Gujarat Titans vs Delhi Capitals Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back Gujarat Titans to win @ 2.26 with Parimatch
It’s always hard trying to predict how the new franchises might perform given how little we’ve seen of them. Mind you, you could say the same thing about just about every team this year, given the widespread changes after the mega auction.
Delhi are favourites here, which is unsurprising.
They’ve been good in the IPL for the past three years, showed real resilience in that chase, beat the tournament favourites and will surely feel better about life now that they can play their full quota of overseas players. Their bowling will certainly be stronger with Ngidi and Rahman in the side now.
But we have two good reasons to go with the outsiders Gujarat here.
The first is that their own bowling looks really strong. We’ve mentioned Khan, Shami and Ferguson already but Varun Aaron was good in that first match, too.
The second reason is that with chasing very much the way forward, getting to bat second will automatically give them an edge, if they do win the toss.
When the toss is so important it’s always worth taking a gamble on the outsiders and that’s the case here.
It’s tight but Gujarat are our match winner pick.
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Recommended Bet: Back Varun Aaron to be Gujarat Top Bowler @ 6.14 with 10CRIC
Khan, Ferguson and Shami are all at similar sorts of prices to be Gujarat top bowler and that’s fair enough.
They were the big money signings who are right up there with the best T20 bowlers in the world.
Between them they will surely take bundles of wickets this season and all three are right up there among the most important players in the side.
But at a far, far bigger price you can take a gamble on Aaron. He’s slightly the forgotten man of Indian cricket, having played just 14 matches in the IPL over the past three years.
But he’s always been extremely quick and that’s a threat in any game of cricket. With all eyes on that trio for top wicket-taker, it may just be Aaron out bowling them at really big odds after a fine performance in the opening match.