament, have roped in former India captain Sourav Ganguly as their advisor for this upcoming season. Ganguly is now set to link up with the franchise’s head coach Ricky Ponting, assistant coach Mohammad Kaif and bowling coach James Hopes.
IPL 2019 Match Timings to Stay Unchanged
The BCCI had earlier released the schedule of the IPL 2019 for the first two weeks and it has now confirmed the timings of the games that will be played during that two-week period. No changes have been made in the timings with the afternoon matches scheduled to begin at 4 PM IST and the evening matches to start at 8 PM IST.
AB de Villiers Likely to Get Fit in Time for IPL 2019
South African batting superstar AB de Villiers is expected to fully recover from his injury just in time for this twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League. The Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman has been advised rest for a couple of weeks which means there is a good chance of him getting fit ahead of his team's opening match against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on March 23.
David Warner and Steve Smith Set to Play in IPL 2019
Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that David Warner and Steve Smith will be available for the entire season of the IPL 12. Both the players are currently serving a one-year suspension for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering saga last year in South Africa. The bans on Warner and Smith are to be uplifted on March 28 and they will be joining their franchises Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively. The two Australian stars are likely to face each other when their respective teams go head-to-head on March 29 at Hyderabad.
Shakib Al Hasan Doubtful for IPL 2019
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's participation in this year's Indian Premier League is uncertain as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has made it clear that he will not be playing the tournament unless he is 100% fit. Shakib had injured his finger during the Bangladesh Premier League two months ago. The injury recently ruled him out of the first test against New Zealand and has even made him doubtful for the remainder of the series. Shakib has been one of the trump cards for Sunrisers Hyderabad and the franchise will have to make do without him if he is deemed unfit to play.
World Cup-bound Players Likely to Miss Major Part of IPL 2019
With the ICC World Cup 2019 around the corner, the Indian team management has stated that it would manage the workload of the players who are most likely to get aboard the plane to England and Wales for the mega tournament. This means that India's top batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan along with the first-choice bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav could be rested for the majority of the latter-half of the tournament.
Dream11 Announced as Official Partner for IPL
The BCCI has announced India's most popular sports game, Dream11, as the official partner for the VIVO Indian Premier League for the next four years including this upcoming twelfth edition. In addition to that, IPL's official fantasy game is also set to be powered by Dream11.
The BCCI has released the schedule of the Indian Premier League 2019 from March 23 to April 5 with Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the opening match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. As per the release, there will be a total of 17 matches played over this two-week period across the eight home grounds of the respective franchises. Each team is scheduled to play four games except Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals who will be playing five games each. While RCB and DC will play three away games and three home games respectively in that period, the rest of the teams are scheduled to play two home and as many away games each.
This schedule is subject to change depending on the announcement of the forthcoming Indian general election dates.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for the Indian Premier League 2019....
Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained most of their players from the previous season. This time, they focused more on bolstering their batting department at the auctions and roped in quality international batsmen Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha and Jonny Bairstow. Their batting will be further boosted with the return of David Warner who did not play last year as he was serving suspension for the ball-tampering scandal. The Australian opening batsman, however, is likely to be unavailable for the first and last week of the IPL 2019. The Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers have traded Shikhar Dhawan for Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma and Vijay Shankar.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are one of the former champions of the IPL, having the tournament in 2016. Their performance overall has been very good and they have qualified for the playoffs four times in the six seasons they have played. Last year, they topped the league standings with nine wins and five losses from their fourteen matches. After losing the first qualifier against the Chennai Super Kings, they beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier to set up a re-match with CSK in the final. The Sunrisers, however, were beaten once again as they finished runners-up.
David Warner, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill will be the key batsmen for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2019. Skipper Warner is their leading run-getter in the IPL while Williamson topped the runs charts last year with 735 runs. Guptill is another dangerous white-ball batsman and he is having a good Super Smash stint with Auckland Aces. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan will form a threatening bowling attack for the Sunrisers. Bhuvneshwar has been their most successful bowler in the tournament while Rashid Khan was the second-best bowler last season with 21 wickets. Shakib too will be very effective on Indian pitches.
Kane Williamson (c), David Warner, Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Ricky Bhui, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Jonny Bairstow, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Billy Stanlake
Squad strength: 23; Indian players: 15; Overseas players: 8
Sunrisers Hyderabad are favorites to win the Indian Premier League 2019 at 5.50 on Betway.
Captained by Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have made quite a few changes to their squad for the IPL 12. They released Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson and Sarfraz Khan ahead of the auctions. They roped in allrounder Shivam Dube and West Indian batsman Shimron Hetmyer for Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 4.20 crore respectively, making them the team's two most expensive purchases. RCB have also signed South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen and have traded Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis. The team, however, does not have any experienced opening batsman other than Parthiv Patel which means captain Kohli may have to consider opening the innings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are the perennial underachievers of the Indian Premier League. Despite having a star- studded line-up, they are still searching for that elusive maiden IPL title. After coming runners-up in 2016, they have had disappointing seasons back-to-back. They were stuck at the bottom in 2017 and finished sixth last season with six wins and eight defeats from fourteen matches. RCB did not start off too well last time, losing three of their first four matches. But they managed to salvage some pride towards the tail-end of the tournament by winning three of their last four league encounters.
Captain Virat Kohli, former South Africa batting star AB de Villiers, England all-rounder Moeen Ali and West Indian attacking batsman Shimron Hetmyer will be the ones to watch out for in the RCB's batting group. Kohli and de Villiers are the top two run-scorers for the team in the IPL and the duo will once again hold the key for them. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be the major threats with the ball. Yadav took 20 wickets in the previous season while Chahal is the team's leading wicket-taker in the IPL with 82 wickets in 69 matches.
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Milind Kumar, Himmat Singh, Shimron Hetmyer, Parthiv Patel, Heinrich Klaasen, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Marcus Stoinis, Prayas Ray Barman, Akshdeep Nath, Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammad Siraj, Tim Southee
Squad strength: 24; Indian players: 16; Overseas players: 8
Royal Challengers Bangalore are being offered at odds of 6.50 on Betway to win the Indian Premier League 2019.
Led by Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata Knight Riders have retained most of their gun players from last time. The West Indian pair of Andre Russel and Sunil Narine, who have helped the team win matches on their own on quite a few occasions, are among the ones to have been retained. KKR purchased a total of eight players at the IPL 2019 auction including England batsman Joe Denly, New Zealand pace bowler Lockie Ferguson and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite - their costliest signing for a whopping Rs. 5 crore. The team has released the Aussie pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson. Fast bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi, meanwhile, have been ruled out of the IPL 12 due to back injuries and they have been replaced in the squad by Sandeep Warrier and KC Cariappa respectively.
Kolkata Knight Riders are two-time champions with title triumphs back in 2012 and 2014. They had a forgettable first three IPL seasons but have been pretty impressive in the last three editions where they made it past the league round each time. Last year, the Knight Riders won eight and lost six out of the fourteen league matches to finish third on the points table. They went into the playoffs on the back of three successive wins and continued their winning run with a 25-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator. However, they could not advance further as they were knocked out by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier.
Kolkata Knight Riders will bank on their explosive batsmen in Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell to score the quick runs and will expect the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill to anchor the innings. Karthik and Lynn both had a good tournament last time and the team will want them to continue from where they left off. KKR's bowling department seems secure with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine. Kuldeep and Narine were the team's best bowlers last season with 17 wickets apiece.
Dinesh Karthik(c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa
Squad strength: 21; Indian players: 13; Overseas players: 8
Betway is offering odds of 6.50 on the Kolkata Knight Riders to win this twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Rohit Sharma will continue to captain Mumbai Indians who have retained many Indian players like Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya. MI have bolstered their batting department with the addition of Quinton De Kock and their biggest buy at the auction was fast bowler Barinder Sran (Rs. 3.40 crore). Yuvraj Singh, Lasith Malinga and Rasikh Salam were the others among the six players purchased. Mumbai Indians, however, did not pick any back-up wristspinner for Mayank Markande.
With three title wins in the bag, Mumbai Indians are one of the most successful teams in the Indian Premier League. They are the runners-up of the 2010 edition and were crowned champions in 2013, 2015 and 2017. The team has made seven playoffs appearances in the previous nine seasons. Mumbai Indians, however, failed to break into the top four last time as they finished fifth in the league standings with six wins and eight losses. They began their IPL 2018 campaign with defeats in their first three matches and remained pretty inconsistent all through the tournament.
Mumbai's batting this year will rely heavily on their skipper Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock. Rohit has scored the most runs for his team in the IPL while Suryakumar struck four half-centuries last season. Pollard is a match-winner and has the ability to single-handedly win games for his side. Jasprit Bumrah is the x-factor in this Mumbai Indians team. He is one of the best in the business across all formats and will be a serious threat both in the powerplay as well as at the death. Jason Behrendorff, Adam Milne and Lasith Malinga - the team's highest wicket-taker in the IPL - are the others to watch out for.
Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis, Quinton de Kock, Anmolpreet Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Rasikh Salam, Lasith Malinga, Barinder Sran
Squad strength: 24; Indian players: 16; Overseas players: 8
Mumbai Indians are being offered at odds of 6 on Betway to win the IPL 2019.
The Delhi Daredevils, now rechristened as the Delhi Capitals with the hope of turning things around this IPL, will be skippered by Shreyas Iyer who took over the captaincy from Gautam Gambhir during the previous season. Including Gambhir, the team had released nearly half their squad ahead of the auction which means that they will be coming up with a revamped outfit in this 12th edition. Shikhar Dhawan, who played for the franchise in 2008, has returned to strengthen the top-order batting. Delhi Capitals bought ten players at the auction including Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford and Colin Ingram.
Formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils, they have been the worst performing team in the IPL. Now under the moniker of Delhi Capitals, they will be hoping for a change in fortunes as they look to put an end to their horrendous run. The team has failed to go past the league round in their last six attempts and have finished at the bottom of the table on three of those occasions. In the previous edition, Delhi Capitals could muster just five wins from fourteen matches and finished at the bottom of the pool.
Delhi Capitals have got Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad and he will play a key role in providing the brisk starts. Apart from him, the team has quality batsmen like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Colin Munro in the squad. Pant and Iyer caught the eyes of the national team selectors with their impressive performances in the previous season. Trent Boult, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra and Kagiso Rabada add plenty of variety in the team's bowling department. Leg-spinner Mishra has taken the most wickets for Delhi in the IPL while Boult was outstanding last year with 18 wickets.
Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Jalaj Saxena, Axar Patel, Bandaru Ayyappa, Sherfane Rutherford, Amit Mishra, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Nathu Singh, Jayant Yadav
Squad strength: 25; Indian players: 17; Overseas players: 8
Betway has set Delhi Capitals at a high price of 9 to win the Indian Premier League 2019.
Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and England allrounder Sam Curran were the two high-profile purchases for the KXIP at the IPL 2019 auctions. While the former was bought for Rs. 8.40 crore, the latter was picked for Rs. 7.20 crore. In addition to these two big signings, the team has also roped in Australia's Moises Henriques along with some young Indian all-rounders. Prabhsimran Singh was another big buy at Rs. 4.80 crore. Kings XI Punjab released as many as eleven players including Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma and traded Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh in order to beef up their batting.
Kings XI Punjab don't have too many happy memories of the tournament, except for 2008 and 2014 when they finished as semi-finalists and runners-up in the respective seasons. They have finished at the bottom of the table twice in the previous four editions. The team blew hot and cold last term. They got off to an excellent start, winning five of their first six matches, but lost their way thereafter to finish seventh at the end of the league stage with six wins and eight defeats. KXIP ended up facing defeat in each of their last five matches.
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, David Miller and Mandeep Singh will be KXIP's biggest hopes with the bat in this twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League. Rahul was in sublime form last year, scoring 659 runs and smashing six fifties. Gayle and Miller are both powerful strikers of the ball and can give headaches to the opposition once they get going. Ravichandran Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami and Andrew Tye will be the go-to men for the Kings XI Punjab when it comes to bowling. Tye topped the wickets charts last time with 24 wickets and the Australian fast bowler will have a crucial role to play in the death overs. Mujeeb is known as the mystery spinner and he will enjoy bowling in these conditions.
KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Agnivesh Ayachi, Varun Chakravarthy, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, M Ashwin, R Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami
Squad strength: 23; Indian players: 15; Overseas players: 8
Kings XI Punjab begin as the underdogs for this twelfth season of the Indian Premier League at a very high price of 10 on Betway.
Before the auctions, Chennai Super Kings released only three players - Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma and Kanishk Seth. At the auctions, they bought just two - pace bowler Mohit Sharma for Rs. 5 crore (their most expensive buy) and uncapped batsman RutuRaj Gaikwad for Rs. 20 Lacs. MS Dhoni has been retained as captain of the team along with Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina and New Zealand's Mitchell Santner who sat out the entire last season due to injury. CSK, however, failed to recruit a left-arm pacer and a back-up option for off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Chennai Super Kings boast world-class batsmen in MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis. Even Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Sam Billings can contribute heavily with the bat. Raina is the IPL's leading run-scorer and he along with skipper Dhoni will hold the key to the team's batting. Rayudu and Watson shone with the bat last time and they will look to add plenty of runs this year as well. Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi and Shardul Thakur form a potent CSK bowling attack. Bravo and Jadeja have been two of the most successful bowlers for the men in yellow. Thakur was their standout performer with the ball last year with 16 wickets.
MS Dhoni (c), Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, M Vijay, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, N Jagadeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Monu Kumar, David Willey, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mohit Sharma
Squad strength: 25; Indian players: 17; Overseas players: 8
Chennai Super Kings are being offered at odds of 6 on Betway to win the IPL 2019.
Rajasthan Royals bought nine players at the IPL 2019 auctions with Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner and Manan Vohra being the notable additions. The team had earlier released seam bowler Unadkat but later bought him back at Rs. 8.40 crore which is the joint-most expensive purchase of the season (with Varun Chakravarthy also bought for Rs. 8.40 crore by KXIP). In a bid to bolster their pace bowling department, the Royals have included Varun Aaron who will be teaming up with Jofra Archer and Oshane Thomas. The inconsistency in their middle-order batting will be fixed with the return of Steven Smith.
Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008, but since then, they have managed to qualify for the playoffs on just three occasions in their next eight attempts. Last year, the Royals finished with seven wins and as many losses from their fourteen matches and dislodged Mumbai Indians from the fourth place in the league standings to enter the playoffs. They won four of their last five league games before facing off against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator. Rajasthan Royals' IPL 2018 campaign came to an end when they suffered a 25-run defeat in that game.
Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi are the key figures in Rajasthan Royals' batting group. Rahane is the team's leading run-getter in the IPL. Buttler was amongst the tournament's best batsmen last season with 548 runs at an impressive average of 54.80. The Royals also have Ben Stokes in their squad who is one of the world's best all-rounders. Jofra Archer starred with the ball in the previous edition finishing with 15 wickets in 10 matches and the West Indian quick will be the biggest threat with the ball. Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni and Ben Stokes are the other main weapons in the team's bowling arsenal.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, K Gowtham, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Ashton Turner, Shubham Ranjane, Shreyas Gopal, Midhun S, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Squad strength: 25; Indian players: 17; Overseas players: 8
Betway is offering odds of 7 on the Rajasthan Royals to win the Indian Premier League 2019.
Delhi Capitals have changed their name from Delhi Daredevils following a string of disappointing results since 2013. They are the only team who are yet to make an appearance in the final of the IPL and though they have a largely revamped squad for this year, we doubt if they can finish in the top four at the end of the league round. Rajasthan Royals have a strong batting line-up but lack strength in the bowling department. Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore have plenty of local and overseas talent in their side but their poor consistency record in the past makes it a little too risky to wager on them in the tournament winner bet market.
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are the most successful teams of the Indian Premier League with three title wins each. CSK won the tournament last year and so they will be high on confidence. They have plenty of experienced players in their side and have one of the world's best leaders in MS Dhoni. Kolkata Knight Riders are another promising contenders for the trophy. They have entered the playoffs in each of the previous three seasons and have the arsenal to qualify this year as well. Sunrisers Hyderabad have earned the reputation of being one of the more consistent teams in the IPL. They are arguably the best bowling outfit in this competition and we certainly see them going a long way again.
Mumbai Indians would have been disappointed with their performance last time but they are expected to return with a bang. They have retained most of their top performers from the last season and have further strengthened their batting and bowling departments at the auctions. Although Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have all been consistent performers in the past few editions, we feel Mumbai Indians could go all the way this year to be crowned IPL champions for a record fourth time.
Back Mumbai Indians to win Indian Premier League 2019 at 6.5 with Betway, 6.00 with Betrally and 7.00 with Bet365.
Here's everything you want to know about the tournament's 12th edition; what it is, how it is played, how to bet on it, latest betting odds and more.
The IPL is one of the world's most popular Twenty20 cricket competitions played in India, its country of origin, featuring a total of eight teams that are comprised of international cricketing stars along with emerging local talent. 2019 will be the tournament's 12th edition which gets underway from March 23 and is expected to conclude around May 12.
The eight teams face each other in the double round-robin league stage, at the end of which the top four teams advance to the play-offs. While the top two teams clash in Qualifier 1 for a direct ticket to the final, the third and fourth ranked teams face-off in the Eliminator where the loser gets knocked out of the tournament. The winner of this match then takes on the loser of Qualifier 1 in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final.
While Star Sports will broadcast the 12th season of the Indian Premier League in India and its neighboring countries (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal), Sky Sports, Fox Sports, SuperSport and Geo Super will provide live coverage in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan respectively. Viewers of the Middle East and North Africa Countries can catch all the action live on beIN Sports. Online live streaming of the IPL 2019 will be available on Hotstar, Bet365, Sky Go, beIN Connect and Foxtel Go.
|Players Name||Team Name||Cost|
|Jaydev Unadkat||Rajasthan Royals||Rs. 8.40 crore|
|Varun Chakravarthy||Kings XI Punjab||Rs. 8.40 crore|
|Sam Curran||Kings XI Punjab||Rs. 7.20 crore|
|Colin Ingram||Delhi Capitals||Rs. 6.40 crore|
|Shivam Dube||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Rs. 5 crore|
|Mohit Sharma||Chennai Super Kings||Rs. 5 crore|
|Axar Patel||Delhi Capitals||Rs. 5 crore|
|Carlos Brathwaite||Kolkata Knight Riders||Rs. 5 crore|
|Mohammed Shami||Kings XI Punjab||Rs. 4.80 crore|
|Prabhsimran Singh||Kings XI Punjab||Rs. 4.80 crore|
|Nicholas Pooran||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Rs. 4.20 crore|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Rs. 4.20 crore|
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Though numerous betting markets are available for the Indian Premier League 2019, the most popular ones are:
Match Winner - A favorite among online punters, the match winner market deals with placing a bet on the outcome of a particular match. A pre-match bet would mean locking your bet before the start of a match and an in-play bet means wagering on a team while the match is in progress.
IPL Winner - This type of bet means betting on the outright winner of the 12th season of the IPL. The odds of all the eight teams are available with the bookmakers before the start of the tournament and may fluctuate after the completion of each match.
Top Batsman/Bowler - This bet can be placed either for a particular match or for the entire IPL tournament. The punter bets on the batsman or bowler who he/she thinks could finish the match/tournament as the highest run-scorer or highest wicket-taker for his side.
Toss Winner - The punter doesn't require any skills for this one, only fortune, as it involves betting on the team that is more likely to win the coin toss. Generally in this market, both teams are priced exactly the same with a bookmaker.
Man of the Match - Here, a bet is placed on the player who has the highest probability of receiving the Man of the Match award at the end of an IPL match. This type of betting market requires the punter to have good knowledge of each and every player in the playing eleven of both the teams.
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Every year, the IPL hands out awards to players at the end of the season. There will be a few this time as well and following are the four biggest of them:
The winner of the IPL final is presented with the IPL trophy along with a cheque of Rs. 15 crores. The prize money, however, is expected to be more for this season.
Generally, the team that goes all the way to reach the finals but fails to win is given a prize money of Rs. 10 crore, but this too is expected to increase in this year's IPL.
The BCCI will present this award at the end of the tournament to the most promising player of the season who, according to the jury, will have the potential to become the future star at the international level in the coming years. Following is the criteria that must be fulfilled by a player at the start of the IPL 2019 in order for him to be eligible for the 'Emerging Player' award:
The player must be born after April 1, 1992.
The player should not have played more than 25 IPL matches.
The player should not have played more than 5 test matches.
The player should not have won this award previously.
This award will be given to the player who takes the best catch of the tournament and the winner will be selected through a combination of the choice of the TV commentary panel and public voting on the IPL's official website iplt20.com. The award comprises a trophy, a mobile phone presented by tournament sponsors VIVO along with a cheque of Rs. 10 Lacs.
Some of the other major awards that will be given at the end of the IPL 2019 season include:
The player who will hit the most number of sixes in the season will receive this award by the YES Bank officials. Generally, the award consists of a trophy and a prize money of Rs. 10 lacs.
The award generally consists of a cheque of Rs. 10 Lacs along with a trophy and it will be presented to the player who will produce the most consistent performances for his team throughout the tournament. Every player will earn MVP points during the season based on their bowling, fielding and batting performances and the player with the most points at the end of the tournament will claim this award.
The Vodafone representatives will present this award to the player who will hit the fastest fifty in the IPL 2019 i.e. reaching the 50-run mark in the least number of balls faced. The prize money of this award is expected to increase this season.
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