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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Ambati Rayudu is a nice price to top score for Chennai

Daredevil Rishabh Pant may harm Mumbai playoff hopes

Rishabh Pant has been one of the stars of the IPL for struggling Delhi Daredevils
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Delhi v Mumbai
Sky Sports Cricket, 11.30am Sunday

Defending champions Mumbai looked down and out in the IPL after a defeat to Bangalore on May 1 but a late-season rally has kept their playoff hopes alive.

The Indians, who have won four of their last five games, need one last victory to seal a top-four spot and they are hot favourites to beat bottom side Delhi.

Mumbai haven't had things all their own way in their last two outings, however, losing to Rajasthan before a nervy three-run win over Kings XI Punjab, and Delhi claimed only their fourth win of the season against Chennai last time out.

Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir dropped himself early in the season while overseas batsmen Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro have failed to make an impression.

That has increased the runscoring responsibility on youngsters Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer and the dynamic Pant could sign off with one final blitz.

The left-hander has scored 620 runs in 13 innings, including an unbeaten 128 off just 63 balls against an outstanding Hyderabad attack. Pant followed that assault with 61 against Bangalore and 38 against Chennai – both the highest scores of the Delhi innings.

R Pant top Delhi runscorer
1pt 11-4 general

Chennai v Kings XI Punjab
Sky Sports Cricket, 3.30pm Sunday

The IPL regular season concludes with Chennai, already assured of a place in the playoffs, versus Kings XI Punjab, who will be hoping for a defeat for Mumbai in the early game to boost their slender chances of qualifying.

It's a tricky betting heat but Chennai will want to bounce back from a sloppy display at bottom side Delhi, where Dwayne Bravo conceded four sixes in the final over before the Super Kings stumbled to 128-6 in pursuit of 163 for victory.

Kings XI opener Lokesh Rahul has been a delight to watch this term but he is just 11-5 to top-score once again.

Chennai's Ambati Rayudu has been in similarly good nick, scoring an unbeaten 100 against Hyderabad and 50 off 29 balls against Delhi, on a pitch that seemed to bamboozle his fellow batsmen. The 3-1 that he leads the way for the Super Kings makes plenty of appeal.

A Rayudu top Chennai runscorer
1pt 3-1 Betfair, Paddy Power

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The Indians, who have won four of their last five games, need one last victory to seal a top-four spot
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